2012 International Citizen Awards Honorees
Every year for the past two decades, the Minneapolis-based International Leadership Institute has recognized outstanding Minnesotans for their role on the international stage. The Twin Cities International Citizen Awards honor Twin Citians whose work has contributed significantly to international understanding, cooperation, friendship, and development.
This year’s honorees include a Jamaican-born horticultural expert who has found success as an entrepreneur in Minnesota, a global adventurer striving to share the world’s best-kept secrets, and a local coffee giant that is giving back to communities worldwide.
The awards are presented in three categories: The International Immigrant Achievement Award is granted to a Minnesotan born overseas, the International Citizen Award honors a U.S.-born citizen, and the International Corporate Award recognizes a Minnesota-based company. Nominations may be submitted by any Minnesotan.
The International Leadership Institute (ILI) is a nonprofit headed by founder and president LaJune Lange, a longtime Hennepin County judge who retired from the bench in 2006. The organization partners with non-U.S. groups to strengthen democratic governance and develop infrastructure and education projects worldwide. “The ILI is pleased to recognize the work of this outstanding group of award winners,” Lange says. “Each one has an extraordinary story to tell. Yet all of them are working to improve the lives of others. Making a positive difference is what ILI looks for.”