Welcome to InterCLE 2017

Welcoming International Talent to the Land.


September 9th, 2017
Starting at 3pm


Global Center for Health Innovation

Friends of Global Cleveland Invites you,
to welcome international students to Cleveland.

Friends of Global Cleveland, FGC, is a professional development group aimed at connecting and engaging an emerging group of up and coming international young professionals in Greater Cleveland. We welcome, connect and advance international young professionals both on personal growth and career development.

The program consists of engaging with Greater Cleveland’s civic & business leaders, fostering supportive relationships with local communities, contributing to the growth of the international community, networking for both business development and personal advancement, receiving updates including economic development, members-only opportunities, professional development workshops and quarterly after-hours events.

Global Cleveland

Global Cleveland attracts, welcomes and connects international newcomers to economic and social opportunities in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.



President of GC

Joe Cimperman served 18 years on Cleveland City Council, where he distinguished himself as a champion of the diverse peoples and cultures of Greater Cleveland.



Dr Cory is a professor at Cleveland State University. Dr. Cory has presented his research for the Middle East Studies Association and the World Congress of Middle East Studies

Al Bitar

Founder of InterCLE

Born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Moatasem was immersed early on in a multicultural environment. Has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and two Masters of Art degrees in Global Business and Global Politics.

Speaker to be

President of FGC

Born in China, Yulu came to Cleveland in 2012 and currently works in Hanna Commercial Real Estate. She and the Friends are dedicated in serving international young professionals in Cleveland.

Event Schedule


Opening Ceremony

The Contribution of Immigrants to the Cleveland Economy
Global Cleveland

Ambassadors Introduction

Mayor of Cleveland Address
Mayor Frank Jackson

Cultural Performances

#MyCle Success Story Winner Presesntation

Welcoming Ceremony for International Students
Offical Welcome to Cleveland by Mayor Frank Jackson

Interactive Segment

Business Corner: Employers booths; Professional networking booths

Global Map Walk

International Pot Lock challenge

Music and Dance performances
Opening with a Cleveland artist and ending with a renowned artist.

Closing Remarks and Announcements

Interactive Segments

Business Corner

Companies that employ international students in Cleveland will set up booths. This will allow for some major progessional networking.

Global Map Walk

Prof. Stephen Cory will walk you around the world in this segment.

InterCle Passport Contest

Upon your arrival to through the Arrival Terminal of InterCle 2017 you will be handed a passport. Go around the world as you visit each culture at their designated table. You will recieve different stamps from different tables. Anyone who completes their passport by recieving all the stamps will receive a FREE T-SHIRT!

The After-Party

@ FWD Night Club feat. Cultural Performances and an internationally renowned DJ

#myCLEstory - Social Media Contest

Enter for a chance to win and to be featured at our event.

The competition aims to gather video stories from international students or international individuals who have been residents of Cleveland for 5 years or less. The videos will be to promote your international experience in Cleveland.


The interCLE committee aims to recognize an inspiring story of an international student or immigrant who moved to Cleveland within the last five years. #myCLEstory is a contest to award the international student/immigrant who submits the best one-minute video story showing what Cleveland means to them, unique ways to promote Cleveland internationally, and how moving to Cleveland changed their life.


1. Video has to be 60 seconds or less
2. May be formated in promoting the #interCLE event
3. Creative and unique (make it your own!)
4. Other people may be included in the video
5. Recording in different locations in Cleveland is preferred
6. Must be less then 100MB File Size to upload

Winning Video Prizes

1. A Grand Prize - TBD
2. A gift card from a local Cleveland vendor
3. A feature in local media outlets, as well as the Friends of Global Cleveland marketing ads

How to Win?

All videos will be posted to the Friends of Global Cleveland and interCLE event Facebook page. Winners will be determined by the number of likes on their video via Facebook. Winners will be announced at the event on September 9th. Deadline to post submissions will be August 26th. The number of Facebook likes will be tallied at 3pm on September 9th.


By submitting this video I agree to my video being posted and used for marketing/promotional purposes This Contest is open only to individual who are 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry.The Contest is only open to legal residents of the United States, and is void where prohibited by law. Employees of ‘InterCLE’, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and suppliers, (collectively the “Employees”), and immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of Employees are not eligible to participate in the Contest. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.
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Location and Venue

Global Center for Health Innovation

Global Center for Health Innovation


Global Center for Health Innovation

1 St. Clair Avenue NE

Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Located in the heart of downtown Cleveland, the Cleveland Convention Center has more than 12,000 parking spaces within a 15-minute radius, including two large parking decks within one block of the Lakeside Avenue entrance.