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Global Learning Conference – Schedule

The Global Learning Conference will be held in-person on April 6, 2024 at the UC Davis International Center. The conference schedule will be posted soon. Please sign up for the Global Learning Hub newsletter to get updates about the conference. For any questions, please email us at:

Previous 2022 Conference Schedule (for reference)

8:45–9:15 a.m. – Registration Check-in and Refreshments
  • Includes refreshments, mingling and a chance to talk with exhibitors
9:30–10:45 a.m. – Introduction and Keynote: Sandy Holman, Culture C.O.- O.P.
  • Join us for our conference kick-off event! We will welcome everyone to the Global Learning Conference with keynote speaker Sandy Holman. Sandy is the founder of the Culture C.O.-O.P., a UC Davis Alumna and a fearless advocate of dismantling inequitable systems and racist practices, resiliency and the importance of culturally relevant services.
11–12:00 p.m. – Concurrent Sessions
  • Option 1: Vision Boarding as a Manifestation Tool
    • Come participate in a fun and creative exercise designed to guide you as you reflect on your global experiences and think about how you will apply them moving forward. Vision boards can serve as a powerful tool for identifying your values and applying them moving forward in our interconnected world. 
  • Option 2: How to Become a Digital Nomad
    • With remote work here to stay we have the opportunity to work from anywhere. The Head of Public Relations from Nomads Giving Back! will share her experience and tips for successfully starting a digital nomad career. We will also explore the benefits of the digital nomad lifestyle and specific skills that will allow you to be successful in the digital professional space, and navigate intercultural workspaces, both real and virtual. 
  • Option 3: “Take a Stand” as a Globally-Minded Citizen!
    • We live in an interconnected world that sorely lacks globally-minded citizens. Through an interactive exercise that elicits participant responses to global issues, participants grow in their awareness of how we make meaning and the critical importance of personal experiences, whether they involve studying abroad, or learning from our peers’ intercultural lives at home. Group participation, discussion and reflection around our global selves aim to prompt awareness and action. 
12:00–12:50 p.m. – Catered Lunch
  • Personal Grab-and-Go boxes from Chikpeas
1:00–2:00 p.m. – Concurrent Sessions
  • Option 1: Utilizing LinkedIn to Showcase Your Global Learning Experiences 
    • Join this session to learn about the key elements of a LinkedIn profile and how to establish your professional presence online. Explore how LinkedIn can showcase your global skills and experiences to connect you with employers seeking globally engaged people to join their team. It’s never too early to create a LinkedIn profile, and you’ll come away with the tools to get the best from LinkedIn and start building your network. 
  • Option 2: Exploring Careers in Global Policy 
    • Interested in career opportunities in the diplomacy, national security or international development fields? Hear from Global Affairs staff who have worked for the U.S. Department of State, the UN, other U.S. Government agencies, and non-governmental organizations to advance peace and security, human rights, and gender equality issues. Learn about pathways for these types of careers, opportunities and challenges in engaging with global policy issues, and professional competencies that are important to develop. 
  • Option 3: Post-Graduation Opportunities Abroad for U.S. Citizens 
    • Are you looking to go overseas after you graduate? This session will showcase opportunities sponsored by the U.S. government – Peace Corps, Fulbright, and the Critical Language Scholarship. Learn about the application processes, benefits, and what each program is like. Open to U.S. citizens only per the programs' eligibility requirements. 
2:00–2:45 p.m. – Exhibitor Fair
  • See exhibitor list on homepage right hand bar
2:45–4 p.m. – Career Skills Plenary
  • This plenary will focus on career prep through a global lens. You will learn about the skills and experience employers are looking for and how they use LinkedIn to find talent. This will include a demo on new features on LinkedIn. You will then hear from an advisor in the UC Davis Internship and Career Center on tips for acing your interview questions. By the end of this session, you will walk away with tips on how to make yourself stand out to global and multinational employers.


  • Ellison Weeks, Principal Customer Success Manager, Global Clients Program, LinkedIn
  • Ken Barnes, Assistant Director, UC Davis Internship & Career Center
4:004:15 p.m.  Break
4:155 p.m.  Structured Networking Sessions, offered in partnership with UC Davis Alumni and Affiliate Relations (join one room from below)
  • Science, Technology and Engineering
    • Mr. Ahmed Osman Elamin Abdalgader, Association of Energy Engineers, Sudan
    • Brian Sway, Business Transformation Consultant, UC Davis Alum
    • Megan Chenaux, Senior Scientist, Novozymes
  • Business & Entrepreneurship
    • Jose Plama, Founder, Accion Climatica, Chile
    • Cecilia Sullivan, Founder, CLS Consultants
    • Ellison Weeks, Principal Customer Success Manager, LinkedIn
  • Education, Community Development and Nonprofits
    • Alex DiRienzo, Spanish Instructor
    • Shelly Gilbride, Executive Director, International House Davis
    • Randeep Kullar, Institutional Relations Manager, CAPA
    • Teron Marie McGrew, Community Engagement Manager, West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project
  • Public Service, International Development & Government
    • Sarai Acosta, UC Davis Alumna and International Agricultural Development Masters Candidate
    • Ana Dominguez, Civil Engineer, Panama
    • Mario Guerrero, Deputy Director, California Human Resources Department
5–5:30 p.m. – Closing Ceremony, Raffle and Refreshments
  • Join us for a raffle, prizes, refreshments, a group photo and some brief encouraging closing words.