Utah Valley University’s Office of Global Engagement welcomes speakers and honored guests to the UVU Diplomatic Conference on International Trade Relations beginning at 8:30 a.m. in UVU’s Grande Ballroom, room SC-105 on Monday, March 12. The event is free and open to the public.

Presenters during the first session, led by Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, will examine the topics of sustainability, free trade, energy, and technology and innovation. Presenters include Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, World Trade Center President Derek Miller, Meghan Stettler of Utah Governor's Office of Energy; and Clint Betts of Silicon Slopes.

“Utah Valley University plays an important role in terms of global economic development,” said Cox at a state address. “I appreciate UVU’s Office of Global Engagement’s commitment to host international dignitaries and delegations.”  
 
Following the initial session, there will be three breakout sessions offered at 10 a.m. covering Africa and Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Networking will close the event with consuls general and trade representatives, and a VIP luncheon by invitation only.

Honored guests include Christina J. Hernandez, regional director for the Office of Foreign Missions, US Department of State in Los Angeles; and Dee Mower, local entreprenur and global business woman.

“UVU’s Diplomatic Conference brings together diplomats from around the world, Utah government and business leaders, community members, students, and faculty,” said Baldomero Lago, UVU’s chief international officer. “It’s the perfect venue to discuss international trade, establish good network opportunities, and develop global understanding.”