Established in 2014, the Silicon Valley Office of Protocol provides support to 44 cities and 5 counties in Silicon Valley, as well as local corporations and advocacy groups. Not all cities maintain their own offices of protocol, and most businesses and nonprofits do not need such services on a regular basis, so being able to call on one center for information has filled a growing need.
World leaders are increasingly being drawn to Silicon Valley as a hub of international business and innovation. At times, our local leaders are faced with questions on the finer points of protocol, since they are more regularly interacting with diplomats and business representatives from other countries. Proper application of time-honored standards of protocol can be vital to encouraging cooperative relationships, and nurturing cultural ties and positive communication.
The Silicon Valley Office of Protocol has helped forge productive contacts between government and business representatives from diverse cultures. Utilizing this office’s varied services can help assure successful interactions.
Helping businesses, government officials, organizations and individuals in Silicon Valley “put their best face forward” is the primary focus of the Silicon Valley Office of Protocol.
Heads of state from Japan and Brazil visited earlier this year, following earlier trips by the leaders of Ireland, Israel, Russia and Malaysia. The region is so popular that last year the nonprofit Silicon Valley Office of Protocol opened its doors to help with the finer points of international diplomacy, including etiquette and manners.
Silicon Valley has had such a flood of high-level visitors of late that, last year, it opened the non-profit Silicon Valley Office of Protocol to advise tech leaders on how to deal with their important visitors.