Colin Renk

Apr. 8: “Managing Today’s Borderless Challenges: Learning from ASEAN” Lecture

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Mar 182019

Monday, April 8, 2019
Presidents Hall (in Franklin Hall)
Indiana University- Bloomington

This lecture is free and open to the public.
No RSVP or tickets are required.
For more information, please contact the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs at

The Lecturer:

David L. Carden served as the first resident U.S. ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). As U.S. ambassador, Carden oversaw the broadening engagement of the United States in Southeast Asia, which included the Obama administration’s 2011 “pivot” or “rebalance” to the region. His responsibilities included supporting ASEAN economic integration and advocating for the systemic changes necessary to promote peaceful and prosperous growth in the region.

Under his leadership, the U.S. Mission to ASEAN addressed the issues inherent in realizing ASEAN’s aspirations. These included economic development, trade liberalization, intellectual property protection, developing the rule of law and more effective governance, human rights, pandemic prevention and preparedness, advancing health care and educational opportunities, terrestrial and maritime environmental protection, managing the region’s fisheries and natural resources, responding to deforestation and climate change, food and water security, and advancing programs to increase the resilience of ASEAN’s people and institutions.

Prior to his ambassadorship, Carden was a partner in Jones Day’s New York office where he co-chaired the Securities Litigation and SEC Enforcement Practice. He has represented clients in some of the largest securities fraud class actions ever litigated, including the defense of Lehman Brothers in the Enron Litigation and Union Excess in the In Re AIG Securities Litigation. He was special litigation counsel in the Lehman Brothers Holding Bankruptcy and was responsible for coordinating the defense of litigation and conducting investigations in numerous foreign jurisdictions.

Carden holds a J.D. from Indiana University and a B.A. from DePauw University. He serves as Ambassador-at-Large for Indiana University and as advisor to the IU Center for Rural Engagement.

The Lecture:

Patrick O’Meara has been Indiana University’s ambassador to the world. As a faculty member in the Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, director of the African Studies Program, dean of international programs, and IU’s first vice president for international affairs, O’Meara has greatly expanded the range and depth of international activities at IU. The Patrick O’Meara International Lecture celebrates O’Meara’s service to IU and continues his legacy of enriching IU’s international engagement by bringing international thinkers and scholars of note to campus.

Apr. 26: Engaging Across Cultures

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Apr 022019


The International Center’s workshop will prepare you to succeed in engaging across cultures – whether you’re a seasoned global professional or new to intercultural interactions.
Gain valuable insight and perspective from guest speakers, experts, and staff in an interactive and educational session alongside your fellow professionals and internationalists.
Attendance is limited, so reserve your space today! 

More information at:


May 3: World Trade Day

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Apr 022019

May 3, 2019 | 7:30 am – 2:30 pm
The Alexander Hotel
333 Delaware St. Indianapolis, IN 46204

At this year’s World Trade Day, we are exploring all the ways that you can get involved in the global economy. Whether you are a small to medium sized business owner that is curious about the exporting process, or a professional interested in building a workforce for our global economy, we have a track designed for you.

For the small to medium sized business, our export sessions will cover how to:

  • Select your target international markets
  • Find customers abroad
  • Execute the export

For those interested in the global workforce, we will cover topics including:

  • Developing a workforce for a global economy
  • Hiring international talent

After the sessions are over, our keynote luncheon will provide updates on how the latest international trade developments impact Indiana.

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Oct. 22: ACSI China Business Conference & Annual Gala

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Apr 022019


On Tuesday, October 22, 2019, the America China Society of Indiana (ACSI) will host its ninth Annual Gala & China Business Conference at the Hilton in downtown Indianapolis. Beginning at 1:00pm, the China Business Conference will focus on the future of US-China business relations including trade, tariffs and bilateral investment.  Followed by a networking reception, the Gala will kickoff with traditional Chinese performances, dinner service, awards, silent auction and a keynote speech.

Date: Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019
Time: 1:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Hilton Indianapolis

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Mar. 18, 2019: ACSI Leads Trip to China

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Apr 022019

From March 7 – 16, the America China Society of Indiana directed a business trip to China to meet with partners and companies.

Beginning in Hangzhou, ACSI met with the Zhejiang Department of Commerce, Zhejiang International Investment Promotion Center, and Zhejiang Foreign Affairs Office to reinforce the Indiana-Zhejiang sister state relationship and to discuss future collaborations and initiatives to foster bilateral business opportunities between Indiana and China.



While in Hangzhou, ACSI also met with several prospective and existing companies wanting to do business in Indiana including HIDEA Power Machinery, who opened their North American Headquarters in Brownsburg, Ind. in 2017. To foster additional opportunities for Indiana companies looking to sell their products to Chinese consumers, ACSI toured Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA) to learn more about their business platforms.

While in Shanghai, ACSI met with Faegre Baker Daniels and U.S. Commercial Service at their regional offices to discuss programs designed to spur foreign direct investment to Indiana. Last, but certainly not least, the organization met with additional prospective companies looking to expand its services into Indiana.

Mar. 13, 2019: ACSI Board Member Selected for China Fellowship

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Mar 182019

Russell Menyhart, ACSI Board Member and Partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, has been selected as a fellow to the National Committee on United States-China Relations Public Intellectuals Program (PIP).

Launched in 2005, PIP identifies outstanding members of the next generation of American China specialists – in the academic, professional, or policymaking spheres – who, in the tradition of earlier China hands, have the interest and potential to venture outside of academia or their professions into areas relevant to foreign policy and public education.

The two-year program is designed to enrich the twenty new fellows’ understanding of policymaking processes in both the United States and China; help them establish useful relationships both with their academic colleagues and with policy practitioners; encourage them to move beyond the confines of their own disciplines; and nurture their ability to engage with the public at a national, regional, and local level. PIP is implemented through a series of activities. These include seminars in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco; a study tour of China; opportunities to participate in National Committee delegations as scholar-escorts; and public education initiatives.

PIP is an enrichment opportunity intended to complement the primary academic or professional positions held by the fellows. The program offers unique opportunities for professional development, mentoring by senior scholars, networking, and exposure. Fellows gain access to senior policymakers and experts in both the United States and China, and to individuals and fields they are not typically be exposed to, such as the business, arts, health, and civil society sectors in China, as well as to the media in both countries. Fellows have access to media coaches to help edit and place op-eds and develop a social media presence.

Mar. 7, 2019: ACSI Trip to China

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Jan 072019

From March 7-16, ACSI will travel to Shanghai and Hangzhou in order to facilitate bilateral business exchanges between Indiana and China. As part of the trip, ACSI is compiling a list of Indiana companies that are actively seeking investment, trade, and other business opportunities with Chinese partners. For more information on how to list your company, contact Colin at

Free Webinar on 2019 China Int’l Import Expo

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Feb 202019

2019 China International Import Expo Online Roadshow

ACSI and the China General Chamber of Commerce-Chicago are proud to partner for the 2019 China International Import Expo Online Roadshow. Interested in selling your product into the China market? Join this 1-hour webinar to learn more about the 2019 China International Import Expo (CIIE) which will bring more than 400,000 domestic buyers throughout China and the World on November 11-15, 2019 in Shanghai, China. What’s more, learn about the value added services that CGCC-Chicago can offer at no cost to support your trade mission to China success.


3 available slots to best fit your schedule:

What will we share:

  • Greeting from China Government, Xiaoming Zou, Commercial Counselor, Chinese Consulate General in Chicago
  • CGCC-Chicago integrated service to help you achieve great success in China Market, Wenyue Zhang, Executive Director, CGCC-Chicago
  • Government incentives and policies for international trading business, guest speaker TBD
  • Common legal concerns before you export your goods and services to China, Fang Shen, Partner, Huschblackwell
  • Q&A

If you have any question about this online roadshow, please contact