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International Business Breakfast Series

The International Business Breakfast Series brings globally-focused experts to campus as an enrichment activity for business students and the local business community. The series is co-sponsored by the College of Business and the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts.

Each International Business Breakfast is open to the general public. All events are held in Rivers Multi-Purpose Arena with breakfast at 8:00 a.m. and the guest speaker at 8:30 a.m. Members of the public who wish to attend should register on the World Affairs Council website (http://worldaffairscouncil.com/). The cost of the breakfast for the general public is $15, and pre-registration is required.

Prior Speakers and Topics

Prior Speakers and Topics

Jeff Palm, Executive Director of CISabroad

“Growing and Managing a Small, Global Business”

Josh Goldman, CEO and Cofounder, Australis Aquaculture, LLC

“From Passion to Production:  Growing a Sustainable Global Seafood Business”

Jerry Webman, Senior Investment Officer and Chief Economist, Oppenheimer Funds
“Capital Markets Outlook”

Joe Sibilia, Founder, Gasoline Alley Foundation, Founder and CEO, Meadowbrook Lane Capital, and CEO of CSRwire
"Global Sustainability Initiatives: Should firms report about their non-financial activities?"

Ricardo R. Calderon, global financial services business executive and attorney
"Doing Business in Emerging Markets"

Matt Harris, Co-founder and Managing General Partner, Village Ventures
”Supporting Global Entrepreneurship in Trying Times: Venture Capital and the Credit Crunch" Click here for a video clip of the presentation 

Phil C. Jackson, Global Brand Leader and Group Executive, Hasbro 
"Managing a Global Business from Western Massachusetts"

David Downs, East Coast Regional Sales Director, Northwest Airlines
"Travel and International Business: Why Hartford, Why Now?"

Dr. Manuel Escudero, Head of Networks at the United Nations Global Compact
"The UN Global Compact: Promoting Corporate Social Responsibility in a Competitive Global Economy" Click here to download the complete presentation in .mp3 format.

Paul Kozub, Creator and Founder, V-One Vodka 
Chasing a Dream: An Entrepreneurial Story in a Global Economy"

Ed Chanda, Partner, KPMG
“Traveling the Road to Convergence: Why International Financial Accounting Standards are Relevant to U.S. Business"

Dennis Lind ’80, Vice President, Design & Engineering at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
"International Magic: Moving the Mouse to a Global Operation"