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INTERNATIONAL CENTER CEO NAMED HONORARY FRENCH CONSUL

Martin Baier, president and CEO of The International Center, has been named Honorary French Consul to the State of Indiana. In his new role, Baier will act to assist citizens of France visiting or living in Indiana, and will facilitate trade and friendship between the peoples of the United States and France. Guillaume Lacroix, Consul General of France in Chicago, traveled to Indianapolis for Baier’s October 17 induction ceremony as part of a private reception for the members of the French-American community in Indiana, presented by BlueIndy, Delta Air Lines, the Indianapolis Airport Authority and The International Center at
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THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER RECEIVES GRANT FROM CHRISTEL DEHAAN FAMILY FOUNDATION

Indianapolis, IN – August 18, 2017 – The International Center has received a $5,000 grant from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation in support of the Festival Fund. The Festival Fund was established in 2011 to support and promote the activities of organizations in the greater Indianapolis area that enrich life by celebrating cultural diversity and expression and showcase the growing number of nationalities represented in Central Indiana. Qualifying community organizations may apply to receive funding to support their international or cultural event in grant awards ranging from $250-$2,000. The funds from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation will help the
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THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER ADDS TWO NEW EMPLOYEES, PROMOTES ONE

INDIANAPOLIS – August 9, 2017 – The International Center has added two new staff members, filling the roles of relocation services coordinator and relocation specialist. The Center has also promoted a member of its staff to the role of manager of protocol and visitor services. Jayne Howarth brings a wealth of international experience to her new role as relocation services coordinator. Jayne, a native of the United Kingdom who relocated from Codnor, England, earlier this year, joins The Center after a successful tenure as an intelligence researcher with the Derbyshire Police Force. Much like Jayne, The Center’s other new
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The International Center Receives Grant from The Indianapolis Foundation

INDIANAPOLIS … March 31, 2017 – The International Center has received a $30,000 grant from The Indianapolis Foundation, a community fund managed by the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), in support of The Center’s Festival Fund. The Festival Fund was established in 2011 to support and promote the activities of organizations in Central Indiana that enrich cultural life by celebrating understanding and appreciation for different cultures. Community organizations that meet the requirements for a Festival Fund grant may apply for a $500-$2,000 award to support their cultural event. In 2016, the Festival Fund supported 19 cultural events in Central
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The International Center to Honor Pacers Sports & Entertainment as 2017 International Citizen of the Year

INDIANAPOLIS – March 30, 2017 – The Board of Directors of The International Center have selected Pacers Sports & Entertainment as recipient of the 2017 International Citizen of the Year Award, which honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the globalization of Indiana. Pacers Sports & Entertainment, which encompasses the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, management of Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and the Pacers Foundation, will receive the award from The International Center at a special dinner and program on Sept. 13, 2017 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis. International Center Board members
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THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER ADDS THREE NEW EMPLOYEES, PROMOTES ONE

INDIANAPOLIS – March 23, 2017… The International Center has hired three new staff members, filling the roles of development manager, relocation services coordinator and office manager. The Center has also promoted a member of its marketing and development department. Laura Limp brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new role as The International Center’s development manager. The Indiana University graduate joins The Center after a successful stint as a development officer with Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. Limp plans to relocate to Central Indiana from Evansville this summer. Relocation services coordinator Danielle Reed has joined The
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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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