Conference focuses on "The Business of Building a Better World"
"The Business of Building a Better World" is the theme for the fourth annual Global Oppurtunities Conference, which attracts speakers with real-world business experience to talk about the challenges and opportunities of working internationally. This year's event will feature a keynote speaker active in social work and human rights issues in India.
The conference, organized by Walker College, is scheduled for Friday, April 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Broyhill Events Center (formerly the Broyhill Inn). It is being funded by the College of Business and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the certification of lawful, humane and ethical manufacturing throughout the world.
The conference is free and open to the public. Lunch is included, so online registration is requested prior to April 7.
The keynote speaker is Isbael Richardson, Executive Secretary for the Madras Christian Counsel of Social Service in Chennai, India.She has 17 years of professional experience in social work, with her primary focus on community development and addressing various human rights issues such as human trafficking, sexual harassment, child abuse and violence against women. Richardson received the Loyola College Best Social Worker Award in recognition of her achievements.
Working with the Christian Counsel of Social Service, Richardson she oversees projects in focused on women in development, STI/HIV/AIDS intervention among slum dwellers, and prevention of trafficking in women and children.
There will also be a luncheon speaker, Matt Ellingson, who has worked in humanitarian assistance and emergency relief in countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America since 1997. Ellingson has worked for three separate organizations in a variety of roles, including logistics, project management and program administration.
Ellingson currently serves as the Director of Program Development for Samaritan’s Purse. He has worked with the Boone-based organization since 1999, serving as the Regional Director for Asia from 2002 to 2004. He recently served as Samaritan’s Purse Country Director for Haiti shortly after the devastating earthquake there in 2010. He is currently involved in programming in North Korea.
From 2005 to 2007 he worked for Food for the Hungry as the Director of Relief.
Along with the speakers, the conference will include morning panel sessions, during which students will share experiences serving and learning abroad. Representatives from locally-based international non-profits will also discuss their work and provide ways to get involved.
There will be networking opportunities at the end of the conference.
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