2017 Global Summit

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Friday, October 27, 2017
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Blackwell Inn & Conference Center
2110 Tuttle Park Place, Columbus OH 43210

Businesses - small, medium and large - continue to face challenges attracting and retaining the unique talent and specialized skills necessary to achieve growth. These obstacles are even more prevalent on a global scale, where specific requirements needed to grow or maintain effective operations and relationships abroad are critical.

The Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) and the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM) at The Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business, Columbus 2020 and the Ohio SBDC, CSCC Export Assistance Network invite you to engage with other business leaders and experts to explore key topics ranging from workforce skills, talent planning and more.


  • Workforce Challenges

    What are the unique challenges faced by mid-sized businesses throughout the U.S.? How are public and private systems failing to address these changing workforce demographics, and what can companies do to ensure they have the talent to succeed.
    Marek Gootman of The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and Tom Stewart, Director of the National Center for the Middle Market will share highlights from a research project into workforce and talent.

  • Global Talent Planning: Company Perspectives

    A panel of human resources and talent planning experts from small, mid-sized, and large companies will share best practices on how they develop and equip their employees with the critical skills necessary to compete in the global marketplace.
    Moderated by Tom Stewart, Director of the National Center for The Middle Market

  • Resources to Help: Public Sector Programs and Services

    The Columbus region provides a number of valuable resources to assist companies in developing a global workforce prepared to meet current challenges and those on the horizon. Learn more about partnerships available with Fisher, The Ohio State University and federal, state and local programs here locally.
    Moderated by Jeff Rice, Executive Director, Office of Career Management, Fisher College of Business

  • Keynote: The Future of Making Things

    Our keynote speaker, Stephen Hoover, Director of Manufacturing Strategy, Autodesk, Inc., will focus on how industries are converging and innovating more quickly. He will discuss how this radical change impacts the way things are designed, made, and used. It’s disrupting every industry, and with that disruption comes a changing workforce.

Moderator & Speaker Information

  • Ryan Burgess

    Ryan Burgess

    Ryan Burgess was appointed Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation by Governor John R. Kasich in November, 2015. The Office of Workforce Transformation is committed to identifying the needs of business, connecting businesses and workers, and aligning training to meet the needs of businesses. Burgess leads initiatives to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and accountability of Ohio’s workforce programs.

    Before his role as Director, he was the Assistant Director of the Ohio Development Services Agency where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the agency in its mission to provide transparency and accountability when taxpayer resources are used for economic and community development.

    Burgess joined the Ohio Development Services Agency after 20 years at Fifth Third Bank. During his tenure, he held numerous executive leadership positions within the corporate banking and investment advisors divisions. During that time, Burgess was also appointed to the Ohio Banking Commission by Governor Kasich.

    His commitment to community service includes service on a number of non-profit boards. A native of Findlay, Ohio, he is a 1993 graduate of The College of Wooster. Ryan lives in suburban Columbus with his wife and daughter.

  • James Foley

    James FoleyMr. Foley manages a program of counseling and training in international business, marketing, logistics and finance. He is also Director of International Programs for the Foster College of Business.

    Mr. Foley is a frequent speaker on issues of international trade and teaches International Business courses at Bradley University. Mr. Foley is the author of the book The Global Entrepreneur discussing techniques to expand exports. He is also the co-author of the eleventh edition of International Marketing by Vern Tersptra. Jim has received numerous recognitions including the ASBDC State Star, the NASBITE International Trade Educator of the Year Award, the Illinois Governor’s Export Award, and the IATTO Lifetime Achievement Award. He most recently received the John Otis Lifetime Achievement Award, Nasbite International’s highest recognition. In 2009 Bradley’s International Trade Center was awarded the President of the United State’s E Award. Jim serves as national co-chair of the ASBDC International Interest Section.

    Mr. Foley has lived in Mexico, UK, and France. He received his MBA from the London Business School at the University of London, and his undergraduate degree from Knox College.

  • Marek Gootman

    Marek Gootman

    Marek Gootman is a fellow and director of strategic partnerships and global initiatives at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program. His focus is on bridging think tank perspective with real world action to increase the vitality of cities and metropolitan areas. Activities involve policy development, demonstration projects, peer learning networks, and external relations. Topics addressed include comprehensive regional/state economic strategies, exports and foreign investment, infrastructure, innovation, workforce, finance, and governance. He engages public and private partners in more than 30 metro areas and 20 states, as well as national interests, to advance adoption of the program’s ideas. He also leads the Global Cities Initiative, a project launched in 2011 aimed at helping U.S. and international metro areas strengthen their global economic connections and competitiveness.

    Previously, Gootman led a law and lobbying practice as a partner at Patton Boggs LLP, primarily counseling local governments, public agencies, and related interests on federal issues and public policy, including seven of the 10 largest U.S. cities. He also served in federal agencies as a senior advisor on various urban initiatives and program management reform; and in a bi-state metropolitan planning organization coordinating public-private partnership projects and public affairs activities. His international experience includes policy and economic development work in the U.K., Europe, and New Zealand.

    Gootman earned a law degree from Georgetown University; a master of government administration at the Fels Institute, University of Pennsylvania; and a business degree from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the District of Columbia and Maryland bars, and serves on the boards of several national and local organizations.

  • Stephen Hooper

    Stephen HooperStephen Hooper is the Senior Director of Business Strategy for Design & Manufacturing at Autodesk, Inc.

    Based in San Francisco, California, Hooper is responsible for Autodesk’s Business Strategy and Marketing aimed at supporting modern manufacturers in their journey to achieving closed-loop product development and smart manufacturing.

    Stephen originally qualified as a Mechanical Engineer in the UK. He joined Autodesk 18 years ago after spending time working for a UK-based industrial machinery manufacturer. He has since occupied a variety of leadership roles across sales, marketing and product development. His diverse experience within design and product development drives Stephen’s passion for the manufacturing business. He relishes the opportunity to work with high profile customers and partners as he defines the solutions that will enable manufacturers to realize the future of making things.

  • Bill Hutter

    Bill Hutter

    Bill Hutter's began in the hospitality industry where Bill quickly assumed increasing responsibilities in the areas of business development, operations, training and marketing. It was during that initial tenure of his career that his vision of a Human Resource Services company was born in 1995.

    While growing Sequent, Bill has been actively involved in the industry through his efforts on the Professional Employer Organization Modernization Act. In addition, he has also focused on cultivating key relationships and alliances to help boost economic development in Ohio through a European presence.

    Bill works collaboratively with key organizations and associations throughout the state, including the Columbus Chamber, Columbus 2020, the Ohio Chamber, the Dublin Entrepreneur Center and the Dayton Entrepreneur Center. As part of this effort, Bill is a frequent speaker throughout Ohio and beyond on topics ranging from employment issues to health care reform.

    Bill and the achievements of Sequent have been recognized with numerous awards. He is currently an active member on the board of the Joan’s Foundation. He is a former board member and still active sponsor of The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus.

  • DeeAnne Marlow

    DeeAnne MarlowDeeAnne Marlow joined Greif in May, 2015, as SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, to serve the over 13,000 colleagues based at 200 sites, in over 50 countries around the world, who provide industrial packaging solutions for a breadth of industries.

    Prior to joining Grief, DeeAnne spent nearly 7 years as a leader for Cummins, Inc., where she was responsible for Human Resources for the Global Power Generation business segment, and all Cummins operations in 2 regions – Central American and the Middle East – comprised of multiple manufacturing facilities, sales, engineering technical centers and general management/support. She was also responsible for Marketing & Sales capability development across Cummins.

    Prior to Cummins, DeeAnne held leadership roles of increasing responsibility with companies such as GE, SC Johnson, and Principal Financial, where she gained experience in a diverse set of industries including Consumer Products, Financial Services, Diversified Industrials and Healthcare.

    DeeAnne is a servant leader with a proven diverse and progressive track record of success. She serves on the Board of Directors for Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio, and chairs the Strategic Planning Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees for CAPA (Columbus Association for the Performing Arts).

    DeeAnne holds a bachelor’s degree from Luther College, Decorah, IA; and an MBA from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD. She is also SPHR Certified and is a Six Sigma Green Belt.

    DeeAnne and her husband, Rod, reside happily in Dublin, Ohio. They have two daughters, Katharyn (24), and Emily (21).

  • Jeff Rice

    Jeff Rice

    Jeff Rice joined the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University as Director of Graduate Career Services in 1993, and was named Executive Director of the Office of Career Management in 1995. In his position, Jeff manages a team consisting of sixteen full-time professionals and twelve graduate assistants. The Office of Career Management provides comprehensive job seeking services to 7,400 undergraduate and 650 graduate students seeking internships or full-time post graduate positions. On campus and virtual recruiting services are also provided to hundreds of corporations on an annual basis. Through a variety of best-in-class career preparation programs, recruiting venues, and job search skill development offerings, the Fisher College is annually among the top business schools in the U.S. in terms of students employed within three months of graduation. In addition, Jeff was named Associate to the Dean for Staff Professional Development in 2016.

    Prior to arriving at the Fisher College, Jeff was an Assistant Director in the career services office at the University of Notre Dame, and previously Director of Career Development at Aquinas College. Jeff earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Wooster and a Master of Arts degree from Michigan State University.

    An active participant in career management nationally, Jeff has served on commissions for the National Association of Colleges and Employers, chaired numerous committees for the MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance (MBA CSEA), and served as a consultant to the recruiting organizations of numerous corporations as well as several colleges and universities. He served two terms as President of the MBA CSEA from 2005-2007, an international organization of over 800 professionals within either the career management function of MBA programs or the MBA recruiting function at corporations. In 2010, he received the prestigious MBA CSEA Significant Contribution Service Award. A recognized expert in college recruiting practices, career management, the college recruitment job market, and salary negotiations, Jeff has been featured in numerous articles in Bloomberg Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, The New York Times, Forbes, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Time Magazine, The Chicago Tribune and the Financial Times. He has also been a guest on The Early Show (CBS News); the College Network (Fox News); and the Ohio News Network (ONN).

    Jeff is a past member of the Board of Trustees for Easter Seals of Central and Southeast Ohio, a past Trustee of the Columbus Rotary Foundation, and serves on the Advisory Board for the National Middle Market Center at Fisher College. He is a frequent consultant to workforce development initiatives throughout Ohio.

    Jeff can be reached at: 614-292-8588 / rice.122@osu.edu / www.fisher.osu.edu

  • Leah Simoes

    Lean Simoes

    Leah Simoes is the owner of Davenport Aviation, a global supplier of aircraft parts, supplies, equipment and services. She directs communications, human resources, IT, organizational management, and public relations.

    Founded in 2009 Davenport Aviation launched its business by selling aircraft parts and services to commercial airlines in frontier markets. This business model proved successful and today the business has grown to service airlines in 25+ countries around the world.

    As a business owner Leah knows well that building a company takes patience, focus and strong leadership. Davenport Aviation is a women-owned small business and proud recipient of this year’s President’s E Award for Excellence in Exporting awarded by US Department of Commerce.

  • Jeff Spain

    Jeff Spain

    Creating an atmosphere of excitement and learning, Jeff Spain’s high-impact sessions leave participants feeling motivated and challenged. Spain is the supervisor of operations for Strategic Workforce Development at Columbus State and masterful motivational speaker specializing in Applied Customer Service, Leadership, and Personal Productivity training. Spain is dedicated to and passionate about personal and professional development.

    Jeff has spent the past eighteen years at Columbus State Community College leading training initiatives within the Central Ohio business community.

    Jeff resides with his beautiful wife and two precocious boys in Worthington, Ohio. When not day dreaming about the wonders of Columbus State, he may be found playing with his family or training to compete in his eighth Ironman Triathlon.

  • Joyce Steffan

    Joyce Steffan

    Joyce Steffan, Director of the Office of Global Business at Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University, leads experiential and project-based learning initiatives for undergraduate students both domestically and globally.

    She also directs the Ohio Export Internship Program which is a unique partnership between universities and colleges across Ohio, the state of Ohio Development, and small to medium-sized Ohio companies interested in expanding their global strategies.

    Additionally, Joyce administers a federal grant for the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) that focuses on expanding global expertise for students, faculty and the business community across Ohio.

    Joyce has both a Master of Organization Development degree and a business undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University College of Business, where she taught prior to coming to The Ohio State University.

  • Tom Stewart

    Tom Stewart

    Thomas A. Stewart is the Executive Director of the National Center for the Middle Market, the leading source for knowledge, leadership and research on midsized companies, based at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. Stewart is an influential thought leader on global management issues and ideas: an internationally recognized editor and publisher, authority on intellectual capital and knowledge management, and a best-selling author.

    Before joining the National Center for the Middle Market, Stewart served as Chief Marketing and Knowledge Officer for international consulting firm Booz& Company (now called Strategy&), overseeing the firm’s intellectual agenda, major research projects, and strategy + business magazine. Prior to that, he was for six years the Editor and Managing Director of Harvard Business Review, leading it to multiple finalist nominations for a National Magazine Award. He earlier services as the editorial director of Business 2.0 magazine and as a member of the Board of Editors of Fortune magazine.

    His new book, Woo, Wow, and Win: Service Design, Strategy, and the Art of Customer Delight (co-authored with Patricia O’Connell), was published by Harper Business in November 2016. He is also the author ofIntellectual Capital: The New Wealth of Organizations and The Wealth of Knowledge: Intellectual Capital and the Twenty-first Century Organization, published by Doubleday Currency in 1998 and 2003, respectively. He has contributed chapters to four other books and published articles in Harvard Business Review, strategy + business, Fortune, Business 2.0. the Financial Times, The Hill, Industry Week, Ad Age, BNET, and elsewhere. A twelve-time participant in the World Economic Forum, he has delivered lectures and seminars across the U.S. and in more than two dozen countries worldwide.

    Stewart is a summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College and holds an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Cass Business School, City University London.

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