Published 05/12/15

World Trade Day explores 'Changing Global Dynamics'

Smithfield, R.I. – Governors Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island and Charlie Baker of Massachusetts will headline the inaugural Regional Governors Panel at the 30 th Annual World Trade Day at Bryant University on May 20, 2015. Governor Raimondo will host a panel on the New England economy and how the region can support international trade.

The Governors Panel will be the highlight of an information-filled agenda that features keynote addresses by Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration; Dustin Burke, Principal, The Boston Consulting Group; and Ray LaHood, Senior Policy Advisor, DLA Piper, and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

“Congratulations to Bryant University, Bryant President Ron Machtley, and the Chafee Center and Center Director Ray Fogarty for their leadership and support in helping companies successfully navigate the global marketplace,” says World Trade Day co-chair Cheryl Merchant, President and CEO of Hope Global.

The agenda, under this year’s theme of “Changing Global Dynamics: Creating Opportunities for New England,” includes more than 40 speakers and panelists who will provide in-depth information on all aspects of international trade.  Topics range from mitigating risk in the global market, to managing logistics, leveraging social media, expanding global competitiveness in manufacturing, improving regional infrastructure and protecting against global economic espionage.

“In today’s dynamic global environment, government leaders are challenged to capture the opportunities that exporting presents and to work collaboratively to provide programs and export initiatives to support our success in the global marketplace,” says Fogarty.

Morning keynote Dustin Burke of BCG will discuss “Global Trends to Local Decisions: Seizing the Opportunity for U.S. Manufacturing.”  Burke is a core member of BCG’s Operations and Global Advantage practices, as well as its Industrials and Consumer practices. He works with manufacturers, distributors and retailers on developing and executing supply chain strategies that help clients create and sustain competitive advantage.

“As someone once said, ‘change is inevitable. Follow that with ‘growth is intentional,’ and you have the key to World Trade Day," notes World Trade Day co-chair Paul Oliveira, Shareholder and Director of Tax Services at KLR. “Global change creates opportunities that will help drive our economy, create jobs, spur innovation and lead to dynamic growth. World Trade Day provides training, networking and motivation to help people grow their companies, which, in turn, will create economic opportunities for all.”