International Business Center

International Business and Entrepreneurship Symposium

Nov. 15, 7:30 a.m.

Take your business to the next level with this one-day, on-campus forum featuring nationally-recognized speakers, panelists and innovators. Deep dive into some of the hottest business topics, including innovation and creativity, cyber security, data analytics, positioning your business for the future, and more. 

Keynote speakers

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Jessica Jackley

KIVA co-founder, presenting as part of the Dively Lecture Series

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Jessica Jackley

Jessica Jackley is a founder and former CMO of KIVA, the world’s first peer to peer microlending website. KIVA lets users lend as little as $25 to poor entrepreneurs around the world, providing affordable capital for them to start or expand microenterprises. Named one of the top ideas of 2006 by The New York Times Magazine, and praised by Oprah, Bill Clinton and countless others, KIVA is one of the fastest-growing social benefit websites in history. 

Jackley was also recently praised by Forbes, named as one of 5 rising stars in Healthcare, Education, and the Environment. She is the author of the book Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least (Random House), which the Financial Times called “so thoroughly well meaning and engagingly put it is too magnetic to put down.”

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Kevin Moffitt

Chief Digital Officer at Office Depot 

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Kevin Moffitt

Kevin Moffitt is Chief Digital Officer for Office Depot. Kevin is responsible for the design and capabilities of the Company’s e-Commerce websites to create a world-class online experience for Office Depot customers.  He has company-wide responsibility for building on Office Depot’s digital platforms and looking for new ways to accelerate the company’s growth online, along with mobile and future digital platforms.

Kevin has 19 years’ experience in eCommerce marketing, usability and business management, including leadership roles at Dillard’s Department Stores, Circuit City Stores, and Putnam Investments. He is a strong advocate for innovation and customer centricity, and is passionate about finding ways to drive business results while building connections between Office Depot's virtual and physical sales channels.

Kevin earned an MBA in Strategic Leadership from the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond. He also holds a MA in Documentary Filmmaking from Northeastern University and a BA from Pepperdine University.

"Where innovators, visionaries and game changers unite. This symposium serves as the platform to position your business for the future."

RT Good, dean, College of Business Management

Symposium schedule

Registration and welcome

Registration 

7:30 a.m.
Registration open to all guests. Enjoy breakfast bites and meet exhibitors. 

Welcome

8:30 a.m. 
Program opens with a welcome message from Lynn University's College of Business and Management Dean RT Good and President Kevin Ross.

Dively Lecture Series keynote speaker

Dively Lecture Series keynote speaker

9–9:45 a.m.

Jessica Jackley as part of the Dively Lecture Series and co-founder of KIVA.

Topic: Doing the Most With the Least: Inspiration and Wisdom from the World's Unexpected Entrepreneurs

What do brick makers, basket weavers, farmers, fishermen, seamstresses, shopkeepers, shepherds, and so many other hardworking entrepreneurs have to teach us about resilience? Hope? Resourcefulness? Purpose? 

What do these incredible individuals have to teach our organizations—from nonprofits to small businesses to the Fortune 500s—about fostering creativity? Managing risk? Rapidly innovating? Prioritizing what matters most? 

Highlighting stories and lessons from her recent book Clay Water Brick, Jackley presents a powerful keynote that proposes new, unique business wisdom and reframes existing best practices in atypical, thought-provoking ways. 

Bright, energetic, and unapologetically optimistic about the power of entrepreneurship to change the world, Jackley offers a refreshing and deeply inspiring perspective relevant to a wide range of organizations and individuals.

Breakout session 1

Breakout session 1

10–11 a.m. 


Room IBC 109, 111

Topic: Unleashing Creativity & Innovation: How to Disrupt Your Thinking, Abandon Your Comfort Zone, and Develop Bold New Strategies
Scott challenges the audience to think beyond the ordinary confines of linear growth, and explore the bold thinking patterns that have been key to most of the meaningful inventions; innovations and even empires throughout history… discover how you can leverage this same creative & innovative power! This is a highly interactive session using real life case studies for optimum learning and application.

Speaker: Scott Cochrane – Founder – The Bold Mind Group
Scott is an international speaker, author, coach and expert on creativity & innovation. He is widely known for challenging the status quo, for asking “why not”, and for igniting a spirit of Bold Thinking in executives and teams. His academic activities have included serving as adjunct professor in MBA and International Management Programs at various European Universities, as well as giving conferences on Business & Innovation at European and North American educational institutions.

Scott’s “Bold Mind” approach has convinced Senior Leaders and Executive Boards of many worldwide organizations to engage his speaking and advisory services. He is the author of the book, Time Machine Leadership – “How to lead from the future for sustainable success”, based on his groundbreaking corporate vision and strategy creation model that has served to drive his valued clients to new levels of growth and success. His latest book, Your Creative Mind – “How to Disrupt your Thinking, Abandon your Comfort Zone, and Develop Bold New Strategies”, was released in September 2016 by CareerPress.


Room IBC 113

Topic: Automated Journeys: How ShipMonk Built a Brand Experience – From a Moment a Lead Comes in to How we Get Referrals From Customers

Speaker: Kevin Sides - Chief Marketing Officer - ShipMonk 


Room IBC 207 

Topic: Your Roadmap to Networking in a Hyper Connected and Cross Cultural World
Learn innovative strategies for forming strong relationships—the genuine, mutually beneficial, long-lasting kind (that lead to successful outcomes) along with surprisingly simple tactics to invigorate your networking strategy. Get valuable insight into effective cross-cultural communication to build your career or online and offline.

Speaker: Kavita Sahai – Chief Impact Officer –HavingBigPlans.com
Kavita has over 10 years of experience working with entrepreneurs that are looking to better the world through technology, education, healthcare and/or business model innovation. She is the founder of havebigplans.com the leading online business coaching site and has been featured in Inc., Forbes, Huffington Post and Tech.co. Kavita has worked on over $800M successful investment plans through her career as a professional investor with large firms like TA Associates and Sun Capital Partners. She has lived in four different countries and five different states. 


Room IBC 209

Topic: EB 5 Immigration Investor Visa Program (panel discussion)

Speaker: Jana Aristizabal – Partner – Marcum LLP and guests 


Room IBC 211

Topic: Meet the C-Suite! How CEOs and CFOs Are Adapting to Today's Changing Business Climate from Big Data to Security and Human Capital Management (panel discussion)

Speaker: Michael Evanoff – Automated HealthCare Solutions, LLC 

Michael Evanoff has over 25 years of experience leading high-growth organizations and fortune 500 companies.  He is the CFO of Automated HealthCare Solutions, which is a Private Equity funded healthcare tech company.  Prior to this, he was CFO of Channel Intelligence, a premier e-commerce company that he helped lead through a growth stage and later a sale to Google.  He worked for Jefferson Pilot through the acquisition by Lincoln Financial and prior to that, DirecTV Latin America until the acquisition by News Corp. He has worked around the world for ExxonMobil. 


Room IBC 213

Topic: Cybersecurity and Privacy Perspectives: How Businesses are Facing the Ever Growing Challenge of Staying ahead Gain a better understanding of: 

  • Results from PwC’s latest Global State of Information Security (GSISS) – the world’s largest cybersecurity and privacy survey.
  • An understanding of the evolving global business ecosystem and how cybersecurity challenges are impacted by this ever evolving and complex system
  • An overview of adversaries business face, along with their high-level motives.
  • Recommendations on baseline and advanced techniques companies should be considering to combat the threat including the important questions non-IT business executives should be asking.

Speaker: Peter Lester – Partner – PWC
Peter is a director with PwC's Cybersecurity and Privacy practice. With over 12 years of experience, Peter’s main focus centers in the Technology and Media industries with an emphasis on information security strategy, execution of large-scale security transformation efforts, and Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance. He has also managed projects from highly reactive forensic investigations to complex implementations of financial systems. Peter is a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and holds a BBA in Management Information Systems from the University of Georgia.


Room IBC 309

Topic: Franchising 101: Everything You Need to Know About Franchising a Business or Becoming a Franchisee (panel discussion)

Speakers:

Jerry Marks - Attorney, Author, Lecturer - Marks & Klein, LLP: Gerald “Jerry” Marks is an attorney, author, lecturer, Adjunct Professor of Franchise Law at Monmouth University and franchise seminar presenter for the Small Business Administration, Lynn University and numerous other educational and business organizations. Jerry’s law firm, Marks & Klein, LLP (www.marksklein.com) focuses on franchisee-franchisor matters. He represents both sides sometimes representing franchisees asserting fraud and damage claims against franchisors and other times assisting companies and individuals seeking to expand their successful business by franchising.

Jerry has written for and been interviewed by numerous franchise publications, and has appeared on CNN, CNBC and other business television programs to discuss franchise issues. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the Bars of the States of New York and New Jersey. 

Craig Van Sickle – Regional Developer for South Florida and Puerto Rico - Spa810 Franchise: Craig Van Sickle is dedicated to supporting franchisees in all phases of the business, during build out, through opening and beyond. After more than 25 years of business experience in Central America and the USA, Craig is fully bilingual in Spanish and English, which allows him, in his role as the Regional Developer for Miami and Puerto Rico, to support all franchisees in their language of choice. Craig enjoys working with existing spa owners who would like to take their spa to the next level and increase their income through the spa810 model. 

Joe Fox - Co-Founder - OJP Group, LLC 

Danny Murphy - Founder - D.P.Murphy, Inc.


Room IBC 313

Topic: Exporting Resources for U.S. Companies (panel discussion)
Join panelists Paul Frost (Foreign Commercial Service Officer), Debbie Lanford (International Trade Specialist) and Jennifer Simpson (Regional Director, Export-Import Bank) for an interactive discussion about these groundbreaking topics.

Speakers: 

Paul Frost - Foreigner Commercial Service Officer – U.S. Department of Commerce: Paul Frost is a Commercial Officer at for the U.S. Department of Commerce in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In this capacity, Paul is responsible for assisting U.S. companies throughout South Florida in the Financial Services, Education, Marine sectors. Between 2014 and 2016, Paul served as Commercial Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, where he had responsibility for Education, Tourism, Franchising, Services, Agribusiness and SelectUSA.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Paul was Vice President, Global Trade and Supply Chain Solutions at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Branch Banking & Trust Company (BB&T) in Charlotte, North Carolina. He also worked in Washington, D.C. at the Export-Import Bank of the United States and at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He holds the designation of Certified International Credit Professional.

Debbie Lanford – International Trade Specialist – FSBDC at Palm Beach State College: Debbie Lanford is an international trade specialist with the Florida SBDC. Debbie is responsible for guiding small businesses through the complexities of developing export marketing and international expansion plans as well as teaching seminars on basic international trade and market research. As the program manager of the Export Marketing Plan Team, Debbie works closely with the 10 international trade specialists within the FSBDC Network and its strategic partners including Enterprise Florida and local U.S. Department of Commerce officers. In 2016, the EMP program won the President's E-Award for Export Assistance.

Debbie has a passion for analyzing both financial and market data to help clients determine the best growth strategies. She is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) and holds an MBA in International Business. She has developed webinars and presented for organizations such as NASBITE International, Florida Makes, SCORE, the US Superyacht Association, and local chambers and economic development organizations.

Jennifer Simpson - Regional Director, Eastern Region - Export-Import Bank of the U.S.: Jennifer Simpson studied Marketing Management and has over 20 years of experience in credit insurance, Tax and Financial Statement Preparation, Commercial Insurance Financing, and Finance Management. Prior to joining EXIM Bank directly, Jennifer held positions as a private broker for EXIM Bank for 14 years, as well as Finance positions at SunTrust Bank, and Top Services. Jennifer has been recognized with awards from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the World Trade Center, the Foreign Credit Insurance Association, and EXIM Bank for her contributions to international trade.


Wold Salon

Topic: Breaking Barriers and Breaking Boards
Learn how to use your mindset to overcome obstacles and challenges. In this interactive experience, participants will identify barriers and obstacles and literally break through them. The physical experience of harnessing personal power to break through a board with a bare hand  – achieving what looks impossible – translates into the breaking of other types of real-world barriers. 

Speaker: Karen Pfeffer – Co-Founder – FirePower Seminars
At age 15, Karen came to the U.S. from Venezuela. With a father from Kansas and a mother from Puerto Rico, Karen has a unique cultural mix that has inspired her to challenge stereotypes and “push the envelope” at every opportunity. Her guiding philosophy: “Expectancy determines outcome”.

Karen began her career by entering the male-dominated field of banking, and became the first woman president of the Florida Bank Marketing Association. In 1991, she founded a full-service marketing and advertising agency, What a Concept! In 2002, the agency changed its name to Pfeffer Marketing Group, providing strategic and creative marketing for local, national and international clients such as Sprint and Bausch and Lomb. Karen also became a certified practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) – an approach to communication and personal development through the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

As a certified NLP practitioner, Karen offers Breakthrough Coaching for breaking through limiting beliefs and unproductive patterns, assisting individuals, executives and companies to increase their effectiveness. She views every encounter as an opportunity to help people, and has devoted countless hours to counseling individuals in need.

Breakout session 2

Breakout session 2

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.


Room IBC 109,111

Topic: TBD 

Speaker: Reza Taleghani, Brightstar


Room IBC 113

Topic: The Tech Affect - How Technology Is Shaping the Future of Industries

  • Why having some understanding of coding is required to be successful in the modern world.
  • Tech has affected every industry.
  • Business owner to Lawyers should understand tech, to compete in today’s business world.

Speaker: Johanna Mikkola – Co-Founder, Wyncode
Johanna was selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur in June 2015 at the International Selection Panel in Amman, Jordan joining a prestigious network of over 1000 high impact entrepreneurs around the globe. Johanna is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Babson College WIN LAB and sits on the advisory board of eMerge Americas along with the Vizcaya Museum Technology Advisory Committee. She was recently a finalist for the Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce Technology Entrepreneur of the year.

Before launching, Wyncode Johanna spent a decade in corporate management with the National Hockey League becoming the highest-ranking female in her department’s history. There she led a team of managers as well as overseeing the business operations of the officiating department, managing the largest departmental budget within the organization. In 2007, she represented Canada as a forward at the World Floorball Championships. This was the inaugural year in which Canada was represented at the Women’s World Championships. She now sits on the Central Board of the International Floorball Federation working on strategic development of floorball globally in an effort to become an Olympic sport. Johanna is passionate about people and places, having considered multiple cities to launch the code school concept she and co-founder Juha Mikkola enthusiastically chose Miami for the opportunity to have a positive impact on a growing ecosystem.


Room IBC 207

Topic: Data Analytics: Using KPIs to Gain An Advantage

Speaker: Margaret Moraskie – Independent Retail Marketing & Analytics Executive


Room IBC 209

Topic: Pre-Immigration Tax/Legal Planning

Speakers: 

Christine Alden - Partner and Immigration Attorney - Weiss, Alden & Polo P.A.  

Mark Chaves - Partner and National Co-Leader for International Tax Services - Marcum LLP  


Room IBC 211

Topic: How Will Blockchain, Fintech, and Cloud Computing Impact International Business? (panel discussion)

Blockchain first emerged in 2009 as a shared decentralized record of data maintained by a network of computers, rather than a trusted third party. Today, companies and governments worldwide are exploring how blockchain technology can be used in a variety of ways: tracking food supply chains, improving safety, and facilitating payments. Roughly 1,000 cryptocurrencies have been created based on the blockchain, raising billions of dollars through Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), and some cryptocurrencies have become increasingly accepted as a means of payment. Newly developed financial technologies (fintech) offer efficiencies for payments, lending and more, yet they pose challenges to large and established institutions. Meanwhile, Microsoft Azure has set industry standards for its effectiveness in cloud services that are creating new ways of doing business internationally. 

Speakers: 

Paul Frost - Foreigner Commercial Service Officer – U.S. Department of Commerce: Paul Frost is a Commercial Officer at for the U.S. Department of Commerce in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In this capacity, Paul is responsible for assisting U.S. companies throughout South Florida in the Financial Services, Education, Marine sectors. Between 2014 and 2016, Paul served as Commercial Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, where he had responsibility for Education, Tourism, Franchising, Services, Agribusiness and SelectUSA.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Paul was Vice President, Global Trade and Supply Chain Solutions at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Branch Banking & Trust Company (BB&T) in Charlotte, North Carolina. He also worked in Washington, D.C. at the Export-Import Bank of the United States and at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He holds the designation of Certified International Credit Professional.

Tyler BrysonVice President – Latin America, Microsoft Latin America, Sales, Marketing and Operations: As Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Operations in Latin America and the Caribbean, Tyler Bryson leads a business that includes all 6 Microsoft subsidiaries and more than 50,000 business partners. He is responsible for driving commercial and consumer marketing strategies, in addition to services and business processes to support partners and customers through their digital transformation journey. Additionally, Tyler is leader for the Latin America and Caribbean Area Headquarters based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and runs the Area portfolio, aligning all customer segments within the region to the global strategy.

With over 20 years of experience in the technology industry, Tyler has performed a variety of executive sales and marketing positions both in developed and emerging markets. Tyler is passionate about creating strategies to help customers and partners reinvent the way they deliver their products through the use of innovations like the Cloud, Big Data or Internet of Things. He oversees an incredible potential in new and diversified markets where partners and customers face great possibilities to reinvent their productivity to drive revenue and market share growth.

Drew Hinkes, Partner – Resolution Team, Berger Singerman LLP: A recognized Super Lawyer and Legal Elite award winner, and cited authority on Virtual Currency issues, Drew Hinkes is a Partner with Berger Singerman LLP's Dispute Resolution Team. Drew represents leading companies and entrepreneurs in dispute resolution matters, including state and federal commercial litigation matters, and representation of court- appointed fiduciaries. He also advises clients regarding document retention issues, management of electronically stored information production and analysis of electronic discovery in state and federal litigation. Drew also has significant experience counseling and advising businesses on electronic records management strategies, and web site terms of service and privacy policies. Drew is also frequently cited as an authority on bitcoin and virtual currency-related topics.

Ray Ruga – Founder – Fintech Americas: Ray Ruga is a media technology entrepreneur focused on helping transform banks and other financial institutions into agile, knowledge and technology-driven companies that can efficiently compete in the age of digital disruption. He is the Founder of Fintech Americas, a 2-day bank transformation conference focused on Latin America and the Caribbean and Fintech America, a 1-day educational seminar focused on helping educate U.S. community banks on digital transformation  He is also the CEO and co-Founder of the CVOX Group, a Miami-based Strategy, PR, Communications & Marketing firm specializing in Finance and Technology in the US and Latin America. He has over 25 years of diverse domestic and international corporate, government and political experience advising C-Suite leaders at the highest levels, including two Fortune 10 companies, The White House, The Pentagon, a U.S. development agency and five presidential campaigns.


Room IBC 213

Topic: Getting From Where you Are to where You Want To Be – Multi-Generational Franchising and Resources (panel discussion)

Speakers: Jerry Marks - Attorney, Author, Lecturer - Marks & Klein, LLP
Gerald “Jerry” Marks is an attorney, author, lecturer, Adjunct Professor of Franchise Law at Monmouth University and franchise seminar presenter for the Small Business Administration, Lynn University and numerous other educational and business organizations. Jerry’s law firm, Marks & Klein, LLP (www.marksklein.com) focuses on franchisee-franchisor matters. He represents both sides sometimes representing franchisees asserting fraud and damage claims against franchisors and other times assisting companies and individuals seeking to expand their successful business by franchising.

Jerry has written for and been interviewed by numerous franchise publications, and has appeared on CNN, CNBC and other business television programs to discuss franchise issues. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the Bars of the States of New York and New Jersey. 


Room IBC 309 

Topic: TBD

Speaker: Beth Sobol – President and CEO – Council of International Fashion Designers


Room IBC 311

Topic: Building a Hospitable Culture: Learn How Experts in the Hospitality Sector Build A Culture of Customer Service - Best Practices for Today's Changing Consumer (panel discussion)

Speakers: 

Danny Murphy – Founder – D.P.Murphy, Inc.

Jason Emmett – President – Duffy's Sports Grill 


Room IBC 313

Topic: Social Media: The Digital Salesman and What Companies Are Doing

Speaker: Ahmet Ozman – Director, PWC
Ahmet leads experience & digital strategy for retail and consumer clients, where he focuses on helping clients develop disruptive strategies through design thinking, accelerate innovation to drive transformation that embeds an experience first digital culture and build out capabilities across the value chain. In his 15 years as a strategist, Ahmet has worked across a diverse array of leading global retail and cpg clients, helping them transform their businesses and adapt to the experience and digital economy.


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Topic: Tuned In, Present and Thinking: How Mindfulness Leads to Great Entrepreneurial Success

Mindfulness and awareness used to be considered new age thinking. Today, the ability to tune in to oneself, to others and to the needs and challenges in our world is critical to discovering, developing and implementing entrepreneurial opportunities. Opportunities are all around but few of us have learned how to see and take advantage of them. Learning how to be more tuned in, present and thinking is the key to great entrepreneurial success.

Speaker: Jay Forte – Coach, Author, Educator – The Forte Factor

Jay Forte, MBA, CPC, ELI-MP is a certified professional coach, author, educator and nationally ranked Thought Leader on performance. He provides talent, strength-based and mindfulness tools to help people discover, develop and live what is best in them to achieve exceptional personal and professional results, and educates leaders in how to run high-performing organizations.  He is the author of Fire Up! Your Employees and Smoke Your Competition, and The Greatness Zone – Know Yourself, Find Your Fit, Transform the World. When not teaching organizations, coaching CEOs, or helping people develop and live their strengths, he writes, gardens and cooks (as any good Italian) in Ft Lauderdale, FL.

Lunch break

Lunch

12:15-1:30 p.m.

Enjoy a boxed lunch in the Wold Performing Arts Center lobby where you can network with like-minded professionals.

Keynote speaker

Sodexo keynote speaker

1:45-2:30

Kevin Moffit, Chief Digital Technology Officer, Office Depot

Topic: TBA

Closing remarks, treats and giveaways

Closing remarks 

2:30–2:40 p.m.
Dr. RT Good, dean of Lynn University's College of Business and Management gives closing remarks. 

Dessert reception and networking 

2:40–3:30 p.m.
Have a sweet treat and network with new contacts. 

Giveaways 

2:45–3:30 
All symposium attendees will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win exciting gifts. 

The International Business Alliance (IBA) of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce and the Human Resource Association of Palm Beach County (HRPBC) have joined the effort as strategic partners on this initiative.

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Exhibitor and sponsorship information

Generous friends of Lynn University and other corporate and agency sponsors are supporting the inaugural International Business & Entrepreneurship Symposium.

If you would like to become a title, program and/or meal sponsor, please contact Jennifer McFarland. There are also opportunities to show support through scholarships, prizes, gift bags, and in-kind contributions. Learn more about becoming a sponsor

Exhibitor opportunities are also available. Become an exhibitor and receive two complimentary registrations, conference tote bag, breakfast and lunch. If you are interested in becoming an exhibitor/vendor, apply here

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