The Distinguished Speakers in International Business Series

The Distinguished Speakers in International Business Series (DSS) brings together policymakers, industry leaders, academia, and students to present and discuss emerging trends in international business throughout the year.

The DSS is supported by the Title VI CIBE grant provided by the U.S. Department of Education to foster international understanding and promote the ability for U.S. businesses to compete globally.

Most Recent Event

Women Know Global: Closing the Gender Gap in the Global Economy

March 25, 2021

Event Highlights & Video: Closing the Gender Gap in the Global Economy

Join the Center for Global Business and executive director Rebecca Bellinger for a conversation about making strides to position women for success in the global economy. Hear from women leaders of global organizations that drive change, influence policy, and create programs to close the gender gap and support women in the workforce.

Download speaker bios: Closing the Gender Gap in the Global Economy.

Past Events

The Global Shakeout: Global Trends 2020-25

February 8, 2021

Join the Center for Global Business and academic director, Kislaya Prasad for a discussion with Erik Peterson on the five significant trends that will dramatically shape the global outlook and operating environment. Trends include embattled governments, a push to national self-sufficiency, stranded segments of society, a rise in food insecurity, and industry consolidations, mergers, and acquisitions. Read the full report: Global Trends 2020-25.

Global Trade in the New Year

The Center for Global Business and Kislaya Prasad, academic director, hosted a conversation with two trade experts about the global trade outlook for 2021, specifically how the post-Covid environment, vaccine distribution, and a new U.S. administration will impact global trade.

Global Competencies for the 21st Century Workplace

The Center for Global Business held its annual Distinguished Speakers Series in International Business during International Education Week on "Global Competencies for the 21st Century Workplace". Smith School alumni discussed the importance of a global mindset in today's business environment.

Catherine Mann, Global Chief Economist at Citibank

The Center for Global Business and Academic Director Kislaya Prasad hosted a conversation with Catherine Mann, global chief economist at Citibank, on Thursday, October 15, 2020. The conversation centered on how the COVID-19 global pandemic has affected the global economy and what an economic recovery could look like in a post-pandemic world, specifically focusing on the relationship between fiscal and monetary policy and how these policies contribute to bolstering private sector activity.

EY CEO on How to Build, Think and Be in the New Economy

A commitment to seeking digital solutions, investing in technology and putting people first isn’t just how EY has weathered the global health crisis and ensuing economic upheaval. It’s part of the strategy that young people hoping to make a difference in the corporate workforce should embrace, the CEO and global chairman of the powerhouse professional services firm told a Maryland Smith audience on Sept. 8, 2020.

Global Trade During COVID 19: WTO Response

Kislaya Prasad, academic director of the Center for Global Business hosted Emmanuelle Ganne of the World Trade Organization to discuss the "Global Trade During COVID 19: WTO Response." Topics discussed included how global trade has been impacted by the pandemic, WTO's responses worldwide, tools it has to support the economic recovery, and how countries are thinking about the future of trade, through the lens of an expert from the WTO.

Women Know Global: A Conversation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce President

In conversation with Suzanne Clark, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in celebration of Women’s History Month at Maryland Smith. Focus is on the U.S. Chamber’s goals for global trade and new workforce development initiatives, Clark’s career path, and the challenges and opportunities for women in international business.

Year-Ahead Predictions 2020, the A.T. Kearney Report

Kislaya Prasad, academic director of CGB and Erik Peterson, partner and managing director of the global business policy council at A.T. Kearney, have a discussion on the ten significant trends and events that will impact the global business environment this year. Access the report.

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