Registration Now Open
The International Center is proud to introduce and pilot Leadership Across Cultures, an interactive training program focused on providing global leaders with a deeper understanding of multicultural exchanges. This specially tailored training program is for professional leaders who recognize how culture can impact any relationship and who value multicultural awareness in a professional setting.
Interested participants can click here for more specific details regarding the program including curriculum, guest speakers and presenters.
Opening Reception: Thursday August 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Workshop Dates: August 8, 15 and 22, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Graduation Dinner: August 22, 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Regions Tower Conference Center
Register by July 15 for $875 per individual
Registration Deadline August 1 for $975 per individual
Workshop Participants Will Be Provided With:
- An overview of German culture
- Instructions on business etiquette and
protocol in Germany
- An understanding and appreciation of
- Intercultural communication tools
- Information about how culture influences
perceptions, values and beliefs
Friday, August 22, 2014
Networking Breakfast: 8:30-9:00 a.m.
Workshop: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
The International Center
One Indiana Square/Suite 2000
Indianapolis, IN 46204
$95 per person, includes materials and
Contact Peter Kirkwood
317-955-5150 x 225
Click here to register now.
Save the Date
The International Center has selected Mayor Greg Ballard and First Lady Winnie Ballard as dual recipients of its 2014 International Citizen of the Year award. The pair will be honored at a September 9, 2014 dinner and awards program at The Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis.
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.”
Click here for more information on how to become a Global Society Sponsor for this event.
Now accepting applications for the 2014 Festival Fund grant program.
To learn more about this grant program, please visit our Festival Fund page for information about qualifications, guidelines, and materials for your application.
If you are curious about festivals and events we have supported in the past, join us in congratulating and thanking our 2013 Festival Fund awardees! For a full report of these events click here.
The International Center, in partnership with the Indianapolis Foundation, is excited to spend another year supporting this program and as a result, the enrichment of cultural diversity in our community.
Please contact Kaitlyn Neel at email@example.com if you have any questions.
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!”
To find out more about being an International Center dinner hospitality volunteer, click the Volunteer Now button.