Developing business leaders with a global mindset

The Ahlers Center for International Business is proud to present various conferences to enrich socially responsible international business education for our students, faculty and the business community.

Past Conferences Highlighted:

2015: San Diego Microfinance Summit: Client Centricity--Promoting Fairness and Transparency to Empower Microfinance Entrepreneurs

On April 15, USD hosted the 7th Annual Microfinance Summit. This year's keynote speaker was Alex Rizzi, deputy director of The Smart Campaign, who shared her insights about how the principles of The Smart Campaign are being adopted by microfinance organizations around the globe to the benefit of entrepreneurs. The summit explored current challenges and innovations in microfinance, focusing on prioritizing the needs of clients. The microfinance vendor marketplace gave local microfinance borrowers the opportunity to showcase their products.  

2014: San Diego Microfinance Summit: Expanding the Horizons of Microfinance

On April 8, we hosted a summit that brought together leading microfinance practitioners, social entrepreneurs, students and members of the general public looking to explore the expanding horizons of the microfinance industry. Larry Reed, director of the Microfinance Summit Campaign, was the keynote speaker. The summit featured speakers from innovative organizations such as Kiva, GiveDirectly, Edify and Puddle. Panels and presentations, which took place throughout the day, were centered on discussions about new ways to expand the reach and impact of microfinance by bringing vital financing to underserved markets. 

2013: Leadership for Peace and Prosperity Conference

The entire three-day conference, October 3-5, 2013, co-sponsored by the Ahlers Center for International Business and the Center for Peace and Commerce, along with the Institute for Economics and Peace, began with a morning summit with corporate leaders, followed by afternoon and weekend sessions with academic paper presentations on topics that consider issues related to business and sustainable peace. Learn more about this summit.

2012: The Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR) has held an annual conference in the United Kingdom (often referred to as the Summer School) for more than two decades. The 2013 North American CSEAR Conference occurred January 3-5, 2013, at the University of San Diego, co-hosted by the School of Business and the Ahlers Center for International Business.

2011: Our fourth Summit on Peace and Prosperity through Trade and Commerce, was held September 16, 2011, brought together current and future business leaders of tomorrow to explore how business can responsibly contribute better the lives of individuals worldwide.

2010: The Ahlers Center co-sponsored Beyond NAFTA: U.S. and Mexico Moving Forward with the Trans-Border Institute of the University of San Diego.