The Global Impression Award recognizes individuals whose professional accomplishments are strengthening ties between Indiana and the global community.  Overview  2019 GIA finalist Andrea Richter-Garry serves as Vice President of International Engagement for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). Through her work, Richter-Garry is dedicated to attracting foreign direct investment into the state of Indiana. Her dedication to bringing Indiana to the forefront of the international stage is exactly what the Global Impression Award honors. She is very active within the community, serving as a board member for the State International Development Organizations, American China Society of Indiana, and Women4Change.  


Get to know 2019 Global Impression Award finalist, Dr. Sherri Bucher!

Expand your cultural experience… without leaving your couch

You may not yet be ready to venture into a sit-down restaurant or to book a seat on the next flight to Europe, but with just a laptop, a notebook, and a decently stocked kitchen, there are plenty of things you can do from the comfort and safety of your own home to feel a greater connection with what the wider world has to offer. Expand Your Palette The International Marketplace is a local coalition of restaurants and businesses in the Lafayette Square area of Indianapolis. Though many cultural events are on hold, this community of shops is still


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Dreaming of Paris

Read along as our intern Ellie takes you on her first trip abroad!

3 Good Practices to Virtually Engage Across Cultures

Peter Kirkwood, Protocol Officer, explains three practices to globally engage across cultures.

Meet The Center: Rebecca VanVliet

First things first: tell us a little about your background.  I’m a Hoosier transplant – originally from Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus and the home of Wendy’s, giant concrete corn, and the largest three-day Irish festival in the world. I moved to Indy a few years ago to attend Butler University to study marketing. I loved Indy too much to leave after graduation, and so now I live in Irvington with over a dozen houseplants at various levels of life.  What drew you to your role at The International Center? I started with The Center as the spring

Meet The Center: Leslie Grishin

First things first: tell us a little about your background.  Originally from Indianapolis, the travel bug bit early and I’ve always enjoyed learning about different countries, cultures, and languages. Spending my senior year of high school as a Rotary Exchange Student in Germany helped to set my future professional direction and solidified my love of travel. Later, I spent time teaching ESL in Japan before coming back to Indiana for graduate school. Most of my professional background was spent in International Higher Education, but I’m quite excited to now shift gears and join The International Center as the International

Meet The Center: Audrey Hughey

First things first: tell us a little about your background.  I’m a local girl. My degree is in Geography…who lives where and why. I got my passport before my driver’s license. I prefer my Geography without an itinerary, round trip tickets, guidebook, map, phone, apps, watch, camera, etc. Just go, Be. You never know what the tide might bring in. This is how I came to drive a train in Paris, catch a Muskie in Canada, hear Oscar Peterson play “Back Home Again in Indiana” at the Montreux Jazz Festival, romp in an open field with a tiger cub

Meet The Center: Sandra Pfister

First things first: tell us a little about your background.  Was born in Germany. Hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Psychology. Lived and worked in Germany, USA, Australia and France. What drew you to your role at The International Center? I liked what the IC does and in particular the role in Relocations as having moved and lived overseas myself, I can relate. What is your favorite aspect of your role? I like to arrange/organize and help people who come from overseas settle in Indiana. If you have traveled or lived abroad, which location was the most impactful on