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Keynote Address

Cornelius FinleyCF Headshot: As a trained lawyer, Cornelius currently serves as the Founder of Access Unlimited, Inc (AU); AU has partnered with the New York City Department of Education and Dallas Independent School District, thereby overseeing college and career readiness for over ten schools. In a greater attempt, Access Unlimited has developed into a Comprehensive Management Organization, similar to that of a Charter Management Organization, whereby developing an independent charter and private all-male Pre-K – 5th grade institutions. Cornelius has served as an adjunct professor at major institutions in New Orleans and New York City; though thirty – five years old, serving as a Fulbright Scholar/Specialist, a Gilman Scholar, and a U.S. Speaker Expert, Cornelius was also granted the opportunity to present and participate in the Race to the Top, US Department of Education Conference, under the presidency of President Barack Obama; Cornelius was also nominated to attend the Forbes Under 30 Summit by New Profit Foundation and the NYC Mayor’s Office in 2016, all whilst speaking at the Inaugural Forbes Global Women’s Summit and being an invited participant in the Forbes Under 30 Global Summit in Israel and Jerusalem; Cornelius holds a bachelor’s degree in English/Pre-Law, two law degrees, and is currently an Executive MBA student.

Concurrent Sessions

Monday, November 14

12:00 – 1:00 PM PT / 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET

Creating Glocal Change: Taking the Local to the Global Scale

So, you want to change the world...that can start by enacting social impact projects in your own local communities. Or, you can collaborate with locals across the globe to enact projects in their communities that you've built connections with. But have you considered that you can integrate both the local and global to create more sustainable change in the world? That's what it means to make change glocal - taking the local to the global scale.

  • Presenter: Elisabet Raquel García (Global Education DEI Specialist, Access Equitable Education)
Level Up Your Career Readiness: Unlock the Power of International Internships

Take your career readiness to the next level. In this session, you will be provided real data points that provide insights into how students are using international internships to advance their career goals. Participants of this session will learn how to harness those learning outcomes on resumes, cover letters, and in interviews. This session can also benefit those who studied abroad.

  • Presenters: Ian Lim-Bonner (University Relations Director, CIS Abroad) & Susan Rachouh (Director of International Programs, Stevens Institute of Technology)


Tuesday, November 15

9:00 – 10:00 AM PT / 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET

Connecting the Dots: Leveraging Global Skills for Professional Advancement

Scholars will learn to leverage global DEI skills to enhance career trajectories. A diverse panel of Fulbright alumni will share how their time abroad furthered their workplace competitiveness and opened new career pathways. Through alumni stories, participants will gain insights into leveraging their own experiences abroad to assist in identifying, pursuing, and securing meaning employment. Alumni will lead Scholars through a facilitated Connecting the Dots activity to help develop their unique stories.


  • Gerti Wilson (Law Clerk, Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher LLP)
  • Larena Nellies-Ortiz (Employment Services Advisor, Upwardly Global)
  • Nicholas Huang (Product Manager, Google)
  • Mario Nguyen (Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section)
Self-Compassion Practices for Emerging Leaders

Self-compassion may sound sort of awkward, yet research clearly demonstrates that this intervention can support success in our personal and professional lives. Actively engaging in and leading the way by role modeling and supporting self-compassion practices in others can propel your transition to the professional role in any work environment. In this presentation we will explore what self-compassion is and isn't and how this practice can give be a catalyst to success.


  • Dr. Carrie L Jarosinski RN, CNE, CWP (College of Protective and Human Services, Health and Wellness Promotion Faculty)

3:00 – 4:00 PM PT / 6:00 – 7:00 PM ET

Your Cultural Values as a Leader

We have all been influenced by where we live, activities we participate in, and communities we identify with. All of these factors and groups impart values upon us, which can shape our thoughts, beliefs, and
actions. What are your cultural values, and why are values an essential component to leadership? Why are these values important as you enter the workforce or apply for internships? In this session, attendees will identify their three most important cultural values and learn how to use this knowledge to become a more effective leader.


  • Kimberly Bellows, MA (Intercultural Programs Coordinator, Global Learning Hub, University of California - Davis)
  • Janice Tse, MA (Intercultural Programs Coordinator, Global Learning Hub, University of California - Davis)
Gender and Transition: Self-advocacy and Discovery in International Programs

The transgender community faces unique hurdles when participating in international programs. A trans exchange alumnus will share how his experiences abroad were impacted by his identity and help participants anticipate the ways their personal relationship with gender may affect their experience. Prepare to set expectations, anticipate your own needs, and craft a successful experience for your time abroad. For those who have already participated in exchange programs, this is an opportunity to connect with peers and share your experience.

Presenter: Miles Leonard (USA ExchangeAlumni Ambassador)


Wednesday, November 16

12:00 – 1:00 PM PT / 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET

Why Inclusive Language Matters: Making it the Norm, Not the Exception

In decolonizing our minds and the international field, it is important to look at the language that we use. The language we use affects the ways we interact with peers and as leaders. We invite you to explore the way language is often used when working with people of the global majority. How do our conscious and unconscious biases impact our work and interactions? This session will examine how we can actively move away from deficit model language and move towards making inclusive model language the norm.


  • Kory Saunders (Director of Inclusion Initiatives, AIFS Abroad)
  • Lewis Gibson (Field Director, North America, Education New Zealand)
  • Christina Thompson (Director of Partnership Development and Diversity Initiatives, Barcelona SAE)
Global Skills to Pay the Bills

In addition to the value of cultural competence for personal fulfillment and community improvement, international experiences build global skills that are in demand across industries. This interactive workshop will help participants consider and articulate the ways in which their global learning experiences can be leveraged in the job search. From application to interviews and future professional development, global skills should be highlighted as a competitive edge in your professional profile.


  • Rebecca Cibulskis (Developing Cultural Competence Program Coordinator, NC State Global Engagement Global Training Initiative)
Monthly Weekly List

November 2022

Pre-Conference Kick-off & POD Intro
8:00 am - 9:00 am
How to navigate GSLS Goal-setting session/networking Intro PODs (breakout at end of session) , ...
Welcome & Keynote
8:00 am - 8:45 am
Keynote speech by Cornelius Finnley , ...
Concurrent Session Block #1
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Creating Glocal Change: Taking the Local to the Global Scale OR Level Up Your Career Readiness: Unlock the Power of Internships , ...
Concurrent Session Block #2
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Connecting the Dots: Leveraging Global Skills for Professional Advancement OR Self-compassion Practices for Emerging Leaders , ...
Concurrent Session Block #3
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Your Cultural Values as a Leader , ...
Second POD Meeting
8:00 am - 8:45 am
Concurrent Session Block #4
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Why Inclusive Language Matters: Making it the Norm, Not the Exception OR Global Skills to Pay the Bills , ...
Professional Career Event
12:00 am - 1:00 pm
Optional Resume Review Power Hour
8:00 am - 8:45 am