International Speaker Series

The Ahlers Center International Business Speaker Series gives students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the community an opportunity to hear from distinguished international business experts and scholars. Each semester, we invite leading industry professionals, researchers, and educators to come to the University of San Diego campus to share their unique global perspectives, insights and experiences, bringing to life current topics of interest in the global business arena. Most of these events are free and all are open to the public. We are fortunate to have had a captivating and diverse group of presenters come to the USD campus, several of whose presentations can be found below. 

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Fall 2014 Speakers:

Monday, September 22nd, 2014; 12:15 - 1:45pm
Hernan Mendez, CEO, Procafecol, S.A.
"Juan Valdez Cafe: Strategies for Growth in a Global Context"
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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014; 12:15 - 1:45pm
Dr. Fred Freundlich, Professor, Mondragon University, Spain
"The Mondragon Corporation: Employee Ownership as Strategy"
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Monday, October 13th, 2014; 12:15-1:45 pm
Tim McConnell, Director of Engineering, 3D Robotics
"The Flying Technological Revolution"
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Thursday, October 16th, 2014; 12:15-1:45 pm
Dr. Vijay Govindarajan, Coxe Distinguished Professor at the Tuck School of Business Dartmouth and New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author
"Reverse Innovation"
Co-sponsored by USD's Changemaker Hub and Center for Peace and Commerce 
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Past Speakers:

Lalit DhirVice President of Strategy, Portfolio and Business Development, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.
"Global Strategy and Portfolio Planning" 

Michael Slater, CEO and Founder, Entry Ventures and Raymond Watt, CEO, Brain Gear and General Partner, Entry Ventures
"The Genesis of Potential Capital and Entry Venues: A Global Model" 
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Stephen Williams, Managing Partner, SENTRE Partners
"Investing Beyond the Border"
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Chris Crane, President, Edify
"The Journey of an Education Changemaker" 
Co-sponsored by the Changemaker Hub, Center for Peace and Commerce and the Center for Community Service Learning
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Flavio Olivieri, CEO of the Tijuana Economic Development Corporation
"The Cali-Baja Bi-National Mega-Region: A Platform for U.S./Mexico Trade"
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Dr. Ariel A. Casarin, Associate Professor, IAE Business School, Universidad Austral, Argentina 
"The World Is Not Legally Flat: Non-Market Strategies in Legal Arenas for International Business"
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Tim DeMarco, President, International Decisions, Inc.
"Going International......In a Small Way"
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James Zimmerman, Partner, Shepard Mullin & Former Chairman Emeritus, American Chamber of Commerce, China
"China 2013: Legal, Political and Business Outlook"
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Barbara Wight, Chief Financial Officer, Taylor Guitars
"Global Brand Expansion through the Great Recession and Beyond"
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Greg Deering, Founder, Deering Banjos
"Building a Global Brand, One Banjo at a Time"
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Rachelle Snooke, Global Talent Acquisition Manager, WD-40 
"Global Hiring and the Brand That is You"
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Jorge Camil Starr, Social Entrepreneur, Co-founder and Chief Development Officer, Enova 
"Innovating for Impact"
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Dr. Vijay Kapur, Faculty Management Studies, University of Delhi 
"China and India: Models of Compassionate Socio-Economic Globalization"
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Hector Medina, Former CFO and Chief Planning Officer, CEMEX 
"Business Strategy for Innovation and Global Growth: The Case of CEMEX"
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