On March 1st, 2013 the University of Missouri – Saint Louis hosted the International Business Career Conference. This annual event witnessed the arrival of hundreds of students from the region in response to the opportunity to interact with executives and professionals from within the business community. This year marked the 5th Anniversary of the International Business Career Conference, and the student groups who organized the event worked tirelessly to ensure that this year’s conference continued the tradition of excellence established in the past. The conference was the culmination of months of effort from students in the International Business Honors Society (Epsilon Eta Pi) and the International Business Club, with support from the College of Business Administration and the International Business Institute.

This year’s keynote speaker was Yvette Miley, current Senior Vice President and Executive Editor at MSNBC. Ms. Miley is a 20 year veteran of television journalism, and attendees were eager to hear her remarks regarding the operation of business on the global stage.

The conference’s workshops covered a myriad of topics. Returning speaker Joseph Papes, of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, kicked-off the day with his eye-opening presentation, “Being Safe when Traveling Internationally.” Other speakers included Terry Joggerst, of Winchester Ammunition, and his insights into, “Developing International Business Relationships,” and Luis F. Campedelli, of MasterCard Technologies, who spoke on the intricacies of, “Landing a Job in International Business.” The morning workshops concluded with Ana Romero-Lizana, of World Trade Center, as she enlightened the audience regarding, “5 Trends in International Business,” and Arijana B. Hoormann, of Scarbrough International, who discussed the unique situation of, “How to Work in IB While Staying in the U.S.”

The day also saw two panel discussions. While both panels addressed the issues of finding work in the field, this issue was more firmly addressed by the morning workshop panel. This group involved an assemblage of UM-St. Louis alumni who addressed the issue in light of their recent experiences seeking employment after graduation, and they provided valuable advice for future graduates. Among the panel were: Chelsea Miller (2011), of Cass Information Systems; Hima Patel (2010), of Metal Exchange Corporation; and Matt Kelly (2010) of Boeing.

The conference ended with the second panel discussion. Again the topic of finding work was briefly discusses, but the afternoon panel found themselves also addressing the long-term scope of working for companies with global involvement. Conference attendees heard Rodolfo Rivera, Director Business Development at Fidelity National Financial, as he was joined by: Jennifer Schwesig, an International Attorney with Armstrong Teasdale; Krister Ungerboeck, President of Ungerboeck Systems International; and last, Bill Odell, the Senior Vice President and Formwide Director of Science and Technology at hok, as they discussed the issue with authority.

Harsh Patel, a senior and triple-major (International Business, Finance, Management) served as this year’s conference Project Manager. He discussed the challenges of planning and staging the event, “This conference required a lot of hard effort to organize, and I was fortunate enough to work with a dedicated group of people that were ready for the challenge. They made the entire process an outstanding experience. As you can see, their hard work paid off, and this conference has been a great success.”

 The conference successfully served to bring together a wide array of business professionals, executives, educators, and students in an environment conducive to networking and the sharing of ideas about the issues facing the global marketplace. Students were able to get first-hand knowledge from working professionals regarding emerging issues within the international market and preparing them for the challenge of entering today’s international workforce.

To see video from the 2013 conference please follow this link 2013 IBCC.

Visit umsl.edu/ibcc for more information and to register for the 2014 International Business Career Conference.

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