The chief executive officer of The International Center in Indianapolis says a new leadership program does not fit the mold of a typical program. The organization this month unveiled the James T. Morris Leadership Series, named after the noted Indianapolis business and community leader and former executive director of the United Nation’s World Food Programme. Martin Baier says the program is focused on leading effectively across cultures.
Baier talked about the program on a recent edition of Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick.
“We proud and honored that Jim Morris is associated with the program,” said Baier. “This is not your basic leadership course. The program is delivered over five full-day monthly sessions and our confirmed sessions hosts are organizations that play a key role in Indiana’s global landscape. Our participants will learn about global leadership from a mix of high-level presenters, speakers and panelists, but also facilitated dialogues and activities.”
Some of the hosts for the sessions include the Indiana Economic Development Corp., the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Taft, and the Indianapolis Airport Authority.
Applications for the program are being accepted through mid-June.
The International Center aims to serve as a catalyst for Indiana’s international growth. The organization helps businesses with logistics for international employees and experts coming to the state, and also hosts delegations and dignitaries from around the world.
The leadership series is the most recent new program launched by The International Center, following the 2018 launch of the Global Impression Award. The program honors emerging leaders who are in the early stage of their careers but are already helping to make a global impact for Indiana.
“There is some incredible work that is being done here in our state that has worldwide impact and we want to celebrate and showcase these outstanding efforts and the young talents behind them,” said Baier.
The 2019 Global Impression Award recipient was George Srour, co-founder of Indianapolis-based Building Tomorrow. Baier says the nonprofit is doing “incredible work for children in east Africa.”
Nominations for the 2020 award will be accepted from June 1 to July 15.