Tuesday, October 1, 2019
By Rebekah Tilley

The Tippie College of Business Institute for International Business (IIB) is celebrating 20 years of service and leadership in global business education and outreach with a reception 5:00-7:00 p.m. October 10 in the Old Capitol Building.

Founded in 1999, the IIB has worked to connect locally while engaging globally through international research, education and consulting resources.

“Entrepreneurship is an incredible tool to empower people in developing countries and frontier markets,” says Dimy Doresca, director of the IIB since 2014. “The institute’s work has given Iowa students the opportunity to gain cross-cultural skills and has strengthened links between the Tippie College of Business, Iowa communities, and the world.”

Over the years, the IIB has helped conceptualize and grow initiatives that have become fixtures in the Tippie College of Business. Programs such as the Hong Kong MBA program, study abroad opportunities for MBA students, and several courses in management, marketing, and economics were early initiatives of the IIB. In 2014, IIB became a partnership between the Tippie College of Business and the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Iowa. 

While the mission has remained consistent over the past two decades, the IIB has expanded its reach in the last five years to include entrepreneurship and innovation programs on campus and abroad. This includes:

  • Guiding UI students in the completion of 57 international consulting projects.
  • Partnering with UI College of Nursing in the Hawkeyes in Haiti initiative. Through the program, young entrepreneurs are being trained in rural areas in the southern peninsula of Haiti.
  • Hosting the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program for four straight years for a total of 100 UI Mandela Washington fellows trained as of August 2019.
  • Partnering with the American Chamber of Commerce in Haiti and the Georgia Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. as part of the B.E.L. Initiative for young Haitian entrepreneurs.  Eleven Haitian entrepreneurs attended the Venture School in Iowa City in July 2019.

Three individuals will be honored at the October 10 event: IIB founder and former director William P. Albrecht; former IIB director Terry Boles; and H. Richard Montross (BBA66) for his longtime support.