October 3, 2011

Upcoming Event: "Globalization: Who Benefits? Who Suffers?"

Title: Globalization: Who Benefits? Who Suffers?
1.5 hour Panel with Question & Answer session
Date/Time: October, 11th, 2011 (7-8:30 pm)

Location: Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium

Panel Focus: A variety of perspectives regarding the implications of globalization will be presented (e.g., Think Globally/Act Locally and The World is Flat). Local experts will weigh in on the costs/benefits of globalization on America as new technologies, international trade, and global markets have become more entwined and interdependent.

Globalization has brought with it a variety of impacts, both locally and internationally. Much debate remains about whether or not globalization has been beneficial for individuals, communities, corporations, or countries. Proponents of globalization suggest that it has reduced poverty, increased competition, assisted in the rise of foreign investment levels, and even reduced child labor world-wide. Opponents cite the contribution to brain drains in various countries, lost jobs and job insecurity at home, increased pollution and environmental hazards, and even terrorism.

Come hear what our panel of experts has to say and ask any questions you have been pondering about this topic.


1) David Civitollo, Ohio State University Extension
David is an educator in the area of community development for OSU Extension in Medina County. David has expertise in the areas of community and economic development. He is also the lead for a local effort to produce and buy local farm produce. David will discuss the importance of thinking globally but acting locally by sharing real-life examples of the impact of globalization on issues affecting Ohio citizens.

2) Dr. Khushwant Pittenger, Professor & COBE Internship Coordinator

Dr. Khushwant Pittenger, Professor of Business Management and Interim Dean of the Dauch College of Business and Economics at Ashland University, joined Ashland University in 1987. She earned her B.A. (honors) and Post Graduate Diploma in International Trade from Punjab University, India; MBA (Management) from Miami University, and Ph.D. in Business Administration from University of Cincinnati. She has served on numerous committees and consulted with area companies on issues related to management.  She has presented over two dozen papers at regional, national and international conferences and has published articles in refereed journals and local newspapers.  In 2008-2009, her case on leadership sold over 1,100 copies internationally.

 3) Brad Whitehead, President, Fund for Our Economic Future

The fund is a philanthropic collaboration of over 40 partners in the NE region who have all donated over $100K+ to enhance the economic success of NE Ohio. The Fund engages the public and leaders from the private, civic, labor, education, government and other sectors to strengthen the region's capacity to build a strong regional culture and to support and implement the key economic growth strategies of Advance Northeast Ohio, the region's economic action plan. Ventures you may have heard about include Team NEO, JumpStart, BioEnterprise, and NorTech. Brad Whitehead oversees the Fund’s grantmaking, research and civic engagement efforts. He was named the Fund’s first president in the fall of 2006. He served the Fund while also working for The Cleveland Foundation (where his focus was economic development/ globalization). In July 2007, he assumed full-time responsibilities with the Fund. Before joining the Foundation, Brad was a Director at the international management consulting firm of McKinsey and Company. At McKinsey, Brad’s client work spanned a broad range of corporate strategy, operations, and organizational issues, but his major area of focus was in growth and new business building. Brad was one of the Firm leaders of the Business Building Practice and prior to that he was a founder of the Firm’s Environment Practice.