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“Competing in the 21st Century – Navigating the Global Marketplace”

9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Welcome Remarks

Segment One: Part I: Market Opportunities in the Western Hemisphere (90 minutes)

1. Introductory Remarks

2. Keynote Address
Theme: importance of U.S. exports to the economy and how they support job growth

3. Moderator Introductions

4. Panel Discussion – Theme: government resources available to assist U.S. exporters
a) International Trade Administration (ITA) - U.S. Export Assistance Center (USEAC)
b) Economic Development Administration (EDA)
c) Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
d) Industry representative

5. Audience Q&A

6. Moderator Summary/Wrap-up

COFFEE BREAK (10 minutes)

Segment One: Part II: Expanding your Network (60 minutes)
Participants will have an opportunity to meet with representatives from EDA, ITA, MBDA and industry to talk one-on-one about developing an export strategy for their companies. Each representative will have a designated meeting area and a table for handout materials.

LUNCH BREAK (60 minutes)

Segment Two: Part I: Career Opportunities – An International Perspective (60 minutes)

1. Introductory Remarks

2. Moderator Introductions

3. Panel Discussion
a) Market Access and Compliance (MAC), International Trade Administration (ITA)
b) Import Administration (IA), International Trade Administration (ITA)
c) U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, International Trade Administration (ITA)
d) Manufacturing and Services (MAS), International Trade Administration (ITA)

4. Audience Q&A

5. Moderator Summary/Wrap-up

Segment Two: Part II: Preparing Students for the Global Job Market (60 minutes)

1. Moderator Introductions

2. Panel Discussion
a) National Institute of Standards and Technology (invited)
b) Office of International Programs, U.S. Department of Education (invited)
c) Additional speakers consist of representatives from organizations and institutions offering scholarships and internship opportunities with an international focus

3. Audience Q&A

4. Moderator Summary/Wrap-up.

Segment Two: Part III: Expanding Your Network (60 minutes)
Participants are invited to meet one-on-one with representatives from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the U.S. Department of Education, as well as EDA, ITA, as well as representatives from programs with scholarship and internship opportunities. Each representative will have a designated seating area and a table for handout materials.