Published 04/29/16

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31st World Trade Day explores global trends impacting local decisions

SMITHFIELD, RI –  An executive panel discussion featuring Governor of Rhode Island Gina Raimondo, Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley, and CEOs John Hazen White, Jr. of Taco and Navyn Salem of Edesia Nutrition will be among the highlights of the 31st annual World Trade Day, to be held Wednesday, May 25, at Bryant University. The panel will discuss global trends to build, innovate, and attract assets for New England.

"It is essential for leaders to understand the trends that are unfolding."

Presented by Bryant University’s John H. Chafee Center for International Business, World Trade Day is one of the largest international trade conferences in the Northeast region, bringing together more than 500 business people, government leaders, trade experts, and international diplomats to discuss global trade issues and opportunities. The annual event provides an information-packed agenda that includes expert training, networking opportunities, and resources to help people grow their companies, which, in turn, creates vital economic opportunities.

The agenda, under this year’s theme of “Global Trends Impacting Local Decisions,” includes prominent keynote speakers and breakout sessions that will provide in-depth information on all facets of international trade. Topics range from technology in manufacturing and global economics to global market opportunities and the challenges of managing a global workforce.

“In today’s dynamic global environment, it is essential for leaders to understand the trends that are unfolding around the world,” says Ray Fogarty, director of the Chafee Center for International Business at Bryant University and recent recipient of The John Otis Lifetime Achievement Award from NASBITE International, a professional organization for the global business community.

Afternoon keynote speaker Scott Aughenbaugh, Deputy Director of Strategic Futures at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), which specializes in global trends analysis and forecasting, will present Seven Revolutions: Scanning the Horizon Out to the Year 2035 and Beyond. Seven Revolutions is what CISI calls the largest drivers of change in the world in the coming decades. His presentation will explore where these drivers – population, resources, technology, information, economics, security, and governance – stand, and engage the audience on how today's decisions can change the course of the several revolutions.

A pioneer in agile marketing and B2B content marketing, Frank Days will cover the topic of Five Global Marketing Megatrends to Watch in 2016. Days has helped a number of fast-growing technology companies realize the full potential of marketing. He joined Tesora from TwinStrata, where he restructured the marketing team and repositioned the company prior to its acquisition by EMC.

Keynoter Anika Khan, who will address the topic of Global Economics: The Shifting Dynamics in World Economies and How They Impact U.S. Companies, is a director and senior economist with Wells Fargo. She has extensive experience in corporate and investment banking including U.S. macroeconomic and quantitative analysis, institutional sales and trading analytics, and commercial-mortgage backed securities underwriting. Her commentary is frequently cited by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg News, and USA Today. 

Darrell M. West will present Technology in Manufacturing: the Impact of Automation, Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing. He is a prolific author and vice president of governance studies and director of the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution. Previously, he was the John Hazen White Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Director of the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University. His current research focuses on technology policy, immigration, health care, and education.

Brett Bruen, president of the Global Situation Room - a consulting firm specializing in strategic communications, international public policy, and crisis management, will address International Intelligence: Analyzing Emerging Risks, Trends, and Opportunities. During his 12 years as a U.S. diplomat, Bruen became a specialist in using strategic communications to influence the course of crisis and conflict and as Director of Global Engagement at the White House, he created some of the government’s most innovative programs for reaching new audiences around the world. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Federal Executive Institute, where he trains senior U.S. Government leaders on strategy and world affairs.

Individuals, companies and organizations interested in attending World Trade Day can register online or call the Chafee Center at 401-232-6407. More information is available online.

Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., is a leading private university offering an innovative and uniquely integrated business and liberal arts education. The University’s groundbreaking programs have been nationally recognized by organizations including the Davis Educational Foundation and Hanover Research. Founded in 1863, Bryant University has approximately 3,700 graduate and undergraduate students from 35 states and 85 countries. Bryant University is recognized as a leader in international education and regularly receives top rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, College Factual, and Barron’s.