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Luncheon Meeting
Wednesday, June 13th 2018

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Bonnie Rohde

Tariffs, Trade, and Tribulations

Bonnie Rohde is a highly creative, higher education instructor of business with over fifteen years of experience teaching International Business, Entrepreneurship, Operations Management and Management of Information Systems at Albright College.   Prior to joining academia, she owned a business consultancy after twenty years of experience in the telecommunication and microelectronic industries of a Fortune 50 corporation.   While employed at AT&T which became Lucent Technologies, she had experience in international marketing, global program management and high-tech device design and manufacturing.  She resides in Fleetwood, PA with her husband, her daughter, a Bioethics Masters graduate at Case Western Reserve University, and son, a recent graduate of Syracuse University in Mechanical Engineering.

Bonnie is currently a doctoral student at Wilmington University and holds a M.B.A. in International Business from St. Joseph’s University, an M.B.A. in MIS from Wilmington University, a B.S. in Computer Science and Marketing from Albright College, and an A.S. in Electronics Technology from Lincoln Technical Institute. She is certified in Data Science, Project Management, and Total Quality Management.  

Breakfast Meeting
Wednesday, May 16th 2018


Professor Alexis Jardine

Similarities and Differences Between PA Dutch and Latino Cultures

Alexis Jardine is a Professor, Coordinator of the Spanish Department, and Co-Chair of the Multicultural Awareness Initiative at Reading Area Community College.  Alexis attended the Andres Bello University in Venezuela earning a bachelor’s degree in Education.  Prior to coming to the US, Alexis worked for the Embassy of Japan and the Embassy of Canada.  She has earned four Masters Degrees in Education and studied and lived in Barcelona Spain.  She is the author of No Barriers! College Success Strategies for Hispanic Students, a text book published by Kendall/Hunt in 2003. Alexis specializes in the development of Spanish language curriculum and cultural training for business executives, hospitals, and embassy staff.  She enjoys traveling to South American and Europe.  

Luncheon Meeting
Wednesday, May 9th 2018

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Dr. Tara O

The Nature of the Kim Family Regime and the Future of the Korean Penninsula

Sponsored by Vice Admiral Daniel Cooper, USN (ret.)

Dr. Tara O is an Adjunct Fellow at the Pacific Forum CSIS. She is the author of The Collapse of North Korea: Challenges, Planning, and Geopolitics of Unification. She serves on the board of directors of the International Council on Korean Studies and was the editor-in-chief of its journal International Journal of Korean Studies (IJKS). A retired Air Force officer, she worked on national security, intelligence, alliance, and political-military issues at the Pentagon, the United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/U.S. Forces Korea, and the U.S. European Command, as well as intelligence agencies. She also worked counterterrorism, counterproliferation, and satellite issues. She worked in a variety of capacities, including analysis, liaison, and leadership.

As a professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy, she taught strategy and military operations. She was a faculty researcher at the Institute of National Security Studies. Her research areas include the Korean contingency and unification, U.S. alliance relationships in Asia, human rights in North Korea, and the social integration of North Korean defectors.

Prior to the military, she also worked in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, including the U.S. Agency for International Development in Nairobi, Kenya, working on drought assessment and food aid; the Asia Foundation in Bangkok, Thailand and Vientiane, Laos, assisting the Laos Central Bank as it transitioned from a centrally-planned to a market-oriented economy; Bank of America, managing syndicated loans to Latin America; the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California, assessing potential global flash points; and the United Nations Association of the USA in New York,analyzing international economic institutions.

She holds a BA in International Relations from the University of California at Davis, an MPA in Public Policy and International Affairs from Princeton University, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Texas at Austin.

Breakfast Meeting
Wednesday, April 25th 2018


Dr. Stepanka Magstadt

Human Trafficking, A Global Problem, A Local Solution

A migration historian educated in the U.K., the United States, and the Czech Republic, she is currently teaching courses dealing with Global Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking and Domestic Violence she developed. Stepanka is the Director of the Center for the Study of Human Trafficking in South-Central Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on identifying vulnerabilities to Sex Trafficking and Domestic Violence.



Luncheon Meeting
Wednesday, April 18th 2018

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Thomas Wright

The Contest for the 21st Century and the Future of American Power

Sponsored by:
YMCA Diversity, Inclusion & Global Committee

Thomas Wright the director of the Center on the United States and Europe and a fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution. He is also a nonresident fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. Previously, he was executive director of studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and senior researcher for the Princeton Project on National Security.

Wright works on U.S. foreign policy and grand strategy, Donald Trump's worldview, the future of Europe, and Asian security. His book “All Measures Short of War: The Contest For the 21st Century and Future of American Power” was published by Yale University Press in 2017.

Wright has a doctorate from Georgetown University, a Master of Philosophy from Cambridge University, and a bachelor's and master's from University College Dublin. He has also held a pre-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a post doctoral fellowship at Princeton University. Wright's writings have appeared in the American Political Science Review, Orbis, Survival, The Washington Quarterly, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, and The Washington Post, as well as a number of international newspapers and media outlets.

Wright’s affiliations include the Fulbright Commission, Ireland, vice chair and board member International Politics Reviews, Palgrave Macmillan, editorial board.

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