Applying a Systems Thinking Approach to Global Learning: Discerning the Complexity of the International in Business

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Anne D'AngeloAnne D'Angelo, PhD
Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
Anne is the assistant dean of global initiatives. Her professional background includes work in international education, development and training in Washington, D.C., Central and Eastern Europe, and Northern Africa. She also lived and worked abroad in Tokyo, Japan, and Tbilisi, Georgia. Anne has a BA in English from St. Michael's College in Vermont and an MA and PhD in organizational leadership, policy, and development with a specialization in comparative and international development education from College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. In 2016, Anne received the University of Minnesota's Distinguished Award for Global Engagement.

Denise BalaDenise Bala
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
Denise Bala is the vice president of education at the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia. Prior to her current position, she was the Council’s program director, responsible for approximately 30 speaker events each year. Denise has lived and studied in La Coruña, Spain; taught preschool children and adults for a non-profit educational organization in Trujillo, Peru; and currently volunteers as an ESL tutor in Philadelphia. Denise holds a BA in English from Rutgers University and a master of liberal arts degree from Temple University.

Kimberly CahillKimberly (Kim) A. Cahill
Villanova University School of Business
Kim joined Villanova University School of Business in January 2012 as the inaugural director of the Center for Global Leadership (CGL). Her role is to execute, direct, organize, and support the development of CGL initiatives including international academic programs, research and outreach, relationship management, public relations, fundraising, grant development, fiscal management and communications involving a varied set of cross-college and external stakeholders. In 2014, she assumed the role of managing editor for the Journal of World Business. Kim earned an MS in organizational dynamics with a concentration in international business and culture from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in international relations from Bucknell University. As an undergraduate, she spent a semester abroad at Université Francois Rabelais, Tours, France.

Linda Mysliwy ConlinLinda Mysliwy Conlin
World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia
As president, Linda Mysliwy Conlin oversees the day-to-day operation and program development of the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia (WTCGP). A member of the World Trade Centers Association, the WTCGP connects businesses in the Greater Philadelphia Region to over 750,000 world trade center members in 96 countries. Ms. Conlin most recently served as vice chair and a member of the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States where she led efforts to expand financing to U.S. exporters, including small and medium-sized businesses, predominantly in emerging markets, through direct loan, loan guarantee, and export credit insurance programs. Ms. Conlin has over 25 years of experience in international trade, trade finance and public policy, including positions at the U.S. Travel and Tourism Administration, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Information Agency. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French and Russian studies, Ms. Conlin began her earlier career owning and operating a successful small family business in Western Massachusetts.

Julianne IannarelliJuliane Iannarelli
AACSB International
Juliane Iannarelli is senior vice president and chief knowledge officer at AACSB International, leading a team providing business education intelligence to the association’s membership of business educators and business education stakeholders. As staff liaison to the association’s Innovation Committee, Juliane has served as the lead researcher for A Collective Vision for Business Education (2016); The Promise of Business Doctoral Education (2013); Impact of Research: A Guide for Business Schools (2012); and Globalization of Management Education: Changing International Structures, Adaptive Strategies, and the Impact on Institutions (2011). Iannarelli also serves, since July 2017, as the association’s chief diversity and inclusion advocate, leading the organization's efforts to drive awareness of diversity and inclusion issues and effective practices.

Iris KapoIris Kapo
US Commercial Service of Philadelphia
Iris Kapo is a senior international trade specialist for the U.S Department of Commerce – U.S Commercial Service Philadelphia. As a trade specialist, Iris counsels U.S companies on the export process and works closely with clients to develop an international growth plan. Iris specifically covers the healthcare and automotive industries. Her other responsibilities include leading commercial service efforts at local, national, and international trade events. She is also the internship coordinator for the office, life coach for the agency, and a compassionate communication facilitator. Iris has lived in several countries and speaks four languages (Albanian, Spanish, Greek, English). She graduated from Temple University holding a BBA in international business and management information systems (MIS) and obtained a Latin America Business Certificate.

Aubrey KentAubrey Kent, PhD
Fox School of Business, Temple University
Aubrey Kent, PhD serves as the senior associate dean of faculty affairs for the Fox School of Business and the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM). He holds a faculty appointment jointly in the Department of Sport and Recreation Management at STHM and the Human Resource Management department in the Fox School of Business. Kent received his PhD in sport management from The Ohio State University. He earned his master of human kinetics degree from the University of Windsor, and his bachelor of applied science degree in health and physical education and fitness from the University of Toronto.

Lisa Delpy NeirottiLisa Delpy Neirotti, PhD
George Washington University
Lisa Delpy Neirotti has been a professor of sport, event, and tourism management for 26 years at the George Washington University and serves as the director of the Sport Management BBA, MTA, and MBA degree programs. She also teaches in the Masters of Olympic Sports Organizations supported by the International Olympic Committee. Having attended and researched 19 consecutive Olympic Games, four World Cups, and hundreds of other events in over 68 countries, she is a recognized expert in mega-event management and marketing. Furthermore, Dr. Neirotti oversees GW’s Sport Philanthropy Certificate program, the Certified Sport Administrator, and the Green Sports Scorecard. She also founded two conferences - Travel, Events, and Management in Sports (TEAMS) and the Sports Industry Networking and Career (SINC) conference; co-authored the “Ultimate Guide to Sport Marketing” and serves on the SportsTravel magazine editorial board and Women in Sports and Events (WISE) executive board. In addition, Neirotti works with a number of sport organizations and professional teams to conduct economic and market research studies and consults in the area of Sport for Development for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) on sponsorship, fund raising, and program evaluation.

Lauren SwartzLauren Swartz
City of Philadelphia, Department of Commerce
In her role as senior director of international business investment for the City of Philadelphia under the Department of Commerce, Lauren Swartz works with international businesses to create foreign direct investment in Philadelphia. She also supports initiatives to grow Philadelphia’s exports, helping to create jobs and strengthen the local economy. She plays a key role laying the strategy for Philadelphia’s international business development, hosting delegations from abroad, and representing the City of Philadelphia. Lauren is a Fellow of the Leadership Philadelphia Core Class of 2016. She is a member Toastmasters International and member of the Board of Directors of the non-profit Women Against Abuse in Philadelphia. She earned a BA in communications at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College with minors in business economics, Spanish and philosophy.