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Communiqué April/May 2014 EDITION | Bringing the World to Minnesota and Minnesota to the World

Monday, May 5

Forum with Rwandan Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana The Rwandan government recently launched Kwibuka20, a series of events remembering victims of the 1994 genocide, honoring the survivors, and highlighting Rwanda’s uplifting story of reconciliation, resiliency, nation building, and sustainable development. Kwibuka means ‘remember’ in Kinyarwanda, Rwanda’s language. The United States has sought to nurture this process in Rwanda by expanding economic opportunities, strengthening democratic engagement, improving literacy and workforce readiness and providing public health services. Join us to hear Her Excellency Mathilde Mukantabana speak about the relationship between Rwanda and the U.S., the Kwibuka20 genocide remembrances, and Rwanda’s rapid development and promising future.

When: Monday, May 5; 5:30 – 7:30 P Where: Schulze Auditorium, University of St. Thomas, 1000 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis Cost: Free Advance registration REQUESTED

Thursday, May 29

Luncheon Forum with Swiss Ambassador Manuel Sager Banking, clocks and chocolate tend to leap to mind when thinking of Switzerland, but there’s much more to this “Sister Republic” of the U.S., whose Constitution shares many common values with our own. Switzerland is an important economic partner of the U.S. and both countries have an interest in investing in deeper political and economic partnerships. Diplomatically, the Swiss government plays a special role for the U.S., serving as a Protecting Power between the U.S. and the Republic of Iran since 1980. Similarly, Switzerland has been acting as a diplomatic go-between for Cuba and the U.S. since 1977. Come to the luncheon and hear Swiss Ambassador Manuel Sager speak about all aspects of the Swiss-U.S. relationship.

MIC has a challenge grant provided by a generous donor, so gifts of any amount will be doubled if we receive them by Monday, June 30. Your support helps MIC offer public programs like our Ambassador series and sends the message that Minnesotans want to connect with others around the globe. Please give! M I NNESOTA IIN N T ERNAT I O NAL C EN T ER

When: Thursday, May 29; 11:30 A – 1:30 P Where: Windows on Minnesota, 50th floor, IDS Center 80 South 8th Street, Minneapolis Cost: MIC members and members of the Twin Cities Swiss American Association and the Swiss Benevolent Society $45; Non-members $60 Advance registration REQUIRED




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Monday, April 28

enRoute to Developing a Global Mindset Are you equipped to work effectively in international business, government or nonprofit sectors? Come to enRoute on Monday, April 28, for a discussion about the important skills and competencies required for an international career in the 21st century. Our panel of experts will speak about their international careers and highlight the specific steps aspiring professionals should be taking now to be effective global leaders in the future. There will be time for networking, too. When: Monday, April 28; 5:30 – 7:30 P

Sharon Lim Global Marketing and Communications Consultant

Uri Neren President, N Group

Where: Republic at Seven Corners, 221 Cedar Avenue S, Minneapolis Cost: MIC members and students $5; Non-members $10; includes complimentary appetizers (cash bar available) Advance registration REQUESTED

Dr. John Pournoor International Government Markets, 3M

MIC members and guests enjoyed a GlobalSocial with English teachers from Costa Rica, Honduras, Iraq, Peru, and Saudi Arabia in early April. Watch for information about the next GlobalSocial when details are confirmed. GlobalSocials are made possible by a generous gift in honor of Katherine W. Merriam.









MIC has a challenge grant provided by a generous donor, so gifts of any amount will be doubled if we receive them by Monday, June 30. Your support helps MIC offer experiences like enRoute and GlobalSocials with international visitors and sends the message that Minnesotans want to connect with others around the globe. Please give!



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Tuesday, April 22

Culture through Cuisine – Mexico Mexico has some of the most varied culinary traditions in the world, with regional subtleties that speak to the country’s complexity and diversity—a culinary legacy that extends well beyond tacos, burritos and its borders. Just imagine the global culinary map without foods like corn, squash, beans, Mexican chiles, tomatillos, vanilla, or cacao. As part of MIC’s 2014 focus on Mexico, join us for a delicious Mexican buffet dinner at Salsa a la Salsa, a true Minneapolis tradition. Chef Lorenzo Azria, who owns the restaurant with his wife Elvia, will be on hand to talk about the menu and its relation to Mexican culture. When: Tuesday, April 22; 6:00 – 8:30 P Where: Salsa a la Salsa, Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis Cost: $30, includes dinner buffet (menu on MIC’s website), non-alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity. Cash bar available. Advance registration REQUIRED; open to all but space is limited

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Tuesday, May 13

Please note the new date and location due to Ambassador’s schedule change

Luncheon Forum with Mexican Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora U.S. relations with Mexico have always been and continue to be important and complex. The two countries share a 2,000-mile border and bilateral relations have a direct impact on the lives and livelihoods of millions of Americans and Mexicans, whether the issue is trade and economic reform, homeland security, drug control, or migration. In the past year, the emphasis of Mexico-U.S. relations has shifted from security to economic improvement via education, labor, environment and other human-scale issues that are vital to the future of both countries This is another program in MIC’s 2014 focus on Mexico; hear about the important relationship between the two countries and what the future holds for our continued cooperation. When: Tuesday, May 13; 11:30 A – 1:30 P Where: Galaxy Room, Windows on Minnesota, 50th Floor, IDS Center, 80 South 8th Street, Minneapolis Cost: MIC members $45; Non-members $60. Advance registration REQUIRED

Everything is on track for another fabulous gala.

All that’s missing now is YOU! Join us for our Celebration of México Gala and support our ongoing cultural and educational programs in Minnesota. When: Saturday, June 14; 4:30 – 8:30 P Where: A private Long Lake home Cost: Tickets begin at $200 per person; corporate tables, patron and underwriter opportunities available Advance registration REQUIRED J O I N T H E C O N V E R S AT I O N



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Premier ($50,000+) Medtronic, Inc.

Letter from the President MIC has a terrific line-up of Ambassadors – from Rwanda, Mexico and Switzerland - coming to Minnesota in May, but why do we think it important to invite ambassadors to Minnesota? Because they are the highest diplomatic official representing their country in the United States. Because they are leaders in their countries and able to make connections for Minnesota businesses. Because they are able to speak about the complex issues with which their country (and perhaps the U.S.) grapples. Because they move fluidly within our culture as a result of living in the U.S. and are familiar with any stereotypes we might have about their country and culture. But most of all, because they are eager to meet Minnesotans as this is an area of the U.S. that they don’t often visit. In addition to public programs, MIC crafts substantive itineraries for each


ambassador to maximize the effectiveness of their time in Minnesota. They meet community and corporate leaders, giving Minnesota leaders key access to representatives from countries in which they are already active, or to where they might be considering expanding. Ambassadors meet with media, allowing ordinary Minnesotans to hear and read different perspectives on our world, and with Minnesota educators and students to introduce them to leaders from other cultures. They also meet with Minnesota trade and government officials to facilitate trade between their countries and Minnesota. In short, Ambassador visits to Minnesota are an excellent way to deepen our understanding of a country and its people and help Minnesota businesses grow and succeed in a global business environment. That’s why MIC invites them to Minnesota!

Meet Nii Quaye, Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions, Pentair (MIC member and former board member 2001 – 2006)

In 1990 as a new graduate student from Ghana at the Carlson School of Management, Nii was looking for resources to help him make his way in Minnesota. When he found the Minnesota International Center, he met many people just like him, learning about American culture to help them make a place for themselves in this country. Nii appreciated – and still does - MIC’s ability to build bridges between people and across cultures. MIC programs resonate with Nii because they all offer value. He enjoys participating in his Great Decisions group because he learns about foreign policy issues which he can then share with his children. He also values MIC’s public programs because he can hear first-hand from someone whose boots were on the ground, watching events unfold, or who sat at the policy table. Professionally, his business life has been enhanced too. When his company was thinking about going into Turkey, MIC’s Year of Turkey programs helped Pentair to really understand that country and to connect with other companies doing business there. He and his Pentair colleagues were able to meet with the Turkish Consul General for an in-depth conversation about what Turkey was doing to promote investment and how Pentair might participate in that growth. WHY HAS NII SUPPORTED MIC AS A MEMBER SINCE 1998? “If I need to make a connection, I can always turn to MIC’s network of expertise and tap into that valuable resource. I am grateful that there is a strong organization like MIC in Minnesota. That strength comes from many people, either through their financial gifts, or volunteering. It tells me that I live in a community that values international understanding.”

Millennium ($30,000+) Cargill General Mills, Inc. Wells Fargo International Group Senior Global ($20,000+) 3M Carlson Delta Air Lines Global ($15,000+) Ecolab Inc. Sit Investment Associates, Inc Executive ($10,000+) Best Buy Co., Inc. Horton Holding, Inc. Target Corporation The Mosaic Company Leadership Patron ($5,000+) Colwell Industries, Inc. DLA Piper Donaldson Company, Inc. Dorsey & Whitney LLP Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. KPMG LLP Propel Event Transportation Management RBC Wealth Management The Lakeland Companies Thomson Reuters UnitedHealth Group Contributing Patron ($2,500+) U.S. Bank Wanner Engineering Associate Patron ($1,000+) Bepex International, LLC Gray Plant Mooty HGA Architects and Engineers Medica Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS Shaw-Lundquist Associates Inc. WTP Advisors Associate Corporate ($500+) Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) Global Language Institute Hamre, Schumann, Mueller & Larson, P.C. Julia Knight, Inc. Minneapolis Downtown Council TripleInk Sponsoring Hotel Radisson Plaza Hotel |


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Did you know that international leaders from Mali, Syria, Azerbaijan, Russia, Malaysia, Brazil and China were in Minnesota this spring through MIC’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)?

In March, Ms. Fatimata Touré, a recipient of the 2014 International Women of Courage award, visited Minnesota. During the 2013 terrorist occupation of northern Mali, Ms. Touré provided counseling and shelter for victims of rape and forcedmarriage. She continues to lead the first and only NGO in Mali working against gender-based violence, and has helped hundreds of women in her country. In Minnesota, MIC arranged appointments with local NGOs, human rights organizations and women’s health professionals. She was amazed by the number of services for women and victims in our area and is hoping to build a similar community of support in Mali. (This marked Ms. Touré’s second trip to Minnesota; she was a participant in a 2008 IVLP project for emerging women leaders, and was thrilled to return to the Twin Cities.) Later in the month, MIC hosted seven Syrian journalists here examining “Journalism and Investigative Reporting in the U.S.” This group of reporters and editors works for Orient TV based in Dubai, but they oversee dozens of journalists working in dangerous assignments within Syria. MIC arranged meetings for these visitors at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Office of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, The Uptake, e-Democracy, and more. The group also enjoyed home hospitality with MIC members and sat for a lengthy interview with Star Tribune editorial board member John Rash.

Would you like to meet impressive individuals like these?

“Before coming here, everyone warned us that Minnesota was going to be so cold. It’s all we heard and I pictured myself shivering in a snow field. But being here, sitting in your home for dinner, there is no fahrenheit, there is no centigrade, there is no cold, there is only your warmth. I could be sitting anywhere right now and it wouldn’t matter, because all I feel is a warm home and smiles.” - Anar Mammadov, international visitor from Azerbaijan

JOIN US for our dinner hosting orientation on Wednesday, May 7 and hear from experienced dinner hosts how easy it is to bring the world into your home. Dinner hosting is such a transformative experience for international visitors that the State Department requires it as a component of each visitor’s trip to the United States.

When: Wednesday, May 7; 6:00 – 7:00 P Where: MIC, 1901 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis Cost: Free but advance registration REQUESTED. RSVP to Cassandra McGuiness at or 612.625.6159

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