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The Board of Directors of The International Center has selected  Michael I. Crowther , CEO of the Indianapolis Zoological Society, as recipient of the 2019 International Citizen of the Year Award (ICY), which honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the globalization of Indiana. The ICY award will be presented at a dinner and ceremony on  Tuesday, October 8, 2019 , at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis.

Mike Crowther, who will be the 33rd recipient of the ICY award, is considered the founder of the biennial Indianapolis Prize, recognized as the world’s leading award for animal conservation. The Indianapolis Prize has positioned Indianapolis as an international hub of wildlife conservation leadership and brings global attention to the city with more than two billion media impressions during each two-year cycle. Additionally, during Mike’s tenure as CEO at the Indianapolis Zoo, the local attraction received the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Angela Peterson Excellence in Diversity Award.

Martin Baier, president and CEO of The International Center, said, “Michael Crowther and The Indianapolis Prize embody the very values that The International Center holds dear and which Indianapolis exhibits to the rest of the world . . . passion, integrity and excellence. The Indianapolis Prize began with one humble man who had an idea that could – and would – have worldwide impact. We look forward to working with our ICY Co-Chairs and the community to create a memorable event celebrating the man — Michael Crowther — and his accomplishments that have touched and had such an impact on the world.”
Global Ties U.S. president and CEO Katherine Brown gave the keynote address at the International Center's Annual Meeting on February 15 at the Eiteljorg Museum. Sharing her firsthand insights on the importance of citizen diplomacy with an audience of more than 100 guests, Brown praised The International Center as an exemplar within the network. Global Ties U.S. is the Washington, D.C. based nonprofit partner of the U.S. Department of State.

Martin Baier recounted highlights of 2018, which was a great year for the International Center as it provided Global Competency Training for multicultural work teams, Destination Services for international transferees and their families in Indiana, and Protocol Services in support of government and business officials who form delegations to bring Indiana to the world and the world to Indiana.

International Center board member Priscila Vansetti, director of global strategy and business development for Corteva, announced retiring Indianapolis Zoo President Michael Crowther as the 2019 International Citizen of the Year. The International Center will honor Crowther at an award dinner on October 8 at the historic Indiana Roof Ballroom. Contact The International Center for sponsorship information. 
Do you speak Spanish, Portuguese, and/or Mandarin? If so, The International Center needs you!

We are in search of volunteers to help us staff our annual International Lounge at the  Fire Department Instructor's Conference  at the Indianapolis Convention Center on April 10 - 13. Volunteers will be tasked with creating a welcoming environment for firefighters from around the globe and answering questions about Indianapolis.

If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact 
March 2
Peace Learning Center
6040 DeLong Road 
Indianapolis, IN 46254

March 8
Woodstock Club
1301 West 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208

March 21
Willows on Westfield
6729 Westfield Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46220
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