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Meet The Center: Tyler Smoot

First things first: tell us a little about your background.  I grew up in the small Central Indiana town of Winchester which is “famous” for three things: we have the Winchester Speedway which, according to their website, is the fastest half-mile racetrack in the world; we have the factory that makes Wick’s Pies, the state sugar cream pie; and Robert Wise, director of The Sound of Music, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Day the Earth Stood Still, West Side Story, etc., was born there. I went to college at the University of Evansville, first for archaeology and then, after having
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Global Competency Spotlight: Franklin College

Tell us a little about you and your organization. Founded in 1834, Franklin College (FC) is a small liberal arts based institution located 20 miles south of Indianapolis in the city of Franklin. With 55 majors, 41 minors, and 11 pre-professional programs from which to choose, Franklin College offers students hands-on learning experiences, as well as a commitment to ethical leadership at home and abroad. Our campus emphasizes the importance of being exposed to global experiences both on- and off-campus while also striving to create a welcoming inclusive environment for international students to study in the United States. As
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Civic Engagement for Expatriates: Frae’s Story

In Ethiopia, where I grew up, giving is part of the culture.  After living in the USA for several years, there was a part of me that missed that feeling of connectedness to communities that result from giving and sharing. It was a void I could not quite fill through monetary donations alone. So I began to search for a different approach.  I started by first finding an environment to share my culture with others of similar backgrounds.  I joined Lilly AMECA ERG, an employee resource group that represents people from Africa, Middle East, and Central Asia. At AMECA,
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Meet The Center: Ashley Eason

First things first: tell us a little about your background.  Texas born and raised but I found my passion during my year in Moscow, three years in Memphis and the last seven years in D.C. Working for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition for the last three years has truly endeared me to the Midwest. Most of my previous colleagues had forgotten that I’m from Texas or that I lived abroad. I feel very much at home with the kindness, modesty and directness that I find in Indiana and across the Midwest. I’m motivated to make the world a better
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In View: United Kingdom

Indiana’s relationship with the UK  Indiana has developed and maintained a strong relationship with the United Kingdom through various cultural and economic ties. In 1999, the city of Fishers established a sister-city relationship with Billericay, Essex. The relationship has flourished since then through Fisher’s annual  Renaissance Faire, as they support the sister-city exchange by transforming the city into the Elizabethan town of Billericay. Indianapolis and Northhamptonshire County also share an important bond because of the sister-city program through their mutual interest and economic ties in the motor sports industry. Nowadays, Hoosier-British relations are further enhanced by the many business
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Celebrate: International Women’s Day

All of us can agree that, at its core, International Women’s Day is a celebration of women around the world. However, I believe it also serves as a reminder of the fact that the condition of women around the world can improve, not only at home, but also abroad. It establishes a sense of unity among women around the globe; it allows us to celebrate one another’s accomplishments, as well as recognize one another’s needs. On a day such as this, one might ask, “What exactly is an international woman?” While the answer to that question may vary from
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Global Indy: Creating a Globally Competitive Region

As the newly appointed Chief Economic Development Officer at the Indy Chamber, I oversee Indy Partnership, our nine-county region’s economic development organization, implement the Accelerate Indy Plan, our regional economic development strategy, and guide the Global Cities Strategy that maps out the path for our region to become a globally competitive center of business and livability. The Indianapolis Region has the key assets that are important for international companies to succeed, and now is the time to not only secure that knowledge locally, but be very deliberate in telling our story to the world. The three essential assets that
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Meet The Center: Angelique Barrere

First things first: tell us a little about yourself and your background.  My name is Angelique Barrere. I arrived in Indy 18 months ago after spending 8 fascinating years in China. I speak 4 languages besides English—including Chinese, German, Italian and French, my native tongue—and have extensive experience in global marketing. What drew you to your role at The International Center? I heard about The International Center a few months after I arrived. I found it a very interesting and unique place with great services. That’s why I offered to volunteer in the global competency department last year. Martin
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Global Competency Spotlight: Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center

Tell us about yourself and the Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center. We’re a full service neighborhood center. We have three main service areas, one of which is basic needs, which includes emergency food, housing and utility assistance, and evening meals. We also have Center-based and school-based services, which include before and after school programs, summer day camps, Head Start and community-based services at five public schools. Our third program area is adult learning and jobs. We’re a Center for Working Families site, which means we have employment and financial coaching, we have on-site HSE (high school equivalency), and we offer
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A Life Lived Abroad: Orawin’s Journey

As I started college, my parents encouraged me to travel, as they believe exploring the world will help me grow. My first time traveling abroad on my own was seven years ago. I spent two months traveling to Germany, Czech Republic, France, Austria and Hungary. That first taste of travelling left me with an amazing feeling. Two years later, I took my second journey. It was also great! It wasn’t always beautiful, but I had an unforgettable experience. After I graduated and worked for six years, I decided to pursue my master’s degree in the United States, and this
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