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    Alkire Symposium on International Business and Economics

    Developing a Global Mindset: As Dorothy said, “We’re not in Kansas anymore.”

    About This Year's Symposium

    A global mindset is a key to success when marketing products outside the United States or working with individuals or leading a team from other countries or regions. Michael Podolinksy ’77, Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), will help us broaden our current mindset as Minnesotans who come from the third most ethnocentric country in the world. We will also examine the B.E.S.T. approach to culture and how to work in harmony with people from different countries speaking thousands of languages and dialects.

    Event Details

    Date: Thursday, December 3, 2015
    Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Location: Hamline University, Sundin Music Hall (Lecture)
    Cost: Free and open to the public

    About Michael Podolinsky

    Michael PodolinskyMichael Podolinsky ’77, CSP, a productivity expert. For 33 years, Michael devoted himself to the study of productivity and human psychology. Over 11 million people worldwide and more than 700 clients have benefited from his expertise in 35 countries; 20 in Asia Pacific and the Middle East. He’s delivered over 450 programs through the Singapore Institute of Management since January 1989.

    Michael has authored 16 books and audio books, including a McGraw Hill Productivity Series. Michael’s newest book in the series, Productivity: Managing, Motivating, Maximizing Teams in Asia is a comprehensive ‘how to’ manual using examples and case studies from Michael’s local and MNC clients and is endorsed by eight and nine figure business owners.

    Michael is Singapore’s first resident Certified Speaking Professional (CSP). The Global Speakers Federation awarded him CSPGlobal, one of only 21 original ‘Ambassadors’ into this new international certification. CSPGlobal recognizes his achievements in six international markets, his contributions to the MICE and speaking industries as well as his cultural sensitivity and ability to relate to multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multinational audiences.

    About the Chair

    Beth GundersonBeth Gunderson was named the Howard and Darrel Alkire Chair in International Business and Economics in 2012. She is chair of the Department of Economics, Finance, and Accounting in the School of Business and serves as its director of undergraduate studies. Gunderson has taught economics at the Shanghai University Business and Economics in Shanghai, China. Her consulting and research interests are related to value economic losses for litigation purposes, and she has published on topics related to valuing household services. Gunderson earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas, and a doctorate in decision science from Union Institute and University.

    About the Alkire Symposium

    The Howard and Darrel Alkire Symposium on International Business and Economics was created to promote discussion about international business and economics issues among policy makers, business leaders, and the academic community. The late Howard Alkire founded the Country Club Markets and was director and chairman of the executive committee of the Apache Corporation. He had a lifelong interest in international affairs and hoped to leave a legacy to promote awareness of international business and economics with students, faculty, and regional business leaders. In 1991, his wife, Darrel R. Alkire, a life trustee of Hamline University, established the Howard and Darrel Alkire Chair in International Business and Economics in memory of her husband and to further his goals.