CGL Advisory Council Members Promote Internationalization

For more than a decade, Dr. Wen Mao, Chair of the Economics Department and CGL Advisory Council Member, has led undergraduate and MBA students to China to experience a combination of academic coursework, corporate and industry site visits, and cultural activities. The undergraduate students combine classes in Transitions of China’s Economy and Survival Chinese Language training with 150 hours of internship placement. The graduate students complete a research project following their two-week intensive immersion in China.

Last year, CGL Advisory Council member Rich Heintzelman facilitated a new internship opportunity at Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Americas’ location in Shanghai. This year, the internship opportunity was extended to two VSB students.

This summer, MBA students were hosted on site visits courtesy of two other Advisory Council members. Steve DeRose facilitated a site visit at Unilever in Shanghai and Bill Shockley personally hosted the students at his Penn Engineering facility in Kushan.

MBA students learn about Unilever’s product development lifecycle
MBA students learn about Unilever’s product development lifecycle

In September, CGL organized a series of panels on globalization for VSB freshman as part of the Business Dynamics course that featured 10 of our Advisory Council members. This course is a comprehensive, two-semester, six-credit introduction to business organizations and their role in society. The panels reached more than 500 VSB freshman and transfer students and they had an opportunity to learn from international business experts responding to the following questions:

  • What is the most important globalization trend and how is it likely to affect U.S. businesses and their leaders in the coming decades?
  • What is the most important globalization trend and how is it likely to affect U.S. businesses and their leaders in the coming decades?
  • What preparation do you recommend for students interested in an international career? What specific steps can students take to become effective and responsible global leaders?
MBA Student learns about the manufacturing process at PennEngineering.
MBA Student learns about the manufacturing process at PennEngineering.

Survey feedback rated the knowledge and insights of the panelists as very good to excellent (96%) while three out of four respondents indicated that are likely to very likely to take advantage of international business activities after hearing from our Advisory Council members. Plans are under way to offer this opportunity next year and will respond to requests for more Q&A time as well as anecdotal contributions from the panelists.

Additionally, more than a dozen of Advisory Council members have volunteered to serve as mentors for students enrolled in the Global Leadership Fellows program. CGL greatly values the time, commitment and engagement of our Advisory Council members and could not possibly accomplish all of our goals without their contributions.

First session panelists set the bar to kickoff panel discussions
First session panelists set the bar to kickoff panel discussions

For More Information

The Moran Center for Global Leadership
Villanova School of Business
Villanova, PA 19085
Tel: (610) 519-4395
leadershipcenter@villanova.edu

Jonathan Doh, PhD
Faculty Director
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Kimberly A. Cahill
Director
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Michelle Casario, PhD
Associate Faculty Director
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Sharon Ballard
Program Coordinator
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