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The Schmid Center hosts informative and thought-provoking speakers as a part of its lecture series.

Intellectual Property Strategies in Contemporary Business: Practical Tips on Protecting Intellectual Property Domestically and Internationally

Speaker: Margaret Jenkins, Esq.

About: Margaret Jenkins is in-house counsel for QSC Audio Products, LLC. Her practice focuses on understanding and problem solving the underlying business need while addressing the international and domestic legal issues, including intellectual property, e-commerce, sales and distribution, anti-trust, contracts, and human resources. Ms. Jenkins earned a B.S. in Business Management, Magna Cum Laude from Cal State Bakersfield and received honors as the top business management student in her class. She attended Whittier Law School, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and in the top 4% of her class, with a focus on International and Comparative Law and then received an LL.M. in Taxation from Chapman University.

Doing Business in China

Speaker: Scott Farber, Managing Parner, Grant Thorton

About: From 1995 to 1998, Scott was based in Hong Kong as Grant Thorton International's Asia pacific Technical Director and Liaison Partner. During this assignment, Scott traveled extensively throughout the 15-country Asia-pacific divisions, including India, China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. He continues to be active in the international community, serving a number of clients with foreign operations and attending Grant Thronton's International conferences.; Scott is also the Director of the firms' Southern California International Business Center.

Foreign Wealth Funds – Threat or Savior?

Speakers: Richard J. Sweeney, the Bolton Sullivan and Thomas A. Dean Professor of International Finance at Georgetown University; Clas Wihlborg, the Fletcher Jones Chair in International Business at the Argyros School of Business and Economics

About: A discussion of economic and political consequences of Sovereign Wealth Funds

Vietnam – The New China: Why It Is So Attractive

Speakers: Keneth August, President, August Law Group (AGL); Richard May, President, Rick May Inc.; Dr. Noel Murray, Director of the Schmid Center for International Business

About: For many companies it is time to take notes that Vietnam is back on the radar screen again. Although China continues to suck in the lion's share of foreign investment in the Pacific Rim, a combination of rapidly appreciating currency and soaring labor costs are causing some firms to cast a wider net in the region. Vietnam, with its lower labor costs and the region's second fastest growing economy is gaining the most attention. Learn why this is so, and how your company can prepare for the region's next great market opportunity.

Doing Business Globally: The Beckman Coulter Way

Speaker: James F. Widergren, Corporate Vice President

About: Mr. Widergren is responsible for subsidiaries in Japan, China, Singapore, Austria, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Argentina and dealer operations throughout these regions. Prior to this position, Widergren was Vice President and Treasurer of Beckman Coulter form 2005 until April 2006, responsible for all Treasury and Risk Management functions and Corporate Planning.

An American Entrepreneur in Shanghai

Speaker: Nancy Weinstein

About: Founded by Nancy Weinstein, Nancy's Lifestyles is a multi-platform business dedicated to offerings its customers and broader media audience the best of America home furnishings, accessories, and lifestyles. Its first showroom, at 321 Wei Hai Road, Shanghai, opened in March 2007, with many more planned for China and other Asian locations. Through her Nancy's Lifestyles stores and television show, Nancy is honored to be able to share her lifetime of international experience.

Navigating the Waves of the Export Market

Speaker: Raul Lorenzo, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce

About: As a Senior International Trade Specialist, Raul Lorenzo assists U.S. corporate clients in the Information Technology, Telecommunications, Electronics, and Auto industries.

Brazil: Business Opportunities and Challenges

Speaker: Mario Marconini, President, Manatt Jones Marconini Global Strategies, Sao Paolo

About: Mario Marconini is a renowned international expert on Brazil and trade relations. He is President, Council of International Relations, Federation of Commerce, Sao Paulo and is on Brazil's official Mercosur list of 6 experts on dispute settlement, Montevideo. He is also the Former Foreign Trade Secretary at Brazil's Ministry of Development, Brasilia. Mr. Marconini served as a Senior Counselor at the GATT/WTO during the Uruguay Round and beyond.