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6th Annual IEP Stakeholders Conference Program Schedule (subject to change)
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Wednesday, October 3

8:15 – 9:00 am


Coffee and light breakfast


9:00 – 9:15 am

Welcome and introductions

Cheryl Delk-Le Good, Executive Director, EnglishUSA


9:15 – 9:45 am

EnglishUSA – President’s Updates

Nadine Baladi, President, EnglishUSA


9:45 – 11:00

Taking Charge of Change: Perspectives from Multiple Associations

Nadine Baladi, President, EnglishUSA; Megan Forbes, President, UCIEP; Joann Ng Hartmann, Senior Director, IEM-ISS Services, NAFSA: Association of International Educators; John Segota, Associate Executive Director for Public Policy & Professional Relations, TESOL International Association


11:00 – 11:15 am

Coffee break


11:15 – 12:15

SACM (Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission) Updates

Members of EnglishUSA Advocacy team will provide updates from in-person meeting with SACM and facilitate open discussion with audience. 


12:15 – 1:15 pm

Lunch and networking

Table Topics 


1:30 – 3:00 pm

SEVP & Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs Updates

Representatives from the Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs and SEVP  


3:00 – 3:15 pm

Coffee break


3:15 – 4:15 pm

Session A: Updates from the U.S. Department of State on Global Educational Student Advising

Fred Boll, EducationUSA Branch Chief, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State


Session B: Increasing U.S. Competitiveness in Today’s Changing Environment

Rachel Durcan, Business Development Manager, USA, ICEF; Mike Finnell, Executive Director, American International Recruitment Council 


4:30 – 5:15

Afternoon Plenary with Lisa Bu, Content Distribution Manager, TED Talk Speaker


5:30 – 7:30 pm

Networking Reception hosting by National Geographic Learning


Thursday, October 4

8:30 – 9:00 am

Coffee and light breakfast


9:00 – 10:00 am

Changes, Challenges, Opportunities:  ACCET and CEA Updates

Dr. Bill Larkin, Executive Director, Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET); Dr. Mary Reeves, Executive Director, Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA)


10:00 – 11:00 am

Advocacy Strategies: Making International Exchange Local

Lisa Lancia, Policy Advisory Committee, AIEA; Ilir Zherka, Executive Director, Alliance for International Exchange


11:00 – 11:15 am

Coffee break


11:15 – 12:15 pm


Session A: Latin American Embassy Updates

Alberto Fierro, Counselor for Culture and Education, Embassy of Mexico; Franklin Morales, Political Attache, Embassy of Panama; Maricy Schmitz, Deputy Education Attache, Embassy of Brazil


Session B: Change in a Global Context: Updates on ELT Markets Worldwide

Matthew Knott, News Editor, Study Travel Magazine


12:15 – 1:15 pm

Lunch and networking

Table Topics 


1:15 – 2:00 pm

Governing Change: Insights, Anecdotes, and Trends from the U.S. Department of Commerce

Rachel Alarid, International Trade Specialist; Jing Liu, International Trade Specialist for the Office of China and Mongolia; Amy Ryan, International Trade Specialist


2:00 – 3:15

Customized Programs: The New Normal?

Facilitated by Nadine Baladi, President, EnglishUSA

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