Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman and Company, is The Center's 2013 International Citizen of the Year
Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman and Company, is The International Center’s 2013 International Citizen of the Year. The awards dinner and program on October 2, 2013, attended by 500 guests, was held at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. In addition to a tribute befitting such a deserving honoree, reception and dinner guests were treated to a serenade by up-and-coming concert baritonist Evan Bravos, as well as a performance by local cultural gems known as Dance Kaleidoscope.
Speaking of gems, The International Center presented to Mark, as a gift commemorating the occasion, a gemstone globe featuring semi-precious stones from around the world.
All of us at The International Center extend our special thanks to our Global Society Sponsors, table patrons, in-kind sponsors, Maribeth Smith & Associates, interns, volunteers and the staff at the JW Marriott for making this such a special and memorable occasion!
Diane Thomas Named Honorary Consul of France in Indianapolis
Congratulations to Diane Thomas, president and CEO of The International Center, who was recently named to the additional post of Honorary Consul of France in Indianapolis. The installation ceremony on March 17, 2013 was conducted by Graham Paul (left), Consul General of France in Chicago, who traveled to Indianapolis for the occasion.
Diane’s installation was witnessed by some 50 members of the French American community in Indianapolis at a private reception hosted at the home of IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz (right). In her role as Honorary Consul, she will assist citizens of France while visiting or living in Indiana, and will facilitate trade and friendship between the peoples of the United States and France.
Portuguese Major and Romanian Editor for Dinner? Must be Friday.
“Hosting State Department dinners is one of my favorite things, so of course I said yes when asked…even if the party was on Friday, and it was already Wednesday afternoon. I did my grocery shopping Thursday after work, prepared the soup and vegetables, then set the table before heading to bed. On Friday, I arrived home at 4:30 p.m. and immediately enlisted my friend Jane Gehlhausen, director of International & Cultural Affairs at City of Indianapolis, to cut flowers from the garden and arrange a few bouquets. I put the roast in the oven, cut the bread, prepared scalloped potatoes and got the vegetables ready to reheat. Meanwhile, we opened wine. If I’ve learned one thing along the way, it’s that wine is a great enabler of good conversation, so I always have plenty on hand – unless our visitors are from Muslim countries where alcohol isn’t served.
"Our interns picked up the guests and arrived promptly at six, joined by past International Center Board Chair Florence May and her father. I offered drinks and conversation quickly ensued. For most of our visitors, this is their only opportunity to spend relaxed time in an American home, talking openly and asking candid questions. These guests were particularly lively and, along with the mix of ages, experiences and points of view represented in the room, it was clear we were in for some great discussion.
“The point of this program is to open up each other’s eyes to the world, in a personal way that defies the abstract images we see on television or other media," Diane finishes. “It’s a front row seat to U.S. foreign policy…with wine!”
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India: Newest Theme Of Cross Cultural Communication Workshop
Planning a business venture or vacation adventure in India? If so, you should consider registering for The International Center's Cross Cultural Workshop on India. The workshop will take place on Friday, November 22nd, from 8:30-noon.
The half-day workshop will be held at One Indiana Square (Regions Bank Building) in downtown Indianapolis. The workshop will include an introduction to understand Indian culture, communication and business etiquette, and protocol. It is appropriate for representatives of business, industry and government - as well as members of the public - who are planning to be introduced to Indian culture for the first time and, of course, those who would find a refresher course useful.
Attendance is limited to 15 participants to maximize the learning experience, so reserve your seat soon at: www.india-workshop.eventbrite.com
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We hope to see you there!