The Memphis Council for International Visitors (MCIV) helps enable a better understanding of all cultures and helps promote
Memphis as a vibrant center for commerce, culture, and tourism. MCIV does this through its participation in The International
Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) which is administered by the U.S. Department of State. Emerging leaders in government,
politics, media, education, science, labor relations, the arts, and other fields visit Memphis to meet their professional
counterparts, explore their interests, and experience American social and cultural life. These emerging leaders from around
the world are selected by our U.S. Embassies abroad and visit Memphis for three to five days before traveling to other U.S. cities.
Under the professional association of the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV), local members (like MCIV) develop
professional programs, arrange cultural activities, and provide home hospitality for international visitors. MCIV is one of 92
non-profits in 45 states that hosts this program.
The IVLP is the U.S. Department of State's premier professional exchange program. It seeks to build mutual understanding
between the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign
leaders. These visits reflect the international visitors’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the
United States. Alumni of the IVLP include 290 current and former chiefs of state and heads of government, more than 2,000
cabinet level ministers, and thousands of prominent figures in various disciplines around the world.