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International Women’s Day, WorldChicago, March 7

International Women’s Day

“The Business Case for Diversity: Why Developing Women Leaders is Imperative to the Success of Global Companies”

March, 7, 2011

10:30 AM: International Fair

12:00 PM: Keynote Luncheon

Union League Club | 65 W. Jackson  Blvd | Chicago, IL

Keynote Speaker: Deborah L. DeHaas, Vice Chairman and Regional Managing Partner at Deloitte

Master of Ceremonies: Ms. Diann Burns, Host, Next TV

Deb is the Vice Chairman and Midwest Regional Managing Partner for Deloitte LLP, which includes offices in Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Omaha, Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Des Moines.  With 5,000 professionals, Deloitte is the largest Big Four firm in the region.  In this role, Deb leads the quality, client satisfaction, growth, marketplace, and human resource initiatives in the region.   Deb also serves as lead client service partner or advisory partner on a number of the firm’s most significant clients in the Midwest Region.

During her career, Deb has served a variety of clients, with an emphasis on those in the manufacturing, consumer products, and communications industries.  Deb is also a member of the Deloitte LLP U.S. Board of Directors.

For More Information… or Howard Gross at or 312-368-9197

$60 – Luncheon Ticket
$75 – Display table at the International Fair (non-profit organizations) – includes one lunch ticket
$100 – Display table at the International Fair (for-profit organizations) – includes one lunch ticket
$600 – 10-top luncheon table and a display table at the fair

This event is sponsored by: International Trade Club of Chicago, WorldChicago and Union League Club of Chicago

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NEIU East Europe International Business Conference 2011, February 28 – March 1



FEBRUARY 28 – MARCH 1, 2011

College of Business and Management

Northeastern Illinois University

Chicago, Illinois

For further information, click on this link or call Nancy Zaitlin, College of Business and Management, 773-442-6102.

FEBRUARY 28 – MARCH 1, 2011
Open to the public

No fee or registration required

Monday, February 28, 2011 Tuesday, March 1, 2011
11:00 – 11:50 am

Marek Michalski

Presentation Topic To Be Determined

Department of Business Economics

Rey Juan Carlos University

Madrid, Spain

9:25 – 10:40 am

East-Central Europe: Opportunities & Challenges for U.S. Business

Martin J. Claessens

International Trade Specialist

U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce

12:00 – 12:50 pm

The Balkans in 10 years: Fulfilling Its Potential

John Robinson


Cornerstone International

10:50 am – 12:05 pm

Global Forecast and Focus: Business Strategies for Illinois

Mary Roberts

Acting Deputy Director

Iwona W. Wegrzyn-Bochenska

Senior International Trade Specialist

Office of Trade and Investment,

Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

2:00 – 2:50 pm

Logistics in the European Central Independent States

Paul Jarzombek

Chief Operating Officer

LR International Inc.

12:15 – 1:30 pm

Countries With Potential: Czech, Romania, Turkey

Mona Pearl

Founder & COO


4:15 – 5:30 pm

The European Union, East- Central Europe, and Russia: Twenty Years After Economic Transition

Dr . Robert Donnorummo

Professor Emeritus

University of Pittsburgh

1:40 -2:55 pm

The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century

Book per Semester Panel

College of Business and Management Students


Cultural Contexts and Management Expectations

Atakan Arica

Arica International Corporation

5:55 – 6:55 pm

Manufacturing Trends in Central and Eastern Europe

Michael L. Hetzel


Northern Galaxy Corporation

7:05- 8:20 pm

Presentation Topic To Be Announced

Dr. Edward Stuart

Department of Economics

Northeastern Illinois University

7:05 – 8:20 pm

The European Union in East-Central Europe: Perspectives of New and Prospective Members

Trade Commissioner Representatives from East-Central Europe

8:30- 9:45 pm

Presentation Topic To Be Announcement

Dr. Christina Ciecierski

Department of Economics

Northeastern Illinois University

8:30 – 9:45 pm

Presentation Topic To Be Determined

Dr. Leszek Cichoblazinski

Department of Management

Czestokowa University of Technology

Czestokowa, Poland

Poland: Destination Country for Foreign R&D Investments

Dr. Edward Halizak

Director, Institute of International Relations

University of Warsaw

Warsaw,  Poland

Asian FDI In Poland: Trends and Perspectives

Dr. Aleksandra Jarczewska-Romaniuk

Institute of International Relations

University of Warsaw

Warsaw,  Poland

(Program schedule subject to change until further notice)
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Southeast Europe Intrenational Trade Conference, April 14

Business and Investment Opportunities in Southeast Europe

This unique event promotes business and emerging market investment opportunities between the United States and select countries within Southeast Europe. Please join the American business community and Southeast Europe’s official political representatives, trade attachés, business contacts, and international service providers with expertise in international trade in a discussion of exciting business opportunities in this region.
The program consists of a panel presentation and moderated discussion from representatives of six countries. Mr. Arthur L. George, a partner with Baker & McKenzie, will moderate the discussion. Ms. Mary Roberts, Managing Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, Office of Trade and Investment will deliver opening remarks.
Mr. Arthur L. George, Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP, Chicago
Ms. Mary Roberts, Acting Deputy Director for the Illinois (DCEO) Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Office of Trade and Investment (OTI)
Hon. Eldin Kajevic, Consul General of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Chicago
Hon. Renee Pea, Acting Consul General of the Republic of Croatia in Chicago
Hon. Jovica Palashevski, Consul General of the Republic of Macedonia in Chicago
Mr. Gabriel Dutu, Consul for Economic Affairs of Romania in Chicago
Hon. Desko Nikitovic, Consul General of Serbia in Chicago
Mr. Suleyman Sozeri, Commercial Attaché of Turkey in Chicago

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
Baker & McKenzie
One Prudential Plaza
130 East Randolph Drive 39th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601 USA
Event Fee:
Partner Members: $15
Non-Members: $25, register before
March 24th, 2010 for $20
Registration for this event is mandatory.
Tickets will not be sold at the door.
Seating is limited.

Early registration recommended at:
2:30 P.M. Registration
3:00 P.M. Opening Remarks
3:15-5:00 P.M Panel Discussion and Q&A
5:00-6:00 P.M. Cocktail Reception

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Russian National Exposition: “Russia–US ‘Reset’ of Relations: Points of Growth Under New Economic Conditions,” November 18-20

The Exhibition, “Russia-US ‘Reset’ of Relations: Points of Growth Under New Economic Conditions,” comes on the heels of President Obama’s visit to Russia in July, and a Chicago business delegation’s visit led by Mayor Daley in September.

Organized by the Ministry of Trade of the Russian Federation, with the support of World Business Chicago and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, the Exhibition encourages greater bilateral connections. It will provide opportunities to discuss the reconstruction and development of the Russian and US Economies, as well as strategies to strengthen business, cultural, and civic ties.

Featured topics include:

· Points of Growth Under New Economic Conditions

· Infrastructure Investments in Russia

· Investments into Russian Agriculture

· Formation of Civil Society

· Cooperation of Russia and the USA in Science and Education

Dates: November 18-20
Location: McCormick Place (2301 S Lake Shore Dr)

For more information including a schedule of events, visit:

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Money, Markets, and Consumption Workshop: “The World on a Calendar: Coordinating the Global Art Market Through Time, Events, and Location,” November 11

The Money, Markets, and Consumption Workshop presents “The World on a Calendar: Coordinating the Global Art Market through Time, Events, and Location” by Erica Coslor, University of Chicago. The author has provided an abstract which is outlined below.

Time: noon-1:20pm, November 11th. Location: William Rainey Harper Memorial Library (1116 E. 59th St.) Rm 145.


Using the case of the global art market, I suggest the ‘global calendar’ as a way of providing a time and location linked form of coordination. In my research into the contemporary art market, I question how the overall global market is held together: what structures, organizations, events and other elements bring order and coordination to the disparate actors and regions that participate? The answer, I suggest, is a loose form of organization conducted through a calendar of events and happenings, a calendar that runs throughout the world, but is segmented in space and time. Despite the long existence of a ‘global imaginary’ about a world-spanning art market, prior to about 1980, the art market was more of an international, rather than global form, where only a few cities were centers of transnational activity. In the late 1980s, this shifted to a form that spanned much more of the globe, and this ‘market calendar’ is actively growing and recruiting participation from new centers of wealth and artistic activity, such as Beijing and Dubai.  This recruitment of new art market centers is partly strategic, seeking to bring in new money from growing and previously marginalized nations like China, India, and Russia, and there is a corresponding self recruitment as smaller cities attempt to become centers for the arts as a form of economic development. Focusing activity in these new centers for short amounts of time is one way the market calendar is able to accommodate new locations. For example, New York is a year-round center for the art market, but Miami, FL becomes the center of attention for a week in December, during the ArtBasel Miami Beach art fair.  In this paper, I present my theory of the global calendar, with some preliminary results from my initial research, examining the role of art fairs, entrepreneurs, news media, and other coordinating factors.

***Persons with disabilities that require assistance should contact the workshop coordinators: Karen Ellis at ellisk [at] or Craig Tutterow at craigtutterow [at]

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Alfa Fellowship Program for Young Professionals, Russian Exchange Program, Deadline: December 1

The Alfa Fellowship Program is a high-level professional development exchange program placing qualified young professionals in work assignments at leading organizations in Russia in the fields of business, economics, journalism, law, and public policy. The program accepts 10 American citizens and 5 British citizens per year. Key goals of the Alfa Fellowship Program are expanding networks of American, British and Russian professionals, developing greater intercultural understanding, and advancing US/Russian and British/Russian relations.

The program includes language training, seminar programs, and extended professional experience. Fellows receive travel, free housing, monthly stipends, and insurance.
Program Highlights

Drawing upon extensive contacts throughout industry, media, government, and nonprofit institutions in Russia, the Alfa Fellowship Program works together with participants to identify suitable professional assignments at leading Russian institutions in business, media, and civil society. The Alfa Fellowship Program endeavors to secure positions that meet the interests of both the participants and host institutions. Fellows’ progress is closely monitored by the Center for International Fellowships in Moscow.

In addition to individualized professional assignments, the Alfa Fellowship Program includes:

* Four-month Russian language tutoring program in the U.S.
* Four-month intensive Russian language course in Moscow
* Orientation seminar in Washington, D.C., with accommodation and roundtrip travel included
* Housing in Moscow for the duration of the program
* Monthly stipend
* Limited international health, accident, and liability insurance
* Moscow seminar program
* Three regional excursions throughout Russia and one in a neighboring country

Application Deadline

December 1, 2009 for the 2010-2011 program year.

For more information, visit:

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World Business Chicago Strengthens Chicago’s Business Ties in Russia

World Business Chicago president, Rita Athas, traveled, alongside Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and a delegation of business and civic leaders to Russia this month on a mission to attract business investment to the Chicago area.

“In order to encourage investment and trade, it’s important to make face-to-face contact with international business and government leaders,” Athas said. “Our international travels produce key relationships and position Chicago as a premier global business destination for companies and governments deciding where to invest. By coordinating these visits, we are building for future investment in Chicago and giving the city visibility that marketing investments could never reach.”

As a part of the mission, the U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, the Honorable John Beyrle, hosted a reception for Russian and American business leaders where Mayor Daley presented Chicago and its business advantages to the group.

“Urban centers are where the greatest concentrations of people will live in the 21st century. We must make cultural connections and expand our working relationships with many partners if we are to succeed in the global economy,” said Mayor Daley during the presentation. “I believe the business relationship between Chicago and Russia is strong, and we want it to grow stronger,” he added.

Approximately 35 Chicago area companies currently have operations in Russia, including Boeing, Abbott Laboratories, A.T. Kearney and Motorola. Led by two of Boeing’s head engineers, the group toured the Boeing Design Center in Moscow, an engineering resource center set up in 1998 to tap the knowledge of the experienced engineers in the Russian aviation industry.

Additionally, Mayor Daley and the delegation met with Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, agreeing to continue to strengthen ties between Chicago and Moscow through exchanges, greening projects and outreach to respective business communities. Chicago and Moscow have shared a Sister Cities relationship since 1997.

Mayor Luzhkov invited the group to participate in the Moscow City Day Celebration. The festivities celebrate the capital city’s birthday with an attendance of approximately 3.5 million, including more than 60 official delegations from across Russia and Belarus. President of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev welcomed the crowd and introduced Mayor Daley, who was a special guest of Mayor Luzhkov.

The Chicago delegation also met with the Russian Minister of Trade and Commerce to highlight Chicago and its investment opportunities. The Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation will host the Russian National Exhibition November 18-21st at Chicago’s McCormick Place. The exhibition is intended to promote bilateral connections and stimulate economic ties. The first day of the Exhibition will feature a forum focusing on business and investment opportunities.

Another highlight of the visit was a meeting with Russian Railways President, Vladimir I. Yakunin. Russian Railways is an entirely state-owned company with the largest rail network in the world next to the U.S. It carries nearly 1.3 billion passengers and 1.3 billion tons of freight annually across 11 time zones and is responsible for 80% of all transportation in Russia. Yakunin is a key influencer in Russian business. As a follow up to the trip, a delegation from his office is coming to Chicago to meet with Mayor Daley and explore investment opportunities.

Russia is the world’s leading net energy exporter, the largest natural gas exporter and second largest oil exporter in the world. The energy sector is estimated to represent more than 20% of Russia’s GDP, more than 60% of Russia’s exports and 30% of all FDI in the country.

The trip was sponsored by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and World Business Chicago with additional support from Boeing and American Airlines. In addition to Mayor Daley and Rita Athas, the delegation included Sean J. Conlon, Chairman, Conlon & Co.; Maggie Daley, First Lady, City of Chicago; Eileen Hubbell, Director of International Relations, City of Chicago; Kaarina Koskenalusta, President and CEO, The Executives’ Club of Chicago; Lance Pressl, President, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation; and Mike Roberts, Founder & CEO, Westside Holdings, LLC.

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