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Stakeholders Conference Schedule 2016



4th Annual IEP Stakeholders Conference

October 5 – 6, 2016

University of California Washington Center (UCDC)

1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW

Program Schedule (subject to change)

Wednesday, October 5
8:15 – 9:00 am
Coffee and light breakfast
Sponsored by ICEF

9:00 – 9:15 am
Welcome and introductions
Patricia Szasz, President, EnglishUSA

9:15 – 9:45 am
EnglishUSA Updates
Cheryl Delk-Le Good, Executive Director, EnglishUSA

9:45 – 11:00
Membership Associations: Supporting Members in Times of Change
Joann Ng Hartmann, Senior Director, IEM-ISS Services, NAFSA: Association of International Educators; Dr. Suzanne Panferov, President, UCIEP; Patricia Szasz, President, EnglishUSA; John Segota, Associate Executive Director for Public Policy & Professional Relations, TESOL International Association

11:00 – 11:15 am
Coffee break

11:15 – 12:15
Department of State Updates & Opportunities: Pre-Academic Programs
Jennifer Brown, Program Officer, U.S. Department of State, EducationUSA; Eric Christenson, Program Manager, EducationUSA Academy, World Learning; Jennifer Uhler, Program Branch Chief, Office of English Language Programs, U.S. Department of State

12:15 – 1:30 pm
Lunch and networking
Table Topics (see below)

1:30 – 3:00 pm
SEVP & Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs Update
Representatives from Student Exchange and Visitors Program (SEVP); Karin King, Visa Office Managing Director, U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs; Laura Stein, Visa Policy Analyst, U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs

3:00 – 3:15 pm
Coffee break

3:15 – 4:30 pm
Transforming Challenges into Opportunities
Nadine Baladi, Director of Operations, USA, ILSC Education Group; Marshall Brewer, Executive Director, INTERLINK Language Centers; Ken Janjigian, Director, English Language and Training Academy (ELTA), American University; Jack Sullivan, Director of Programs, English Language Programs, University of Pennsylvania

4:30 – 5:30
Working with Foreign Governments and Embassies
Dr. Talal Al-Balushi, Cultural Attaché, Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman; Noida Ashton, Educational Consultant, Embassy of Kuwait Cultural Office; Dr. Bill Wallace, Director, English Language Institute, University of Alabama

5:30 – 7:30 pm
Networking Reception
Sponsored by Study in the USA

Thursday, October 6
8:30 – 9:00 am
Coffee and light breakfast
Sponsored by ICEF

9:00 – 10:00 am
The Accreditation Environment: Challenges and Opportunities
Jim Doran, Senior Accreditation Coordinator, Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET); Judy Hendrickson, Deputy Executive Director, Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET); Jeff Hutcheson, Director, US Operations, ELS Educational Services; Dr. Mary Reeves, Executive Director, Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA); Dr. Heidi Vellenga, Assistant Director, Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA)

10:00 – 11:00 am
IEPs and Agency Supported Recruitment
Mike Finnell, Executive Director, American International Recruitment Council; Caroline Gear, Executive Director, International Language Institute of Massachusetts; Lisa Kraft, Director, English Language Institute, Pace University; Caroline O'Neal, Global Products Director, EC English Language Centers

11:00 – 11:15 am
Coffee break

11:15 – 12:30 pm
Embassy Panel: Latin America
Alberto Fierro, Counselor for Culture and Education, Embassy of Mexico; Daniel Pedraza, First Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Embassy of Colombia; Maricy Schmitz, Education Advisor, Embassy of Brazil

12:30 – 1:45 pm
Lunch and networking
Table Topics (see below)

1:45 – 2:45 pm
Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) Q & A
Dr. Mohammed Alabaishi, Director of the Academic Accreditation, Authentications, and ESL Departments, Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission; Tarig Eltayeb, Senior Educational Consultant, Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission

2:45 – 3:30 pm
EnglishUSA: Changes, Challenges, and Opportunities
EnglishUSA Board Members and Executive Director

Table Topics

Those interested in discussing the following topics during lunch should look for signs on tables in the East Alcove. A limited number of seats is available at each table, but others can also sit nearby to discuss. Tables without signs can be used for general networking etc.

Day 1 (Wednesday)
• New Administrators
• Using Social Media
• Getting Involved with EnglishUSA
• Recruitment Opportunities

Day 2 (Thursday)
• Enrollment Challenges
• Part-time Teachers
• Working with SEVP/State Department
• New Program Development

Please Visit our Exhibitors in the Lobby
• EDMISS – Equator Information Technology (unable to attend)
• Higher Education Marketing
• StudyPortals

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