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Global Business Forum

The Global Business Forum (GBF) is an engaging MBA class and discussion forum where professionals from around the world share their insights into the complexities of doing business globally – differences encountered, obstacles overcome, advantages discovered, and solutions developed.

The GBF is intentionally designed to connect students directly with global business leaders. Students are offered opportunities to lead Q&A discussions, summarize presentations for speaker follow-up, and engage in 1:1 meaningful conversations with speakers.

The Global Business Forum takes place Mondays, 12:30-1:20pm for daytime MBAs and 5:00-5:50pm for Eve MBAs. Each quarter offers diverse discussions under a uniting global business theme. Christina Fong is the lead faculty for the Forum.

Autumn 2018: International Trade Policy – Tariffs and Sanction

This quarter will take an in-depth look at the critical role that trade between nations plays in the perpetuation of business across the globe. We will invite leaders to discuss how they deal with trade regulations, how they manage the import and export of valued goods and products, and complex interplay between trade and macroeconomic forces in business.

Winter 2019: Doing Business with Central and South America

The GBF will host executives who have worked in Central or South America, or have built and maintained significant relationships with companies in this area to share their insights about doing business in Central and South America. Executives will be asked to compare and contrast their experiences in Central/South America with business experiences in the US and other countries, to discuss and identify opportunities in this exciting area, as well as the possible pitfalls of doing work in Central/South America.

Spring 2019: Resilient Global Leadership

Executives are often accustomed to sharing their success stories—but we all know that failures and setbacks are often an even greater source of learning and innovation. So, we are asking highly successful global executives to share the stories that don’t make it onto their resumes and into the press releases. From cultural faux pas to strategic missteps, we’re interested in hearing how leaders have learned from their global mistakes. We’ll also be asking leaders to share how they maintain their optimism and drive despite the risks and stress of doing business around the world.

MBAs, graduate students from other UW departments, faculty, and staff are welcome to participate. Enrollment for credit in the Global Business Forum (BA 545, Global Business Issues) during three academic quarters is a requirement for the Global Business Program certificate.

For more information on registration and earning credit for the GBF, check out the course page!