Free webinar presented by Podium Education & AIEA

Closing the College To Career Employability Gap Through Innovative Global Experiences

Wednesday, October 11 â—Ź 1h
09 am PT â—Ź 12 pm ET â—Ź 4 pm GMT

Join AIEA and Podium Education for a unique webinar panel discussion on how universities and leading global companies are bridging the college to career gap by leveraging innovative models for global experiences. Leaders from higher education (Virginia Commonwealth University and Wayne State University) and industry (Intel and Podium) will share their insights on why intercultural skills can be superpowers for early career professionals, how bluechip companies are co-designing projects with Podium that have a global, real-world impact, and the ways collaborations between academia and industry are the future of higher learning.

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About the Session

As recently reported by Gallup, only 4 in 10 undergraduates complete an internship during college, with the rate of participation even lower among first-generation students, at just 27 percent. Additionally, less than 10% of college students are able to access mobility-based study abroad programs resulting in a huge skill AND experience gap for new graduates. 

Join AIEA and Podium Education on October 11 for a panel discussion to gain expert insight into how your institution can leverage the power of intercultural learning and innovative global program design to help close the employability gap for students. 

During this one-hour webinar moderated by Chris Parrish, co-founder of Podium Education, you’ll learn: 

  • The current landscape of early-career opportunities, global learning access, and industry partnerships, and how all of these components are critical to the future of higher education  
  • Actionable steps for how to create innovative and scalable global experiences that bridge the skills AND experience gap for students
  • What differentiates the co-designed project experience between industry, Podium, and their university partners from typical COIL programs, as well as the career-readiness case for why this matters

The webinar will conclude with an open-forum Q&A session, so please bring any questions along with you. If you can’t make the live webinar, make sure you register to receive a recording. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Meet the Speakers

Chris Parrish

(Moderator) Co-Founder & President of Partnerships, Podium Education 

Chris Parrish is Co-founder and President of Partnerships at the leading experiential learning company, Podium Education. At Podium, Chris led the launch of The Global Tech Experience, an industry redefining digital program that enables students to build skills and experience by working on projects directly with organizations like Netflix, The Grammy’s and charity:water. Podium currently partners with 55 universities across the world and will support 10,000 students in 2023. His work has been featured in Forbes, InsideHigherEd and TechCrunch. Chris and Podium are based in Austin, TX.

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Michael A. Campbell
General Manager, Education Division, Intel

Michael A. Campbell is a Global Transformational Leader with 20+ years of focused experience in product marketing, strategy, business development, and sales.  Currently Campbell is the General Manager of the Education Division within Intel’s Client Computing Group. With a focus on education, this team is responsible for influencing Intel’s product and platform strategy; working with OEM partners to optimize product portfolios; defining the best learning outcome experiences on Intel-based devices; and influencing the company’s go to market strategy in partnership with marketing and sales teams. Michael holds a BA in Political Science & International Relations from Carleton College and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

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Jill Blondin
Associate Vice Provost, Global Initiatives, Virginia Commonwealth University

Jill Blondin, associate vice provost for global initiatives at Virginia Commonwealth University, received her B.A. from Indiana University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Blondin has served as a Fulbright Specialist to Brazil, as a speaker with the U.S. Department of State and Fulbright Portugal, and as an Expert Speaker with the U.S. Embassy Guyana. She serves as the Chair Elect of the AIEA Member Outreach and Awards Committee.

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Ahmad Ezzeddine 
VP, Academic Student Affairs & Global Engagement, Wayne State University

Dr. Ahmad Ezzeddine is the Vice President for Academic Student Affairs and Global Engagement at Wayne State University. Dr. Ezzeddine is responsible for the university’s efforts to support students throughout the student lifecycle, from their initial engagement with Wayne State to graduation and beyond. His portfolio includes Enrollment Management, Student Success, Educational Outreach, the Transfer Student Success Center, community college partnerships and satellite campuses, the Office of International Programs, and several student-facing academic services offices, departments and programs within the Office of the Provost. Additionally, he oversees Executive and Professional Development, the office responsible for the university’s training, consulting, and continuing education services. As WSU’s Senior International Officer, Dr. Ezzeddine leads the university’s global engagement which includes “Global Learning for All,” an initiative to develop students’ global competencies by providing them with experiences locally, virtually, or abroad.

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Teresa Barreira
EVP/Global Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Publicis Sapient

Teresa Barreira is a global C-suite leader with over 25 years of experience building and leading teams in both large and small companies. She was born and raised in Northern Portugal and emigrated to the United States as a teenager prior to attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As a young Hispanic student, she was inspired by the US education system and how it offered an opportunity for her to explore multiple disciplines. Barreira pursued a Master of Business Administration at Northeastern University following completion of her undergraduate degree. Teresa began her career at IBM, where she spent over 10 years working in various parts of the organization. Over the years she has held leadership positions in multiple leading Fortune 500 organizations from Accenture to Deloitte. She is now Global Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Publicis Sapient where she leads a rapidly growing team of more than 150 members across more than 7 countries.

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