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2012 Past Events


Can Trade Policies and Agreements Advance Internet Freedom?


Dec 06, 2012

Register for this free conference here.

Panel topics:
- European, U.S. and Canadian Views on the Free Flow of Information.
- Can Policymakers Find Greater Coherence between Privacy, IPR, and Internet Freedom?
- Overview of Project Findings: Can Trade Agreements Set Information Free? How the U.S., EU and Canada Use Trade Policy to Advance Human Rights.
- New Ideas and Strategies to Bolster Internet Freedom and Online Trade.

FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CONFERENCE, CONTACT DR. SUSAN AARONSON AT SAARONSO@GWU.EDU OR PROJECT ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR MILES TOWNES AT MDTOWNES@GWMAIL.GWU.EDU.

For more information and agenda, please visit the Conference webiste .

Business Language (BLRT) Grants Application Deadline


Dec 01, 2012

The Business Language Research and Teaching grants provide incentives for language faculty to teach and do research in a business context. One grant of $3,000 will be awarded to a project in a critical or less commonly taught foreign language and two awards of $2,500 will be awarded to research or teaching projects in other foreign languages.
The grants are made possible through a consortium of eight CIBERs organized by the University of Illinois CIBER and also including the CIBERs at Indiana University, University of Florida, University of Hawaii, University of North Carolina, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, and the University of South Carolina.

For more informaiton and to apply, please visit the BLRT website.

The Source of Monetary Instability


Nov 30, 2012

Guest lecture by Dr. Robert Z. Aliber, Professor Emeritus of International Economics and Finance, University of Chicago

The popular view among the public, the press and the politicians is that the U.S. financial crisis of 2008 was caused by some combination of the greed and incompetence and stupidity of the bankers and their self-serving compensation arrangements, and the shortcoming of regulation including the undoing of Glass-Steagall and the shortsightedness of the regulators. Add the 2002 low interest rate policy of Chairman Greenspan that contributed to the surge in property prices. These stories differ only in the identity of villains.

The competing view is that the crisis was systemic and inherent in the way the international financial system operates. Countrywide Financial and Lehman Brothers, and Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Fed were actors responding to the incentives created by imbalances, and the way the prices of securities adjust to the changes in imbalances.

The shortcoming of the US-centric view is that it ignores that Britain, Iceland, and Ireland had crises at the same time. Spain, Greece, and Portugal had crises soon after. The US-centric view also ignores the fact that there have been three previous worldwide waves of crisis since the early 80s. The frequency of these crises and their increasing intensity suggests that there is a systemic problem.

The causes of these four waves of crisis were the economic forces that led the lenders to increase their loans to these borrowers at rates of twenty to thirty percent, which were much too high to be sustained. The key idea of the book is that the rapid increase in the supply of credit to a group of borrowers in a country was an integral part of the adjustment process in response to an increase in the flow of money to this country when its currency was floating; the invisible hands were at work to ensure that the country's current account deficit increased to correspond to the autonomous increase in its capital account surplus. The increase in the prices of securities in the country and its economic boom were intermediate steps induced by the increase in the money flow to the country.

To RSVP, please send an email to ciber@gwu.edu.

Global Competitiveness Forum: A Framework for Success in a Changing World


Nov 13, 2012

The Center for International Business Education and Research and The George Washington School of Business are pleased to offer a series of several events with the underpinning theme of how governments can help businesses today and how business-like governments can help build a nation's global competitiveness. This series, which will run between October 2012 and April 2013, will feature discussions by top executives, policy makers, and thought leaders in the area.

This inaugural session will feature a dialogue with Hon. Suresh Kumar, Distinguished Visiting Professor of International Business, GWSB; Recent Assistant Secretary of Commerce; Director General of the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service; and Former Corporate Executive at Johnson & Johnson and Hon. Fred P. Hochberg, Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States; one of the highest ranking business leaders in the Obama Administration.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 5:30 PM
Funger Hall, Room 103
Light reception to follow

Read More or RSVP.

5th Annual G2@GW Conference


Oct 12, 2012

This annual conference, organized by the GW Institute for International Economic Policy (IIEP) and co-sponsored by the GW Sigur Center for Asian Studies and GW-CIBER, is devoted to the U.S.-China economic relations and China?s economic development. This year's program includes talks on topics such as the characteristics of Chinese trade flows, the state of U.S.-China trade, the influence of exchange-rate movements on Chinese exports, and the retirement patterns in China.
To access the full agenda and to RSVP, please visit the G2@GW website.

3rd Annual Global Entrepreneurship Conference


Oct 11, 2012 -

Oct 13, 2012

The 3rd Annual International Council of Small Business (ICSB)-George Washington University (GWU) Global Entrepreneurship conference will be organized over three days around four main components:
(1) a day of introductory presentations of databases concerned with business creation;
(2) presentations of scholarly research on diverse aspects of business creation;
(3) keynote speakers, panels and workshops on policy developments; and
(4) a small number of extended training sessions on important data sets, including PSED, GEM, IFC Enterprise Surveys and others.
To view the full program and to register, please visit the Conference website.

African Diaspora Marketplace II Finals


Jun 22, 2012 -

Jun 23, 2012

The African Diaspora Marketplace (ADM), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Western Union, and supported by several other organizations including GW-CIBER, is a business plan competition for entrepreneurs from the U.S.-based African Diaspora with innovative and high-impact ideas for start-up and established businesses in Africa. Almost 500 entrepreneurs applied to ADM II, and this year's finalists represented The Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote D'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Nigeria, the United Republic of Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zambia. The 44 ADM II finalists presented their concepts in agribusiness, information and communication technologies, and renewable energy to a panel of judges in Washington, D.C. Finalists' initiatives ranged from software development in Ghana, to palm kernel processing in Nigeria, to poultry production in Kenya. The finalist award ceremony featured the African entrepreneur and philanthropist Tony Elumelu and the award-winning actor, investor in Africa, and philanthropist Jeffery Wright. For more information, please visit the ADM webiste.

Teaching Business Chinese in the 21st Century: A Professional Development Seminar for Chinese Instructors


May 04, 2012

The GW-CIBER offered a professional development seminar for Chinese language faculty. This seminar, led by Dr. Phyllis Zhang, was part of GW-CIBER's business language immersion event series. It provided ideas, materials, and motivation for teaching Business Chinese, and took place predominantly in Chinese.

Please RSVP at ciber@gwu.edu

For more information, please click here.

Women in International Business: Why Organizations Need to Invest in Women


Apr 03, 2012

The George Washington University School of Business and GW-CIBER present a discussion on the topic of women in international business - as leaders, employees, consumers, market builders, and contributors to economic growth. The panel of successful female professionals will:
- Explain the direct career benefits and showcase the depth and variety of international careers across sectors and geographic regions.
- Talk about the various ways in which women make a difference in lives around the world.
- Examine issues relevant to women internationalists, both personal and professional.
- Offer perspectives on how and why public, private, and government organizations should invest more in women.
- Share their own personal stories, professional tips, and practical advice.

The event will include a book sale and signing of Go Global! Launching an International Career Here or Abroad by Stacie Berdan, and Get Ahead By Going Abroad by Perry Yeatman and Stacie Berdan.

The first 50 participants to arrive will receive a free copy of Go Global! Launching an International Career Here or Abroad!

Please RSVP at ciber@gwu.edu

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Lecture Creating a Winning Global Job-Search Toolkit


Apr 04, 2012

General interactive session with practical guidelines and advice on how to increase
your success in launching an international career and leveraging your experience.
Learn how the global marketplace has changed the dynamics of searching for a career.
*Open to MBA and Undergrad students

Log into GWorkSB and view Announcements section for more information.

Learn How To:

Increase your odds of going global and further develop your global mindset
- Acquire and package your international skills in order to apply them to current global business trends and needs of potential employers
- Devise a strategy for an international job search, doing the appropriate research and networking
- Identify high-growth sectors, industries, markets and organizations that are hot right now
- Brand yourself in your resumes, cover letters and using social media for the international job search

Now more than ever, international experience is critical. Learn how to acquire and leverage it, boost your future career options and enhance your global brand!

Workshops Leader:
Stacie Nevadomski Berdan, International Careers Expert

Ms. Berdan is a seasoned global executive, an expert on international careers and an award-winning author on the topic of how to succeed in the global marketplace. Her most recent book, Go Global! Launching an International Career Here or Abroad, provides practical advice to students and professionals on how they can tackle the exciting yet daunting challenge of developing the necessary skills to land a job in an increasingly global world. Stacie has appeared on NBC's Today Show, NPR's Marketplace, CNN International, numerous Fox programs, and in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fortune and Time. She is a regular commentator on HuffingtonPost.com. Learn more about Ms. Berdan's work on her blog, stacieberdan.com, and via Twitter @StacieBerdan

International Career Workshop


Apr 04, 2012

Small-group, hands-on session that teaches students how to develop their global job-search strategy;
define their global brand; draft their elevator pitch, cover letter and resume; and use social media and
personal branding online to differentiate them from their peers.
*Space is limited to 30 MBA students.

Log into GWorkSB and view Announcements section for more information.

Learn How To:

Increase your odds of going global and further develop your global mindset
- Acquire and package your international skills in order to apply them to current global business trends and needs of potential employers
- Devise a strategy for an international job search, doing the appropriate research and networking
- Identify high-growth sectors, industries, markets and organizations that are hot right now
- Brand yourself in your resumes, cover letters and using social media for the international job search

Now more than ever, international experience is critical. Learn how to acquire and leverage it, boost your future career options and enhance your global brand!

Workshops Leader:
Stacie Nevadomski Berdan, International Careers Expert

Ms. Berdan is a seasoned global executive, an expert on international careers and an award-winning author on the topic of how to succeed in the global marketplace. Her most recent book, Go Global! Launching an International Career Here or Abroad, provides practical advice to students and professionals on how they can tackle the exciting yet daunting challenge of developing the necessary skills to land a job in an increasingly global world. Stacie has appeared on NBC's Today Show, NPR's Marketplace, CNN International, numerous Fox programs, and in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fortune and Time. She is a regular commentator on HuffingtonPost.com. Learn more about Ms. Berdan's work on her blog, stacieberdan.com, and via Twitter @StacieBerdan

African Diaspora Marketplace Business Plan Competition


Feb 25, 2012

USAID, Western Union, and the GW Center for International Business Education and Research (GW-CIBER) have partnered together to host the African Diaspora Marketplace (ADM), and innovative business plan competition for U.S.-based African Diaspora entrepreneurs who would like to start or expand a business in Africa. We're received hundreds of proposals, and now invite interested GW graduate and advanced undergraduate students to join GW faculty and distinguished leaders of the DC business community on Saturday, February 25th to serve as first-round judges for the competition. Meet fellow judges, including: Gregory Simpkins, Professional Staff Member for the U.S. House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights Richard A. Cambridge, Adviser African Diaspora Program, Office of the Regional Vice President, Africa Region, The World Bank