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THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER ANNOUNCES THREE AWARD FINALISTS

Meet the 2020 Global Impression Award finalists!

THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBER; ANNOUNCES 2021 OFFICERS

(INDIANAPOLIS – December 1, 2020) – The International Center’s Board of Directors has elected John Gaidoo as its newest member. Gaidoo serves as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Global Employment and Labor Relations, at Cummins, where he has worked since 2011. His term as an ex-officio member of The Center’s Board of Directors will begin in January 2021. Additionally, The Center’s Board elected new officers for the 2021 year as follows: Board Chair, Priscila Vansetti, Corteva Agriscience Immediate Past Chair, Julie K. Griffith, Indiana Innovation Institute Secretary and Governance Chair, Ryan Marques, Lewis Kappes Treasurer and Finance Chair, Jill
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ANGELA SMITH JONES JOINS THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS

(Indianapolis — October 1) – The International Center welcomes Angela Smith Jones, J.D. to its board of directors.   Smith Jones recently took on a new professional role as Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Marion County Health and Hospital Corp. She previously served the City of Indianapolis as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development from 2016 to 2020.  As deputy mayor, Smith Jones directed business attraction, retention and expansion, in addition to supporting job growth and development, specifically focusing on opportunities for talent with diverse backgrounds.   Earlier in her career, Angela served as General Counsel and Director of Policy and Legislation with the Indy Chamber. As a lobbyist, she advocated for immigration and non-discriminatory policies and global business advancement.   A native of Indiana, Smith Jones received her undergraduate degree from Miami University
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 THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL COHORT FOR JAMES T. MORRIS GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SERIES 

Meet the 24 global leaders participating in the first-ever Morris Series!

LESLIE GRISHIN NAMED NEWEST BOARD MEMBER OF INDIANA COUNCIL ON WORLD AFFAIRS

(INDIANAPOLIS – July 16, 2020) – Leslie Grishin, International Visitors Program Manager at The International Center, has been selected as the new board member for Indiana Council on World Affairs. She will replace Ashley Eason, VP of Programs and Services at The Center, who previously served in this role.   “I am excited to have the opportunity to join the board and continue to strengthen the relationship between both The International Center and Indiana Council on World Affairs. The Indiana Council on World Affairs provides meaningful opportunities to educate more Hoosiers on important international events and their relevance to U.S.
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PETER KIRKWOOD NAMED NEW INDIANA STATE REPRESENATATIVE FOR SISTER CITIES INTERNATIONAL

(INDIANAPOLIS – June 17, 2020) – Peter Kirkwood, Protocol Officer at The International Center, has been selected as the new Indiana State Representative for Sister Cities International effective July 1, 2020. He will replace Jane Gehlhausen, who served in this role for four years.   “We are experiencing an unprecedented awareness of global connectedness throughout the world at this time, and citizen diplomats have an important role to promote peace and strengthen local communities,” said Kirkwood. “I am most looking forward to seeing the growth in exchanges among Indiana cities and their partners.”  Peter began working with Sister Cities International
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THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERSHIP PROGRAM NAMED IN HONOR OF JIM MORRIS

(Indianapolis – May 1, 2020) – The International Center has announced the new James T. Morris Global Leadership Series, Indiana’s first and only program of its kind. Applications to participate in the program, which will begin in August, are available on The Center’s website between May 1 and June 15.   The program is named for Indiana’s own Jim Morris in honor of his decades of global leadership, including his current presidentially appointed role as the U.S. representative on the executive board of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Morris has also served as executive director of the United
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