G.L.I.P Celebrates One Year in the Idea Capital

The Idea Capital of the World is home to many great programs. One of which is the Greater Louisville International Professionals program (G.L.I.P.), which celebrated its first anniversary in January. The program, an economic development initiative of Greater Louisville Inc., helps the region fortify its competitive advantage by attracting top international professionals and developing the talent pool to meet future workforce needs. G.L.I.P., launched in November of 2009, has been accomplishing this goal through:

  • Promoting Inclusion: Through media outreach, events and resources, G.L.I.P. has helped increase awareness of the international community’s contributions to the region and prepared local businesses for the more inclusive workforce of the 21st century.
  • Online Resource Center: www.LouisvilleInternationals.com  has become a top site for the Idea Capital’s international community. The online community currently comprises nearly 1000 individuals from 93 countries, who connect and engage in discussions, networking and culture-sharing online.
  • Country Ambassadors: To aid companies looking to relocate international talent to Louisville and the surrounding region, nearly 50 country-specific Ambassadors serve as community links for new residents to the region.  http://www.greaterlouisville.com/glip/Connection/CountryPages
  • Mentorships: (link to http://www.greaterlouisville.com/glip/Engagement/Mentorships/ International professionals and foreign-born students preparing to launch careers in Greater Louisville are paired with local business leaders in areas ranging from finance and architecture to education and law.
  • Events: (link to http://www.greaterlouisville.com/glip/Events/PhotoGallery/ ) After Hours Networking events occur four times a year and connect international talent, global companies and workers doing business internationally. Signature events have brought keynote speakers to the region, like President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, India’s 11th president, and Griselda Hernandez, UPS Operations Manager and one of the world’s leading female executives. G.L.I.P. also provides social events to bring the international community together such as World Cup viewing parties, Louisville Bats Games, Casual Dinners and Country Get Togethers.
  • Talent Sourcing and Relocation Assistance: Recruiters and relocation agencies utilize G.L.I.P. to connect with international talent, share our city attributes with potential international hires, and help connect new international hires with community resources, organizations and business leaders.

“GLIP has been an extremely useful resource for Yum! Brands. Through the support they provide to incoming talent from our overseas markets, GLIP has enabled our employees to network with people from their own cultures and countries,” said Yum Global Talent and Staffing Team Manager Daniel Hayward. “Importantly, this has empowered our employees and their families to have a much richer relocation experience and enjoy all that Louisville has to offer.”

Participation in G.L.I.P. is free of charge and open to the entire business community.  Membership includes foreign-born professionals, executives and entrepreneurs; post-secondary international academia; and local business executives and recruiters who work internationally.

Are you an international professional who might be interested in joining?  Or do you know of any international professionals or other business professionals who might not have heard of G.L.I.P.?   To find out more about the organization, or to become a member please visit www.louisvilleinternationals.com.