International lecture series for MBA & Aspire students
August 10, 2009

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The Division of Graduate and Professional Studies recently announced a new initiative aimed at emphasizing the rapidly changing global business environment. The MBA/Aspire International Lecture Series will introduce graduate and undergraduate students to speakers from Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Scotland who are experts in international business, economics, and leadership. The speakers, who will be visiting during the Fall 2009 semester, were carefully chosen in collaboration with Bryan’s Center for International Development,

Dennis Miller, Executive Director of the Center for International Development, said that “the exciting thing about this series is that we have an opportunity to hear from people who’ve made a difference in the business communities in their own cultures and in many cases beyond the borders of their own culture. This series is designed specifically for our MBA and Aspire students, the majority of whom are already well into their careers, with increasing numbers working for companies with international connections.”

MBA/Aspire International Lecture Series Fall 2009

Marek Markus (Slovakia), Executive Director, Integra Ventures, Bratislava; Managing Director, Oil Partner Ltd. Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies; former Loyalty Project Manager, Shell Czech & Slovakia, Bratislava/Prague

Lecture Topic: “Developing Small Businesses in Emerging Nations”
Thursday, October 8, 12:00 – 1:00 pm (Aspire)
Saturday, October 10, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (MBA)

Emily Brinkmoeller (Chicago), President of Oversees Strategies, LLC and Former Director of the Illinois World Trade Center (Chicago);  MBA in international business, marketing and entrepreneurship from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management; International Business Development Certification from Thunderbird University in Arizona.

Lecture Topic:  "Attracting Multinational Businesses to the U.S."
Thursday, October 22, 6:00 - 7:00 pm (Aspire)
Friday, October 23, 12:00 - 1:00 pm (MBA/Aspire)

David Cowan (Scotland), International Economic Specialist; author of Economic Parables: The Monetary Teachings of Jesus Christ; published in the Washington Times and the Times of London; been interviewed by major media, including CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg TV, and BBC Radio

Lecture Topics: “The Monetary Teachings of Jesus” and "Thoughts on the Obama Stimulus Plan"

Saturday, October 31, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (MBA)
Monday, November 2, 6:30 – 7:30 pm (Aspire)

Rick Gascho (Czech Republic)
, Founder and Director of the Business Development Center, S.R.O.; Professionals International, Leadership Development

Lecture Topic: “Leadership Development in a Former Socialist Republic”

Tuesday, November 17, 12:00 – 1:00 pm (Aspire)
Saturday, November 21, 1:00 – 2:00 pm (MBA)

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