Mark May 18 to 20 on your calendar and plan to attend this year’s virtual NASBITE International Annual Conference. If you are serious about advancing your international trade knowledge, then you won’t want to miss this year’s virtual NASBITE International Annual Conference on May 18-20. The virtual conference will provide a rich forum for learning across a broad spectrum of topics related to international business, trade and trade education. The conference will provide a rich forum for learning and networking across a broad spectrum of topics related to international business, trade and trade education. Including a session on Best Practices in a COVID-19 Environment presented by our VP of Business Development, Rufiya Blank, Kompass North America
The learning opportunities are focused on key tracks. Below is a sampling of planned presentations in each.
Trade Education & Assistance
- Digital Strategies for eCommerce: Exploring the eCommerce Sales Channels – James Bledsoe, U.S. Commercial Service
- Trade Director Diaries- Real Life Experiences Navigating International Trade – Mary Regel, Mt. Hood Community College; Peter Cunningham, Mt. Hood Community College; Liz Cleveland, Former Trade Director, State of Mississippi
- Elevate Trade – Mike Seibert, North Carolina SBTDC; Aaron Miller, Virginia SBDC – George Mason University
- Going Interstate, Going Global: Promoting Growth Within the Craft Brewery Sector – Chris Van Orden, Virginia Small Business Development Center – George Mason University
CGBP & CGBP Student Pathway Program
- CGBP Exam Insights & Updates – Beth Armstrong Smith, NASBITE CGBP Governance Council; Anthony Cambas, University of Mississippi SBDC
- Why Is Trade Finance So Challenging for Students and CGBP Exam Sitters? – Laurie Wolff, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
- Trade Passport: Export Assistance on Demand – Leroy Lowe, Immediate-Past President, NASBITE International
- Adding Value to Curriculum through External Validation and Assessment: The CGBP – Dr. Clint Relyea, Dr. Mary Catherine Colley, and Dr. William Foxx, Troy University
- How to Select Effective International Negotiators: Application of the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI) – Yongsun Paik, Loyola Marymount University
- Integrating Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Assessment into the Classroom – Jim Foley, CGBP, Illinois SBDC International Trade Center; Eric Schueller, Education Partnership Manager, Cultural Intelligence Center
Covid Response & Recovery
- Best Practices in a COVID-19 Environment – Rufiya Blank, Kompass North America
- Supply Chain Resilience – Kellie Greene, Innovative Global Logistics Strategies, LLC
NASBITE conferences are known for their “take-away” value and networking opportunities. Registrants not only share and learn from the many sessions offered on all aspects of global business, but also have the opportunity to network with peers, find out who’s doing what, hear about best practices in trade education and trade assistance, and discover new skills and approaches in export development and marketing.
NASBITE International is committed to advancing international trade by acknowledging professionals in the field who have demonstrated excellence in developing innovative programs and practices that improve international trade through its annual awards program.
Advancing International Trade Award
This award recognizes the dedication and service of those who are advancing international trade in each state in the United States as well as Canada and Mexico. These awards may be given to an organization, entity or to a person for individual leadership and commitment to improving the practice of global business on a state or regional level. Award winners (programs or individuals) must have contributed to the advancement of international trade for four or more years. One award will be given per state per year. Nominations may only be made by a NASBITE International Board Member. The nomination form is available here.
Program Excellence Awards
These awards recognize outstanding and innovative developments in the area of international education, counseling, training, trade promotion and research. They are given for specific programs developed by public or private sector trade-related organizations or educational institutions to meet a particular identified need. In recognizing these initiatives, NASBITE is seeking to provide models for others to emulate. Please note that this award is not intended for comprehensive programs composed of a number of components, rather it is intended for specific/focused trade-related initiatives such as a particular trade mission or a specific training program. Awards will be presented in two categories: Educational Programs and Outreach Programs. Educational programs include innovative courses or modules with a trade-related focus, and Outreach Programs include initiatives that are targeted towards the trade-related needs of the business community. The nomination form is available here.
International Trade Educator of the Year Award
The purpose of this award is to recognize innovation and excellence in international trade curriculum development, research, program development, and/or advocacy of international business issues. In giving this award, NASBITE is seeking to honor and highlight the significant contributions of the recipient in expanding and improving the practice of global business so that others might follow.
The program must be ongoing, have a history of demonstrated success, be replicable by other institutions or organizations, and have fostered strategic partnerships and external alliances in program development. The nomination form is available here.
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