The executive director of Oneworld Internacional Partners, Karla Bledsoe was invited at the beginning of September 2023 by The Internacional Center to participate in an internationalization event with Brazilian businesspeople in Indiana.
The event is part of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), which is the U.S. Department of State’s flagship professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, foreign leaders experience America firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships.
Professional meetings reflect the professional interests of participants and support United States foreign policy objectives. Each year, approximately 5,000 international visitors come to the U.S. under the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). More than 200,000 international visitors have interacted with Americans through the IVLP, including more than 500 current or former heads of state or heads of government in every state of the federation.
In Indiana, The International Center organized the event. The International Center is a catalyst for informing, convening and connecting global public, private and civic goals in Indiana. For nearly half a century, it has served as a guide to the world’s cultural landscape and the state’s international growth. Working collaboratively with businesses, organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, and individual citizens, expanding Indiana’s global interest through a variety of programs and services and bringing together people with diverse interests around shared common international goals. The Internacional Center is part of Ties. U.S.
“In May we held the First International Business Summit, the synergy we created during the 500 Miles event was fantastic. With the success of the event we organized at the Columbia Club, we were invited to participate in the International Visitors Leadership Program and I was very positive. Our role was to help Brazilian businesspeople understand the advantages of doing business in Indiana, specifically. We discuss the benefits and advantages that public bodies offer and how Indiana is strategically positioned in the center of the country, being a large logistics gateway. Concludes Karla Bledsoe.