​The International Business Speaker Series

​Learn from international business professionals and scholars.

The Ahlers Center for International Business Speaker Series gives students, faculty, alumni and members of the community an opportunity to hear from distinguished international business practitioners and scholars. Each semester, we invite leading industry professionals, researchers and educators to campus to share their unique insights and bring current global business topics to life.

By tapping into our extensive network, we are able to invite a captivating and diverse group of presenters to USD. These sessions are open to the public and you are welcome to bring a colleague or friend. 

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Business Speaker Series is now hosted virtually. 

Spring 2021 Presentations:

Tuesday, March 9
Mary Ann Brennan, Chief Operating Officer/Owner, 9thwonder/Alpha St8 Consulting
"Business Strategy and Procurement: Navigating Uncertain Times"
12 - 1 p.m.

Tuesday, April 13
Rick Loughery, Vice President of Global Marketing & Communications, GoPro
"GoPro: Capturing and Sharing 'the Stoke' Around the World"
12 - 1 p.m.

Thursday, April 22 
Dr. Magda Marquet, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, ALMA Life Sciences
"Breaking Barriers in Science and Business"
9 - 10 a.m.

Past Speakers



Anticipating and Navigating Global Change for an Industry Leader

Marcel Smits, head of corporate strategy and chairman of Asia Pacific, Cargill

February 19th, 2020


Building and Advancing your Career with a Global Portfolio

Grace Lee, senior vice president, chief human resources and diversity officer, Cubic Corporation

November 12th, 2019


Leverage your Entrepreneurial Spirit

Ryan Patel, senior fellow, Drucker School of Management at Claremont University and former vice president of business development, Pinkberry

November 6th, 2019


PrAna: Supporting International Business Growth through Social Responsibility

Rachel Lincoln, director of sustainability and product ops, prAna Living

October 9th, 2019


From NAFTA to USMCA: Evolution of the Trade Relationship between Mexico and the US

Guillermo Malpica Soto, head of the trade and NAFTA office, Embassy of Mexico

April 23rd, 2019


Selling the Change People Say They Want: Lessons Learned Making Global Supply Chains More Ethical and Transparent

Jane Mosbacher Morris, founder and CEO, To The Market, and Helder Sebastiao, innovation strategist and lean launch specialist, HJS Consulting

March 12th, 2019


Do People Matter in the Digital Era: The Power of Digital Humanism to Balance Value and Ethics

Joseph Bradley, global vice president, customer experience, incubation services and technology, Cisco

February 20th, 2019


The Future of EU-U.S. Economic Relations in the Age of Disorder: Crisis or Opportunity

Paolo Guerrieri, professor and former senator of the Italian Republic

November 7th, 2018


Building a Business to Withstand an Evolving Retail Landscape

Rich Yousko, chief operating officer, SJ Creations

October 30th, 2018


Building a Culturally Relevant Brand and the Premier Sound Platform with Global Partners

Sanford Spivey, business development, Sonos

October 22nd, 2018


How Not to Ruin Your Career and Reputation with a Blink of the Eye

Marcel Smits, executive vice president, chief financial officer, chief compliance officer, Cargill

May 2nd, 2018


The Age of Artificial Intelligence: What Lies Ahead

Navrina Singh, director of business development for artificial intelligence, Microsoft

April 25th, 2018


The Digital Healthcare Revolution

Alexander Grunewald, global head of HealthTech investment strategy, Johnson & Johnson

November 13th, 2017


How Amazon Has Remained Customer-Centeric as it Expands Across Programs and Countries

Chris Peyre, head of global supply chain, Amazon Prime Now

November 9th, 2017


Innovation Through Diversity and Inclusion

Skot Welch, principal and founder, Global Bridgebuilders

November 2nd, 2017


Evolving Trends in the Entertainment Industry

Digvijay Singh, global sourcing manager, Paramount Pictures

September 26th, 2017


The Power of Data and Analytics to Transform Lives and Livelihoods

Joseph Bugasjski, managing vice president of global data and analytics, Gartner

May 4th, 2017


A Unique Journey to the Cloud and Scaled Corporate Sustainability

Jim Hanna, director of datacenter sustainability, Microsoft

February 28th, 2017


Competing for Customers in a Global Economy: Making Customer Success a Part of Oracle's DNA

Jeb Dasteel, senior vice president and chief customer officer, Oracle Corporation

February 16th, 2017


Do the Right Thing and the Money Will Follow. It Always Does

Bob Maggiore, chief marketing officer, TaylorMade Golf

April 19th, 2016


An American Start-Up in China - Lessons from an Expat

Chris Gibson, vice president of market entry services, iPai Auction

November 16th, 2015


Building a Career in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Roshan Paul, CEO, Amani Institute

October 22nd, 2015


From Local to Global: The Story of Stone Brewing Company

Greg Koch, CEO and co-founder, Stone Brewing Company

October 19th, 2015


The Disciplined Listening Method: Leveraging Truth to Create Strategic Business Advantages

Michael Reddington, vice president of executive education, Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates

September 15th, 2015


How Making a Positive Difference in Society Can Grow a Business and a Big Brand Like McDonald's

Bob Langert, former vice president of corporate social responsibility and sustainability, McDonald's

April 9th, 2015


Patagonia--Why Business is Good for the Planet

Rachel Cantu, vice president of global supply chain, Patagonia

March 26th, 2015


What is Global Mindset and Why Does it Matter?

Mansour Javidan, Garvin distinguished professor and director of the Najafi Global Mindset Institute, Thunderbird School of Global Management

February 11th, 2015


Reverse Innovation

Vijay Govindarajan, Coxe distinguished professor at the Tuck School of Business Dartmouth and New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author

October 16th, 2014


The Flying Technological Revolution

Tim McConnell, director of engineering, 3D Robotics

October 13th, 2014


Juan Valdez Cafe: Strategies for Growth in a Global Context

Hernan Mendez, CEO, Procafecol, S.A.

September 22nd, 2014


The Genesis of Potential Capital and Entry Venues: A Global Model

Michael Slater, CEO and founder, Entry Ventures and Raymond Watt, CEO, Brain Gear and general partner, Entry Ventures

April 28th, 2014


Investing Beyond the Border

Stephen Williams, managing partner, SENTRE Partners

April 2nd, 2014


The World Is Not Legally Flat: Non-Market Strategies in Legal Arenas for International Business

Ariel A. Casarin, associate professor, IAE Business School, Universidad Austral, Argentina

February 26th, 2014


The Cali-Baja Bi-National Mega-Region: A Platform for U.S./Mexico Trade

Flavio Olivieri, CEO of the Tijuana Economic Development Corporation

February 19th, 2014


Global Brand Expansion through the Great Recession and Beyond

Barbara Wight, chief financial officer, Taylor Guitars

November 7th, 2013


China 2013: Legal, Political and Business Outlook

James Zimmerman, partner, Shepard Mullin & former chairman emeritus, American Chamber of Commerce, China

October 29th, 2013


Going International......In a Small Way

Tim DeMarco, president, International Decisions

October 10th, 2013


Building a Global Brand, One Banjo at a Time

Greg Deering, founder, Deering Banjos

September 26th, 2013


Business Strategy for Innovation and Global Growth: The Case of CEMEX

Hector Medina, former CFO and chief planning officer, CEMEX

April 4th, 2013


Global Hiring and the Brand That is You

Rachelle Snook, global talent acquisition manager, WD-40

March 19th, 2013


China and India: Models of Compassionate Socio-Economic Globalization

Vijay Kapur, faculty management studies, University of Delhi

February 26th, 2013


Innovating for Impact

Jorge Camil Starr, social entrepreneur, co-founder and chief development officer, Enova

February 21st, 2013