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THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER ADDS TWO KEY MEMBERS TO ITS TEAM

INDIANAPOLIS – February 2, 2017… The International Center has selected Ashley B. Eason as its new vice president of programs and services. She assumes the role vacated by Martin Baier who became president and CEO of the organization in January 2017. Eason and her husband relocated to Indianapolis from Washington, D.C., where she served as a regional outreach director for the Midwest for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. Eason received her bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University before earning her master’s degree from American University in international peace and conflict resolution. The International Center also hired Angelique Barrere as
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THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER SELECTS MARTIN BAIER AS NEXT PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

INDIANAPOLIS – November 21, 2016 . . . The International Center’s Board of Directors has selected Martin Baier to replace Diane Thomas as president and chief executive officer of the organization, effective January 4, 2017. Thomas, who has led The Center for the past decade, announced plans earlier this year to leave the organization at the end of 2016 to prepare for a 27-month engagement with the Peace Corps in a role as an NGO advisor in Ukraine. Following a nationwide search led by IC Board member Joerg Schreiber, Baier, who currently serves as The International Center’s vice president of
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Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie to be honored by The International Center as the 2016 International Citizen of the Year

INDIANAPOLIS and BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – (September 6, 2016) – Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie will be honored by The International Center as the 2016 International Citizen of the Year before an audience of more than 500 people at the Indiana Roof Ballroom on Tuesday, Sept. 20. “The mission of The International Center is to inform, convene and connect public, private and civic global objectives in Indiana,” said Diane Thomas, president and CEO of The International Center and honorary French consul. “We have long felt that Dr. McRobbie is the embodiment of The Center’s overarching goal. All of us
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THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER’S PRESIDENT AND CEO TO DEPART ORGANIZATION FOR PEACE CORPS ASSIGNMENT

INDIANAPOLIS – July 28, 2016 . . . Diane Thomas, President and CEO of The International Center since 2006, has accepted an opportunity to serve with the Peace Corps in Ukraine.  She will leave The Center at the end of the year to prepare for her 27-month assignment which she will assume in March, 2017. “Leading the International Center has been an opportunity of a lifetime,” said Thomas. “It has been a fabulous experience to watch the growing internationalization of our city and state, and to lead an organization designed specifically to inform, convene and connect public, private and
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The International Center Receives Lilly Foundation Grant and Launches Civic Engagement Program for Expatriates

INDIANAPOLIS – (March 21, 2016)… The International Center has received a $237,000 grant from the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation.  To be awarded in installments over the next three years, the grant will serve to support general operations for the organization as well as provide funding for the launch of a new International Center program, Civic Engagement for Expatriates. With grant support from the Lilly Foundation and through a partnership with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the new Civic Engagement for Expatriates program offers participants the opportunity to develop their leadership profiles and enrich their experiences
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The International Center to honor IU President McRobbie as 2016 International Citizen of the Year

Feb. 12, 2016 INDIANAPOLIS and BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie will receive the 2016 International Citizen of the Year Award, which honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the globalization of Indiana. McRobbie will receive the award from The International Center at a special dinner and ceremony on Sept. 20 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis. Last year marked the 30th anniversary for the award, which was established in 1985 to recognize Hoosiers who have fostered a world view in Indiana through business, culture, education, government, medicine, research, media, sports and community service.
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Export Indiana Fellowship Program Seeking Applicants

(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – November 17, 2015) . . . The Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship’s Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) and The International Center have created a partnership along with Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management to promote the growth of small business by supplying export-ready businesses with the tools and professional expertise necessary to export their goods and services successfully at the international level through the Export Indiana Fellowship Program. Recognizing Indiana has a shortage of exporting consultants and experts to help entrepreneurs enter into international markets, the Export Indiana Fellowship Program was established in
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The International Center Honors John Lechleiter as International Citizen of the Year

(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – October 7, 2015) . . . Dr. John C. Lechleiter, Ph.D., chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Eli Lilly and Company, is recipient of the 2015 International Citizen of the Year award. Dr. Lechleiter was honored at a special dinner and ceremony on Oct. 6, 2015 at The Indiana Roof Ballroom. The award was presented by former International Citizen of the Year honoree Sidney Taurel, chairman emeritus, Eli Lilly and Company. This occasion marked the 30th anniversary of the International Citizen of the Year award, which was established in 1985 to honor individuals who have
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THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER’S FLAG PROGRAM OBTAINS NEW SPONSOR

(Indianapolis, IN – August 18, 2015) . . . The International Center has received a $7,000 grant from the Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr., Memorial Foundation, Inc. to support The Center’s Flag Program. The Flag Program, comprised of all 193 flags of the United Nations, was formed in 2011 as a result of a community need for flags at multicultural events taking place in the greater Indianapolis area. The Center maintains the flag collection and provides them, along with the expertise and equipment necessary for appropriate display, to various community organizations hosting or participating in multicultural events within Marion Country
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Indianapolis Sister Cities Program Wins Sister Cities International’s Innovation Award

(WASHINGTON, DC – June 11, 2015) . . . Indianapolis Sister Cities International (ISCI), directed by the Mayor’s Office of International and Cultural Affairs in partnership with The International Center, has won this year’s Innovation Award for Arts and Culture from the Sister Cities International’s (SCI) Annual Awards for a city with a population greater than 500,001. The Annual Awards Program, established in 1962, showcases the achievements of standout sister city programs and brings international recognition to communities’ contribution to citizen diplomacy. Sister Cities International recognized ISCI for its success with the 2014 Sister Cities Fest in Indianapolis, a
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