Professional Development Workshops for International Students

Hosted by Western Michigan University's Global Business Center, the International Professional Development Workshop Series is designed for international students who want to strengthen their business acumen and apply it to their chosen professions. Workshops represent a number of specialized topics today's professionals need to master.

No workshops are scheduled at this time. If you have questions about future workshops, contact WMU's Global Business Center at (269) 823-3326 or email Assim Alaqeelexecutive coordinator of the International Professional Development Series

Conference on Effective Leadership in a Changing World

September 27, 2014

Register online for this conference.

For information on alternative methods of payment or to inquire about payment plans, please email Assim Alaqeel, executive coordinator of the International Professional Development Series.

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. —John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Not everyone is a natural born leader; most successful leaders have enhanced their intrinsic talents by devoting time to learn important skills that are imperative in rapidly changing work environments. In this conference, you will learn:

  • The changing role of leadership.
  • Ways to successfully motivate others.
  • How to facilitate  organizational change.
  • about critical leadership factors in a multicultural organizational environment.
  • Practical tips on successful leadership.

Who should attend?

International student and professionals who need leadership training to eventually assume leadership roles in diverse profit and non-profit organizations internationally? 

Participants will receive a formal certificate of completion and a digital badge of achievement. 

Conference agenda

  • Session 1: Dynamics of Leadership, Dr. Satish Deshpande, 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

    This session addresses the changing role of leaders; why the success or failure of an organization depends on the quality of its leaders.
  • Session 2: Leadership's Role in Organizational Change, Dr. Jennifer Palthe, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

    This session seeks to promote participant understanding of how leaders can implement effective change in organizations. It will also highlight key competencies necessary for effective leadership in changing and globally diverse contexts
  • Break: 12:15 - 12:30 p.m.
  • Session 3: Keynote Presentation, Leadership that Works--a Practitioner's PerspectiveJoe Worthington, Stryker
  • Lunch: 1 - 2 p.m.
  • Session 4: Leadership in a Diverse Work Environment, Dr. Christina Stamper, 2:15 - 3:30 p.m.
    This session addresses critical leadership factors when working with individuals from multiple cultures and customs.

  • Break: 3:30 - 3:45 p.m.
  • Session 5: Cross Cultural Leadership Demands, Dr. Mushtaq Luqmani, 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
    This session will facilitate Q and A discussion of audience and conference presenters.

Conference speakers

Photo of DeshpandeDr. Satish Deshpande is a professor of management and the associate dean for operations and graduate programs at the Haworth College of Business. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in management and human resources management. He has received the Haworth College of Business Dean’s Teaching Award and also the Haworth College of Business Research Award. His research includes managerial decision making, health care Management and applied psychology in human resource issues. He has more than 80 refereed articles published in various journals and books including the Academy of Management Journal, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Labor Research, Human Relations, Journal of Small Business Management, Health Care Management Review and Journal of Psychology. He has been quoted on TV, radio and in various newspapers including the Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

Photo of PaltheDr. Jennifer Palthe, associate professor of management, is a Western Michigan University Distinguished Teaching Award recipient. She teaches managing change, leading people and organizations, international human resource management and organization development. Prior to commencing her doctoral studies at Michigan State University, she was senior change management consultant for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). Palthe has consulting experience in retailing, manufacturing, finance, aviation and oil and gas industries in Europe, Africa and the U.S.A. Palthe's research interests include social sustainability in business education, managing change in transnational corporations, cross-cultural diversity management and global human resource management. Her work has been published in the International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Journal of Asia Business Studies, California Management Review, Competitiveness Review, Health Care Manager, Forum on Public Policy, Consulting Psychology Journal, Journal of Education for Business and Journal of Organizational Change Management


Photo of StamperDr. Christina L. Stamper
(Ph.D., Michigan State University) currently holds the position of Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Professor at the Haworth College of Business, Western Michigan University. Additionally, she is the current chair for the All-Academy Inclusion Committee of the Academy of Management. When not performing administrative duties, she enjoys teaching a variety of organizational behavior and human resource management classes (Staffing, Managing Diversity, and Managing Human Resources), as well as business ethics.  She conducts research designed to facilitate the understanding of factors involved in the employer-employee relationship, including organizational membership and social exchange, as well as potential consequences of this relationship such as work attitudes and behaviors.  Her work has been published in numerous management journals, including Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Management,and Personnel Psychology.  Prior to obtaining her PhD, Dr. Stamper received her MBA from The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University.

Photo of LuqmaniDr. Mushtaq Luqmani is a professor of marketing and international business and currently serves as the chair of the Department of Marketing. He has a Ph.D. in Marketing from Michigan State University with minors in International Business and Logistics. He has been a visiting professor at several universities including the University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia, Michigan State University, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Sookmyung University Korea and Quaid-e-Azam University. He has published more than 80 articles in scholarly journals and venues including in Business Horizons, International Journal of Physical Distribution and Materials Management, Leadership and Organizational Development, International Journal of Management, International Marketing Review, Journal of International Marketing and Marketing Research and Journal of Marketing Channels. He has served as an editor of the Journal of Asia-Pacific Business and as a member of the editorial advisory boards of several other journals. He has been a managerial consultant for domestic and multinational companies and served as a United Nations TOKTEN expert. He is a past president of the West Michigan Chapter of the American Marketing Association, an elected member of Who's Who in the Midwest.

Photo of WorthingtonJoe Worthington is a senior director of operations at Stryker, responsible for management of Stryker’s medical plant. He has more than 24 years of management and leadership experience with an emphasis in medical device operations, research and development, and quality and regulatory affairs. He is accomplished in general and engineering management, and has proven results in building high performance organizations throughout his career in military, for profit, and non-profit organizations. In 2013, he retired at the rank of commander in the U.S. Navy after a successful 23 year career that included multiple commanding officer assignments. Worthington has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from The Ohio State University, is a graduate of the Stryker General Management program at the Harvard Business School.