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About RTP Global

RTP Global, LLC is an Associate Member of Global Ties U.S., formerly the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV).

Joan Conwell, MA   

Founder and President

North Carolina-based culture specialist Joan Conwell has a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Barnard College, Columbia University and an MA in English and Transnational Literature from East Carolina University. At Wake Technical Community College, she received English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor training.

At the age of 19, Joan became one of the youngest interns to work at the United Nations in New York, where she wrote and edited speeches, press releases and detailed reports for the UN Department of Public Information for Non-Governmental Organizations. Since then, whether working with international nonprofits, NGOs, editorial clients, or English language learners, fostering citizen diplomacy through person-to-person relationships has remained her priority.

After working in academic publishing at Duke University Press and Rutgers University Press, Joan freelanced as an editor, assisting local and international clients with content development and refinement. At the same time, she provided in-person and online ESL training to clients with beginning, intermediate, and advanced proficiency in English. She also contributed her time and talents as a volunteer English tutor to new immigrants through the Literacy Council of Wake County. That experience led to the development of her hands on approach to teaching survival English to learners at the lowest level of proficiency,

Graduate school afforded Joan public speaking opportunities and she presented her original research on transnational literature to an international audience at academic conferences including the Pacific Area Modern Language Association (PAMLA) convention and the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) convention, where she chaired a seminar on transnational literature and state power. She is currently co-editing a book collection on the same topic.

In 2009, Joan was appointed by Cary Town Council to serve on the Town’s Sister Cities Commission as liaison to Cary’s French sister city, Le Touquet-Paris-Plage. When the Commission merged with the Sister Cities Association of Cary, she was appointed to the Executive Board of Directors, where she continues as community liaison, partnering with the Town of Cary, Le Touquet government officials, and cultural groups such as the American-Turkish Association of North Carolina (ATA-NC) and the Overseas Chinese Affairs Council (Taiwan), to organize international delegations and cultural activities that promote global understanding and friendship. As liaison, she is frequently called upon to speak at public events, and delivers remarks on behalf of Le Touquet’s mayor at official gatherings. Currently, she is leading the team organizing the 2014 Citizen Diplomacy Summit, the premier event of its kind in the southeastern United States. From 2011-2013, Joan served as Vice President of the Triangle Area Barnard College Club.

Joan’s writings on cultural topics have appeared in newspapers, magazines, academic journals, and on the internet. A travel lover and avid photographer with a passion for meeting new people and navigating unfamiliar landscapes, she has visited 17 countries and 30 states. She knows English and French, and reads Spanish, conversational Italian and basic Russian.

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