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2020 Virtual Conference Session: International Trade Trek & Bootcamp Programs: Moving from Theory to Practice

June 11 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

”International Trade Trek & Bootcamp Programs: Moving from Theory to Practice” presented by Anna Helm, Alexis Gaul, and David Ruda, GW-CIBER, George Washington University

At some business schools, especially those not located near manufacturing or distribution hubs, international supply chain management and logistics are not extensively taught. At such schools, students learn about international trade from a macro perspective and are not aware of the mechanics of trade and of the extensive network of actors in the international trade ecosystem. The two programs featured in this presentation seek to address this gap by offering a co-curricular opportunity for students to expand and develop their practical skills in global business and trade by exploring international trade at the operational level, including how goods are imported and exported, how regulatory and legal issues shape trade, etc. The first program showcased is a two-day immersive industry- and career-exploration initiative that took place in Norfolk, Virginia, in November of 2019. Site visits included various port terminals, freight forwarders, custom house brokers, and law firms. The second program featured is an intensive summer Bootcamp where students learn about NASBITE’s four domain areas via virtual class sessions and participation in the Student Pathways program. The objective of the presentation is to share examples of international trade education programs that could be replicated by other universities throughout the country.

Anna Helm is Associate Teaching Professor of International Business at The George Washington University (GW) as well as the Faculty Director of GW’s Center for International Business Education & Research (GW-CIBER), one of 15 CIBERs in the United States funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. Helm teaches courses on international marketing management, green business, the cultural environment of international business, and foreign market analysis. She has developed and taught several online courses and regularly offers courses with real client projects. Since 2010, she has taught international consulting courses in Sweden and other countries with projects in both the cleantech and healthcare industries, with a particular focus on high-tech startups. Dr. Helm’s devotion to teaching, student-centered learning, and interdisciplinary collaboration has resulted in numerous teaching awards, including the 2019 inaugural GW School of Business Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Originally from Sweden, Dr. Helm holds a MSc in International Business and Economics with German from Lund University, Sweden, as well as an MA in Germanic Studies from the University of Maryland. She received her PhD from Georgetown University in 2002. Prior to joining GW’s School of Business, she was the Director of the Business, Culture and Languages Program at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Alexis Gaul is the Administrative Director of the Center for International Business Education & Research (CIBER) at The George Washington University. In this role, Ms. Gaul marries her background in program management with her academic interest in developing countries to deliver high quality programs for students, faculty, and business professionals that are researching or working, or training to work, in the area of international business in emerging and developing countries. In her time as the Administrative Director, she has organized numerous overseas short-term experiential learning courses to countries such as Rwanda, India, Thailand, and Turkey. Ms. Gaul also oversees all areas of the Center and is responsible for designing and delivering innovative programs and activities and for managing the ongoing operations of the Center, including all financial, reporting, and other administrative aspects of the Center. Prior to her current role at the GW-CIBER, Ms. Gaul served as a research assistant for the Center in the area of ‘Diasporas and Development’ and a teaching assistant for classes with a focus on management in developing countries. Prior to graduate school, Ms. Gaul worked for a local educational organization that provided leadership conferences to high achieving students in the United States. Ms. Gaul holds a B.A. in Program of Liberal Studies (Great Books Program) from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. in International Development Studies from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

David Ruda resides in Washington DC, where he is in the final stage of a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at The George Washington University (GW). He has held multiple roles within higher education for the last 10 years. Currently, David is serving as adjunct faculty in the GW School of Business, a Senior Research Aide in the GW Center for International Business Research and Education (GW-CIBER) and a Student Development Specialist in the Office of Undergraduate Programs coordinating administrative and research aspects of the Teagle Grant. For the previous 5 years, David served as the Assistant Director for Undergraduate Programs, in the School of Business, where he developed, implemented and assessed programming for undergraduate business students. He established collaborative relationships with campus partners and corporate sponsors that provided support to student programs on campus and community development initiatives within the Washington DC. In addition, he was responsible for the curriculum and implementation of a first-year experience course that is required for all freshmen and transfer business students. Prior to this role he served as an Undergraduate Student Experience Advisor in the School of Business, worked in housing/residence life at GW and Greek Affairs at the University of South Carolina. David earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Bowling Green State University, a Master’s of Education at University of South Carolina in Higher Education and Student Affairs and a Master’s of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The George Washington University.

Track: Trade Education




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