BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – People from across the globe came together virtually on Oct. 21 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Institute for International Business at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and participate in roundtable discussions about the importance of global connections.
Live panel discussions and breakout sessions originated from Bangkok, New Delhi, Mexico City and Berlin as global business leaders joined a conversation about “The Importance of Global Connectedness during Disruption and Beyond.” Kelley School Dean Idalene “Idie” Kesner moderated the closing panel from IU Bloomington.
The Institute for International Business was founded in 2010 with the hope of taking the very best of Kelley into the world to help others build the capacity to take on the ongoing disruptions and challenges they confront everyday through education, life management, entrepreneurship, incubation and business skill training.
The COVID-19 pandemic offered a unique context for the organization’s anniversary, said LaVonn Schlegel, the institute’s executive director.
“While others have mentioned to me how sad it is that we’re celebrating our anniversary when everyone’s at home, I kind of see it as the next challenge for IIB,” Schlegel said, adding, “It’s to continue to be in the world, to continue to have these impactful conversations, to continue to work with our partners to bring education and training to our partner communities that allow us to still work toward the most idealistic goal that we had when we set out to do this, which was to change the world.”