A new speaker series, the Global Commerce Executive Speaker Series, brings key national and international business leaders to campus to reflect and share on their professional experiences. The series is an extension of the college's global commerce major, which prepares students for successful careers around the world.
“In the 21st century, long-term success in our globalized world requires adaptability, broad thinking and the ability to see connections among seemingly unrelated factors,” says Karen Spierling, associate professor and director of the Global Commerce Program. “The Global Commerce Executive Speaker Series gives our students unprecedented access to the world of global business through industry leaders who understand it first-hand. To sit in a room with a global CEO and talk with them - this is an opportunity that many executives would be envious of. It's an invaluable experience.”
The Global Commerce Executive Speaker Series takes place in small classrooms, where global commerce majors meet with industry leaders and learn how to assess and handle challenges, seize an opportunity, and succeed in a competitive global environment. Select students are invited to roundtable discussions with the speakers, giving them a unique opportunity to meet notable business executives one-on-one. Spring 2018 semester speakers include enterprising alumni: Bradley Blum '76, founder and owner of BLUM Growth Fund, LLC, which includes Olive Garden and Burger King restaurant chains; Matthew Harrington '84, global chief operating officer of Edelman, the world's largest public relations firm; John Faraci '72, retired chairman and CEO of International Paper; and Cynthia Booth '79, president and CEO of COBCO Enterprises, holder of a Cincinnati-based restaurant chain.