NEIU International Business Conference 2020
March 2 & 3, 2020
Who We Are
The International Business Conference is a premier annual event that aims to bring in international professionals, international consulates, and business students across the Chicago area. The conference gives an opportunity for students to learn about business on an international scale, network with students and professionals from the U.S. and abroad, and increase their knowledge and understanding of our diverse world.
For the fourth year, we embrace diversity and become inclusive of different topics, cultures, industries and industry leading speakers. This year’s presentation topics will focus on the new decade ahead and what type of world we’ll be facing within the next 10 years. Our conference is committed to promoting diversity. Northeastern is ranked the most diverse university in the Midwest by The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking.
In 2002, College of Business and Management student Lukasz Dobrzynski wanted to start a business conference at Northeastern. He had the idea from a business conference he had attended in his native country of Poland. So, upon his return, he took it upon himself to organize the first International Business Conference with the help of Dr. Durward Hofler. Dr. Hofler became faculty advisor for the conference for 14 years until retired in 2016.
This year, Joseph Palomares serves as the Student Coordinator Head of Marketing, Publicity and Outreach. Sal Nasser serves as the Student Coordinator Head of Logistics. Professor Narendar Rao and Associate Professor Sara Aliabadi serve as the faculty advisors, and Dee Buetow-Kimpel serves as the staff advisor for the conference.
“I witnessed with my own eyes the future business leaders of America […] My God, I simply can’t wait to see where they will all be in five to ten years because they have the will and enthusiasm to be wherever they want to be [...] If NEIU were the universe, the universe would be in balance and heading toward better days for everyone everywhere.”
-Thomas Hyunh, Author of “The Art of War”
“Our purpose is to give students the opportunity to learn about international business and then use that knowledge to take on international opportunities abroad, whether this is in the form of taking business class or internship in another country or deciding to do consulting for a multinational company, we want to give them the background knowledge their need to be successful at that.”
-Alicia Mendoza, IBC Director
"The International Business Conference provided an excellent opportunity to share as well as gain insights into the inner workings of a continuously and fast changing global macroeconomic environment. The experiences of IBC is always enriching because it allows for unique interactions among students at all the levels, academic researchers across different fields of business, and the working professionals with in-depth field experiences."
-Dr. Hardik Marfatia, Professor of Economics at NEIU