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Bev Corwin
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Bev Corwin

LMS Administrator & Technical Trainer

Bev owns a multilingual enterprise solutions consulting firm specializing in language automation, knowledge systems, learning systems, localization, data center design and managed services. She manages data centers with a team of enterprise architects, developers and specialized consultants. Bev specializes in designing global web services and enterprise workflow systems that integrate legacy systems with learning and language automation technologies. Bev also consults for specialized technical learning systems with a unique focus on the relationship between machine learning and human learning.

Bev is personally dedicated to education and teaches for the University of Chicago’s Translation Technology in Business Program and assists with the program’s development. She is a member of the Globalization Management Strategies Group with the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Bev has helped start and develop several non profit and for profit organizations, serving on boards, and has served on the advisory boards of several companies. In addition to her work in learning and language technologies, She has coordinated language services for international conferences, coordinated global business leadership events such as the Executive Speaker Series for the Seattle University Albers School of Business and Economics, provided technology services for Localization World Conferences, and other international business leadership events.

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Robert Allen Davis, Jr.
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Robert Allen Davis, Jr.

Director, Office of Language and Cultural Education

Robert A. Davis Jr. was born in Chicago’s south side and graduated from Northern Illinois History, where he studied Chinese art history, Chinese philosophy and Chinese language. In 1997 Robert moved to Xi’an in central China where he lived for two years and taught English to adult scientists and researchers at the Xi’an International Studies University. During this stay in China, Robert traveled extensively throughout the region and developed a keen interest in contemporary Chinese culture, especially the education system. In 1999 Robert returned to Chicago and became the first Asian world languages program coordinator for Chicago Public Schools (CPS). He now serves as the Director of the Confucius Institute in Chicago and the CPS Chicago’s Chinese Connection Program. In 2002 he was awarded a full scholarship from the Chinese government to study Chinese language and culture at Peking University. He has lead 9 education cultural immersion programs to China, with over 100 teachers and administrators having participated. In October 2004 Robert accompanied Mayor Richard M. Daley to Shanghai and Shenyang, China as his education representative, and facilitated in the signing of an Agreement of Cooperation between the Chicago Public Schools and the Chinese Ministry of Education. In May 2006 he returned to China with Mayor Daley to expand collaboration between Chicago and China, which included meetings with Minister of Education, Zhou Ji. He is a frequent lecturer on the subject of Chinese language education development in the United States, and has spoken at the Asia Society in New York, The First World Conference on the Teaching of Chinese as a Foreign Language (Beijing), The Institute on International Education (Washington DC), the University of Chicago and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (several occasions). Robert is an avid supporter of language education and an advocate for an increase in International education programs in America’s public schools.

 
 
Tristan B. de la Rosa
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Tristan B. de la Rosa

President & CEO

Tristan has over three decades of leadership and management experience, working with the world’s largest and most respected consumer goods companies. Starting out as brand manager at Procter & Gamble in the Philippines, Tristan has risen to senior marketing and eventually country executive and board level positions in companies that include Kraft Foods, Johnson & Johnson, and the Wm Wrigley Jr Company. He has been posted in some of the world’s most important and fastest growing markets - including China, India, the tiger economies of South East Asia - as well as in the United States. His latest foreign assignment was in Vietnam as General Director for URC, a subsidiary of JGSummit Holdings, one of Asia’s largest and most respected business conglomerates. In these assignments, Tristan successfully led and managed organizations in meeting every imaginable challenge: from overseeing start-ups to turning around problem ventures; from launching brands in a single market to orchestrating complex marketing and business campaigns across an entire region. Most recently, Tristan moved to Chicago where he founded and is now President & CEO of Banyan Way, an Executive Coaching & Development company dedicated to helping marketing executives further improve their leadership and management skills.

 
 
JF Goldstyn
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JF Goldstyn

Director, International Learning Services
Harvard Business Publishing

JF has been actively involved in the corporate training market and responsible for implementation management and leadership development content with over 20 years experience in the education industry in academic and corporate settings. He has been with HBSP for over 10 years, driving the implementation, customization and integration of CD-ROM, Intranet and Internet delivered e-learning into the professional development curriculums of multinational organizations.

He currently leads the Corporate Learning Implementation Services division of Harvard Business School Publishing, a group focused on professional services around strategy, customization and facilitation of learning solutions.

JF has facilitated leadership workshops and train-the-trainer sessions, worked with clients and presented best practices and case studies at conferences in the UK, India, Germany, South Africa, Canada, Mexico, China, Australia and the US.

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Jim Henderson
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Jim Henderson

Assistant Professor of Business and Management
Alverno College

For over 25 years, Jim has been a successful global business executive, Human Resources leader, HR/business consultant, teacher/trainer/university instructor, and respected public speaker, skilled in translating business needs into pragmatic human and organizational solutions. Often called upon to lead/facilitate professional workshops and to speak at national conferences, Jim currently teaches various HR, business, women’s leadership, and globalization courses, with a particular emphasis on ‘Women and Leadership’ and on the new AlvernoMBA, within the School of Business at Alverno College, the internationally recognized, innovative leader in Ability-based and Assessment-based curriculum.

As a dual US/Canadian citizen, Jim has traveled extensively internationally in his business career, including living/working in South Korea, and being a member of both the Alverno Asian Studies Initiative and the Alverno Latin American Studies Initiative. As such, Jim is an active contributor to the ‘internationalization’ of Alverno’s liberal arts and business curriculum. In his professional career as an HR executive, Jim designed and led best practice initiatives and programs to hire, develop, mentor, and retain women managers and executives, especially in previously male-dominated companies, industries and corporate cultures.

Concurrently with his teaching, Jim consults with diverse business clients. Jim focuses on the development of women as effective leaders and on helping organizations achieve enhanced corporate value and competitive advantage through their unique human capital and organizational capability.

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