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globalEDGE Business Beat

globalEDGE Business Beat, hosted by Tomas Hult, covers discussions with a wide range of global leaders in business, government, and academe to provide information on the latest thoughts, tools, and markets that are flourishing globally.

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Recent Posts

Jackie Smythe: Preparing for Careers in International Business

globalEDGE Business Beat
November 20, 2019 2:00 PM

Jackie Smythe is a second-year student at Michigan State University planning to study Supply Chain and Sustainability. Jackie spent two weeks in Costa Rica in 2018 studying “Business Sustainability and Entrepreneurship.” This experience led Jackie and three of her colleagues from the program to launch a start-up business, INFKNIT Apparel, a reversible, sustainable clothing company with a practical approach to clothing design. In this interview, we discuss the resources through MSU that assisted in the company’s launch. This interview is part of a series with students about their experiences inside and outside of the classroom that prepare them for careers in international business. The company website is at infknit.com/

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Valerie McNamera: Preparing for Careers in International Business

globalEDGE Business Beat
November 20, 2019 1:00 PM

Valerie McNamera is a first-year student at Michigan State University studying Business and International Relations/Pre-law. Valerie spent two weeks in Ireland over the summer in a program entitled “Globalization, Nationalism, and the Changing Face of International Trade” looking at Ireland’s place in the global business community and how it’s being affected by Brexit discussions. She is currently working as a student assistant in the International Business Center in the Eli Broad College of Business where she does research, assists with the globalEDGE website, and writes for the blog of trade issues. She wants to be an international business contract lawyer. This interview is part of a series with students about their experiences inside and outside of the classroom that prepare them for careers in international business.

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Gigi Ngcobo: Preparing for Careers in International Business

globalEDGE Business Beat
November 20, 2019 12:00 PM

Gigi Ngcobo is a Senior at Michigan State University, majoring in Finance and User Experience Design. She currently serves a President of the MSU Women’s Association for Venture capital and Private Equity and Vice President of Spartan Blockchain Solutions. As an advocate for the development of emerging markets, she organized the inaugural MSU African Business Symposium; recordings from the event are available on globalEDGE Business Beat. Gigi aspires to help solve her community’s most pressing issues by establishing enterprises and strengthening the African business ecosystem. This interview is part of a series with students about their experiences inside and outside of the classroom that prepare them for careers in international business.

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Jay Kennedy: Better Brand Protection for Businesses

globalEDGE Business Beat
November 12, 2019 5:00 PM

Hosted by Jade Sims, this segment of the globalEDGE Business Beat is an interview with Jay Kennedy. Jay is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed to the Department of Criminal Justice and the Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP) at MSU. He focuses much of his research on brand protection issues faced by small and medium-sized enterprises, and has developed a tool for businesses to help them make better brand protection decisions and create brand protection strategies globally. You can contact the A-CAPP Center and follow their work on their website: a-capp.msu.edu/

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Kari Kammel: A-CAPP's Educational Outreach Efforts

globalEDGE Business Beat
November 12, 2019 4:00 PM

Hosted by Jade Sims, this segment of the globalEDGE Business Beat is an interview with Kari Kammel, Assistant Director of the Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP) at MSU. Kari discusses their educational outreach efforts, including their online Professional Certificate in Anti-Counterfeiting and Brand Protection. She also talks about issues surrounding e-commerce and how companies can proactively combat intellectual property issues in that space.

You can contact the A-CAPP Center and follow their work on their website: a-capp.msu.edu/

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Jeff Rojek: Research, Training and Certificate Program at the Center for A-CAPP

globalEDGE Business Beat
November 12, 2019 3:00 PM

Hosted by Jade Sims, this segment of the globalEDGE Business Beat is an interview with Jeff Rojek, Director of the Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP) at MSU. Jeff talks about the Center, his background in law enforcement and how he became interested in brand protection, and how he and his team help Michigan businesses through their research, training and certificate program, their practitioner journal The Brand Protection Professional, and their annual Brand Protection Summit held here in East Lansing.

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globalEDGE Business Beat | Entrepreneurship & Doing Business within Africa Presentations

globalEDGE Business Beat
October 18, 2019 11:00 AM

Global Business Club of Mid-Michigan: 2019 African Business Symposium PANEL: Friday October 4th 10:40 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Entrepreneurship & Doing Business within Africa. This session featured:
GRACE HSIA CEO Warmilu
VICTOR TOBENNA EZENWOKO Senior Manager, Business Development at Sunray Ventures
W.E. DA'CRUZ Co-Founder Virtual Global Consultant Group
DISCUSSION MODERATOR - JADE SIMS Assistant Director for International Trade Programs

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globalEDGE Business Beat | Entrepreneurship & Doing Business within Africa Panel

globalEDGE Business Beat
October 18, 2019 10:00 AM

Global Business Club of Mid-Michigan: 2019 African Business Symposium PANEL: Friday October 4th 10:40 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Entrepreneurship & Doing Business within Africa. This session featured:
GRACE HSIA CEO Warmilu
VICTOR TOBENNA EZENWOKO Senior Manager, Business Development at Sunray Ventures
W.E. DA'CRUZ Co-Founder Virtual Global Consultant Group
DISCUSSION MODERATOR - JADE SIMS Assistant Director for International Trade Programs

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Is the world becoming more sustainable?

globalEDGE Business Beat
September 10, 2019 7:00 PM

Hosted by Tomas Hult, this segment of the globalEDGE Business Beat is an interview with Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez, a Professor of Management at Universidad EAFIT in Colombia. Dr. Gonzalez-Perez has been coordinator of the Colombian universities relationship with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) since 2009; member of the SDG 1 Global Council of the World Government Summit; and represented Colombia at meetings of the United Nations. She has been involved with sustainability efforts worldwide for more than a decade, and that is the focus for our segment. Appropriately, this segment of the globalEDGE Business Beat focuses on the current state of sustainability and how the world is achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ratified by the member nations of the United Nations in September 2015.

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A focus on Latin America: What is the AIB-LAC chapter?

globalEDGE Business Beat
September 10, 2019 6:00 PM

Hosted by Tomas Hult, this segment of the globalEDGE Business Beat is an interview with Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez, a Professor of Management at Universidad EAFIT in Colombia. Alejandra previously served on the Academy of International Business Executive Board and currently serves as the chair of the AIB-LAC chapter (Latin America and the Caribbean), which is our focus for this segment. AIB-LAT is a chapter of the Academy of International Business, and is a leading association of scholars and specialists in the field of international business in Latin America. AIB-LAT organizes an annual conference, aimed at scholars and PhD students from Latin America working in the international business field, along with scholars from other regions interested in Latin America.

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