International Business Conference Set for November

October 23, 2009

International Business Conference Set for November More than 100 delegates are expected at Saint Leo University’s International Business Conference, which began Thursday evening, November 5, at the main campus in Pasco County.

The conference will continue all day on Friday and Saturday until 1:30 p.m., providing attendees with a timely overview of international business trends, as well as sessions on business leadership, corporate restructuring, social responsibility, and the future of graduate business education. Corporate professionals, community representatives, and business students at the graduate and undergraduate level are all invited to attend. Admission is free to all sessions, and conference materials and meals can be purchased for modest amounts.

The conference will prove valuable insights to those who are new to international commerce, and to more seasoned global business men and women. “If you happen to have just a passing interest in international business, the range of the sessions will give you a good introduction to global business,' said Robert Robertson, director of graduate business studies at Saint Leo and conference chair. “If you have a more detailed perspective, you’ll likely draw more from the speakers we have been able to attract.' Speakers at panel discussions include presenters from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Slovenia and Taiwan.

Michael Nastanski, dean of the School of Business, will welcome conference attendees Thursday evening, and Saint Leo University President Arthur F. Kirk, Jr., will greet conference guests Friday morning.

Four speakers will deliver keynote addresses during the conference.

  • Jayashankar M. Swaminathan, a distinguished professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an authority on global business operations will speak on “India: The New Economic Reality.'

  • Thomas E. O’Brien, president and CEO of AAA Auto Club South in Tampa, will discuss “Leadership in a Changing World.'

  • Andrew L. McIntosh, a business attorney and shareholder at the Tampa firm Fowler White Boggs PA, and honorary consul for the government of Canada in Tampa, will address the topic "Canada-Florida Trade: More than Tourists and Orange Juice."

  • Matthew Leavy, CEO of Pearson eCollege, a leading provider of technology services to higher education, will discuss “Perspectives on the Internationalization of Education.'

Additionally, Saint Leo business students from Taiwan will be joining the conference through video teleconferencing and SLU students at continuing education locations in the United States will be able to view some sessions live.

A full conference program with registration form is available online at: Conference partners include: Fowler White Boggs PA, the Honorary Consulate of Canada, and Suffolk Education. For answers to questions about the conference, please call (352) 588-7390 or email

Map of international time zones from CIA World Fact Book.