Economic Development and Entrepreneurship:
Global Connectivity and How it Drives Local Economic Growth
August 30, 2018 in Charlotte
Join the U.S. Department of State, Global Ties U.S., International House and The Palmetto Council on International Visitors for this inspiring and innovative summit. We are offer unique learning and networking opportunities with U.S. Department of State Representatives, leading international and local business and entrepreneurship leaders, foreign dignitaries and Federal, State and Local elected officials.
The Summit will explore key factors driving growth of the regional economy and entrepreneurship scene, as well as the importance of public diplomacy and international exchanges in forging Charlotte's connection to the world.
Panel and keynote topics include:
- Economic Impact of the Latin American Community in the Carolinas
- How the Carolinas are Attracting Foreign Businesses
- Craft Breweries Impact on Regional Economic Development
- The Power of Women Entrepreneurs in the Carolinas
- The Win-Win Impact of IVLP and Other Exchange Programs at Home and Abroad
- Planes, Trains and Automobiles: All Aboard for Economic Development
Featuring the Charlotte International Airport, Intermodal, and the I-77 AlliancePlus! Young professionals, college and high school students will get a unique opportunity to meet and speak with recruiters, directors and representatives from the U.S. Department of State, including the following offices:
- The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)
- The Office of International Visitors (OIV)
- The Office of Citizen Exchanges, Youth Programs
- Diplomatic Security
- The Office of Public Affairs – Engage America
- as well as The Charleston Passport Agency
|8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Coffee, Tea, and Exhibit Table Viewing|
|8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. International Dance Performance—Asian, Indian, Brazilian, African|
|8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks Congresswoman Alma Adams Katherine Brown President and CEO of Global Ties US Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Representative—Teta Moehs|
|9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Panel Discussion: Global Connectivity Driving Regional Economic Development and Entrepreneurship -Chris Elmore Co Founder of AvidXChange and Professor at UNCC and Queens -Dan Roselli Owner of Packard Place and QC Fintech -Ronnie Bryant, CEcD, FM, HLM President & CEO at Charlotte Regional Partnership -Keva Walton Chief Growth Officer- Economic & Talent Development Charlotte Chamber of Commerce|
|10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Networking Break|
|11:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m Regional Economic Growth: Past, Present, Future Fireside Chat|
|11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Keynote Address with Lunch IVLP Gold Star Alum, Chris Elmore Co Founder of AvidXChange|
|12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Networking Break with Exhibitors|
|1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. How the Carolinas are Attracting Foreign Businesses City of Charlotte - Peter Zeiler Director of Economic Development City of Charlotte - Chris Chung CEO Economic Development Partnership of NC - Sven Gerzer VP Economic Development European & Indian Sectors - Dr. Claudio Carpano Honorary Consul for Italy 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. The Win-win Impact of IVLP and Other Exchange Programs at Home and Abroad IVLP Entrepreneurs Alumni Videos: Where are they now? Young Leaders of the Americas Jeremy Losaw Engineering and Design Manager at Enventys, Maria Nosik Partner and Director of Marketing and Design C3Labs, Chris Elmore AvidXChange, Devin Collins Associate Director/ Entreprenuership of Ventureprise Moderator: Jackie Gates Shipe, Chair of Global Ties. U.S.||1:30 p.m. – 5:35 p.m. Student Track Featuring a U.S. Diplomacy Center Simulation for Youth & A Discussion on Careers in International Affairs featuring the Department of State Diplomat in Residence 1:15 p.m. - 5:35 p.m. SIMULATION 1 (1st group – approx. 25 students)|
|2:50 p.m. – 4:05 p.m. Craft Breweries Impact on Economic Development in the Carolinas NoDa Brewing Klaus Becker Honorary Counsul for Federal Republic of Germany 2:50 p.m. – 4:05 p.m. Planes, Trains and Automobiles: All Aboard for Economic Development Featuring the Charlotte International Airport, Intermodal, and the I-77 Alliance Rich Fletcher CEO I-77 Alliance Stuart Hair Director of Economic and Community Affairs Aviation Department Charlotte Douglas International Airport City Councilman Greg Phipps||2:50pm – 4:05pm: CAREERS PANEL (all attend) 4:10pm – 5:40pm: SIMULATION II (2nd group – approx. 25 students)|
|4:05 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. Networking Break|
|4:20 p.m. – 5:35 p.m. Economic Impact of the Latin American Community in the Carolinas Wayne Cooper, Honorary Consul of Mexico Astrid Chirinos, Latin American Economic Development Corporation Rocio Gonzalez, Latin American Chamber of Commerce 4:20 p.m. – 5:35 p.m. The Power of Women Entrepreneurs in the Carolinas Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Power of Women Cherise Walker City of Charlotte, Charlotte Business INClusion Natasha Smith Successful Women Entrepreneurs of the Carolinas: Amy Pack and Patty Comer Co Founder Accrue Partner Marsha Barnes Founder of The Finance Bar Lauri Elliot Founder and Chairman at Globalstratos|
|6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Evening Reception and Keynote Address|
Ever wanted one on one time with someone you look up to? During the Diplomacy Begins Here Summit, on August 30, special raffles will be drawn throughout the day for 30 minutes of one on one time with community business leaders.
Exhibitors!Meet and speak with recruiters, directors and representatives from the U.S. Department of State including the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Office of International Visitors, the Office of Citizen Exchanges, Youth Programs, Diplomatic Security Services, the Office of Public Affairs – Engage America, the Charleston Passport Agency and more!
• Charleston Passport Agency
• Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
• City of Charlotte Office of Economic Development/ Charlotte International Cabinet
• Consulate of Italy
• Department of State Office of Citizens Exchange, Youth Programs
• Department of State Office of International Visitors
• Department of State Office of Public Affairs-Engage America
• Department of State Diplomatic Security
• Farmers First Coffee
• French American Chamber of Commerce of the Carolinas
• Holiday Inn Center City
• Management InSiteas
• Office of the 12th Congressional District of North Carolina
• Small Business Administration / Score
• UNCC Office of International Programs
• World Affairs Council Charlotte
Speakers, Panelists and Presenters!The Summit will be a full day event with various panels, breakout sessions, and keynote addresses.
Hear from industry leaders and experts in the private and public sector on the local economy and the critical role global connectivity plays in creating growth.
Networking!Whether you are a mid-career professional, just starting out or still a student, you will have a unique opportunity to meet business leaders, diplomats, elected officials and recruiters from the U.S. Department of State.
- Pitch Zone Launch Pad to begin right after Lunch Keynote and continue into exhibitor time
- Bring your business idea and get feedback from experts!
- Get it Started, Take it Global!
- Financial / Risk Assessment & Angel Funders