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Friday, February 01, 2013

Global Business Club of Mid-Michigan: Managing a Global Brand in a Franchise Environment
Michigan State University

Speaker Michael Lawton

**Please note this is an evening program** 5:30pm Cash Bar & Registration ($35) 6:30pm Welcome & Dinner Served A seasoned professional with more than three decades of global general management and finance experience, Michael Lawton was named Chief Financial Officer of Domino’s Pizza Inc. in September 2010. As the financial leader of the publicly traded entity (NYSE:DPZ), he is responsible for financial planning, analysis, public reporting, treasury and risk management and for creating shareholder value. Lawton joined Domino’s Pizza in 1999 as head of finance for the company’s international division, and in 2004, he took the reins of the division as executive vice president. Under his leadership, the division drove a retail sales compounded annual growth rate of 12%, and added more than 1,100 stores in both existing and new markets around the world. The division accounts for over 45% of the company’s global retail sales, and is among the strongest international models in the restaurant sector. For 13 years prior to joining Domino’s, Lawton held several roles with Gerber Products Company. A certified public accountant, Lawton holds a B.A. in accounting from Michigan State University and a MBA from Grand Valley State University. Lawton, his wife Janet and two sons reside in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Global Business Club of Mid-Michigan focuses on global issues of interest to the mid-Michigan business community. The monthly GB Club luncheons provide outstanding speakers and relaxed networking opportunities. With extensive international experience, the speakers wrap personal insights around a practical and up-to-the-minute approach to conducting international trade.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Asia Over Lunch: Negotiating Decay, Delay, and Debt: Speculation and Time-Travel in South India's Grocery Trade
University of Pittsburgh

Asia Over Lunch Lecture Series: "Negotiating Decay, Delay, and Debt: Speculation and Time-Travel in South India's Grocery Trade." Laura C. Brown, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh

Friday, February 08, 2013

Academic WorldQuest
University of Pittsburgh

This is a"Trivia" competition for local high school teams regarding their knowledge of international politics, geography, history and the like.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Teaching Workshop
Georgia State University

This interactive session focused on: (a) "what" - content; (b) "how" - pedagogy; and (c) "resources" - for teaching international business. Professor S. Tamer Cavusgil and Professor Jacobus Boers will share their experience and teaching tools that have been especially developed for IB educators. Also covered will be an overview of online resources for teaching. A compendium of teaching resources will be made available to participants. The intent will be also to engage participants in an interactive discussion designed to search for excellence in the teaching of international business.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition
University of Washington

Semi-finalist student teams from around the world are invited to Seattle for GSEC Week, a practical learning opportunity that includes coaching and refinement of the business plan and pitch, valuable exposure to 400+ professionals, and dynamic cross-cultural interactions.  Top teams receive monetary and in-kind prizes.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Asia Over Lunch: “Redefining Urban Chinese Women’s Identity Via the Global Workplace in Shanghai
University of Pittsburgh

Asia Over Lunch Lecture Series “Redefining Urban Chinese Women’s Identity Via the Global Workplace in Shanghai.” Zhongxin Cindy Sun, Asian Studies Center Associate and Sociologist

Thursday, February 28, 2013

East Asia Political Economy Lecture: Arvind Subramanian
University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania's Center for East Asian Studies,  Lauder Institute, and Penn Lauder CIBER jointly host an annual East Asia Political Economy Lecture. This is a public lecture, invites a senior scholar to address issues in the region that are timely and of interest to future business leaders. This year’s speaker, Arvind Subramanian, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development (CGD), will draw from his recent book, Eclipse: Living in the Shadow of China's Economic Dominance. He presents the following possibilities: What if, contrary to common belief, China's economic dominance is a present-day reality rather than a faraway possibility? What if the renminbi's takeover of the dollar as the world's reserve currency is not decades, but mere years, away? And what if the United States's economic pre-eminence is not, as many economists and policymakers would like to believe, in its own hands, but China's to determine?

Additional support is provided by Penn's Center for the Advanced Study of India.

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Faculty Development in International Business (2012-2013)

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Global Agribusiness Supply Chain Course and Study Tour - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The study tour provided me with the opportunity to see how food is processed from the farm to manufacturers, distributors, and end consumers.  It made to realize that food and the agricultural sector is linked to our daily life.  Agricultural is more than plants and animals.  There is a bundle of government regulation, technology, marketing, and extensive research behind what we see on the table.

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