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How Employability is Reshaping the Global Higher Education Agenda

Friday, June 3
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Room: CCC, 601/603

This session will address the issue of employability within the global higher education agenda. Senior administrators will discuss the imperative of realigning internationalization policies and programs with expectations of the global marketplace. Learn about the role of employers in contributing to student skill development and applied knowledge.

Learning Objectives:

Martin Tillman

Global Career Compass
Washington, DC

Martin Tillman is a natonal thought-leader and expert on the linkage of education abroad to student career development. He is President of Global Career Compass, an international consultancy, which assists students navigate career pathways and international educators to develop innovative campus practices. He is former associate director of career services at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. A NAFSA member since 1977, he is a frequent conference presenter, regular contributor of book reviews to the NAFSA International Educator magazine, and author of numerous publications about global workforce development and the impact of education abroad on student career development. He previously served as chair of NAFSA's Global Workforce Development Career Resources Task Force. His “AIFS Student Guide to Study Abroad and Career Development” is a frequently cited resource in study abroad and career offices around the country. His blog, Global Career Compass, is widely read. He received a Fulbright grant to Japan and has been a U.S. State Department Speaker Specialist. He has a BA from Stony Brook University and MA degrees from Colgate University and the SIT Graduate Institute.

Cheryl Matherly

Vice Provost, Global Education
University of Tulsa Center for Global Education
Tulsa, Oklahoma

\Dr. Cheryl Matherly is Vice Provost for Global Education at The University of Tulsa, where she has responsibility for the strategic leadership of the university’s plan for comprehensive internationalization. Dr. Matherly's special area of interest is with the internationalization of science and engineering education, specifically as related to workforce development. She directs the NanoJapan program, funded by the National Science Foundation in order to expand international research opportunities for students in STEM fields. NanoJapan was recognized by the Institute for International Education in 2008 with the prestigious Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovations in Study Abroad. Dr. Matherly is the recipient of two Fulbright grants for international education administrators (Germany and Japan.)


Simon Kho

Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition
Heidrick & Struggles
Chicago, Illinois

Simon Kho is the Vice President for Global Recruitment at Heidrick & Struggles, overseeing internal talent acquisition for one of the world’s leading executive search and leadership consulting firms. Simon’s role encompasses all levels of staff from consultants to associates, including developing workforce plans and talent pipelines for the firm.

Previously, Simon was the National Director for US University Relations at BP. He led the company’s effort to rebuild and strengthen its university recruiting program. Simon managed a team of 21 professionals who were responsible for full cycle recruiting, from employer brand management to sourcing and hiring top students from competitive universities. As part of the global HR transformation initiative, Simon worked as part of BP’s Global Resourcing Leadership Team to create and deliver a multi-year cross-border graduate sourcing plan.

Before joining BP, Simon worked for KPMG for almost 12 years, serving in multiple roles in the recruiting organization. As the Director of National Student Programs and Global Initiatives, Simon led key development programs including National Intern Training (week-long event for 500 winter and 1400 summer interns, respectively), the Fast Forward International Student Leadership Program, and the Future Diversity Leaders Program. Simon also directed the firm’s global programs, including the Global Internship Program, which sends students on a 4-week international assignment during their internship, and KPMG’s International Case Competition, a global business competition involving almost 20 countries.

Simon also served as the Director of Global Recruitment based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 2010. In this role, Simon collaborated with KPMG’s international network to ensure successful recruitment and resourcing within and across the 150 member firms, including participating in the development of KPMG’s 2020 global resourcing strategy.

Simon has served as the Chairman of the Employers Advisory Board of SIFE (now ENACTUS). He also worked in Student Affairs and Student Services at Michigan State University and Fordham University. He holds an undergraduate degree from Boston College and a masters degree from Fordham University.



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