Young Professionals

The Colorado Springs World Affairs Council is proud to welcome local institutional partners and young professionals to join the CSWAC community as part of our Not Yet Retired (#NYR) Young Professionals cohort. The Young Professionals committee meets quarterly to plan educational, networking, and volunteer events for members that complement the organizations programs and mission.

Our mission is to bring speakers from around the country and world with compelling stories and experiences to help Young Professionals understand the world around them from a truly global perspective. Often times seemingly distant and unrelated international affairs issues have a direct or indirect impact in Colorado Springs.

Past events include hosting Raha Moharrak- the first Saudi woman to summit Mt. Everest, “Summer School” Pub talks with local professors, movie nights and panel discussions on topics ranging from Human Trafficking or Immigration.

This group is looking for young people in the Colorado Springs community who have an interest in international affairs, have an appreciation for cultural diversity, and would like to plan engaging events and social gatherings. For more questions, please contact us by email at 

Have an idea for a partnership with a local organization or a speaker for a pub talk? Email NYR Chairs Ashley Dodge  or Matt Nunez.

We welcome you to join our email list! (click here)

Check out the #NYR Facebook Group:


Upcoming Happy Hours:

NYR Pub Talk: The Hunt for Osama bin Laden Wednesday, October 10th 6pm | Red Leg Brewing Company

Ever wonder about “Maya” from Zero Dark Thirty? It was really a team of incredible women. Join us as a 35 year veteran from the CIA her unique and declassified perspective on the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

We will be upstairs. No RSVPs necessary.

Past Events:

NYR Happy Hour Thursday, May 10th 5:30pm | Principals Office at Ivywild 

Brining back the happy hours! Please join us to chat about the past few CSWAC events and current events. Bring a friend and take advantage of happy hour prices. Look for a table with a sign that says #NYR and be sure to bring business cards for networking.

Resource Open House Saturday, May 19th | Volunteering with Reach Pikes Peak 

Colorado Springs High School Global Citizen’s Conference Saturday, March 10, 2018 | UCCS

Local High School Students experience different cultures from around the world at this conference through community partnerships, and UCCS campus collaborations. Educational sessions focusing on a range of topics and during the World Fair during lunch students visit information tables and gather passport stamps from local international groups. Contact Former CSWAC Board President Dr. Carrie Arnold for details or to volunteer.

“Grapes, grain, or potatoes? Rediscovering Nationalism” Thursday, September 19th | Piccadilly in Antler’s Hotel
Speaker: Dr. Sky Foerster
Topic: Join us to hear all about Sky’s Fulbright experiences in the Czech Republic and reflect upon current political climate of US- European Relations.

2017 World Quest Friday – Friday, August 25th | Antler’s Hotel

This event always includes food, drinks, prizes, unique networking opportunities, and friendly (fierce) competition. Show off your knowledge of the world and help support the work of the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council. Teams of six to eight test their knowledge in categories such as global events, flags, and international Pikes Peak.

Networking Event – Monday, August 24th | Phantom Canyon Brewery
Along with our friends at the El Polar Foundation, we’ll be hosting a small gathering of young Political Leaders from Australia for a chat on politics, world affairs and US/AUS relations.

Pub Talk – Thursday, August 8th | Phantom Canyon Brewery, 2nd Floor.
Speaker: Hilary Dussing
Topic: Energy Policy (emphasis on Nuclear Energy )

Film screening – June 28, 2017 at Tim Gill Center.

Hell on Earth: The Rise of ISIS and The Fall of Syria

Visit to learn more and register.

Happy Hour – Thursday, May 25th 2017 | Brooklyn’s on Boulder 

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