Down Economy, Think Global

PRESS RELEASE
April 14, 2010

For Immediate Release
Contact:
Ruth J. Morrison
718-270-6905

Brooklyn International Trade Development Center

Down Economy, Think Global

New York Academic Consortium for International Capacity Building Hosts One Day Conference in NYC to Demonstrate Opportunities

in Global Marketplace

Competing in the 21st Century: Navigating the Global Marketplace

Targets Small Businesses, College Students, Faculty and Administrators

Brooklyn, NY (April 14, 2010): The Brooklyn International Trade Development Center creates the New York Academic Consortium for International Capacity Building, which consists of several New York area colleges, and joins with the Western Hemisphere Unit of the International Trade Administration, United States Department of Commerce to hold an international opportunities seminar, Competing in the 21st Century: Navigating the Global Marketplace.

This one-day conference will be held on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, in the downtown section of Brooklyn, NY 11201-4398.  The telephone number for St. Francis College is (718) 489-5200. The conference is divided into two segments: 1) morning session: focused on the small business community and 2) afternoon session: targeted to college students, faculty, administrators and parents.

Walter A. Bastian; Deputy Assistant Secretary, Western Hemisphere, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce will launch the morning session with a keynote address, “The Benefits of Exporting in the Western Hemisphere”.  The morning speakers following DAS Bastian will inform New York area businesses about global opportunities.  Additionally, businesses will learn about resources that could help their businesses grow through exporting their products and services to foreign markets.  Research shows that companies that export tend to be stronger companies and that their employees generally earn higher wages. There will also be a discussion regarding access to capital, trade finance and export credit insurance that protects US companies against non-payment from foreign buyers.

The morning presenters include the: Economic Development Administration, Minority Business Development Agency, International Trade Administration, the US Commercial Service and a small business client of the US Commercial Service. Representatives from the Small Business Administration; US Department of Agriculture; Export-Import Bank of the United States; and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation will comprise the Access to Capital panel.

The theme for the afternoon session is: Making the Successful Transition from School to Employment – A Profile of the 21st Century Job Market. College students, faculty, administrators and parents will discover the importance of global education and the myriad of international career opportunities and internships. The two panels for the afternoon are: 1) The Role of Academia in the Global Marketplace and 2) Preparing Students for the Global Job Market. A strong feature of the afternoon session will be a discussion about stipends and fellowships to provide financial assistance for out-of-town or international internships and study abroad programs.

Dr. Sylvia Crowder – Deputy Chief, Office of International Programs, U.S. Department of Education will be the lead speaker.  Invited speakers include: Bethany Dickerson Wynder – Director, Ralph Bunch Societies, Phelps Stokes; Nicholas Bassey – Director, Institute for a Competitive Workforce, UNCF – Special Programs; and Nick Barrett – Federal Programs, The Washington Center.

Following the success of its previous conferences at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA); University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX); and the Universidad del Este (San Juan, Puerto Rico), the Western Hemisphere Unit of the International Trade Administration is excited about bringing its conference to New York City and it is pleased to work with the New York Academic Consortium for International Capacity Building led by the Brooklyn International Trade Development Center at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York (BITDC).

The current members of the New York Academic Consortium for International Capacity Building are:


Ruth Morrison; BITDC @Medgar Evers College, CUNY (Chair)
Dr. John Dilyard; St. Francis College (Co-Chair)
Dr. Emmanuel Egbe; Medgar Evers College, CUNY
Dr. Tilokie Depoo; Metropolitan College of New York
Dr. Hector Lopez; Hostos Community College, CUNY
Dr. Robert Glass; Long Island University
Dr. Stephanie Steinberg; Long Island University

“It is BITDC’s mission to help the New York area small business community to become more globally-focused and to diversify their revenue from sales from foreign buyers,” said Ruth J. Morrison; Executive Director, Brooklyn International Trade Development Center at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York and Chair of the New York Academic Consotium on International Capacity Building.  “Additionally, as educators, my colleagues and I on the New York Consortium for International Capacity Building recognize that it is critically important to enlighten and to expose students, and particularly American students, to the numerous international career opportunities. The 21st Century economy will demand a globally-focused workforce and entrepreneurs, therefore it is imperative that we start this dialogue now.”

To register for this conference, we invite you to visit: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e2ujm37n7846e4d8&oseq=.

For additional information about this conference, please contact:  Shawn Ricks, International Trade Administration at 202.482.5564 or send an email to: Shawn.Ricks@mail.doc.gov or,
Ruth Morrison, BITDC@ Medgar Evers College at 718-270-6905 or send an email to:
rmorrison@mec.cuny.edu

Below is the most recent conference agenda.

Competing in the 21st Century: Navigating the Global Marketplace
Agenda

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Time: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

8:30 am – Welcome: Brendan J. Dugan, President, St. Francis College

8:35 am – Introduction of Keynote Speaker, Ruth J. Morrison; Executive Director, Brooklyn

International Trade Development Center at Medgar Evers College and Chair of New

York Academic Consortium on International Capacity Building

8:40 am – Keynote Address: Walter Bastian; Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Western

Hemisphere, US International Trade Administration

Theme: The Benefits of Exporting in the Western Hemisphere

9:00 am – Panel Discussion:

Theme: U.S. Department of Commerce Resources: Helping Small Business

Director, U.S. Export Assistance Center – International Trade Administration

Regional Director, Minority Business Development Agency

Regional Director, Economic Development Agency

Moderator: representative from a U.S. company who has used Commerce’s services to

expand its business

10:45 am-Break (Networking Pavilion)

11:00 am- Financing Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Small Business Administration

Export-Import Bank

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

12:15 pm- Lunch Break

1:30 pm- Panel Discussion The Role of Academia in the Global Marketplace

Dr. Sylvia Crowder – Deputy Chief, Office of International Programs,

U.S. Department of Education

Invited Panelists

Bethany Dickerson Wynder – Director, Ralph Bunch Societies, Phelps Stokes

Nicholas Bassey – Director, Institute for a Competitive Workforce,

UNCF – Special Programs

Nick Barrett – Federal Programs, The Washington Center

2:45 pm    Networking Pavilion

3:00 pm    Fostering Public Private Partnerships featuring representatives from the New York Academic Consortium for International Capacity Building

4:15 pm    Wrap up and Next Steps

4:30 pm    Networking Pavilion

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