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2009 Past Events and Initiatives

"G2 @ GW: 2nd Annual Conference on China's Economic Development and U.S.-China Economic Relationships"

November 20, 2009

Co-sponsored with the Elliott School of International Affairs' Institute for International Economic Policy and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

The morning President Obama returned from his 10-day tour of Asia, which included his first meeting with his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao, GW's Institute for International Economic Policy hosted the second annual "G2 at GW," a conference on China's economic transformations and development and U.S.-China economic relations. The conference covered aspects of the bilateral relationship spanning international diplomatic relations as well as international trade, investment and finance. More information about the conference is available here.

"Developing International Business Negotiation Skills Using Role Plays and Simulations in the Business Language Classroom"

November 14, 2009

This highly interactive workshop engaged participants in creative role play scenarios and simulation games focused on building negotiation skills - crucial in the international business environment, but also valuable for many other areas of life.

"Measuring and Understanding Corporate Responsibility"

September 28, 2009

This seminar featured presentations by Mike Lombardo, Senior Research Analyst, and Aditi Vora Mohapatria (GWSB'06), Sustainability Analyst, from Calvert Group, Ltd. They discussed the state and practices of corporate sustainability reporting and the investment strategies adopted by Calvert in response to different sustainability reports from companies.

"Strategies for Teaching International Negotiation: A Faculty Development Workshop", led by Steve Weiss and Alain Lempereur

June 2-6, 2009

The workshop introduced and reinforced key concepts and methods for teaching international negotiation to a university-level audience. Workshop leaders provided participants with exposure to a range of negotiation paradigms, techniques, and materials. Topics included negotiation fundamentals, planning for international negotiation, experiential exercises, evaluating negotiation behavior and outcomes, and strategies for major pedagogical challenges. Workshop leaders were joined by guest experts -both practitioners and scholar/teachers- who provided further insight into strategies for creating and delivering world-class international negotiation courses. More information about the workshop is available here; the workshop agenda is available here.

"Learn How to Market Yourself to Go Global" - Two Workshops on International Careers and Job Search, lead by Ms. Stacie Berdan

April 13, 2009

These workshops were designed to help international business professionals to assess the viability of a career abroad. Workshop leader Stacy Berdan discussed how to leverage international experience as a distinct and differentiated advantage in the job market. More information about this event is available here.

"Marketing One of the 'Other' Emerging Markets: How Turkey Competes for Foreign Direct Investment in the Competitive Global Economy"

March 11, 2009

When one hears of investment in emerging markets, most of the discussion seems to center on China and India. But what about the other emerging markets, like Turkey? How does Turkey compete for foreign direct investment capital? What challenges has it faced? What opportunities/benefits does it have to offer a foreign investor? This panel discussion examined these questions from the perspectives of the Turkish government, the American business community, the Turkish business community, and international business academia. More information about this event is available here.

"Cultural Intelligence: The Art of Leading Cultural Complexity"

March 3, 2009

Presentation and book signing by Elisabeth Plum

Elisabeth Plum, director of Plum & Co in Denmark and visiting professor at Middlesex University Business School, London (UK), discussed pertinent issues in human resource development, intercultural communication, and organizational development as described in her book, "Cultural Intelligence." Described as "a radical approach to working with people from different inspiring book" by CEO IKEA UK Peter Hogsted, the event was followed by a book signing.