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Community College Virtual Program

November 5, 2021

via Zoom | 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.



North Carolina is experiencing a rapid growth of global businesses despite the on-going health crisis and community college students will play a key role in meeting the needs of their workforce. This UNC World View program will explore topics related to global businesses and its impact on the North Carolina economy. Community college and early college educators will gain knowledge and resources on the specific needs of global businesses, including how they can prepare their students to meet the needs of the global workforce.


For community college and early college educators.


Signature Sponsor: IBM


Schedule | Speakers | SessionsProgram Materials | Support


Friday, November 5th
10:00 a.m. to 10:08 a.m.: Welcome: Timothy Humphrey, Charle LaMonica
10:08 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.: Plenary I: Preparing Community College Students for Global Businesses, Mabel Miguel
10:40 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.: Plenary II: “All Talent is Local”: Human Capital Opportunities and Challenges for Global Firms in North Carolina, Sekou Bermiss
11:10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.: Takeaway messages, Barbara Stephenson
11:15 a.m. to 11:25 a.m.: Break
11:25 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Concurrent sessions: Descriptions and presenters BELOW



Timothy Humphrey

Timothy L. Humphrey is currently the vice president of the Chief Data Office at IBM, as well as the Senior Location Executive for IBM Research Triangle Park and the Senior State Executive for North Carolina. Previously, Tim held various supply chain and operational executive roles spanning analytics, acquisitions, software sales transaction support, strategy and metrics. Prior to joining IBM’s supply chain organization in 2011, Tim led the design, development and launch of several products and technologies for Lenovo and the former Personal Computer Division of IBM. Tim has over 20 years of global experience and has earned numerous awards and patents for his contributions to the computing industry. Tim is an active volunteer and mentor in the community, and he currently serves on the Wake County Boys and Girls Clubs Board of Directors and the UNC-Chapel Hill World View Advisory Board. He graduated from NC State University in 1996 with a B.S. in electrical engineering.

Charlé LaMonica, Director, UNC World View
Charlé LaMonica has held service to the state front and center in her work. Since 2013, LaMonica has significantly expanded UNC World View’s support of educators, influencing 100,000 students in North Carolina in 2019-2020 alone; and increasing partnerships in both rural and urban settings. LaMonica and the World View team have led more than 21 global study visits through UNC World View, taking K-12 and community college educators around the world to learn about educational systems, classroom experiences, history, business and culture. These educational destinations have included Japan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Germany, South Africa, China, Dominican Republic, Moldova and Ireland. Since the founding of UNC World View in 1998, more than 25,000 teachers have participated in UNC World View programs from every county in North Carolina.
Barbara J. Stephenson, Vice Provost of Global Affairs and Chief Global Officer, UNC-Chapel Hill
Barbara J. Stephenson is vice provost for global affairs and chief global officer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a distinguished diplomat, former U.S. ambassador, international leader and prior dean of the Leadership and Management School at the Foreign Service Institute. She leads UNC Global and advances a pan-university global strategy to enhance UNC-Chapel Hill’s global reach, impact and reputation.

Stephenson, a fierce advocate for the role of higher education in addressing complex global challenges, has extensive experience forging constructive collaboration across societies and geographies.

Previously, Stephenson was president of the American Foreign Service Association from 2015-2019 and was a U.S. Foreign Service officer for over 30 years. She was a principal advocate for diplomacy, working closely with Congress, the media and globally engaged strategic partners.

At the Foreign Service Institute, Stephenson launched the Culture of Leadership Roundtable to improve leadership across the State Department and in U.S. embassies around the world. In 2008, she was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Panama and later became the first woman to serve as deputy ambassador and acting ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in London.

As deputy senior advisor to the secretary and deputy coordinator for Iraq (2006-2008), she was recognized with the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award for developing and implementing the civilian surge, the largest deployment of civilians to a war zone since the Vietnam War. She coordinated across federal agencies and the U.S. Congress to unite stakeholders behind a mission to reverse the spiral into sectarian violence by strengthening governance in Iraq.

From 2001-2004, as the American Consul General in Belfast, Northern Ireland, she helped renew support for the Good Friday Agreement that brought an end to decades of violence. As Consul General and Chief of Mission in Curaçao (1998-2001), she won support from local and Dutch officials to establish two U.S. Air Force bases to support Plan Colombia.

Earlier in her career, Stephenson served as special assistant to Under Secretary for Political Affairs Tom Pickering, covering European affairs, including the war-torn Balkans. Other assignments have included desk officer for the UK, political-military officer in South Africa, and political officer in The Hague, San Salvador, and Panama.

Stephenson, who earned her doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s in English literature from the University of Florida, speaks Spanish and Dutch and reads French and Hebrew.



Sekou Bermiss, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Sekou Bermiss’ research is in the area of strategic management and organizational theory.

Specifically, he investigates how institutional factors shape the perception of firms by critical stakeholders. His research also explores the antecedents and consequences of human capital mobility and how different forms of employee movement impact a firm’s ability to compete with rivals.

Dr. Bermiss teaches courses in people analytics, managing human capital, leading for impact and organizational theory and design

He is a Fellow at the Filene Institute where he leads the research efforts of the “War for Talent” Center of Excellence.

His award-winning research has been published in the Academy of Management JournalAdministrative Science QuarterlyOrganization ScienceStrategic Management Journal and Research in Organizational Behavior. His research has been highlighted by Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio.

He was honored as a Poets & Quants 2018 Top Undergraduate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, where he served on the faculty before joining UNC Kenan-Flagler.

Before entering academia, Dr. Bermiss worked for Deloitte Consulting in New York City. He received his PhD and MS management and organizations from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and his BS in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Mabel Miguel, Clinical Professor of Organizational Behavior
Mabel Miguel teaches courses in leadership and management at UNC Kenan-Flagler.

She shares her global expertise and experiences by infusing leadership lessons that transcend geographical and cultural boundaries into the leadership and management courses she teaches in MBA and UNC Executive Development programs.

Dr. Miguel has developed and taught leadership skill courses for such organizations as the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, ExxonMobil, Sony Ericsson, Caterpillar, CEMEX, Eastman Chemical and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

She has taught extensively at universities and organizations around the world. She was a visiting professor at Koc University in Istanbul.

She received her PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill and her MBA and BS from New York University.


Concurrent Sessions

Katherine Clyde, Business Division Dean, Pitt Community College

Katherine Clyde has been the Dean of the Business Division at Pitt Community College since 2014. Katherine is an advocate for global education; she helped start the Scholars of Global Distinction Program at PCC and has led several study abroad experiences focused on international business and entrepreneurship. Katherine teaches several business, marketing, and entrepreneurship classes including International Business, Organizational Behavior, People Skills, Introduction to Marketing, Introduction to Entrepreneurship, and Business Ethics.

Patricia Harms, Clinical Professor of Management and Corporate Communication

The research interests of Patricia Harms are visual rhetoric and slide design, performance feedback, online learning and revision in business writing.

Dr. Harms teaches written and oral business communication. In many courses she uses a hybrid teaching model that unites traditional face-to-face classroom with distance technology found in the workplace.

She is a member of the leadership team for the Association of Professional Communication Consultants and serves on the review board for Business Communication Quarterly.

Prior to her academic career, Dr. Harms was an administrator for a small, home-health agency where she also was responsible for marketing and public relations. A registered nurse, Dr. Harms has worked in labor and delivery, infection control, and hospital and home health staff development.

She received her PhD in rhetoric and professional communication and her MA in business and technical communication from Iowa State University, and her BSN from the University of Pennsylvania.

Markus Saba, Professor of the Practice of Marketing and Executive in Residence for the Center for the Business of Health

Markus Saba is an experienced pharmaceutical senior executive with an expertise in global and health care marketing.

He teaches courses in global healthcare and brand management. He leads the full-time MBA Program HealthCare Concentration and serves as executive in residence for the Center for the Business of Health at UNC Kenan-Flagler.

Professor Saba also serves as a faculty advisor for STAR (Student Teams Achieving Results). He is a member of the Business School Alliance of Health Management and the UNC Kenan-Flagler liaison to the Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice at Carolina.

During his 25-year career with Eli Lilly and Company, he held numerous marketing leadership positions. He led the global marketing efforts for diabetes business unit and neuroscience franchise at the company’s worldwide headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana.

He launched and held global responsibility for some of the pharmaceutical industries’ best-known brands such as Prozac, Cymbalta, Zyprexa, Cialis, Humalog and Trulicity. He had geographic responsibility for Africa, Asia, Japan and the Middle East, and lived and worked in Dubai, Geneva, Kobe, Hong Kong, Philadelphia and Indianapolis.

He serves as an executive board member for Easter Seals Crossroads, a nationwide nonprofit helping people with disabilities.

He received his MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler and his BS in marketing from Penn State University.

Concurrent Sessions

Session 1

Soft Skills Aren’t Soft: Developing cultural literacy, appreciation for diversity, and interpersonal competence in community college students

Katherine Clyde, Business Division Dean, Pitt Community College

Employers today list soft skills, such as critical thinking, cross-cultural communication, teamwork, and dependability as critically important for employment. In this session, we will discuss ways that students can practice these skills in the classroom, focusing on developing an appreciation for diversity and cross-cultural communication skills. This session will also emphasize why “soft” skills may be a misnomer, and how important it is for today’s business students to develop their cultural intelligence before entering the job market.

Session 2

Best Practices for Communicating Effectively in a Cross-Cultural Professional Environment

Patricia Harms, Clinical Professor of Management and Corporate Communication

To communicate successfully with people from different cultures and countries, business communicators must write clearly and efficiently while also fostering relationships. In this session, we will discuss best practices for professional communication with a special focus on writing with great clarity—an important aspect of writing for non-native speakers of English. We will also discuss specific tone drivers that business communicators can employ to help build relationships and foster community through writing.

Session 3

The Business of Global Health and Covid-19 Implications

Markus Saba, Professor of the Practice of Marketing and Executive in Residence for the Center for the Business of Health

Healthcare and the business of health have never been more important in our lifetime. Understanding the challenges and opportunities in the US and around the world is critical.  In this lecture, we will review the Iron Triangle of Healthcare, learn about the various healthcare systems and models around the world, and discuss the dual burden of disease, which countries are managing through it and the impact Covid-19 is having on various healthcare systems.

Program Materials

Study Guide- PDF, Word

Signature sponsor:

General support provided by:

Explorer level supporter

Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs