Hyon Tok Kim, entrepreneur and former University of Minnesota Regent, and currently President of MN Best Enterprise Inc, will be honored as one of the 2010 Twin Cities International Citizen Awardees on May 4, 2010.
Hope for the City President and Co-Founder, Megan Doyle, will headline the 2010 Twin Cities International Citizen Awards gala and dinner at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts May 4, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at 2400 3rd Avenue South Minneapolis.In its 18th year, the Twin Cities International Citizen Awards gala honors individuals and corporations, whose work has contributed significantly to international understanding, cooperation, friendship and development. The Awards recognize the depth and breadth of the Twin Cities’ international connections, concerns and commitments – in business and trade, research and human rights, agriculture and technology, the arts and medicine, education and journalism, and in hospitality and humanitarian relief.
The Awards were first given in 1992, hosted by the Mayor of Minneapolis. In 1996, the Mayor of St. Paul joined and in 1997 the Commissioners of Hennepin and Ramsey Counties also became hosts. Today, the International Leadership Institute (ILI) is hosting this annual international recognition event.
“This annual Twin Cities event provides many people with recognition deserved for their work in developing a global community for Minnesota and the metropolitan area, said ILI President, (ret.) Judge LaJune Lange. “ The event also offers attendees with opportunities to connect and learn about individuals and organizations that are exploring diverse international links in the areas of business, non-profits and personal endeavors.”
The gala will honor Hubert H. Humphrey Institute Dean J. Brian Atwood, business woman Hyon T. Kim, President of MN Best Enterprise Inc., and Best Buy Corporation. Also this year the Minneapolis Fire Department, City of Minneapolis, will be honored for their Sister Cities International partnership with the City of Eldoret Kenya.
As an organization that supports programs on an international level, Megan Doyle’s keynote will address South Africa’s Freedom Day and the work of Hope for the City in that region of the world. Megan has stayed true to her passion of helping people in need and this desire to give back has lead she and her husband, Dennis Doyle of the Welsh Company, to reach out beyond the borders of Minnesota.
The Twin Cities International Citizen Awards serves as a catalyst for communicating among Twin Cities’ international organizations and businesses, provides an opportunity to showcase the international involvement of the Twin Cities area, and inspires Twin Citians to enter into international opportunities available in our community. Many of the attendees come in international attire representing their home country or a country they have worked in. The event is supported by AJASA Technology, South African Consulate General, International Business Resource Group, LLC, Fredrikson and Byron P.A., Women Venture, Faegre and Benson LLC and Twin Cities Business Magazine.
International Leadership Institute, a 501 c (3) organization, provides civic education programs and technical assistance to build bridges toward sustainable outcomes for people, businesses and government. The ILI hosts several programs in Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan, Norway, Ethiopia, Morocco, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Jamaica, Brazil, and Minnesota. For 16 years the ILI has given professionals opportunities to use their expertise in an international setting either in Minnesota or out of the country.
The International Leadership Institute is located at 5021 Vernon Avenue South, 136, Minneapolis. www.internationalleadership.org. Individuals or organizations interested in making reservations for the 2010 TCICA gala can contact Coventry Cowens at [email protected] or 651-690-7866.