International Education Week: Global Talent Takes the Spotlight

November 10, 2023

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International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. (Credit: U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs)

International talent will be an important tool for the United States as it deepens its competitiveness in the global business landscape, including in tech-heavy sectors of the economy. It also is a driver of stronger domestic business capacity.

U.S. companies’ need for global talent is the focus of a GW Center for International Business Education & Research (GW-CIBER) panel discussion on Nov. 14 in conjunction with International Education Week.  

“International students make a big contribution to the U.S. economy,” said Anna Helm, the faculty director for GW-CIBER. “As students, they are consumers in our economy. After they graduate, they may work in the country to support our companies.”

“Because of this, we need to support international students’ and leverage the contributions they make,” added Helm, an associate teaching professor of international business at GWSB.

GW-CIBER’s panel presentation, “Attracting and Retaining Global Talent,” will detail the contributions of global students and examine how the private sector and U.S. immigration law and policy can—and should—support international education. Panelists include Jill Allen Murray, deputy executive director for public policy at NAFSA: Association of International Educators; Bryan Andriano, Ed.D. ’10, director of education programs at the National Geographic Society and the past executive director and assistant dean for Global and Experiential Education at the GW School of Business; Jon Baselice, vice president of immigration policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and Kafuti Talahumbu, senior principal technology consultant at the George Washington University. 

Brian Farnsworth, a principal at Fox Hollow Advisory and a member of the GW-CIBER board of advisors, will provide a keynote address at the event and serve as moderator for the panel discussion.

“International students bring all these multiple perspectives to business and … make important cultural contributions. They can explain how things function in a different country or region. They may have a different perspective on problem solving or on methodologies or even on learning,” Helm said.

International Education Week which runs from Nov. 13-17, is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote educational programs that advance understanding of the global marketplace and attract students from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences.

The GW-CIBER discussion will be held from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the School of Business. For details and to register, visit: