Meet the 2022 Global Impression Award finalists!

Tiffany Hanson

Tiffany Hanson

Manager of Strategic Engagement, LUNA Language Services

Tiffany serves as the manager of strategic engagement for LUNA Language Services, a translation and interpretation service organization based in Indianapolis. In her position, she assists organizations and businesses to make their information and services more accessible and inclusive.

Beyond her role with LUNA, Tiffany serves as a board member for the Indiana Latino Expo (ILE) and is a mentor for their AXIS Leadership Program for young Latino professionals. She also serves in board and consulting capacities with the Women Equity Brunch event series, Indiana Language Roadmap and Indy Maven. In the past, Tiffany has served in board roles with the Indianapolis Public Schools Foundation, Indy Pride, and the Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana. Tiffany is a proud graduate of The International Center’s James T. Morris Global Leadership Series.

Olanike Oladunni Olaniyi

Olanike Oladunni Olaniyi

Collection Development Librarian, Indianapolis Public Library

Olanike works for the Indianapolis Public Library as a collection development librarian, supporting the diversity, equity, and inclusion goals of the library by selecting diverse resources in 25 world languages. Before her current role, Olanike was the library’s diversity fellow and focused on increasing the diversity of collection items, adding titles by African American, Latino, and LGBTQ+ authors.

Olanike also volunteers as a natural helper with the Immigrant Welcome Center, where she has assisted 138 immigrant and refugee families in Indianapolis since 2019. An immigrant herself, Olanike understands the challenges navigating healthy food options when moving to a new country. To overcome this barrier and support her community, she has hosted nutrition education events designed for immigrants from Africa and South America. Olanike has also received a grant for a local non-profit to provide basic family and childcare items and supported her community school with provision of school supplies.

Yaza Swe

Yaza Swe

Manager of Employment Programs, Exodus Refugee Immigration, Inc.

Originally from Burma, Yaza is a community leader inside the Burmese Community and across Indiana through his work at Exodus Refugee & Immigration. In his role, Yaza leads the employment team at the organization, playing a vital role in building financial independence and professional development for Exodus’ clients. Over the past 12 years, he connected thousands of refugee clients from across the globe to resettle their new lives in our city and find meaningful employment and support their families – helping to diversify Indiana’s workforce in the process.

Beyond his role at Exodus, Yaza helps people connect and mobilize into advocacy groups, such as in response to the military coup in Burma in February 2021 and with the evacuation of thousands of people from Afghanistan in the fall of 2021. His personal experience living in Burma in the 1990’s under a military junta helps him to understand the needs of other global citizens fleeing their own countries for similar reasons. Yaza has spoken at countless events educating the workforce and the general community about inclusion and culture concerning immigrants and refugees.

The Global Impression Award, established in 2018, honors emerging leaders 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.

Established in 2018, the Global Impression Award celebrates up-and-coming leaders throughout the Hoosier state 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.

Our committee and board will select and announce finalists for the Global Impression Award later this summer.

The Center will recognize the finalists at the International Citizen of the Year event, The Center’s premier annual stakeholder event. In 2022, The International Center will honor Tamika Catchings on October 18, 2022 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Downtown Indianapolis.

The Global Impression Award winner, selected from the finalists, will be announced during the event program.

The Global Impression Award was created in order to honor and uplift up-and-coming global leaders in Indiana and celebrate those leaders with an audience at The International Center’s signature event. Nominees should be emerging leaders who have already made a significant contribution to a global Indiana and demonstrate the potential for continued global leadership.

Candidates should be involved in work that impacts the international community in Indiana. Nominees will be considered from all regions in Indiana and from all sectors of the community.

Selection Criteria:

  • The nominee should be in the early stage of their career, as defined by the nominator.
  • The nominee must not have previously received the Global Impression Award.
  • The nominee must have made a significant contribution to the global community within the state of Indiana, through their profession or other involvement.
  • The nominee must show promise for continuing service and leadership. Specific examples of their continuing activities must be provided.

Please complete the online form on The International Center’s website.

Required nomination materials:

  • The completed nomination form, including three short responses to questions about the nominee’s experience and impact.
  • The nominee’s resume or CV and/or public LinkedIn profile.

Optional nomination materials:

  • Letters of recommendation in support of the nominee.
  • News articles, press clippings or published works about the nominee and their work.

The 2022 nomination will be available May 25 through June 30.

2021 recipient Andrea Richter-Garry, pictured with committee chair Sarah Iglehart and CEO Martin Baier.

2021 RECIPIENT AND FINALISTS

Andrea Richter-Garry, Vice President of International Engagement, Indiana Economic Development Corporation

Andrew Crecelius, Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State

Nick Reich, President, Rotary Club of Indianapolis

2019 RECIPIENT AND FINALISTS

George Srour, Co-Founder and Chief Dreamer, Building Tomorrow

Dr. Sherri Bucher, Associate Research Professor of Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine

Andrea Richter-Garry, Vice President of International Engagement, Indiana Economic Development Corporation

2019 recipient George Srour, pictured with committee member Maggie Bishop and International Center president and CEO Martin Baier.

2018 recipient Dr. Rachel Vreeman, pictured with board member Shash Goyal.

2018 RECIPIENT AND FINALISTS

Dr. Rachel Vreeman, Director of Research for the IU Center for Global Health and Indiana-led AMPATH Consortium

Dr. Brooke Kandel-Cisco, Associate Professor of Education and Director for the METL and International Baccalaureate Programs at Butler University

Jennifer Pearl, Director of International Programs at the Indy Chamber

Learn more about the Global Impression Award

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

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