Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April 1, 2015 - How Global Trends are Shaping the Development Challenge

Trevor Davies, Global Head of the International Development Assistance Services Center of Excellence at KPMG, spoke to the Integral Economic Development program students for this week's "Leaders in Development" seminar. Mr. Davies spoke about trends in world populations, poverty levels, and the need for significant development programs to overcome challenges such as shortages of teachers.

Just a few IED students, listening to Mr. Davies' lecture.
Mr. Davies started his career in private sector development with Thorn EMI before joining KPMG in 1989.  He worked on the acquisition of ICL for Fujitsu, and as a result, worked closely with the UK government, leading to roles supporting HM Treasury and UK Cabinet Office on complex change programs. Since then, Mr. Davies has acted as reform adviser in the Office of the President of Guyana, and for the Prime Ministers of Grenada and Jamaica. He also served as adviser to President Mandela's Provincial Review Commission in South Africa. He has led poverty alleviation, economic development, Public Private Partnerships and public sector reform projects in a wide range of fragile states and least developed countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

In his presentation, Mr. Davies discussed the need for greater domestic resource mobilization, developing capability within a country, rather than “flying it in”. Mr. Davies explains KPMG’s development work as integral to the agency’s business platform. As he explains, “If you’ve got a strong, stable community, you’ve got a good chance of having strong, stable businesses. Those business could be our future clients.”

The Leaders in Development lectures are open to the public, for all who might be interested in attending. The series is held every Wednesday at 5:00pm in McMahon Hall, Room 200.

Monday, March 30, 2015

March 30, 2015 - Business Alumna Enters Cloistered Monastery

International Economics and Finance graduate, Chelsea Allen, completed her studies with CUA in May 2009. During her time at CUA, Chelsea was an outstanding student and was very devoted to her academics. Outside of the classroom, Chelsea helped other students succeed in their studies by fulfilling the role of Teaching Assistant for ECON 102, Principles of Microeconomics, with Dr. Ernie Zampelli.

Sister Chelsea, upon entering the monastery.
Following her graduation from CUA, Chelsea worked for several years at the U.S. State Department right here in Washington, D.C. However, after much prayer and discernment, Chelsea felt called to religious life and entered the Dominican Monastery of St. Jude in January of this year. The monastery is located in Marbury, Alabama and is a cloistered community of women who devote their lives to prayer for the salvation of souls.

Now known as Sister Chelsea, she will live a contemplative monastic life in community with the other sisters and follow their daily schedule, which begins with prayer at 5:00am and continues throughout the day.

To learn more about the monastery or to follow Sister Chelsea's progression, feel free to access the Dominican Monastery of St. Jude's blog here.

Please join us in congratulating and praying for Sister Chelsea Allen. If you are interested in contacting her, please feel free to write her using the community's address found here.


Monday, March 23, 2015

March 23, 2015 - Accessing the Forgotten, Marginalized and Vulnerable

Antony Duttine, Rehabilitation Advisor at Handicap International, presented at the weekly Leaders in Development seminar within the Integral Economic Development program. Mr. Duttine presented on the link between poverty and disability, and the important role of advocacy.

In his role, Mr. Duttine works to promote civil society and human rights for all, discussing the need for inclusive education that provides for the needs of every individual. His current research focuses on the economic effectiveness of rehabilitation, and his efforts to put rehabilitation on the global health agenda stem from an understanding of the underlying causes and impairments that lead to disability.

As Mr. Duttine explained, diabetes is the number one cause of amputation worldwide, and as development professionals we must understand that not including disability in the conversation leads to not understanding fully the very issues we seek to address.

The Leaders in Development lectures are open to the public, for all who might be interested in attending. The series is held every Wednesday at 5:00pm in McMahon Hall, Room 200.

Friday, March 20, 2015

March 20, 2015 - Honest Tea CEO to Speak at CUA on Monday

On Monday, March 23, the co-founder and "TeaEO" of Honest Tea, Seth Goldman, will be speaking to the students of the School of Business and Economics in Pryzbyla Great Room A, from 12:00-1:00pm.

Honest Tea's co-founder and CEO, Seth Goldman.
All are welcome to attend this lecture and enjoy free samples of the tea. The lecture will focus on how Mr. Goldman has kept Honest Tea just that - honest - especially after being acquired by the Coca-Cola Company in 2011.

Committed to the customers and also the suppliers, Honest Tea's mission is simple: "to create and promote great tasting, healthier, organic beverages." Please join us to learn why this mission is so important and how these quality products have become so successful (and delicious!) since its founding in 1998.

Monday, March 9, 2015

March 9, 2015 - Africa’s Evolving Violence and Practical Interventions

This week the Integral Economic Development program hosted Neal Kringel, Director of the Africa Operations Team within the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, U.S. Department of State, as the Leaders in Development lecture series speaker.

Neil Kringel addressing the IED students.
Mr. Kringel addressed the IED students on the evolution of challenges in Africa. Mr. Kringel, who joined the Department of State in 2011 after a distinguished 27-year career in the U.S. Air Force as a Navigator and Africa foreign area officer, discussed U.S. policy objectives in Africa and cited examples patterns of violence, specifically the larger trend of armed groups exploiting disenfranchised populations in border areas neglected by central governments. He identified several practical approaches for addressing the violence: building new alliances, bridging borders, focusing attention and resources on conflict, and amplifying voices of change. Finally, Mr. Kringel concluded with specific examples of work currently being carried out in several African countries and discussed the possibilities for future developments.

The Leaders in Development lectures are open to the public, for all who might be interested in attending. The series is held every Wednesday at 5:00pm in McMahon Hall, Room 200.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March 4, 2015 - Students Attend Sports Industry Networking Conference

Despite harsh winds and heavy snowfall, twenty CUA students ventured to the Sports Industry Networking and Career Conference hosted every year at George Washington University. This year, CUA students from the School of Business and Economics interested in a career in the sports industry were among the crowd.

CUA School of Business & Economics students at the Sports
Industry and Career Conference, 2015.
The conference spanned the course of two days beginning on Friday, February 19 and provided students with knowledge of various aspects of the industry concerning sponsorship, the emergence of collegiate sports and minor league teams, monetizing social media in sport, athlete marketing and representation. The panelists represented a wide array of positions in the industry and represented premier corporations such as the major DC sports teams, Monumental Sports and Entertainment, Galatioto Sports, Capital Sports Ventures, Comcast SportsNet and many others.

Upon review of the conference, Luke Scarchilli (’16) commented, “I would highly recommend the SINC Conference not only to anyone interested in the sports industry but also anyone looking to broaden their networking and leadership skills. I was able to learn a tremendous amount in the two days we were there as well as interact with some of the leading figures in the sports industry.”

Thank you to the students who attended the conference and were wonderful representatives of the CUA community! We hope participation in this event grows in subsequent years and that our students will continue to gain valuable experience and knowledge of the opportunities in the sports industry.