Loyola event challenges businesses and community members to “Rethink Africa”
September 30, 2010
Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business and Management will host “Rethink Africa,” an event designed to alter perceptions of Africa, expose business leaders to economic development opportunities on the continent, and connect Africa’s public and private organizations with U.S. business leaders and international travelers, on Tuesday, Oct. 12. The event, which takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. in McGuire Hall on Loyola’s North Charles Street campus, is organized by Passport Health, the nation’s largest private provider of travel medical services and immunizations.
“Lifelong learning and a global perspective are core elements of a Loyola education,” said Karyl B. Leggio, Ph.D., dean of the Sellinger School of Business and Management. “We understand the importance of providing our students and the greater community with opportunities that will open doors and transform their views. This pivotal event will allow guests to learn more about international partnerships and enriching cultural and travel opportunities available in Africa.”
Passport Health organized “Rethink Africa” in conjunction with the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Africa Travel Association (ATA). Attendees will have the opportunity to network, enjoy African-themed hors d’oeuvres and wine, and experience a musical production with African singers, dancers, and live band.
Program features include a keynote address from John McDonough, secretary of state of Maryland, as well as special messages sent from former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. Michael Unger, Ph.D., associate professor of management and international business at the Sellinger School, will also speak. Unger serves as one of eight senior Institute of Strategy and Competitiveness associates authorized to teach famed Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter’s “Global Competitiveness” course. With experience in more than 35 developing countries—including recent projects on the regionalization of Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, as well as the development of business clusters and competitiveness in Rwanda and Kenya—Unger boasts extensive expertise in international trade, finance, investment, global competitiveness, and macro-economic reform.
Attendees must register for the event. Tickets are $50. All proceeds benefit two charitable organizations: the Carson Scholars Fund, a scholarship program awarding students who have reached high levels of academic excellence and community service, and the There Goes My Hero Foundation, supporting blood cancer research. More information about the event and event registration are available at www.rethinkafrica.net.