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Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary During International Education Week

Exterior of Bartley Hall

During International Education Week in November, the Moran Center for Global Leadership celebrated its 10th anniversary with a variety of global programs and initiatives including panels on globalization and global entrepreneurship, a guest speaker from the U.S. Commercial Service, a research presentation on global talent management, and a global networking event.

Globalization Panels

Global Panels

Our Globalization Panels featured Center Advisory Council members and Global Leadership Fellows students, reaching more than 500 VSB freshman and transfer students through the required Business Dynamics course. This course emphasizes the overarching purpose of business within society and integrates global, political, ethical and technological dimensions of business. Panelists shared their experiences and advice about navigating an increasingly global market: Julia Barnett '18 VSB, Global Leadership Fellow; Paolo Caponong ’20 VSB, Global Leadership Fellow; Erica Chuong ’17 VSB, associate, Audit – Data and Analytics, KPMG; Anthony Chiarello ’77 CLAS, president and CEO, TOTE; Steve DeRose ’76 VSB, retired vice president, Global Customer Development Excellence, Unilever; Rich Heintzelman ’81 VSB, executive vice president, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics ASA; Bob Moran ’72 VSB, chairman of the board, GNC Holdings Inc.; and George R. Stratts ’91 VSB, president, Property and Specialty Risks, AIG.

Student panelist Paolo Caponong said, “The Globalization Panels gave students the opportunity to engage with global business leaders and students studying international business. They were able to explore their own interest in international business and learn more about what it means to be a global citizen.”

Students in Class

Opportunities with the U.S. Commercial Service

More than 50 students had the chance to learn about opportunities with the U.S. Commercial Service from Iris Kapo, senior international trade specialist, U.S. Export Assistance Center. Kapo conducted a luncheon information session and was also a guest speaker at two sections of the Global Business Management course taught by Peggy Chaudhry, PhD, associate professor of Management & Operations. Kapo commented, “One of the best parts of my job is meeting with young people that are passionate about economic policy and our nation’s role in global affairs. It is very rewarding to expand their horizons and raise awareness of international career opportunities available locally and abroad through the U.S. government. My time spent with Villanova students was a wonderful way to connect what they are learning in the classroom with day-to-day economic development, as well as to plant some seeds for future Foreign Service officers or ambassadors!”

Gabrielle Paulhac ’19 VSB applied for and secured a competitive internship following Kapo’s visit. Gabrielle added, “The opportunity to intern at the U.S. Commercial Service has added tremendous value to my education by inviting context into the classroom. The new perspective gained by tracking global exports has improved my understanding of business expansion and GDP growth. In my work at the International Trade Administration, I have had the opportunity to strengthen and utilize the research skills initially developed in my International Business Management course. Additionally, in my search for fulfilling work, this internship with a government agency is a continued exploration of the career possibilities available after graduation.”

Global Entrepreneurship

Global Entrepreneurship

A panel of experts explored the topic of global entrepreneurship at a collaborative event between the Center and the Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship Institute.

Beth Awalt ’10 CLAS spoke about the Starfish Foundation, the nonprofit she co-founded to provide educational services for underserved students in Ecuador. Her story introduced an alternative to the corporate lifestyle and should serve to inspire students to work for causes important to them. Blandine Chantepie-Kari discussed her roles in the European American Enterprise Council and Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians. In doing so, she challenged students to consider an entrepreneurial career. Sheryl Winston Smith, PhD, visiting assistant professor, Management & Operations, discussed her research and the increasing importance of finance and mentoring, especially through seed accelerators and their impact on entrepreneurial ecosystems. Following their presentations, each panelist led a breakout group to solicit ideas and possible solutions to a challenge they are currently facing in their global entrepreneurship work.

HR Scholar

HR Scholar Presents on the Future of Global Talent Management

David Collings, PhD, professor of Human Resource Management and associate dean for Research at Dublin City University, shared his insights on the topic “Global Talent Management: Progress and Prospects.” The presentation was sponsored by the Center and VSB’s Department of Management & Operations. Dr. Collings, a renowned scholar in international human resource management, traced the relatively short history of talent management (TM) as a field both broader than and distinct from international HR. He identified key themes in the talent management scholarly literature, but also underscored that TM has captured the attention of CEOs who often engage in a “war for talent” and are also eager to improve their ability to attract and retain their most talented employees. Dr. Collings identified a gap between scholarly literature and these managerial concerns and urged researchers to tackle new questions that have important contributions to the practice of talent management in organizations.

Students Networking

Global Networking Event

The week concluded with a networking event celebrating VSB’s global leaders. Students, faculty and staff had an opportunity to interact and learn about a variety of international opportunities. Beth Cahill, assistant director, Career Center, discussed ways that students can fully leverage their international experience during interviews and on their resumes. Julia Barnett ’18 VSB introduced the Global Leadership Fellows (GLF) program, sharing how GLF participation and personal experiences have significantly enhanced her academic experiences at VSB and increased her marketability in the global workplace.

Student worker Sarah Harris ’19 CLAS represented the Center for Research and Fellowship (CRF) and outlined the numerous ways that office can help facilitate global leadership opportunities, including international research, fellowships and Fulbright programming for students. Center Director Kim Cahill discussed the many scholarship and fellowship opportunities to support international education, while student leaders from Business Without Borders and the International Business Society introduced their organizations, membership benefits and opportunities.

For More Information

The Moran Center for Global Leadership
Villanova School of Business
Villanova, PA 19085
Tel: (610) 519-4395

Jonathan Doh, PhD
Co-Faculty Director, for The Elenore and Robert F. Moran Sr. Center for Global Leadership

Kimberly A. Cahill

Michelle Casario, PhD
Co-Faculty Director, for The Elenore and Robert F. Moran Sr. Center for Global Leadership

Gloria Angel
Program Administrator

Sharon Ballard
Program Coordinator