INDIANAPOLIS (July 30, 2018) – The International Center is pleased to announce the three finalists for the new Global Impression Award (GIA). Dr. Brooke Kandel-Cisco, Jennifer Pearl and Dr. Rachel Vreeman, received top-nods from both the GIA committee and The International Center’s Board of Directors.

Kandel-Cisco is the Assistant Professor of Education and Director for the METL and International Baccalaureate Programs at Butler University. Pearl is the Director of International Programs with the Indy Chamber. And Vreeman is the Director of Research for the IU Center for Global Health and Indiana-led AMPATH Consortium.

The winner will be announced on August 23rd as part of the International Citizen of the Year Award Dinner honoring Governor Eric J. Holcomb. Each of the three finalists will be in attendance.

The International Center created the Global Impression Award in 2018 to showcase and celebrate emerging leaders throughout the state whose work is directly impacting the globalization of Indiana.

Marsha Stone, The Center’s Board Chair and Sr. Director of Commercial Enterprise with the Indianapolis Airport Authority, acknowledged the quality of all nominated.  “The Board and committee are impressed with all of the nominees, and selecting a winner was no easy task. The incredible young talent we have in Indianapolis and across the state is evident with the caliber of individuals nominated, and particularly among the three finalists.”

The Global Impression Award was created in response to the growing number of young leaders advancing Indiana’s global profile and appeal. Martin Baier, President and CEO of The International Center, recognizes the importance of bringing this generation of leaders to the table. “The Center has been strengthening Indiana for 45 years, bolstering the local economy and expanding the state’s diplomatic interests. We need the energy, enthusiasm and support of our young leaders to help us continue to carry out our mission. And the Global Impression Award is a great way to engage!”

Each finalist’s nomination may be read by clicking here.

Additional information about the International Citizen of the Year Award Dinner may be found by visiting The International Center’s website (  If interested in purchasing a table or individual seats, contact Laura Limp at [email protected] or 317-296-7767. Seating is limited.

About The International Center

For more than 40 years, The International Center has served as a guide to the world’s cultural landscape, and a catalyst for the state’s international growth. Working in collaboration with businesses, organizations, government agencies, educational institutions and individual citizens, The Center expands Indiana’s global interest through a variety of programs and services and through convening diverse interests who share common international goals. The International Center is a member of Global Ties U.S

About The Global Impression Award

The Global Impression Award, a new award established in 2018, honors individuals 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.

About the International Citizen of the Year Award

Since 1985, The International Center has honored individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Indiana and the world in the fields of business, culture, education, government, medicine, media, research, sports or community service.



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