WTCouncil to host dinner program on Mexico Feb. 27

The World Trade Council of Wichita (WTCouncil) is back for a semester of programming; visit the website to see the latest program and registration, which includes a three-course dinner at the Wichita Country Club. Usha Haley, Barton Distinguished Chair in International Business, asks those interested to also invite other faculty and students. The WTCouncil subsidizes students below cost as the board considers networking an important part of an education.

The next WTCouncil dinner program will be on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at the Wichita Country Club and will feature insights from two WTCouncil board members: Edo Geromel (Cargill) and Ted Vlamis (Vlamis International Business Advisors) on “Operating in Mexico, Successful Strategies and Cautionary Tales.” For the first time in two decades, the United States buys more from Mexico than China, and this trend will only accelerate as supply chains continue to adjust (see the Financial Times article below). But, how much is really known about the U.S.’s neighbor to the south? Both speakers bring a world of experience to this event, so it hopes to see everyone there for a frank and free discussion.

The Financial Times recently invited Haley to write an MBA style teaching case for it dealing with current topics on supply chains, China and technology for use in graduate and executive programs, but also something that international executives (its main audience) may wish to consider. The case, “Supply Chains: When the Chips are Down” is available to read online. At the WTCouncil, it discusses these topics, and similar, and will continue to do so with the community’s help.

The WTCouncil also received a nice mention in EFMD’s Global Focus’s issue on Business School Internationalization in a Changing World, which was highlighted at the Barton School of Business’s dean’s meeting. The article, “Societal Impact through Sustainable Scholarship” is available to read online. With about 983 institutional members worldwide, including 30,000 management professionals, spanning 93 countries, EFMD is a global non-profit association devoted to management development and one of three major accrediting bodies for business schools.

As before, WTCouncil’s program begins with networking at 6 p.m. followed by the main dinner event at 6:30 p.m. Join it in the cutting-edge conversations at its town-meets-gown program at the Wichita Country Club. For more information, contact the WTCouncil at with “WTCouncil program” in the subject line.