Thursday, October 14, 2021
*Live, Virtual Conference

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 – 2:00 pm MT
Live, Virtual Conference


Free (Registration is required) 


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 the WTC Denver at or 303-592-5760.


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Meet Our Speakers

Karen Gerwitz, President at World Trade Center Denver, brings 30 years of international business experience to the private, public, and non-profit sectors. She has worked overseas in Ghana and Austria in multiple sectors and even hosted the official visits of the Emperor and Empress of Japan, the G8 Summit, and others. This global business expert will start off the conference discussing the theme: Mile High & Worldwide: The Importance of International Trade to Colorado. Karen will touch on the importance of global connectivity and our international business ecosystem. Don’t miss out on the first session and kickoff to the conference! Join Karen’s session from 9:05 – 9:25am.

Sylvain Fabi, Consul General of Canada in Denver, currently works to strengthen trade and economic ties, enhance political, academic and cultural links, and assist Canadians in the U.S. Mountain West Region. This global expert will be sharing his insight on USA & Canada international relations, the importance of North American diplomacy, and the current state of U.S.-Canada affairs, highlighting areas of significant past and present cooperation and future opportunities. Interested in international relations? Join Sylvain’s session at the IB & U Conference from 9:30-10:10am!

Javion “Jay” Blake, international entrepreneur originally from Jamaica, will be sharing his unique story and path taken to found his own global business ‘Jus Chill’. Jus Chill is known internationally as the conveyor of commercialized Breadfruit by-products. Stemming from an idea in 2019, his company has quickly expanded to over 45 states less than 2 years after developing the first trade route for the fruit between Colorado and Jamaica. Interested in entrepreneurship on a global scale? Join Javion’s session at the IB & U Conference from 12:30 – 1:55pm!

Claire Larner, Director of Sustainability & External Relations at Newmont Mining Corp, focuses on human rights, responsible sourcing, and sustainability issues. She has international experience in sustainability where she worked with the International Council on Mining and Metals in the UK. This global business expert will be discussing Newmont’s commitments to being a responsible and sustainable mining company with examples of what this looks like on a global level. Interested in global sustainability? Join Claire’s session from 11:45am – 12:25pm!

Emily Liou, featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Business Insider, Fairygodboss, and The Muse, is a renowned Career Happiness Coach & Job Expert at CultiVitae who helps professionals land their dream jobs. She was a former recruiter and HR professional for Fortune 500 Companies and Silicon Valley startups. Emily Liou will be sharing how to think globally in your career to help you land your dream job. Don’t miss out on her exclusive step-by-step career workshop to build on your strength and connect with opportunities. Also if you attend her session, you’ll win a free 5-day Land Your Dream Job Sprint in October! Interested in landing your dream job? Join Emily’s session at the IB & U Conference from 1:15-1:55pm.

Tyler Rauert, VP of Legal at Pax 8, has legal experience in complex transactions within the US and overseas, data privacy, M&A, marketing, and intellectual property. He regularly speaks to civic, community and business groups on a range of trade policy, business, and investment law issues. This global business expert will be putting “thinking global” into perspective. He will discuss a global mindset, non-traditional paths, and flexible approaches to international business. Interested in developing a global mindset? Join Tyler’s session from 10:15 – 10:55am.

Sam Thomas, Co-Founder of CloudForcePros and adjunct faculty at the University of Denver for MBA Global Business classes, has experience working in Dubai and traveling extensively to India and the Middle-East. This global business expert will be talking about the higher education landscape & opportunities, India’s position as a Global Political Leader and America’s strong ally, and Dubai as a leader in innovation. Interested in doing business in other countries? Join Sam’s session from 11:00-11:40am!