International Business Association Attends Conference in Washington, D.C.

Posted on 10/30/2015 3:23:16 PM

Thirteen students from the International Business Association of the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology attended the American Society for Competitiveness conference, in Washington, D.C., on October 22, 2015.

Students were given the opportunity to interact with scholars from IUP and from around the world, which provided a chance to learn about international scholarship topics.    

The students participated in a luncheon program that featured Diana Furchtgott-Roth, senior fellow at the Manhatten Institute. 

In 2001–2002, Furchtgott-Roth served as chief of staff of President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors. From 1991 to 1993, she was deputy executive director of the White House Domestic Policy Council and associate director of the Office of Policy Planning. Furchtgott-Roth also served as an economist on the staff of President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisors in 1986 and 1987. Furchtgott-Roth covered topics from her latest book, “Disinherited: How Washington Is Betraying America’s Young” (2015).  

Dr. Robert Camp, Dr. Abbas-Ali and Diana Furchtgott-Roth stand with IUP students after the American Society for Competitiveness (ASC) conference.Above, Dr. Robert Camp, Dr. Abbas-Ali and Diana Furchtgott-Roth stand with IUP students after the ASC conference.

The students participated in a presentation delivered by Sayed M. Elsayed Elkhouly, from Ain Shams University in Egypt, who discussed the relationship between economic freedom and stages of development.    

IUP students also had the opportunity to visit various landmarks in Washington D.C. Below, students from the International Business Association stand in front of the World War II Memorial.

Students from IUP’s International Business Association (IBA) stood in front of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. while visiting for The American Society for Competitiveness (ASC) conference.Cole Scisciani, a junior studying international business and Spanish at IUP, appreciated the networking opportunities and experienced speakers at the event.

“Through the conference I learned about my generation in the business field and how competitive I will need to be to surpass the odds against me,” Scisciani said. “This conference made me look at the bigger picture of what could be done for our society.”

Linyu Li, president of the International Business Association, also highly recommended this trip. 

“We learned things beyond what we would learn in a regular day of classes,” Li said. “Program participants were very glad to see students at the event and it was great to see Eberly’s role in running an international conference. We really appreciate the Eberly College of Business and IT sponsoring our participation.”

Quotes from our members

“Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the ASC conference in Washington D.C. with fellow members of the international business association. When arriving, we sat for lunch and began networking with other attendees of the conference. At my table, I had the chance to talk to a professor and two of her graduate students from Saint Vincent College, as well as professor Rosendale, and other students from IBA and the honors college. While waiting for our lunch, I asked questions about what fields of business they specialized in as well as any research they had previously compassed. I also observed when the two professors would converse with each other, noting how they would network about people they knew to try to make advancements in their own research. This was a new experience for me to watch professionals network with each other since I had no prior practice in networking. During lunch, we had the opportunity to listen to economist Diana Furchtgott-Roth speak about competiveness in my generation, which was very insightful to the struggles of a undergraduate student getting ready to graduate.  She made many valid points about fighting against the odds with unpaid internships, student debt and job employment in the economy. Another speaker I had the chance to listen to was professor Sayed Elsayed Elkhouly, who gave a speech about economic freedom with links to competitiveness and their stages of development. I was able to relate to his speech with my own knowledge of international economics which made it easier to develop questions for him to answer. To conclude, I am grateful of this opportunity have attended this conference because of listening to these speakers and absorbing the knowledge they gave as well as the overall experience, which could not be given in a regular classroom.”    

                                                                                                                 — Cole Scisciani

“The DC trip has definitely been a highlight of my year. I had the chance to get to know people involved in IBA on a personal level and make new connections that I didn't have before. It was a ton of fun running around DC with with everyone, and now I have a new love for DC. It is such a beautiful city! I am so excited to go back someday. Also, being a freshman, I haven't had a chance to feel "professional" before (dressing up business casual, having a formal dinner, talking with people I didn't know while trying to make a good impression, etc.), so this was a perfect taste of what I will be doing in the future, and I definitely felt that I learned a lot in the one day I spent in DC-at the conference and looking at monuments. I would recommend a trip like this to anyone!”

                                                                                                                — Katie Campbell