Department of Commerce service officers meeting with business students

Eight Foreign Service Officers of the U.S. Department of Commerce were guest speakers at the “ACCESS ASIA: Healthcare and Life Sciences” business forum on April 19, in the Garden Room at Edgehill Mansion on the Dominican campus.

The event was sponsored by the Lepage Center for Global Innovation in the Barowsky School of Business and the U.S. Commercial Service, the export promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. It is an example of the wide array of opportunities afforded to Dominican students.

“From this event, I learned about the dynamics of different countries' operations, and how these operations have adverse effects on the governing bodies on other countries they interact with,” said Business Administration major Jake Gordon ’18, who attended last year’s panel discussion and lunch.

"My experience at the U.S. Commercial Service International Trade Administration opened my eyes to the opportunities in the Asian market," said Rudy Chery '17, who earned his MBA at Dominican before becoming Program Manager for Navigate Global Business Development. "This had a considerable influence on my career choice decisions. Today, working in the Asia market I apply what I've learned into practice and plan to develop new relationships further this year."

Dr. Sam Beldona, Dean of the Barowsky School of Business, calls opportunities such as ACCESS ASIA  “learning before doing.”

“The faculty in the business school believe in co-creating knowledge with external partners like private firms, governmental agencies, chambers of commerce, and industry trade associations,” Dr. Beldona says.

“Very few business schools can create the opportunity for their students to interact with senior commercial officers from many different countries and private firms,” says BSB Assistant Professor of Management Vafa Saboori. “We are delighted as this event brings together our students, faculty, and staff with external stakeholders.

Dominican students had the opportunity to meet and network with Douglass Wallace from Australia, Rosemary Gallant from Indonesia, David Gossack from South Korea, Maggie Hanson-Muse from Singapore, Matthew Quigley from Taiwan, Doug Jacobson from Vietnam, Keith Kirkham from Japan, and James Golsen, Executive Director of Asia, who is based in Washington, D.C. The Commercial Officers shared their insights and expertise on the current export opportunities available to U.S. life sciences companies. The panel discussion will began with check-in at 8:15 a.m., followed by a welcome by Dr. Beldona and speaker introductions by Elizabeth Krauth, Director, U.S. Commercial Service North Bay office, prior to the start of the program at 8:40 a.m.

“This event will enable Dominican students to learn about the healthcare and life sciences environments of 11 Asian nations from U.S. commercial diplomats who work in those markets,” Krauth said. “The 30 local businesses who will be attending this event will have a rare opportunity to evaluate several potential Asian export markets and meet one-on-one with our Asia-based commercial experts who are responsible for helping U.S. companies anticipate global trends, meet key decision makers in the market, and grow sales globally.”

The diplomats head the commercial section of their respective U.S. Embassy and lead a team of American officers and locally-hired staff to help facilitate U.S. export sales in their markets.

Following the panel discussion, refreshments were served during information sessions about MBA consulting, business internships and career development, and the MBA HCL program. Those sessions were hosted by BSB faculty and staff.

The U.S. Commercial Services Officers and representatives of 30 Bay Area life sciences companies were guests of honor at a luncheon in the Creekside Room from 11:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., which concluded the day’s program.

April 10, 2018