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Global Opportunities Conference and Expo held April 1 at Appalachian

BOONE—The 3rd Annual Global Opportunities Conference and Expo with the theme “Get Connected: Strategies for Going Global” will be held Friday, April 1, from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center at Appalachian State University.

The conference provides a forum for business professionals, students and the academic community to gain knowledge of trends in international business and opportunities to increase their international connections.

Registration for the conference is required, but there is no fee to participate. Lunch is included. Registration is not required for the expo. For registration and more information on topics, speaker bios, directions and business promotion/recruitment booths, visit

The keynote speaker will be Greg Raty, vice president for domestic and international sales with Slade Inc. in Statesville. His talk, “Global Success – Through Your Initiative & Available Resources,” will address the challenges businesses face in going global and will discuss the many resources available to assist those businesses that do.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend two panel sessions: “Trends in International Business” and “Going Global for Businesses and Students.”

Topics will include international internships, supply chain management, how to make yourself marketable for an international career, identifying emerging markets, import/export trends and tips for success in intercultural environments.

Panelists include:

  • Erika Vass, vice president of finance, AEISEC Appalachian
  • Sarah Green, director of events and international expansion, Extreme Entrepreneurship Education
  • Shannon Meadows, manager of business development, UTi Worldwide
  • Steve Jesseph, president and chief executive officer, Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production
  • Al Ernest, executive, East West Associates

Immediately following the conference, students will be able to network at the Global Opportunities Expo with representatives of businesses and organizations providing international career, volunteer and internship opportunities.

The conference and expo are organized by Appalachian’s Walker College of Business and funded by the college and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP). WRAP is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the certification of lawful, humane and ethical manufacturing throughout the world.