Education Abroad


Aligning Education Abroad Outcomes With Employability

Wednesday, June 1
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Room: CCC, 301-303

This session reviews data taken from 120 key business interviews, as well as a longitudinal study of more than 700 graduates with study abroad experience, to compare and contrast the value of gaining much-needed soft skills. The session discusses concrete career integration techniques and initiatives that others could implement.

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Christine L. Anderson

Assistant Director, Curriculum & Program Development
University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Christine Anderson is the assistant director of curriculum and program development at the University of Minnesota’s Learning Abroad Center (LAC). She administers, and has taught, LAC’s on-line culture learning course, “Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience to Your Future”. Other professional interests include program development, faculty training, and cultural mentoring. She holds a PhD in Comparative International Development Education.


Cynthia Banks

Foundation for Global Scholars
Superior, CO

Cynthia Banks has decades experience in organizational development as Founder/CEO of GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, a global education abroad organization which has helped more than 30,000 students study or intern abroad at 120 programs worldwide. She currently serves as President of the Foundation for Global Scholars, a non-profit supporting globally minded young adults with scholarships and other resources. Her consulting practice, New World Vistas, designs business and leadership strategies with an emphasis on supporting women leaders. Banks has served as a member of NAFSA’s Board of Directors, is a current trainer for the NAFSA Management Development Program and has held four other significant leadership roles with the Association including Chair, Education Abroad Knowledge Community and Executive Committee Treasurer, Region 2. She serves as board advisor for the Colorado State University Institute for Entrepreneurship and is an elected member of the International Women's Forum. Now guest teaching at local universities she also travels as an invited keynote speaker and presenter at national and global education conferences. Honors include 2009 Small Business of the Year by Colorado Women’s Chamber, Inc. Magazine Top 5000 Business and the 2013 Top Three Minority/Women Owned Business do by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.



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