October 10, 2019
Program | MSU Denver – Tivoli Room 320
9:00am – 4:30pm
Reception | Confucius Institute
4:30pm – 6:00pm
Interested in a career in international business? International Business & U is an annual conference hosted each fall. It is the premier international business student conference in the Rocky Mountain Region, bringing together students from 15+ universities and organizations from multiple states.


International Business & U student conference brings students together from across the region to showcase different types of careers that can be achieved through international business and inspire students to travel for work and their studies.

The conference is to host over 500 students, a variety of speakers and panelists including regional international business experts, students, young professionals, and start-ups, as well as an expo featuring universities, study abroad programs and organizations with specific international opportunities.



9:00 am – 4:30 pm – Tivoli Room
Speakers, Panels, Expo

4:30pm – 6:00pm – Confucius Institute
Networking Reception


Free. Registration is required in an effort to provide accurate seating and lunches.


Join us to explore the opportunities that international business offers and how students can take advantage of those opportunities now! Interested in sponsoring the event? Contact Katie Pagano at Katie.Pagano@wtcdenver.org or 303-592-5378.


Meet Our Speakers

Douglas Allen is Associate Professor of Management and former Director of the International MBA program at the University of Denver Daniels College of Business where he has served since 1989. He received his BS Sociology from the University of Zimbabwe, his MBA from the Harvard Business School and his PhD from the University of Michigan Business School. He has served as a visiting professor at Renmin (People’s) University in Beijing and Tongji University in Shanghai. He has consulted with Fortune Global 500 companies and has published articles on China, globalization, human resource management, crosscultural and diversity issues. Earlier, he worked at Chrysler World Headquarters as a Human Resource Management Specialist and at the Bahá’í National Center as an International Placement Specialist. He is co-author (with Dwight Allen) of the book: Formula 2+2: The Simple Solution for Successful Coaching. He has lived, traveled, and/or worked in sixty countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas including five years of residence in southern Africa and over sixty visits to China.

Kelly Main leads the Global Talent Experience at Trimble, Inc. She holds a doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from The Chicago School and a masters from NYU in Speech and Interpersonal Communication. Kelly started her career working for an innovation consulting firm who prided itself on understanding their global clients’ customers better than anyone else. From 2012 to 2015 she worked for the then Fortune 20 Express Scripts as a Talent Consultant. Today, her role at Trimble keeps her in close touch with over a hundred HR people around the world who manage a wide-variety of employee expectations regarding their job satisfaction, career expectations, and opportunities to learn and grow. Kelly has had the great fortune of traveling the world, personally and professionally, including two Habitat for Humanity builds in Nepal and Cambodia.

Martín co-manages the World Trade Denver Center’s Global Business Services. The Global Business Services (GBS) team provides documents services, a HelpDesk, and consulting services to wide range of local companies engaging in international trade! Each year, GBS’s document services help support over 5 million in Coloradoan exports in industries ranging from natural foods to additive manufacturing to over 50 international markets. GBS’s HelpDesk and consulting services provide world-class customized guidance, training and solutions to Colorado’s smallest and largest companies on their most pressing and difficult international business challenges. Recent GBS projects range from advising an outdoor industry company on their European expansion to a project managing the development of compliance program for a space company.

Martín began his career at EY’s Global Trade team as a Staff Consultant. He was a Research Analyst at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Economist Intelligence Unit. Martín has a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of North Texas, and a master’s degree from the University of California, San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy. In his free time, he enjoys rock climbing and exploring the Front Range.

Bryce Carson is an analyst for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, where he develops, interprets, and communicates U.S. export and import policy to international companies, U.S. government agencies, and foreign governments. In addition to bilateral country engagement and U.S. interagency coordination, Bryce participates in U.S. delegations to various multilateral organizations – such as the Codex Alimentarius Commission and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum – and serves as Alternate U.S. delegate to the Codex Committee on Food Labeling. Prior to USDA-FSIS, he worked in agriculture and energy policy on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and earned Master’s degrees from the University of Denver in Public Policy and Public Relations. A native of South Dakota, Bryce lives with his wife and five children in Littleton.

Meghan Disch has spent her career growing food and beverage brands at some of the most respected multinational corporations in the world. She joined NextFoods in March 2017 as Vice President of marketing leading GoodBelly Probiotics. She led a partnership for the company with General Mills and successfully propelled GoodBelly beyond beverages and into bars. In addition to growing the brand she developed the brand positioning and strategy which lead to a total portfolio redesign. She built a cohesive digital marketing strategy which increased the CRM database by over 100%. Finally, she launched no sugar added quarts and bubbles, a new sparkling probiotic, to accelerate brand growth and expand into new categories. Her work was instrumental in attracting 301 INC’s $12 million investment in the brand in June 2018.

Meghan arrived to NextFoods from WhiteWave Foods where she launched and grew brands in the natural and organic space. Among her achievements there, Meghan grew Silk to become the share leader in Canada. She also led double-digit growth on So Delicious Dairy Free’s U.S. business. And she was marketing director for the Seed Innovation Team where she led breakthrough innovation for the company. Prior to White Wave Foods, Meghan led retail marketing promotions for Molson and George Killian’s during her time with Coors Brewing Company. She also developed and launched two new product extensions for Blue Moon.

Meghan is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She lives in Arvada, Colorado with her husband and two children.

Dr. Donald Chang received his Ph.D./MBA from the University of Missouri-Columbia, BBA from National Chengchi University, Taiwan. Currently a professor of marketing at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, he had also taught at several universities in the US and Taiwan, was a visiting professor and guest lecturer to universities in India, Russia, and Taiwan, as well as a Fulbright Scholar. He has published in marketing and business journals, such as International Marketing Review, Journal of Academy of Marketing Science, Psychology & Marketing, Journal of Services Marketing, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, etc. One of his recent co-authored papers was selected as the paper of the year by the International Journal of Business & Economics. Professor Chang has chaired and given keynote speeches at a number of international conferences. Previously, Dr. Chang was a marketing practitioner at Fortune 100 companies and has consulted with a number of multinational corporations in the Far East region.

Ryan Nalty is the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development at the World Trade Center in Denver.  The WTC is committed to helping Colorado companies explore and succeed in global trade and commerce.  Ryan has a long career working in international trade having previously served as a Commercial Diplomacy Officer and as an International Trade and Transport Policy Adviser at the British Embassy in Washington D.C.  He has also held positions as an International Trade Fellow with the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, and the Northern Irish Government.  Ryan has a Master’s in Transport Policy and Business Management from Imperial College in London, and an undergrad in International Business and Finance from the University of Montana.  Ryan lives in Denver with his wife, Ashley.

Ryan Grundy currently serves as the Executive Director of the Global Livingston Institute (GLI), a Denver-based non-governmental organization created to bring students and community leaders to East Africa to think differently about international development. In this capacity, he manages the day to day operations of the organization – both in Colorado and East Africa. He also oversees all GLI’s programming initiatives which includes coordinating immersion travel experiences, research internships, and cultural exchange programs in Uganda and Rwanda for more than 200 scholars and thought leaders per year. GLI’s major programs include women’s leadership retreats, youth summits, and HIV/AIDS awareness music festivals. Ryan also participates in research projects with GLI travelers regarding topics such as mental health services in rural Uganda, the reintegration of former child soldiers in northern Uganda, and HIV/AIDS awareness.

Prior to his position with the GLI, Ryan was the Community Partnerships and Correspondence Coordinator for Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. In this role, he was responsible for managing all correspondence that came in and out of the governor’s office in a way that was both meaningful and useful to the people of Colorado, the governor, and the governor’s staff. This included drafting letters regarding policy positions, producing honorary correspondence for publication, and sending out a daily report to the governor and governor’s staff on news articles in the media that were relevant to the governor’s office and the State of Colorado.

Ryan was nominated and selected to be one of the 2017 Aspen Ideas Scholars through the Aspen Institute and is an alumnus of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation’s Impact Denver program. He graduated in 2012 from St.

Tom started working with Global Livingston Institute at the end of 2017 and spends the majority of the year in Uganda and Rwanda. In his role, he helps to oversee much of GLI’s education, immersion, and community development programming across multiple sectors, as well as managing Academic Partnership in the US and East Africa. Tom was born in Westport, Connecticut, and has worked for multiple public health, research, and community development focused organizations in the US (New Orleans, Westport), and internationally (Uganda, Rwanda, Mexico, China).

He graduated from Tulane University with a Master’s in International Health and Development, is passionate about social innovation, facilitating group workshops, and research in the context of international development. In his free time Tom is either traveling, reading, connecting with friends or playing the ukulele.

Karlyn K. Shorb is honored to speak at the International Business and U Annual Conference. Karlyn is the CEO of Aurora Sister Cities International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering global partnerships, trade and cultural and educational exchange on behalf of the city of Aurora, Colorado and its residents. Aurora Sister Cities is proud to be partners with the World Trade Center-Denver for four years in furthering the two organizations’ mutual goals.

Karlyn is a licensed attorney with extensive administrative and organizational leadership experience. She previously directed two academic programs at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and, as a practitioner of law, managed a legal clinic dedicated to representing immigrant victims of violent crimes with humanitarian and other visa applications. Karlyn holds a B.A. in International Affairs and German from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and a J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. In addition to English, Ms. Shorb speaks German, Italian and Spanish. She is married with two sons.

Christopher Lackner is the Vice President of Public Affairs for Mile High Labs, an industrial‐scale CBD ingredient and product manufacturer offering reliable delivery of bulk and private label services to the world’s leading consumer brands. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President at Ogilvy Public Relations in Denver and owned his own boutique public affairs firm in Chicago.

Christopher also is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Boulder County. Nearly 2,000 children in Boulder County experience abuse or neglect each year. As these children grow up, they are faced with a difficult path that is most likely bordered in physical, psychological, or emotional trauma. Voices for Children CASA of Boulder County provides trained volunteers to advocate for the needs of these children. Learn more about them at vfccasa.org.