Global Impression Award

The Global Impression Award, a new award established in 2018, honors individuals who are demonstrating success in their profession, directly impacting the global community within Indiana, and whose work has a considerable impact on a vision for an Indiana that is a vibrant place to live and work, while valuing all cultures.

Nominees will be considered from all regions within Indiana and from all sectors of the community.

The nomination deadline for 2018 has ended. We look forward to seeing you in 2019.

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2018 Global Impression Award Finalists

Dr. Brooke Kandel-Cisco

Associate Professor of Education and Director for the METL and International Baccalaureate Programs at Butler University

Global Impression Award Nomination Letter

Dr. Kandel is an ideal candidate for the Global Impression Award. Her many contributions to the Indianapolis community are in complete alignment with The Internal Center’s vision “for an Indiana that is a vibrant place to live and work, while valuing all cultures.”

Dr. Kandel has served as a fellow with the Desmond Tutu Center for Peace, Reconciliation and Global Justice in 2015. The mission of the Desmond Tutu Center is to understand, enhance and impact the local and global discourse around peace, reconciliation, and global justice by cultivating research, promoting the exchange and understanding of global issues, developing young leaders and nurturing concern about peace and justice among civic, religious, and academic leaders. Along with a colleague, she created a documentary highlighting the story of one group of Karen refugees from Burma who were relocated to the northside of Indianapolis. The documentary has been shown widely across the Indianapolis community, including the 2018 Spirit and Place event at Butler University.

Throughout her career, Dr. Kandel has done important work in Cuba, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic as a servant-leader and as a student. A passionate supporter of study abroad, Dr. Kandel shares her love of the world with others. In 2019, Dr. Kandel will lead a group of Butler University students to the Dominican Republic to teach a class titled Multilingual Learners and Their Cultural Contexts. This is a class Dr. Kandel also teaches in a traditional format on Butler’s campus. It focuses on the cultural practices and norms that affect language development and academic success of multilingual learners who are learning English as a new language. She uses her vast knowledge of culturally responsive pedagogy to help teachers engage students from non-dominant cultures in meaningful learning.

Her curriculum vitae highlights her publications and presentations related to teaching English as a new language. You will also notice her work as the lead editor for the INTESOL journal. Along with her role as associate professor and the chair of graduate programs, Dr. Kandel is the director of the International Baccalaureate Teaching and Learning program at Butler. She also teaches classes in the curriculum.

Dr. Kandel is a tireless advocate for international communities in Indiana. Whether it is her work as an educator, writer, speaker, curriculum developer, or documentary creator, Dr. Kandel works hard to make our state a welcoming place for all. For these reasons, I believe Dr. Kandel would be an outstanding recipient for the Global Impression Award. Thank you.

Jennifer Pearl

Director of International Programs at the Indy Chamber

Global Impression Award Nomination Letter

I have never crossed paths with someone more passionate about international affairs and global trade than Jennifer Pearl. While the Indy Chamber has been honored with her contributions to the organization over the last year, her work in the international arena is much less recent.

Jennifer holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs and East Asian studies from Indiana University, and began her career at National Public Radio in Washington D.C. After her tenure in our nation’s capital, Jennifer pursued an opportunity managing global partnerships for the Indiana University School of Public Health. Five years and a wealth of knowledge later, Jennifer became senior consultant with North Head in Beijing, China, a public affairs and strategic communications firm for multinational clients doing business in Asia and across international markets.

Fast forward to a year ago, and the Indy Chamber was looking for a candidate to execute its global trade and investment strategy outlined by the Global Cities Initiative of Brookings and JPMorgan Chase. Jennifer hit the ground running in this new role, forging new relationships with international resource partners. Perhaps one of her most impactful accomplishments thus far has been the selection and distribution of $5,500 GoGlobal Export Acceleration Grants, a program funded by JPMorgan Chase to aid small and medium sized businesses in considering the benefits of exporting. These grants have been primarily used to attend global trade shows and conferences to expose international markets to quality goods and services of the Indianapolis region.

While I could go on to list all the many reasons why Jennifer is the ideal candidate for this honor, I will leave you with this: Jennifer Pearl is the embodiment of a global marketer. She has made it her life’s work to connect the dots between local business and global opportunities. I have no doubt that she will continue to be impactful in the arena for many years to come.

Dr. Rachel Vreeman

Director of Research for the IU Center for Global Health and Indiana-led AMPATH Consortium

Global Impression Award Nomination Letter

It is with great enthusiasm that I nominate Dr. Rachel Vreeman for the International Center’s Global Impression Award.

In the ten years that she has been a faculty member at Indiana University, Dr. Vreeman has done more to advance global health research and Indiana’s reputation in global health than any other young faculty member in the State of Indiana. As the director of research for the Indiana University Center for Global Health (IUCGH) and as the co-director of research of the AMPATH research network, Dr. Vreeman leads and coordinates a large contingent of global health researchers from some of the most prestigious universities in our country, including Brown, Duke, Harvard, Notre Dame, Purdue, UCSF and Yale. She also collaborates with numerous researchers from many different countries.

Dr. Vreeman’s own research – focused on health disparities, access to care, stigma and adherence – touches on some of the most important challenges of our time, and the output from her research is relevant to health policy and medical practice across the globe. Her ability to compete for millions of dollars of research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other extramural sources speaks to both the quality of her research and her success in helping to fill the coffers of Indiana University and the State of Indiana.

Her numerous invited presentations nationally and internationally, leadership of international committees, and contributions as a reviewer to multiple high-quality journals are testaments to the high level of respect that she, and by extension, the State of Indiana have earned from leaders in her field. In my interactions with leaders in NIH’s Fogarty International Center, United State Agency for International Development, Centers for Disease Control, and the fourteen North American research-based institutions that comprise the AMPATH Consortium, I have been impressed by the high regard the leaders of all those intuitions have for Dr. Vreeman and for the leadership that she has displayed in advancing the cause of Indiana University and the State of Indiana around the globe.

Dr. Vreeman has proven herself to be an exceptional ambassador for Indiana University and the State of Indiana. She is a worthy and inspiring candidate for the Global Impression Award.

Thank you for considering this recommendation.


The Global Impression Award will honor up-and-coming leaders throughout the Hoosier state whose work is directly impacting the globalization of Indiana. We want to recognize and celebrate the young leaders whose work complements and enhances that of The Center: Expanding Indiana’s global interest through a variety of programs and services and through convening diverse interests that share common international goals. 

The Center will recognize the top three nominees at the International Citizen of the Year Dinner and Program, The Center’s premier annual stakeholder event.  This year, we will honor Indiana’s Governor, The Honorable Eric J. Holcomb, on August 23, 2018 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis.

The 2018 Global Impression Award winner, selected from among three finalists, will be announced during the event as an important new highlight to the evening’s program!

Award Committee

The International Center has assembled a five-person award committee responsible for selecting the top Global Impression Award nominees. No committee member is an International Center employee. A short list of potential winners will be provided to The International Center’s Board of Directors for final consideration. The vote will be blind, as nominees’ names will not be disclosed.

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Nomination Process

Nominations will be accepted beginning Monday, April 16, 2018. The final day nominations will be accepted will be Friday, June 15, 2018.  Nominations received after the closing date will not be considered. The top three nominees will be notified in July and invited and encouraged to attend the International Citizen of the Year Award Dinner as a guest of The International Center. The three finalists will be introduced, and the Global Impression Award recipient, selected from among the three finalists, will be announced and invited on stage to receive the award.

Nominees should be 42 years of age or younger. You must complete the nomination form and attach your nominee’s resume and/or CV and/or link to their public LinkedIn profile to be considered. 

You May Consider Attaching the Following to Your Nomination:

  1. Letters of recommendation in support of the nominee from those who have worked alongside them in their career
  2. Inclusion of news articles or press coverage about their work

Learn more about the Global Impression Award

Contact Laura Limp, Development Manager