Frequently asked questions
Who is James T. Morris?
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.
What is The International 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.
What is the James T. Morris Global Leadership Series?
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.
Who are the facilitators and speakers?
The Morris Series is facilitated by Noel S. Paul, a global leadership consultant and practitioner. 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.
What about COVID-19?
As of February 2022, The International Center plans to host the James T. Morris Global Leadership Series in a hybrid format. This plan will ensure accessibility for all participants, regardless of location, risk factors and comfort with meeting in person.
The current plan is to hold the orientation, first session and the fifth session in-person, while the second through fourth sessions will be held virtually via Zoom.
What is the 2022 schedule?
Sessions will be held monthly on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with participant orientation on August 19. Exact daily agendas to be announced.
- August 25 – Cultural Competencies (in-person)
- September 22 – Government as a Global Partner (virtual)
- October 20 – Global Good (virtual)
- November 17 – Global Business (virtual)
- December 8 – Global Leadership (in-person)
Dates and hybrid format are subject to change.
How do I apply?
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 2022 application will be available March 1 through April 30.
What are the expectations of participants?
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.
What is the program fee?
The James T. Morris Global Leadership Series is $995 per participant. This fee is due in full at the time of acceptance.
What if I can’t afford the full program fee?
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.