International Leadership Forum

Date:  Wednesday, November 19, 2014November 19, 2014
Time:  6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location:  University of St. Thomas; Opus Hall, Room 201, 1000 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403. PLEASE NOTE ROOM CHANGE.

Map and driving directions.

Event Contact: 
Aneisha Tucker
Free but pre-registration is required.

Building Global Competency for Social Innovation

The International Leadership Program is pleased to host a leading expert in the field of global education Dana Mortenson, co-founder and executive director of World Savvy.

In an increasingly interconnected, interdependent global society in which the pace of change is accelerating exponentially, global competence is an essential skill set for leadership and innovation. Demographic changes, workforce demands of a global economy and the borderless nature of global challenges require new skills and dispositions. We'll explore how global competence has impacted leadership and innovation In global institutions- from nonprofit to for profit, start up to scaled interventions-- and through story telling examine the successful models of innovators who have thrived and grown enterprises by leveraging global competence.

Online registration for this event is now closed. Same day registration will be accepted at the registratioin table.


About the featured speaker

Dana Mortenson has dedicated her professional life to educating and engaging youth in community and world affairs, to close the Global Competency gap in American education. Her deep belief in the transformative power of global education to contribute to peace, justice and equity on a global scale led her to co-found World Savvy in 2002. She has since led the organization through extensive growth and expansion- reaching more than 375,000 students and 2,200 educators from three offices nationwide since founding. Dana is a recognized expert in the field of global education, and serves as advisor and board member to a range of nonprofits focused on international education and youth development. She is a frequent speaker on the subject of global citizenship and social entrepreneurship. She is a 2011 Ashoka Fellow and was named one of The New Leaders Council’s 40 Under 40 Progressive American Leaders in 2010. Dana holds a B.A. in International Relations from Connecticut College and a Masters in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs and Columbia University.

Photo of Dana Mortenson, featured speaker for the 2014 spring International Leadership Forum.

Program Schedule

6:00 p.m. Welcome and introductions
6:15 p.m. Keynote presentation
6:45 p.m. Q&A Session
7:30 p.m. Closing remarks, reception, and networking


2014 International Education Week at the University of St. Thomas

International Education Week (IEW) is a joint initiative through the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. The week celebrates global education and awareness on campuses nationwide. The University of St. Thomas has participated in IEW for several years, and this year the week lands on November 17-21. Visit the International Student Services website to see what the university has planned!

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