Auburn University’s ‘Globalism in Today’s Workforce’ conference in Atlanta’s CNN Center May 29

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – A conference on “Globalism in Today’s Workforce: Trends in an International Market,” organized by Auburn University’s Center for Governmental Services, will be held May 29 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta.

“The conference will provide a forum for leaders in business, government, academics and technology to examine trends in today’s international market and to collaborate on how best to prepare people for jobs that will meet the needs of a global workforce,” said Don-Terry Veal, director of the Center for Governmental Services, an agency of University Outreach.

Participants will discuss critical issues associated with the workforce and jobs, especially as they impact the Southeast as a region — its states, citizens, governments and businesses.

Advance registration and payment of the $75 registration fee is requested. To register, go to the conference website at

The conference keynote speaker is Caryn Wagner, recently retired as Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and now a consultant and speaker on national and homeland security intelligence issues. Wagner serves as an instructor with The Intelligence and Security Academy.

Other speakers include James Barth, Senior Finance Fellow at the Milken Institute and the Lowder Eminent Scholar in Finance at Auburn University; Nancy Flake Johnson, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta; Mark Butler, Georgia Commissioner of Labor; and J. Randy Jackson, senior vice president for human resources and administration for Kia Motors Manufacturing of Georgia.

Also joining the conference as speakers are Ronnie Booth, president of Tri-County Technical College in South Carolina; Keivan Deravi, a professor of economics and special assistant to the Chancellor at Auburn University Montgomery; Stephanie Jehlitschka, vice president of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern United States; John H. Eaves, chairman of Georgia’s Fulton County Commission, and others.

“Economic growth in today’s economy is dependent on the skills and education of America’s workforce in the public and private sectors,” Veal said. “As the job markets everywhere continue to experience challenges, it is essential that we work together to improve approaches to education, workforce development and the direction of our long and frustrating experience with unemployment. This conference provides a unique opportunity for business leaders, educators, governments, veterans and the nonprofit community to discuss ideas that will advance our growing and preparing a future workforce.”

Contact: Don-Terry Veal, Center for Governmental Services, (334) 844-4781 (,
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (