The International Center is a catalyst to inform, convene and connect public, private and civic global objectives in Indiana.
In July, The International Center hosted a cohort of 10 senior Mexican law enforcement officers for a study tour on data-driven policing.  Administered by Global Ties U.S., the Police Professionalization Exchange Program for Mexico (PPEP) is a program of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), through the U.S. Embassy in Mexico. The program is designed to provide training and professional development to 3,800 police officials from Mexico over a three year period.

This was the second consecutive year Indianapolis served as a destination for the program which is made possible by the Merida Initiative, a security cooperation agreement between the United States and the government of Mexico. The International Center was able to arrange a comprehensive program by coordinating federal, state, and local law enforcement resources that included: the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Indiana National Guard; the Indiana Department of Homeland Security; the Indiana Fusion Center; and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

The International Center would like to thank all of the professional resources that contributed their time and expertise to making the program a success. Special words of gratitude go out to Captain David Allender, a long time supporter of The Center's exchange programs, for assisting in developing meaningful law enforcement exchanges over the years. Captain Allender is nearing retirement after 45 years of service to the IMPD.
Winner to be announced at August 23 ICY Dinner
The International Center is pleased to announce the three finalists for the new Global Impression Award (GIA): Dr. Brooke Kandel-Cisco, Jennifer Pearl and Dr. Rachel Vreeman .

Kandel-Cisco is the Assistant Professor of Education and Director for the METL and International Baccalaureate Programs at Butler University. Pearl is the Director of International Programs with the Indy Chamber. And Vreeman is the Director of Research for the IU Center for Global Health and Indiana-led AMPATH Consortium.

The winner will be announced on August 23 as part of the International Citizen of the Year Award Dinner honoring Governor Eric J. Holcomb.

The Global Impression Award was created in 2018 in response to the growing number of young leaders advancing Indiana’s global profile and appeal. The award is intended to showcase and celebrate emerging leaders throughout the state whose work is directly impacting the globalization of Indiana.

Marsha Stone, The Center’s Board Chair, acknowledged the quality of all nominated. “The Board and committee are impressed with all of the nominees, and selecting a winner was no easy task. The incredible young talent we have in Indianapolis and across the state is evident with the caliber of individuals nominated, and particularly among the three finalists.”

Each finalist’s nomination may be read by clicking here .
Throughout the rich history of the International Citizen of the Year Award, The International Center has honored business titans, civic leaders, mayors, educators, senators, ambassadors and congressional representatives. But on only three occasions has the award been bestowed on a sitting Governor of Indiana.

This year The Center is honored and privileged to be presenting the award to the Honorable Eric J. Holcomb who, together with a talented administration, has worked tirelessly to advance Indiana’s global interests during his term as governor. The previous two governors honored as ICY recipients were The Honorable Robert D. Orr in 1986, and The Honorable Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. in 2010. Governor Daniels also serves as an event Co-Chair, along with Melissa Proffitt, for this year’s ICY event.

A limited number of seats remain for the August 23 event at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.
Additional information about the International Citizen of the Year Award Dinner may be found by visiting The International Center’s website ( ). If interested in purchasing a table or individual seats, contact Laura Limp at or 317-296-7767. Seating is limited.
The International Center’s Workshops, presented by Lumina Foundation, will prepare you to succeed in engaging across cultures – whether you’re a seasoned global professional or new to intercultural interactions.

Friday, August 17 is the third installment of The International Center's 2018 Workshop Series - Broadening Global Perspectives. The focus of the half-day intercultural communication training will be on Global Competency. The session will be facilitated by The Center's Global Competency Training Manager, Ansuyah Naiken, and will feature interactive and dynamic learning opportunities for professionals in a variety of fields. A few spots are still available, and the group size will be limited to optimize the experience of all of the participants. For more information and to register for the workshop click the button below.
In July The Center hosted a group of Columbian visitors as part of its International Visitor Leadership Program. The group’s focus was access to higher education for underserved communities . This provided an ideal opportunity for The Center to engage professional resources in both Indianapolis and West Lafayette.
Programming included visits with some of The Center's Global Society partners including: Strada Education Network, Ivy Tech Community College, and Purdue University. Visitors spent a full day on campus in West Lafayette learning about Purdue's Extension programming, Student Success Programs, Purdue Global, and the University's Peace Project.

Back in Indianapolis, visitors had engaging meetings with Indiana Latino Institute, Starfish Initiative, Ivy Tech, and Strada Education Network. Their final evening in Indianapolis was spent sharing a meal with Alecia Kissel, and Linda and Tim Robb, home hospitality hosts extraordinaire!

Special recreational highlights included cheering on the Indy Eleven soccer team and watching an Indianapolis Indians baseball game. We are grateful to community partners like these two sports team who generously shared tickets with us and created memorable experiences for our visitors!
The International Center held a networking reception on July 26 for our sponsors, clients, and community partners. The reception served to preview the 2018 course of Leadership Across Cultures presented by Lumina Foundation , which will take place on October 18 and 19. The networking reception opened with remarks from our event host and sponsor, Naomi Kwang of Barnes & Thornburg and President of ACSI. We also heard from past Leadership Across Cultures participant Fiorella Gambetta-Gibson of Allison Transmission, as well as Dr. Yulia Tolstikov-Mast of Indiana Tech who has presented at each year of the program. 

Leadership Across Cultures, The International Center’s premier two-day professional development program, puts participants at the conference table with leaders of Indiana’s global companies and universities. They learn from presenters who have faced the challenges of leading diverse teams, working across multiple time zones, and moving their companies into new international markets. Using an Intercultural Development Inventory assessment tool, they also learn the impact of culture on values, beliefs, and behaviors and identify strategies for effective leadership when working across cultures.

The course will be of most benefit to participants who are currently or soon-to-be employed in a management role with regular engagement with people of different cultures, including overseeing a multinational team, engaging with international clients and customers, and leading diversity and inclusion initiatives for a team or company. The course will be facilitated by Ansuyah Naiken , Global Competency Training Manager of The International Center. Featured presenters include Brian Cox of Roche, Rajan Gajaria of Corteva, Michael Overdorf of Eli Lilly and Company, and Dr. Yulia Tolstikov-Mast of Indiana Tech University.  

Registration is open through September 21 for a fee of $649, and an early-bird rate  of $549 is available until August 17. More information about the course and presenters is available by clicking the button below.
August 15
Indiana Roof Ballroom

August 17
The International Center

August 19
Monument Circle

September 14
Hickory Hall Polo Club

September 27
Biltwell Event Center

October 18-19
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November 2
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