Southwestern College Instructor Presents at Global Trade & Cybersecurity Conference

Southwestern College Instructor Presents at Global Trade & Cybersecurity Conference

On November 12, 2015 the Bay Area CITD kicked off a 3-day conference in San Francisco that highlighted the convergence of global trade and logistics with cybersecurity. The goal of the “Intergrating Global Trade & Logistics and Cybersecurity” conference was to provide insight to participants on how academic models bridge skills gaps between education and training and how to tap into available resources, used by industry leaders, that strategically protect all aspects of integrated global supply chains.

The conference featured plenary sessions with keynote and panel presentations by leaders from companies and organizations in the global trade & logistics, security, and technology spaces, including Resilinc Inc., Expeditors, Juniper Networks, NextLabs, Facebook, California Highway Patrol, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, among others. After the plenary sessions, attendees had the opportunity to participate in breakout sessions along two tracks: Global Trade & Logistics and Cybersecurity. In one of those breakout sessions, titled “Bridging Skills Gaps Between Training and Education”, Irina Weisblat—an instructor in Southwestern College’s International Logistics and Transportation Program—discussed how academia addresses differences in educators’ and employers’ perspectives of which skills make graduates competitive in the new economy, and which skills colleges should teach to fit the needs of the rapidly evolving global economy.

The Bay Area CITD, hosted by Skyline College in San Bruno, California, plans to build upon this inaugural event and make this a yearly conference.