International Business Lecture Series Webcasts

"Planning Ahead for the LA28 Olympic & Paralympic Games: Lessons from Tokyo"
Ashley Dos Santos, Senior Director of Communications, LA28; Christopher Finlay, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Communication Studies, LMU; and Shaun M. Anderson, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, LMU
Sept. 14, 2021
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Christopher Finlay, associate professor and associate chair of communication studies, and Shaun M. Anderson, associate professor of communication studies, lead a fireside chat with Ashley Dos Santos, senior director of communications at LA28, on plans for making LA28 a success and how Los Angeles can help connect the Olympic and Paralympic movement to the next generation of athletes and fans.


“The Biden Administration and a New Approach to Denuclearization of Korean Peninsula”
Victor Cha, Senior Vice President and Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
April 22, 2021
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Dr. Cha holds the D.S. Song-KF Professorship in Government and International Affairs and serves as vice dean for faculty and graduate affairs in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Dr. Cha discussed the impact of the new administration on the U.S. and the Korean peninsula. Moderated by Tom Plate, LMU Distinguished Scholar of Asian and Pacific Affairs and Vice President of the Pacific Century Institute.


"Net Zero: Investment Imperative and Operational Application"
Alexandra Hirsch, Director of Sustainable Investing, Blackrock; Bri Decker, Sustainability & Social Responsibility Manager, Avocado Green Brands; Caitlin Drown, Brand Engagement Manager, Climate Neutral Certified; and Isabella Todaro, Certification Manager, Climate Neutral Certified 
April 7, 2021
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Climate risk has increasingly become investment risk. This webinar featured the growing impact of climate risk on investment risk and the global financial system. Participants learned how an investment management corporation helps their clients make long-term sustainable investment in companies that mitigate climate risk and how companies and brands get certified for their efforts to offset and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 


"Perspectives on Innovative Global Marketing"
Julie Michael, CEO, Team One; Lawrence Kim, VP, Global Brand Strategy and Planning, Taco Bell; and Que Gaskins, Chief Brand and Innovation Officer, NBPA
March 10, 2021
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What does it mean to be a “global brand” in 2021? How do brands as diverse as Lexus, Taco Bell and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) reach and connect with individuals across countries and cultures, especially during the global pandemic?


"Cybersecurity's Geopolitical and Global Business Challenges"
Robert Koepp, Founder, Geoeconomix, and David Luckey, Senior International and Defense Researcher, RAND Corporation
February 17, 2021
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This roundtable discussion emphasized trends in international cybersecurity and the implications for U.S. business competitiveness. Moderated by Mehrdad Sharbaf, LMU information systems and business analytics lecturer.


"Global Talent Management Virtual Conference"
Elaine Farndale, Ph.D., Director, Center for International Human Resource Studies, Penn State University; Vlad Vaiman, Ph.D., Associate Dean and Professor, School of Management, California Lutheran University; Sheri Winter, Senior Director, Client Services Leader, GP Strategies; and Bob Bushnell, Strategy and Business Development Executive, Raytheon Company
November 12, 2020
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In this webinar, panel members consisting of prominent university researchers and experienced practitioners examine needs and opportunities for American firms, large and small, to develop more inclusive policies and practices for building and utilizing their human talent, both in the U.S. and abroad, to increase their global competitiveness. Moderated by Charles Vance, Ph.D., professor of management, Loyola Marymount University and hosted by the LMU Center for International Business Education​.


“Scaling a Small Business: A Balancing Act of Profitability and Sustainability”
Mylen Yamamoto Tansingco, Founder, Cropmade
October 27, 2020
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After appearing on ABC's "Shark Tank," the real work began. More than two years later, Cropmade is a thriving global business with national distributors, hotels and chain restaurants. Mylen Yamamoto Tansingco discussed the realities of running a for profit commodity business that vowed to keep sustainability as its core mission.


“The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Global Supply Chain Management: Current Status and Future Prospects”
Tobias Schoenherr, Ph.D., Hoagland-Metzler Endowed Professor of Purchasing and Supply Management, Michigan State University
October 6, 2020 
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Tobias Schoenherr, Ph.D. discussed how the pandemic has put the "management" back into supply chain management, how a greater focus on supplier management and risk management can help and what it means for companies' global sourcing strategies.


“The Crisis in U.S.-China Relations: Politics, Economics, and the Threats to Regional Stability Webinar”
Jonathan Pollack, nonresident senior fellow - foreign policy, Center for East Asia Policy Studies, John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution
September 15, 2020
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Jonathan Pollack discussed how U.S.-China relations have experienced a severe deterioration in recent months, all amidst the COVID-19 global health crisis, an unprecedented downturn in the global and U.S. economy, and the US presidential election.


"Facts and Myths about the Coronavirus and Economic Recovery Strategies"
Jennifer Bouey, Ph.D., Tang Chair in China Policy Studies, RAND Corporation
April 30, 2020
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Jennifer Bouey, Ph.D., discussed COVID-19 epidemiologic characteristics and patterns, policies and challenges to mitigate the damage of the pandemic, and the impact on the global economy and supply chain.


"The Port of Los Angeles and the Impact of Tariffs on Trade and the U.S. Economy"
Marisela Caraballo DiRuggiero, Director of Trade Development, Port of Los Angeles
November 6, 2019
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Marisela Caraballo DiRuggiero discussed the role of the Port of Los Angeles and trade in the United States; the Port of Los Angeles is more than just a business, it's a role model to other ports; the economic impact of trade that moves through the Port of Los Angeles; and the impact of tariffs to the region, California and the United States.

"One Country, Two Systems"

Stephen Cheung, EVP of LAEDC and President, World Trade Center Los Angeles
September 12, 2019
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Recent developments in Hong Kong have increased attention to the country's role in U.S. - China policy. Mr. Cheung discussed the economic and trade impacts of Hong Kong on Los Angeles as well as the State of California.


"How to Succeed in the Korean Market"
May 3, 2019
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This half-day conference, held during the 93rd Annual World Trade Week, provided a great venue to learn about export and investment opportunities in Korea, the 6th largest trading partner for both our nation and California. We welcomed American exporters and investors to Korea, and small and medium-sized companies in particular, who are seriously considering introducing their products and services to the global market.


"Unconventional Strategy Delivers Remarkable Results: The Story of Nitto Tire: a Japanese brand, raised in America"
Tomo Mizutani, Chairman & CEO, Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc.
April 15, 2019
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Tomo Mizutani is a 30+ year tire industry veteran known for his award-winning marketing innovations, consumer insights and auto industry contributions. Tomo shared his inspiring journey – from his first time living in the U.S. to how he transformed the Nitto brand into a leading off-road and street performance tires experience.


"Changes, Opportunities and Concerns on the Korean Peninsula"
Mark Lippert, Vice President, Boeing International and Former U.S. Ambassador to Korea
February 5, 2019
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Mr. Lippert discussed the following key points: Prospects for DPRK denuclearization and progress on inter-Korean relations; Current state of the U.S.-ROK Alliance; and Regional Machinations: China, Japan and Russia.


"Creating Regional Employment Through Global Trade: Implications for USMCA"
Carlos J. Valderrama, President, Center for Global Trade & Foreign Investment, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
November 28, 2018
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Mr. Valderrama discussed the following key points: Los Angeles Region, Global Middle Class, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and the impact on Asian trading partners.


"The China Pickle: How We Got to Where We Are and Where We're Going"
Robert Kapp, Former President, US-China Business Council
October 10, 2018
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Dr. Kapp reflected on America's encounter with China over the last few decades, discussing both countries' expectations, ambitions, achievements and frustrations. He placed special emphasis on American business engagements with China since the normalization of diplomatic relations in 1979, and discussed the recent escalating trade tension between the two countries.

Thank you to the D.K. Kim Foundation for their generous contribution to support the lecture series.