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Business Beyond Borders Summit Panelists & Partial Agenda

International Business Gators: speakers and the agenda for the International Business Summit at the Marilyn Davies College of Business (MDCOB) are now available. Sponsored by the City of Houston Business Opportunity Office, the event is scheduled for Thursday, May 18. 

MBA International Business students at MDCOB are invited, but you must RSVP online.

This year, Business Beyond Borders includes panelists who will share information about how entrepreneurs can make valuable contacts to successfully export their products/services, as well how to use technology and news media/social media to do business in Caribbean countries. 


  • Warren Winston, Managing Director, Global Initiatives, Winston Worldwide LLC
  • Leondria Thompson, President and CEO at Tri-County Regional Black Chamber of Commerce 
  • Dietrich von Biedenfeld, J.D., MDCOB Assistant Professor and Associate Municipal Judge

All sessions will take place on the first floor of MDCOB, and the event will be livestreamed. A partial agenda is shown below. For more information, contact Dr. Carlos Gooden at goodenc@uhd.edu.

BBB three speakers


Partial Agenda

9:25-10:05 a.m.

Panel 1: The Opportunities (The What)

Discussing the types of opportunities for international trade in Caribbean countries

10:20-11 a.m.

Panel 2: The Connections (The Who)

Discussing the organizations, businesses, and/or individuals to connect with to do business in and/or with Caribbean countries.

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Breakout Sessions: The Process (The How)

Workshop A: Captivating Caribbean Exports

Workshop B: Global Business Though Digital Media and Streaming

Workshop C: Website Globalization & Preparing for eCommerce


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.