Frequently asked questions

Jim Morris embodies the idea of a Hoosier global leader. In addition to his role as vice chairman of Pacers Sports and Entertainment, Jim was appointed by the president as the current U.S. representative on the executive board of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Jim has also served as executive director of the United Nations World Food Program and UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Southern Africa, where he brought UN and humanitarian agencies together to address issues affecting more than 15 million people worldwide. In 1973, Jim was chief of staff for former Indianapolis mayor Richard G. Lugar who is credited with the vision for The International Center. Jim also served for many years as a board member and remains a supporter of and trusted advisor to The Center.

Since 1973, The International Center has served Indiana as a catalyst for international growth and as a guide to the world’s cultural landscape. The Center envisions an Indiana that embraces a global economy, values all cultures, and is a vibrant place to live and work.

The International Center is Indiana’s trusted advisor for all things international, with decades of experience in helping government, corporate and nonprofit partners successfully work across cultures.

Founded in 2020 and presented by Genesys in 2022, the Morris Series is a unique professional development program delivered annually over five full-day monthly sessions. The selected cohort will expand their cultural knowledge through a collaborative curriculum, while convening and connecting established and rising global leadership.

Participants in each cohort learn about global leadership from a mix of keynote speakers, panelists, facilitated dialogue and collaborative activities. Each session will be hosted by an organization with a key role in Indiana’s global landscape and offer time for networking with speakers, hosts and guests.

Morris Series cohort members are Indiana-based professionals who demonstrate business or civic leadership with a global component and have a sincere interest in building their skills and professional network.

Individuals or organizations looking for an introduction to intercultural training should contact The International Center for opportunities outside of the Morris Series.

Session keynote speakers and panelists will be Indiana-based leaders representing The International Center’s partners, including corporate, government and philanthropic organizations. Speakers will be announced through the spring and summer.

The 2024 Morris Series will be held in-person at varying locations across Indianapolis.

Due to the collaborative and interactive nature of the sessions, virtual or hybrid options will not be available for the 2023 Series.

Sessions will be held monthly on Fridays from approximately 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Exact daily agendas are to be announced.

  • August 23
  • September 27
  • October 25
  • November 15
  • December 13

Dates are subject to change based on host availability.

Please complete the online form on The International Center’s website. Include an up-to-date resume or CV with your application and be prepared to answer a few questions about your leadership and global experience.

The 2024 application will be available March 1 through April 30.

Attendance and participation are expected at all James T. Morris Global Leadership Series events.

Participants who do not meet the attendance requirements may not be eligible for alumni status.

The 2024 James T. Morris Global Leadership Series is $1,195 per participant. This fee is due in full at the time of acceptance.

The International Center is proud to offer a limited number of full and partial scholarships to applicants. Applicants who wish to apply for scholarship funds should indicate as such on their program application.

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