Alumna Julia Anderson in the College of Business and Management

Northeastern to host annual International Business Conference

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The International Business Conference will be held in Alumni Hall on the Main Campus of Northeastern Illinois University on March 7 and 8.

The focus of this year’s conference is Europe and the European Union. Free and open to the public, the conference is organized and run by students from Northeastern’s College of Business and Management.

Alumna and Global Chief Information Officer at Smithfield Foods Julia Anderson (B.S. Information Science) will present “Recipe for Success” on Monday, March 7, at 6 p.m. Her talk also will serve as the third installment of the NEIU Alumni: All Access series, which demonstrates the lifelong value of a Northeastern Illinois University degree from the perspective of some of the University’s most successful and inspirational alumni.

Pawel Pietrasienski, Minister Counselor in the Trade and Investment Section of the Polish Embassy in Washington, D.C., will deliver the keynote speech on Tuesday, March 8, at 10:50 a.m.

Here is the planned schedule of events for the conference:

Monday, March 7

1-1:50 p.m., The Netherlands: A Small Country with Broad Shoulders –Tina Hoffstaetter, Course Director, Business Management Studies, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences; Danielle Bouwman, Senior Lecturer: Internationalisation, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences

2-3:15 p.m., Europe and the European Union: A View from the U.S. –Mona Pearl, Founder and COO, Beyond A Strategy, Chicago, Ill.

6-7 p.m., Recipe for Success and "A Taste of Smithfield Foods" –Julia Anderson, Global Chief Information Officer, Smithfield Foods, Va.

7:15-8:15 p.m., Business, Technology, Careers, Europe: Can They Work Together?

Panel Q&A

Tuesday, March 8

9:25-10:40 a.m., Are Critical Intercultural Differences Affecting European Business? –Larry Kulchawik, International Trade Show and Marketing Specialist, Mettawa, Ill.; Greet Van Quickelberghe, Teacher of European Business and Marketing Courses, Artevelde University College, Ghent, Belgium

10:50-12:50 p.m., Dr. Pawel Pietrasienski, Minister Counselor in the Trade and Investment Section of the Polish Embassy in Washington, D.C.

12:15-1:3- p.m., Dr. Maxine H. A. Larivé, Associate Director, European Union Center, Director of Graduate Studies, University of Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Ill.

1:40-2:55 p.m., Attracting Foreign Direct Investment: Implications for Turkey and EU Relations –EsraDolgan Tulgan, Coordinator, ISPAT – Turkish Republic Prime Minister’s Office, Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey

5:40-6:55 p.m., Zachary Person, Illinois International Trade Center for Entrepreneurship, College of DuPage, Lisle, Ill.

7:05-8:20 p.m., The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Prospects for States and Businesses –Dr. Martyn de Bruyn, associate professor, Department of Political Science, Northeastern Illinois University

Top photo: Julia Anderson