Saint Leo Conference Connects Students in On-Campus and Online MBA Programs with Global Experts

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Saint Leo University hosts 2012 International Business Conference on February 9 and 10.

Saint Leo University is once again demonstrating that it is a university of global consequence. The leading Florida Catholic university will hold the third annual International Business Conference at its Tampa-area campus on Feb. 9-10, 2012. Hosted by Saint Leo's Donald R. Tapia School of Business, the conference will bring together professionals, faculty, administrators and students to share innovative business insights and practical global applications. Students enrolled in the traditional and online MBA programs will have a unique opportunity to network with business people based locally in Florida and from as far away as southeast Asia.

Now in its third year, the conference was created with the purpose of bringing more global awareness to Saint Leo. In 2011, more than 130 faculty, staff and business professionals from across Florida, the U.S. and world attended the event—in addition to many business students from Saint’s Leo’s main campus and education centers.

“While the conference has an international focus, it primarily serves our local community. We want to offer opportunities to help people become more globally aware within the region,” says conference director Eric Schwarz, associate professor and chair of the Department of Sport Business and International Tourism.

The two-day conference will include break-out sessions on topics including building strategic alliances, cyberspace security in the global economy, and entrepreneurship in the U.S. and emerging markets. Panels represent diverse academic and professional interests, led by speakers from the Saint Leo School of Business faculty and international business practitioners. Breakout sessions include a 30-minute academic presentation followed by 60-minute professional practitioner panel.

Saint Leo students and faculty can attend the conference free of charge. Alumni and select partners within the local business community, such as Pasco Economic Development Council, receive a 10% registration discount.

Sessions include:

  • The Role of Strategic Alliances and Improving Integrated Delivery Systems
  • Factors That Influence U.S. Public Companies Decision Making on Internal Audit, Internalization and Outsourcing
  • Global Entrepreneurship: Helping the Economy Recover
  • Mega-Events and the Strategic Alliance between Sport, Hospitality and Tourism
  • The Need for Coordinated Policy Controls to Safeguard Cyberspace in the Global Economy

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr., president of Saint Leo, will provide opening remarks at the conference, along with Dr. Michael Nastanski, dean of the School of Business, and Dr. Eric C. Schwarz, conference director. Keynote Speakers include:

  • Thomas Stewart, chief marketing and knowledge officer of Booz and Company
  • Dr. Jeff Borden, senior director of teaching and learning at Pearson eCollege
  • Josefa Ramoni, associate visiting professor at University of South Florida

During the conference, attendees will have an opportunity to tour the new $12 million School of Business building, which features a sustainable design and state-of-the-art educational technologies. Using 70-inch interactive displays from SMART Technologies in the School of Business building, students will give international business e-poster presentations on Thur., Feb. 9 from 4-6 p.m.

While the conference expands Saint Leo’s global reach, students and faculty regularly have ample opportunities for exploring international concepts through the university's campus and online programs. For instance, courses look at the subcultural and cross-cultural impact of marketing, and how race and ethnicity impact the sociology and ethics of business. Standout Saint Leo students have completed internships abroad, including in England, Germany, the Caribbean and Australia. And beginning Fall 2013, Saint Leo students will be able to minor in international business, a new program through the Donald R. Tapia School of Business.

Saint Leo’s traditional and online MBA programs are accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), a professional accreditor for business programs in student-centered colleges and universities throughout the world. A leader in sport business education, Saint Leo University was one of the first in the nation to attain full program accreditation from the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA).

About Saint Leo University
Saint Leo ranks as one of the top universities in the South, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” list. Saint Leo’s traditional liberal arts campus, located 30 miles north of Tampa, educates more than 1,900 students. Total enrollment across its campus, regional education centers, and online programs exceeds 15,000. Among the oldest Catholic universities in Florida, Saint Leo is one of the nation's 10 leading providers of higher education to the U.S. military, and is a nationally recognized leader in online education.


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