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Anaheim, CA
United States

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October 19 - 21, 2024 8:00 am - 12:30 pm Coming Soon

This offering will be held in-person in conjunction with the NAFSA Region 12 Conference in Orange County, California!

Develop Exceptional Management Skills

The NAFSA Management Development Program (MDP) is the most trusted and comprehensive management training program for international education professionals. Enroll in this essential program to build international education managerial and leadership skills. 

  • Become an effective manager
  • Develop the expert skills you need
  • Build a network of international educators from your cohort

During this comprehensive program, participants will learn key skills to become a more efficient and effective international education manager. This offering of NAFSA’s MDP will be fully in-person over 2.5 days. There will be a small amount of prework  assigned to participants in advance.

Members save 25% on this program. 

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"[MDP] provides actual productive structures and strategies that can be incorporated into various work scenarios. I also appreciated the camarderie of the cohort”

- Participant, 2024 Management Development Program

"I really enjoyed how [the trainers] pulled in other areas of their lives and experiences and practiced what they preached. They were vulnerable and authentic while maintaining a high level of professionalism."

- Participant, 2024 Management Development Program

Kira Espiritu

kira espiritu
University of San Diego
2024 Academy Chair
Kira Espiritu is the Assistant Provost for International Affairs and the Director of the Office of International Studies Abroad at the University of San Diego. She has over 20 years’ experience in international education and has been a longtime NAFSA member. Kira oversees the development of all...

Alisa Lopez

Alicia Lopez
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Alisa Lopez leads admissions, enrollment management, and financial aid for the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and she is serving as the NAFSA Trainer Corps Chair in 2022. She also leads business development and consulting for NEIS-Education. Prior to this role, she served as Executive...

Parinaz Zartoshty, EdD

San Jose State University
2025 Annual Conference Committee Member, IEL KC
Parinaz Zartoshty is the Director of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and Interim Director of Study Abroad and Away (SAA) at San Jose State University (SJSU). She is responsible for the strategic direction and operations of the ISSS and SAA departments. Parinaz entered the field of...