May 15: Randall Tobias, International Citizen of the Year

A richly deserved award for the new director of the US Agency for International Development, Randall Tobias

When: Monday May 15 -- 5:30-7:00 PM silent auction, 7:00 dinner and program

Where: Westin Indianapolis

Readers of IndyBuzz have seen Randall Tobias's name pop up before. His talk to the Economic Club in 2005 was one of the best I heard all year. He clearly gets the challenges facing necessary reforms of US and multilateral development assistance ... and he presents a brave face is arguing that is possible to work through the bureaucratic inertia that will be needed to make these reforms real. Tobias was just promoted from heading of the President's Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to running USAID. Good luck!

Here is the official announcement about Tobias's award:

Since 1985, the International Center of Indianapolis has honored a foreign-born or Indiana resident who has made an outstanding contribution to Indiana and the world in the fields of business, culture, education, government, medicine, media, research, sports or community service. On the 33nd anniversary of its founding, the Center presents the International Citizen of the Year Award to recognize and honor Ambassador Randall L. Tobias, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator.
Randall L. Tobias became the US Global AIDS Coordinator in 2003. In this role, his mission is “to establish primary responsibility for all resources and international activities of the U.S. Government to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic, including U.S. contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and to advance the HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment goals in the President's emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.”
Ambassador Tobias has strong Indiana roots. Born and raised in Remington, Indiana, he went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and then joined AT&T’s Indiana Bell Telephone Company. After serving two years in military service, he quickly climbed the ladder at AT&T to eventually become Vice President at Illinois Bell Telephone Company in Chicago. He later moved to AT&T’s global headquarters in New Jersey and played a major role leading the company through the difficult period following the breakup of the Bell System in 1984. He served at AT&T’s Vice Chairman from 1986 to 1993, and also as Chairman and CEO of AT&T International from 1991 until 1993.
In 1993, Tobias returned home to Indiana to become Chairman, President and CEO of Eli Lilly & Company and enjoyed one of the most successful periods in its history. Upon retirement, he was named Chairman Emeritus. A noted philanthropist, teacher and writer, Ambassador Tobias is a worthy honoree for this distinguished award. The International Center is proud to honor Ambassador Tobias for his distinguished leadership in Indiana and the world.

This event is going to cost you ... it's the main fundraiser for the International Center of Indianapolis. It is definitely worth attending. To prepare yourself, read a few news stories about Amb. Tobias.

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