On the Agenda: Globalization and Entrepreneurship

You may still be waiting to hear from the school of your dreams, but meanwhile, these two upcoming conferences should definitely be on your radar. Columbia University is holding its 10th annual Latin American Business Association (LABA) Conference on Friday, March 28; and on April 1, the Whitman School of Management’s Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship, in partnership with KeyBank, will host the sixth annual Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (WISE) Conference.

The LABA Conference aims to bring together prominent leaders, students and members of the community to discuss business, economic and political trends in Latin America. Building on previous years, the theme for the 2008 conference will be “Latin America: Growth Perspectives in a Shifting Political Landscape” and will provide a forum for speakers and attendees to analyze the current political landscape and the various implications and opportunities set for the region’s development in the business arena.

With such high-profile featured speakers as former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo and former Colombian President Cesar Gaviria, the LABA Conference has grown to become one of the most important conferences at CBS, attracting students from different nationalities and backgrounds that share an interest in the region.

The WISE Conference, an event created by the Falcone Center to promote and expand women’s entrepreneurial activities, annually brings together well-known women and aspiring entrepreneurs to share and discuss innovative ideas on creating, maintaining, and growing businesses. Notable speakers include Robin Koval, founder of the Kaplan Thaler Group; Gail Perry-Mason, first vice president of investments of Oppenheimer & Co., as well as host of the award-winning talk show, “Building Wealth”; and Sharon Hadary, executive director of Center for Women’s Business Research, an esteemed non-profit research institute helps women entrepreneurs develop business ideas.

Breakout sessions, divided into “startup” and “growth” tracks, will address the needs of entrepreneurs at different stages of their ventures. “Startup” will include topics on writing a business plan, building your business by becoming an expert, painless accounting for entrepreneurs, and keys to success in a retail venture. “Growth” will include sessions on integrated strategies, growing a business with an exit strategy in mind, entrepreneurial marketing, and a discussion on how to get government contracts.

“We are excited to hold this inspirational annual event to promote women in business,” says Nola Miyasaki, executive director of the Falcone Center. “It is a wonderful opportunity for participants to share in the creativity, ingenuity, and determination of the guest speakers and to explore their own potential for starting a business. Entrepreneurship is a crucial element for growth in this country, and especially in Central New York, leading to new ideas and new successes.”

Click here to register for the LABA Conference.

Click here to register for the WISE Conference.

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