2014 Presenters for Colloquium on Internationalizing Business Education


A series of lectures, sessions, and discussions will present best practices in internationalized business programs, explore key issues, and develop strategies for building and enhancing internationalization in this business community. Lunch and refreshments are included.

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Selected Presenters

Bernardo Andrade was born and raised in the San Diego-Baja California region. He is an experienced international business and logistics professional. Bernardo holds a master of business administration in supply chain management from CETYS-Tijuana, a dual international business BA from San Diego State University and CETYS through the MEXUS binational program. He has pursued executive education in supply chain management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and international business training at Michigan State University. He currently serves as the logistics coordinator for Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps in North County San Diego and teaches logistics and transportation at Southwestern Community College in South County San Diego and CETYS–Tijuana.

Mark J. Ballam serves as managing director for San Diego State University’s Center for International Business Education and Research (SDSU CIBER). He is responsible for the overall strategy and implementation of the program and oversees administration and management. SDSU CIBER also supports the international business program at SDSU, which was ranked 8th in the nation in the 2014 U.S. News and World Report America’s Best Colleges ranking. Since his arrival at SDSU, he has been instrumental in raising more than $3 million in grants and gifts. In addition to serving on the board of directors of the World Trade Center San Diego, Mark serves as president of the Consortium for Undergraduate International Business Educators (CUIBE). In 2013, he became president-elect of the Association of International Business Education and Research (AIBER). U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke nominated Mr. Ballam to the San Diego and Imperial Valley District Export Council (SDIDEC), and in 2010, he was elected to serve on the National District Export Council Steering Committee. Ballam serves on the Advisory Committee for Southwestern College’s Small Business Development and International Trade Center.

Sean Barr is currently vice president, economic development at the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC). In this capacity, he oversees EDC's economic development programs in support of San Diego's key economic drivers and job growth strategy. Sean possesses more than 14 years of experience supporting jobs and economic growth throughout North America.

In addition to maintaining the organization's relationships with local and foreign governments, Sean often represents San Diego's interests before public policy influencers such as the Brookings Institution and California Governor Jerry Brown's Military Council. Before joining EDC, Sean was Consul & Trade Commissioner (Head of Office) at the Consulate of Canada in San Diego where he worked as a member of Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade. Overseeing Canada's interests, Sean re-opened the country's diplomatic post in the San Diego region in 2005. Sean serves on the Board of Directors of a number of local organizations including the San Diego Fleet Week Foundation, San Diego Tourism Authority, and San Diego Military Advisory Council. Sean and his wife, Marla Barr, have a young daughter and live in North Park.

Anne M. D'Angelo, PhD, is assistant dean of global initiatives at the Carlson Global Institute, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota where she leads institutional strategy and partnerships, education abroad programs, and global executive MBA programs. She was instrumental in the successful grant award to establish the University of Minnesota’s first Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). Anne's international work experience spans 20 years, including service as assistant public affairs officer for the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, and as an English instructor in Tokyo, Japan. She earned her MA and PhD from the University of Minnesota in organizational leadership and policy development with a specialization in comparative and international development education. Anne is pursuing research in two areas: an examination of (a) how institutions can adopt internationalization strategies that contribute to a vision for the extended future; and (b) the impact of education abroad participation on a range of personal development factors in students. Anne recently co-authored an article in the Journal of International Education in Business about the implications of an international experience requirement and its integration into undergraduate business curricula. Anne is teaching a course on critical issues in international education this spring.

Denise Dimon is a Professor of Economics and serves as the Associate Provost for International Affairs at the University of San Diego (USD), and the Director of the Ahlers Center for International Business within USD’s School of Business Administration. She has been a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina and Uruguay and has been a Visiting Professor for several international institutions. Her experience has been both academic, in teaching and research, and administrative with the development of programs and activities that link students to the international business community. During her time at USD she launched their full-time International MBA and MBA program as well as their undergraduate program in International Business. She has coordinated consulting projects and executive education programs in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, China and India in a variety of industries including telecommunications, health care, tourism, and manufacturing.

Emilie Hersh, MBA, is the chief executive officer of InterKnowlogy. She has led the InterKnowlogy’s team since 2006, bringing a solid background of consulting, sales, operational and project management expertise to the company. Driven by her extreme passion for technology, especially in the areas of healthcare and the possibility of improving the lives of the global community, many of the solutions developed are in partnership with innovative healthcare companies. Ms. Hersh has led multi-million dollar engagements for global companies, built out cross-functional teams with a focus on exceptional delivery and exceeding customer expectations, and creating successful sales teams based on her own accomplishments in business development. Emilie has an MBA from the University of San Diego, with a dual emphasis in Project Management and Supply Chain Systems, and has remained an active member of the Alumni community where she has successfully increased participation, professional event offerings and the USD network. Ms. Hersh serves as the co-chair for the Technical Affinity Group for Athena, and on the boards of the Carlsbad Education Foundation and the College of Business Administration (CoBA) at California State University, San Marcos. The ability to drive interest in STEM-based learning opportunities is of great interest to Ms. Hersh, so events and involvement with such organizations remains a top priority!

David Pyke is currently dean of the School of Business Administration at the University of San Diego. Formerly, he was professor of Operations Management, and associate dean at the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College. He has made major research contributions in inventory models, production planning and scheduling, and global production and distribution systems. He is a frequent faculty at executive programs, and has taught at the International University of Japan, the Helsinki School of Economics and the WHU - Otto-Beisheim-Hochschule, Vallendar, Germany. He has consulted for The Rand Corporation, Accenture, Corning, DHL, Eaton, Home Depot and Markem, among others. He serves on the Board of Directors of GW Plastics, Concepts NREC, and the Lwala Community Alliance, a nonprofit focused on community development in Kenya. He is a scientific advisor for Signal Demand and for See Control.

James J. Tarbox, PhD, serves as the Executive Director of Career Services at San Diego State University (SDSU). SDSU Career Services functions as the central campus career center, partnering with the Colleges that make up the campus. James is the campus co-administrator of the award-winning campus WorkAbility IV program at SDSU, and teaches on campus. He also serves as Chair for the Campus Internship Working Group, which is part of the campus strategic plan, Building on Excellence. James is a past president of MPACE (Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges and Employers), has served on several committees for NACE – the National Association of Colleges and Employers, and is an active contributor to NASPA. James is an alumnus of Penn State (MA and PhD) and Bates College.

Barbara Wight is the Chief Financial Officer at Taylor Guitars, an industry-leading guitar manufacturer. Ms. Wight directs all financial and legal affairs on behalf of the company. She oversees various aspects of operations management, multinational manufacturing, acquisitions, and international compliance. The company maintains manufacturing complexes in El Cajon, California and Tecate, Mexico; a distribution center in the Netherlands; and an ebony mill in Cameroon.

Prior to joining Taylor Guitars, Ms. Wight served as Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer of T-Systems International, Inc., an irrigation solutions manufacturer. Currently, she represents the City of San Diego as a Director of the San Diego County Water Authority and serves as a Director on the board of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. She is a member of the CEO Roundtable of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Legislative Committee of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM).