Global Vision Gala
Each year, Tulsa Global Alliance recognizes and honors an outstanding organization and outstanding individuals for significant and lasting contributions to citizen diplomacy, global understanding, world political stability, religious accord, international trade or cooperative efforts to solve health, social, or environmental challenges.
Global Vision Gala 2020
Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Tulsa’s Sister City Partnerships
Each year, at the Global Vision Awards Gala, Tulsa Global Alliance recognizes and honors an outstanding organization and outstanding individuals for significant and lasting contributions to citizen diplomacy, global understanding, world political stability, religious accord, international trade or cooperative efforts to solve health, social, or environmental challenges. The annual TGA Gala also serves as the fundraising event which supports TGA programs in the year ahead.
In 2020, TGA celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Tulsa's Sister Cities Partnerships.The first partnership agreement was signed in 1980 with San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Since then, Sister Cities partnerships have formed between Tulsa and Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Tiberias, Israel; Zelenograd, Russia; Beihai, China; Utsunomiya, Japan; Celle, Germany; and, Amiens, France.
A Look Back at 2019's Gala...
The 2019 Honorees:
Dr. Randy Kluver, OSU
Oklahoma State University School of Global Studies and Partnerships
The Oklahoma State University School of Global Studies and Partnerships (SGSP) serves as the focal point for OSU’s global engagement and legacy. The School has developed several educational, research and outreach programs on a global scale and oversees active partnerships in dozens of countries. SGSP’s students, faculty, and alumni have an impact in more than 55 countries, and the School is dedicated to creating knowledge and sharing it with the global community, in keeping with its commitment as a land-grant institution. SGSP consists of the School of Global Studies, which is celebrating its 20 th anniversary this year, the Study Abroad Office, the Wes Watkins Center for In International Trade Development, the English Language Institute, the U.S.– UPAEP Liaison Office, the China Programs Office and the Office of International Students and Scholars.
Cathy Render, co-owner and vice president of RVALLC, a Tulsa-based nationally and internationallyrecognized market research firm, became an active and enthusiastic supporter of Tulsa GlobalAlliance in the 1990s when her children “discovered” TGA’s International Youth Coalition of Tulsa and the world-broadening opportunities of Kids’ World, student exchanges, and Sister City visits. For two decades, she consistently served TGA, including two terms on the Board and multiple leadership positions, most recently as 2017-2018 Board Chair. She worked tirelessly to strengthen TGA’s development efforts, board structure, and global education programs, and led the effort to establish TGA’s Passports to Global Education program in partnership with the Tulsa City-County Library.
General Thomas P. Stafford (Lifetime Achievement Award)
Throughout his career, General Thomas P. Stafford has flown more than 100 different types of aircraft as he pushed the envelope of our achievement in air and space. He flew in space on Gemini VI, Gemini IX, Apollo X, and the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in 1975, the first international space docking. The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project promoted goodwill between the United States and Soviet Union and led to a thaw in the Cold War. He has been an advisor to several U.S. Presidents on space policy and a spokesperson about the importance of international space cooperation.
GV Gala 2019 Emcee, Gitzel Puente and GV Gala 2019 Chair, John Taylor
Gen. Thomas P. Stafford, NASA Commander of Apollo 10, Recipient, 2019 Global Vision Lifetime Achievement Award for Citizen Diplomacy, with Brian Kyle, Museum Curator, Tulsa Air & Space Museum
GV Gala Venue, Hard Rock Hotel
Dr. Randy Kluver, OSU School of Global Studies and Partnership, Global Vision Award 2019 recipient, with OSU staff
Cathryn Render/OSU School of Global Studies and Partnerships/General Thomas P. Stafford
Clifton Taulbert/Helmerich & Payne, Inc.(2018)
Michael and Suzanne Wallis/ SemGroup (2017)
Jim Halsey and Minisa Crumbo Halsey/ Roy Clark (2016)
Becky and Mark Collins/Air Power System Company/
Philip C. Lauinger, Jr. (2015)
Miranda and Phil Kaiser/ Cherokee Nation Businesses/
Yevgeny Yevtushenko (2014)
Dayal T. Meshri/ Rotary Club of Tulsa/
Nancy and Raymond Feldman (2013)
Kirby A. Lehman/ OU College of International Studies (2012)
The Honorable M. Susan Savage/ Dean P. VanTrease (2011)
Marcello Angelini/ The Jewish Federation of Tulsa (2010)
Mollie Williford/ The Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation (2009)
Ken Busby/ CHASE (2008)
Susie Tattershall/ Tulsa World (2007)
Jessica Stowell/ Williams (2006)
Mayor Bill LaFortune/ Sister Cities Mayors (2005)
Nancy Feldman/ The University of Tulsa (2004)
Priscilla Harris/ The Boeing Company (2003)
Emily and Phil Wood (2002)
Richard Williamson/ T.D. Williamson, Jr. (2001)
Rodger Randle/ Eisenhower International School (2000)
The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation (1999)
Rosie and Charlie Brown/ Bob Portiss (1998)
Sara Sanditen (1997)
Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother (1996)