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John C. Lechleiter, Ph.D., who serves as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Indianapolis-based global pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Company, has been selected by the Board of Directors of The International Center as recipient of the 2015 International Citizen of the Year Award. The award will be presented at a tribute dinner and program at the Indiana Roof Ballroom on October 6, 2015.
Honorary Co-Chairs for the event represent a corporate and civic Who’s Who of previous award recipients, former Eli Lilly and Company top executives, global corporate community peer CEOs, and top civic leaders. This year’s Honorary Co-Chairs include:
Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.*, President, Purdue University
Tim Hassinger, President and CEO, Dow AgroSciences
Tom Linebarger, Chairman and CEO, Cummins
Anne Nobles, Senior Vice President, Eli Lilly and Company (retired)
Jack Phillips, President and CEO, Roche Diagnostics
Sidney Taurel*, Chairman Emeritus, Eli Lilly and Company
Ambassador Randall L. Tobias*, Chairman Emeritus, Eli Lilly and Company
Dr. Margaret Watanabe, Clinical Assistant Professor Emerita for the IU School of Medicine
*Past ICY award recipients
Marsha Stone, Senior Director of Enterprise Development for the Indianapolis International Airport and James T. Morris, Vice Chairman of Pacers Sports & Entertainment, will serve as Event Co-Chairs. Both Event Co-Chairs are members of The International Center’s Board of Directors, and Jim Morris was honored as International Citizen of the Year Award in 2005.
The International Citizen of the Year Award was established in 1985 to honor individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the globalization of Indiana in business, culture, education, government, medicine, research, media, sports or community service. Most recent honorees were Mayor Greg and Mrs. Winnie Ballard in 2014, and Mark Miles in 2013.
Sponsorship, table sales, and individual ticket information will be available at a later date, if you would like more information, please contact Magdalena Josipovic.
Date: Friday, June 5, 2015
Time: Networking Breakfast: 8:30-9:00 a.m.
Workshop: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: The International Center
One Indiana Square/Suite 2000
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Cost: $95 per person, includes materials and
Questions: Contact Peter Kirkwood
317-955-5150 x 225
Workshop Participants Will Be Provided With:
- An overview of Mexican culture
- Instructions on business etiquette and protocol in Mexico
- An understanding and appreciation of intercultural differences
- Intercultural communication tools
- Information about how culture influences perceptions, values and beliefs
Workshop attendance is limited to 15 attendees in order to maximize the learning experience.
Outstanding Community Partner
Earlier this winter, The International Center was chosen as the recipient of an Outstanding Community Partner award by Indianapolis Sister Cities International at a special celebration.
The Indianapolis Sister Cities Celebration held in December was the culmination of another year of cultural, educational, civic, and business engagement and exchange with Indy's international partner cities. More than 300 people attended. The event was to celebrate, recognize and thank their volunteers, excellence in programming and their community partners.
As a recipient of an Outstanding Community Partner Award, The Center was recognized as having been vital to advancing the ISCI mission by collaborating in programming and promoting Indy as a global city. "We are very grateful for these organizations who are actively engaged with the Sister City program as we strive to improve global awareness and understanding in Indianapolis," said Jane Gehlhausen, Director of International and Cultural Affairs, Mayor's Office.
International Citizen of the Year 2014
The International Center honored Mayor Greg Ballard and First Lady Winnie Ballard as dual recipients of its 2014 International Citizen of the Year on September 9, 2014 at a special dinner and program at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.
Pictured above from left to right is Diane Thomas, President and CEO of The International Center; Michael Overdorf, International Center Board Chair; Mayor Greg Ballard; Mr. P.E. MacAllister; Mrs. Winnie Ballard; Robert Vane, Event Emcee; Erica Ballard; Greg Ballard, Jr.; and Melissa Proffitt Reese, Event Chair.
The International Citizen of the Year award was established in 1985 to honor individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the globalization of Indiana in business, culture, education, government, medicine, research, media, sports, or community service. The Ballards join an illustrious list of prominent community leaders who have been honored as past International Citizens of the Year for their contributions in one or more of these areas. Former winners include Senator Richard Lugar; Congressman Lee Hamilton; Governors Mitch Daniels and Robert Orr; Mayor William Hudnut; Jim Morris; K.P. Singh; Sidney Taurel; Christel DeHaan, the late Rev. Fr. Boniface Hardin and Dr. Martin Jischke, among others. The 2013 award recipient was Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company.
“The Mayor and Mrs. Ballard were the unanimous selection by The International Center’s Board of Directors as our 2014 International Citizen of the Year honorees,” said Michael Overdorf, board chairman. “They embody, through their values and their actions, a spirit of cultural diversity and inclusiveness; of global leadership; and of the mutual benefits of global trade and investment. We look forward to bringing together friends of The International Center and champions of the Ballards to honor them for their substantial achievements.”
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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