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2017 West Michigan World Trade Week Business Conference

Managing Global Teams

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Learn how to cultivate employee engagement, collaborate with international business partners, and protect your brand in key foreign markets.


(Subject to change, check back for speaker updates)

11:30am                    Registration & Exhibits

Noon - 1:30pm          Luncheon and Keynote Address, "Managing Global Teams"

                                            Michael O'Connor, CEO, Aon Risk Solutions

1:30 - 1:45pm            Exhibits

1:45 - 2:45pm            Session One Choices

                                  A.  Protecting Your Intellectual Property Against International Cyber Attacks

                                  B.  Finding and Hiring Distributors

                                  C.  Target Markets: Doing Business in China and Taiwan

2:50 - 3:45pm            Session Two Choices 

                                  A.  Working with Foreign Nationals, International Data Laws & Deemed Exports

                                  B.  Communicating Effectively Across Borders

                                  C.  Target Market: Doing Business in Mexico

3:45 - 4:00pm            Break 

4:00 - 5:00pm            Session Three Choices

                                  A.  Creating International Sales Agreements that Stick

                                  B.  Managing International Operations & Automation

5:00 - 7:30pm           VIP Reception for Sponsors, Conference Attendees, and Community Leaders

                                 Reception Keynote Speaker and World Trade Week Sponsor Chair

                                            Ron Voigt, CEO, X-Rite Pantone



Grand Valley State University's L. William Seidman Center, 50 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Registration includes: 

Lunch, reference materials, and admittance to VIP Reception

Organized by: 

GVSU's Van Andel Global Trade Center and the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce 

In partnership with:

The World Trade Week Committee and the International Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan