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Business summit will provide networking opportunities

Education may begin in the classroom, but it is often how learned information is applied outside of the classroom which can lead to true learning and understanding.

The College of Business and Economics (COBE) is offering students the opportunity to add to their learning of international business and wider global trends.

Friday, Feb. 8, the International Business Summit, focusing on the rise and trends of global business, will take place in the Skaggs Hall of Learning located on the first floor of the Micron Business and Economics Building.

Beginning at 1:30 p.m. Boise State President Bob Kustra will present the opening remarks. Following him will be a slew of prominent guests from the Idaho business community and national academic leaders.

“The Summit will provide wonderful opportunities for networking with Idaho business leaders and national academic experts,” said Vera Zdravkova, program developer advisor with the Boise State International Business Programs.

Highlights from the days events include a keynote address at 1:45 p.m. from Bill Whitacre, CEO of J.R. Simplot Co., which is presented in part by the COBE Speaker Series.

A panel discussion will follow, moderated by Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little.

Additional participants include more than 20 top-ranked university international business programs, Boise State international business students and prominent Idaho

Students interested in international business and the opportunities available in the field are encouraged to attend.

“International Business (IB) is such a rich field—one that provides many opportunities and career options unfortunately, those opportunities are rarely discussed in depth,” Zdravkova said. “That’s the goal of the International Business Summit—to introduce a wide spectrum of perspectives on the value of IB education, to explore ways of improving the quality of IB education, and to examine the connection between IB and regional economic growth.”

Zdravkova went on to explain that students will be able to enjoy the unique opportunity of not only partaking in discussion with business and academic leaders, but will also have a valuable networking opportunity.

“The Summit is a great opportunity to get and stay connected with the local business community. I encourage all those interested in International Business, International Affairs, Global Development, and/or economic issues to attend,” Zdravkova said.

The event will conclude at 3:30 p.m. with a reception in which complimentary appetizers and drinks will be available.

Although the event is free and open to the public, online registration is required and can be completed here:


The Summit’s Run-of-Show is as follows:

1:30- Opening Remarks by Dr. Bob Kustra, President, Boise State

1:35- Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Meredith Black, Director, International Business Programs

1:45- Keynote Address by Bill Whitacre, CEO, J.R. Simplot Company

2:15- Introduction of Panel Moderator by Jeff Sayer, Director, Idaho Department of Commerce

2:20- Panel Discussion Moderated by Lt. Gov. Brad Little and comprised of:

Mark Durcan, CEO, Micron Technologies

Bill Whitacre, CEO, J.R. Simplot Company

Joseph Rottman, CUIBE Secretariate

Vera Zdravkova, Distinguished Boise State International Business Alumna

Joe DeGano, International Marketing Manager, Rekluse Motor Sports

3:15- CUIBE Award Presentation by Mark Ballam, President, Consortium for Undergraduate International Business Education

3:25- Closing Remarks by Patrick Shannon, Dean, Boise State’s College of Business & Economics

3:30- Dean’s Reception in the Jackson Commons


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