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IPM was honored to hold its Inaugural General Assembly, it took place in Cleveland, Ohio, between October 12-18, 2014. The General Assembly was an opportunity for IPM to celebrate its 40th anniversary and to replace IPM’s model of governance. 

The General Assembly substituted for IPM’s former three year cycle Strategic Planning Retreat and Related regional Conferences. The General Assembly included a core group of 40 stakeholders from IPM’s international constituencies—including people from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, England, India, Italy, Kenya, Nepal,  Nicaragua, Uganda, and across the USA.

The participants came together to deepen and broaden the indigenization of all aspects of IPM’s governance, operations, and programs. In addition, the Assembly concluded with the creation and adoption of a new Mission Statement alongside new multi-year Strategic and Operating Plans.

The General Assembly model reflects the cutting-edge, international governance structure of IPM and, will deepen IPM’s lived commitment to its Mission, Vision, & Core Values, by:

  1. honoring the Partnership principle central to IPM’s programmatic initiatives
  2. strengthening the bilateral and multi-lateral sharing that has become the hallmark of IPM's Regional Conference model
  3. enhancing its shared commitment to indigenization and interfaith collaboration
  4. strengthening IPM’s existing strategic planning process

IPM’s Inaugural General Assembly comprised of a series of public luncheon and dinner events. Recognized experts and panel respondents in an area of programmatic interest to IPM and our Northeast Ohio partners gave presentations each day of the Assembly. In hosting them, IPM is partnered with local universities and high-schools, like-minded non-profit organizations, and philanthropic partners, including Saint Ignatius High School, Notre Dame College and the City Club.

IPM’s 2014 Namaste! One Night for One World and 13th Annual Awards presentation took place. On Friday, October 17, Rick Stevesl delived the Friday Forum at the Cleveland City Club as part of IPM’s G.A. Steves also participated in public conversations that evening at the Breen Center for Performing Arts at Saint Ignatius High School, moderated by Dan Moulthrop of the City Club.


Speakers and panel participants included:

  • Meran Chang Rogers, GALA
  • Priscilla D’Costa, SND, Sofia High School, Bangalore, India
  • Rodrigo de Castro Amédée Péret, Pastoral Land Commission, Uberlandia, Brazil
  • Anthony Dowell, World Food Programme, Rome, Italy
  • Jay Friedlander, College of the Atlantic, ME
  • Hillary Kazoora, Watoto Wa Lwanga, Nairobi, Kenya
  • J. Clinton McCann, Eden Theological Seminary, MO
  • Jay McNally, founder of Ibis Consulting—a Pittney Bowes Company
  • Randell McShepard, RPM International Inc.
  • Paul Neundorfer, The Refugee Response
  • Dorothy Nyongo’o, African Cancer Foundation & Mother of Oscar Winning Actress Lupita Nyong’o
  • Judith Ranger Smith, The Singing for Change Foundation, SC
  • Joy Roller, Global Cleveland
  • Rick Steves, Public Broadcasting Personality and author of Travel as a Political Act