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Creating Jobs: Education's Role in Reducing Unemployment

Start the discussion early! Join Nora Brown and Lisa Leander of GBSN to discuss current research and highlights around our conference theme of Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship.

When: Wednesday May 22, 2013
From 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM
Where: Online

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Start the discussion early! Join Nora Brown and Lisa Leander of GBSN to discuss current research and highlights around our conference theme ofEducation, Employment and Entrepreneurship.

Five years after the start of the global economic crisis, the world is still short some 67 million jobs. As employment takes center stage on the global agenda, the international development community is asking themselves critical questions to understand the complexity of the current crisis. GBSN believes business schools play an important roll in addressing the jobs shortage, and will be key to producing graduates with relevant skills for the workplace.

This webinar will discuss

• Historical context of how employment impacts overall development
• The current situation and the changing landscape of employment
• Opportunities for business schools to focus on building relevant skills
• Highlights of what to expect from the conference agenda including breakout sessions, site visits and plenaries


Nora Brown

 Nora Brown, COO, Global Business School Network

Nora Brown (M.A., Johns Hopkins SAIS) has been managing multi-partner, higher education programs with the Global Business School Network since 2005. In her current role as Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Brown is responsible for overseeing the internal organization processes and managing the full portfolio of services and programs offered by the organization. In her time with GBSN, Ms Brown has negotiated new contracts and has brokered new partnerships with large corporations, private foundations, and international aid agencies including Goldman Sachs, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Bank.

As a Projects Consultant at the International Finance Corporation, Ms Brown managed private sector development programs in Kenya focused on strengthening local business education and designed a comprehensive business education program in Tanzania that was launched in 2008. Additionally she designed a fellowship program involving business schools on 6 continents. Prior to her work in development, Ms Brown worked in the financial sector, managing the investment portfolios of private clients. Ms. Brown has experience in designing new programs, negotiating partnerships, and managing multi-partner programs. She has worked throughout Africa in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. Ms Brown earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins University and completed her Master of Arts degree in International Relations and Economics at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. 

Lisa LeanderLisa Leander, Membership Officer, Global Business School Network

Lisa has ten years of experience supporting capacity building development projects in Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. Over this time she has managed government contracts, World Bank programs and USAID projects. Her strong skills in proposal writing, program management and financial management have led to successful project outcomes in developing regions that include India, Jordan, Mexico, Botswana, Tanzania, and South Africa.

In her current role as Membership Officer Lisa oversees international networking activities for management educators, member recruitment and special events, including the GBSN annual conference. She is constantly looking for new ways to engage business schools in capacity building efforts, while helping them to expand their knowledge and networks. Lisa joined GBSN in 2008 as a Program Officer for the Karachi Education Initiative Project. In this role she managed an international advisory board and drafted a strategic plan for a new business school in Pakistan. Prior to GBSN she worked as a Senior Program Associate with Higher Education for Development (HED) where she oversaw twenty-six global higher education partnership grants and managed the USAID-funded Executive MBA Partnership program, which enhanced the existing Executive MBA program at Alexandria University in Egypt. She also designed and oversaw the impact assessment of the USAID-funded Training, Internships, Exchanges and Scholarships (TIES) program in Mexico. Lisa holds a Bachelors degree in History and Spanish, and a Masters degree in International Development from George Washington University.

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