Professional Development Workshops for International Students

If you have questions about future workshops, please contact Dr. Zahir Quraeshi, director of WMU's global business center, at (269) 387-6093 or Email Zahir Quraeshi.

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Financial Management Basics

  • Dr. Onur Arugaslan, associate professor of finance, Haworth College of Business
  • Saturday March 29, 10 a.m. – 1p.m.
  • 1120 Schneider Hall, Haworth College of Business

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About this workshop

This workshop is designed to promote participant understanding of financial management basic s and their applications in the contemporary workplace. It introduces students to the fundamentals of financial management by highlighting important topics such as financial statements, security issuance, and risk-return relationships.

About Dr. Arugaslan

As professor of finance at Western Michigan University, Dr. Onur Arugaslan's primary teaching interests are in the areas of personal financial planning, corporate finance, financial strategy and international finance. His considerable research includes many articles related to these areas published in the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Corporate Finance, Managerial Finance and International Journal of Banking and Finance, among others. His research in finance has been recognized for excellence through various awards, including the Best Paper Award at the 2006 Association for Global Business Conference, a Highly Commended Paper Award at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence in 2008, the Best Presenter Award at the International Business and Management Research Conference and the Best Paper Award at the International Business and Social Science Research Conference in 2013. Arugaslan holds a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Texas at Dallas and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.


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Dr. Satish Deshpande, associate dean for graduate programs and professor of management

About this workshop

The seminar on Leadership Development Skills was designed to prepare you for future leadership roles. It introduced students to the basics of effective leadership while allowing them to define and refine personal leadership style through interactive group exercises.

About Dr. Deshpande

Dr. 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. 


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About this workshop

The session on Organizational Leadership was designed to promote participant understanding of leading organizational development and change. It also highlighted key competencies necessary for effective sustainability leadership and the dynamics of leading in globally diverse contexts. 

About Dr. Palthe

Dr. 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.

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