Decosimo Lecture Series on Global Business


The Decosimo Lecture Series on Global Business is sponsored by Decosimo, a Top 100 accounting and business advisory firm with offices located in the U.S. and the Cayman Islands. As an independent firm associated with Moore Stephens International Limited, Decosimo also offers the resources of 301 firms across 100 countries.  The series is held annually and is directed by Bryan College in partnership with the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The series features a guest lecturer who is accomplished in international business or economics.


The Decosimo Lecture Series highlights the increasing interconnectedness between business people worldwide, as well as the increased trade and commerce interdependence among nations.

Decosimo Lecture History

The September 2004 inaugural lecture was presented by Mr. Stanislav Peciar, former UN Labor delegate of the Slovak Republic, and titled “Slovakia: The New Economic Tiger of Europe.” This presentation focused on a former Marxist nation that in only 15 years rose from a completely bankrupt economy to the 20th best country to invest in according to the World Bank.

In September 2005 Mr. John Lenton, former Senior Vice President of American Express Europe presented the lecture “Two Cheers for Globalization: The Pervasive Influence of Globalization in Every Walk of Life.” The Lenton lecture focused on the notion that a worker based almost anywhere in the world can enjoy a relatively high standard of living because of the astonishing strides made in communication and information technology.

The April 2007 lecture entitled “Business Expertise for Sustainable Development” was presented by Mr. L. Patrick Henry, manager of the Public Sector Services Practice of Emerging Markets Group in Washington, DC. This lecture addressed the role of international consulting businesses and their impact on assisting developing economies to adopt democratic practices and economic openness.

The March- April 2008 Decosimo Lecture Series featured Emily B. Brinkmoeller, Managing Director of the World Trade Center Illinois. Ms. Brinkmoeller spoke on “Leadership Today: Owning Your Future in the Global Marketplace”. This talk highlighted the challenges emerging leaders face from competition on a world wide scale and the specific attributes that young business leaders must embrace in order to rise above these challenges.

This fifth annual Decosimo Series event was held in February 2009. Guest lecturer Dr. Sebastian Vaduva, Dean of the Griffiths School of Management at Emanuel University of Oradea in Oradea, Romania presented “The Economic Integration of Romania into the European Union”.  In his lecture, Dr. Vaduva highlighted the many difficult fiscal and economic challenges Romania encountered, after forty years of Marxist economics, in its efforts to achieve EU membership.

In January 2010 Walt Jackson, a managing Director in the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs & Company, spoke on “Financing on a Global Scale: An Overview of the Investing and Lending in the Current Financing Environment”. This talk included an overview of the recent financial market turmoil and downturn, an unofficial analysis of the state markets and a framework for how to recognize the pitfalls of bad investment decisions.

Ms. Anna Kao, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in Atlanta, was the featured speaker for the March 2011 Decosimo Lecture. The title of her presentation was “Taiwan and the U.S.: Partners in Trade, Friendship and Democracy." Ms. Kao discussed the significant economic and business links between the United States and Taiwan. In addition, her talk emphasized Taiwan’s role in cooperating with the U.S and other nations to help create an atmosphere that fosters peace and prosperity. She also discussed Taiwan’s role as a world citizen in areas such as environmental responsibility, cooperation on healthcare and disaster relief.

Dr. Mariano Croce, Professor in the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina was the eighth annual Decosimo lecture which was presented at Bryan College and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Dr. Croce’s lecture was titled Euro Zone: in Search of Fiscal Discipline and focused to a great extent on current and historical economic trends in Italy, Spain and Greece. March 2012.

Decosimo Lecture Series Goals

  • Increase student and public awareness of conditions, key issues and changes in the global economic environment
  • Highlight the major challenges presented by foreign competition for U.S. firms
  • Review business issues such as the growth in direct foreign investment in the U.S. and the expansion of American firms in foreign settings
  • Examine what is required for businesses to succeed in the global marketplace
  • Help the business community to better understand the dynamics and value of strategic international business alliances
  • Examine how international business trends and practices affect individuals at the grassroots level regarding careers, specific jobs and employment opportunities
  • Provide opportunities for international business people to meet and dialogue regarding their experiences


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