2010 Program

Conference on China @ WPI

Conference Theme:    Insights and Perspectives on Doing Business in China
Conference Time:       9:00 – 17:00 EST, Friday, May 7, 2010
Conference Venue:    Campus Center at WPI
Conf. Sponsorship:    WPI, MAC, AIM, and BIE Program of US Dept of Education
Conference Website:    http://www.wpi.edu/news/ucbc.html
Conf. Registration:        http://www.wpi.edu/news/ucbc/china-registration.html

Vision of the Conference

Establishing and promoting WPI as an integrator and leading institution in New England and beyond in providing the best practical educational and learning opportunities and programs that will increase the experience, knowledge, skills, and capabilities of students, faculty, and business communities with respect to China.

Mission of the Conference

This first-of-its-kind event at WPI campus will provide the business community with the timely and practical knowledge, tools, and means necessary for doing business in the Chinese market. The conference will promote the existing China Senior Project Center at WPI as the best connection and venue for business communities to work with WPI in terms of finding effective starting points, learning best practices, identifying future workforce, and establishing collaborative partnerships.

Tentative Conference Schedule

8:00 – 8:40 Continental Breakfast and Registration
8:40 – 9:00 Opening Remarks: Dr. Dennis Berkey (President of WPI), Mr. Jack Healy (President of MAC), and Ms. Kristen Rupert (Executive Director of AIM-International Business Council)
9:00 – 9:30 Plenary Speech 1: “China’s Changing Investment Environment: 2010 and Beyond ”, by Mr. Kris Knutsen, Senior Manager, US Chinese Services Group, Deloitte Services LP
9:30 – 10:00 Plenary Speech 2: “China Outlook for the Next Decade”, by Ms. Xylina Wu, Director of Business Development, Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment
10:00 – 10:20 Morning Coffee Break
10:20 – 10:50 Plenary Speech 3: “The China Challenge: Top Five Mistakes Companies Make”, by Mr. Kenneth McGuire, Director of MAC and Management Excellence Action Coalition
10:50 – 11:20 Plenary Speech 4: “China Macroeconomic Outlook: Challenge and Opportunity for Small-and-Medium Enterprises", by Dr. Yongzhen Yu, Visiting Scholar at Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
11:20 – 12:00 Q&A with the Plenary Speakers
12:00 – 13:00 Chinese food buffet lunch
13:00 – 14:45

Plenary Session 1: Corporate Experiences and Insights (Moderator: Dr. Jennifer Rudolph)

  • Dr. Julia Dvorko, Massachusetts Export Center
  • Richard Schneider, CEO, Amphenol-TCS
  • Ronald Alciati, Supply Chain Manager, Nypro
  • Peter Johnson, CEO, Darmann
  • Al Barry, CEO, Stanlok
14:45 – 15:15 Afternoon Coffee Break
15:15 – 16:45

Plenary Session 2: Working with WPI (Moderator: Dr. Kevin Rong)

  • Ronald Alciati, Supply Chain Manager, Nypro-China (project sponsor)
  • Richard Schneider, CEO, Amphenol –TCS (project sponsor)
  • Al Barry, CEO, Stanlok (project sponsor)
  • Michael Fitzpatrick and Emmanuel Akese (WPI students that have completed projects in China)
  • Dr. Amy Zeng and Dr. Kevin Rong (WPI Project advising team)
16:45 – 17:00 Closing Remarks: Senator Karen Spilka (Chair, Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, State House), Dr. Rick Sisson (Dean of Graduate Studies, WPI)
17:00 - 18:00 Networking Reception


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