Global Upstate Conference

On International Business and Foreign Affairs

Furman University | Greenville, South Carolina | March 29-30, 2022

USC Upstate | Spartanburg, South Carolina | March 31, 2022

A Global Affairs Mastermind in South Carolina

The inaugural Global Upstate Conference, presented by the World Affairs Council Upstate and hosted at Furman University and at the George Dean Johnson Jr. College of Business and Economics, University of South Carolina Upstate, is an interdisciplinary event that will bring scholars and leaders together for serious and thoughtful discussions about the most pressing issues and opportunities facing the world. Over the course of three days in March 2022, the conference will host representatives of different international companies, government agencies, national think-tanks, universities, the military, non-governmental organizations, and many more.

A Global Affairs Mastermind in Greenville, South Carolina

The World Affairs Conference, co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council Upstate and Furman University, is an interdisciplinary event that will bring scholars and leaders together for serious and thoughtful discussions about the most pressing issues facing the world.

Over the course of two days in March 2022, the conference will host representatives of universities, companies, government agencies, the military, think–tanks and non-governmental organizations, among others.

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  • International Trade Breakfast with SC Consular Corps
  • Transportation Issues in South Carolina
  • Global Supply Chain Challenges
  • Cyber Security Challenges
  • 5G and Emerging Technologies
  • Lunch Panel – Global Security: An International Military Perspective
  • Russia and Its Neighbors
  • China’s Belt and Road Initiative
  • Rising China and Indo-Pacific Security Challenges
  • Nuclear Proliferation: North Korea and Iran: Is there an Answer?
  • Climate Change, Water and Geopolitics
  • Afghanistan: Where Do We Go From Here?
  • Migration, A World Wide Issue at Home and Abroad
  • Immigration, Workforce, and the Labor Crisis
  • The Great Resignation and the Worker of the Future
  • Small Businesses in the International Arena
  • Lunch Panel – International Tax Legislation and Planning

Conference Speakers and Panelists

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Conference Sponsorships Available

Bring the World to the Upstate—Sponsor the 2022 International Business and Foreign Affairs Conference

MARCH 28–31, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

Younts Conference Center
Furman University
1250 Duncan Chapel Rd.
Greenville, SC 29617

George Dean Johnson Jr. College of Business and Economics
USC Upstate

160 East St. John St.
Spartanburg, SC 29306

USC Upstate map

The World Affairs Conference, co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council Upstate and Furman University, is an interdisciplinary event that will bring scholars and leaders together for serious and thoughtful discussions about the most pressing issues facing the world.

Putting on an event like this requires all kinds of skills and contributions. Whether you are student looking for an internship opportunity or whether you are a working professional simply wanting to help, we’d love to have you on board.

Email [email protected] with a description of how you’d like to contribute and include a copy of your resume, and we’ll reach out to discuss volunteering opportunities.

Sponsorships not only help bring world leaders to the Upstate of South Carolina, enabling South Carolinians to build connections across the globe, but they also expose business leaders and deal makers to your company’s name and mission.

Scroll down to see the list of current sponsors. Learn about sponsorship packages and benefits by clicking here.

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Attend

Attend the Conference

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Sponsor

Sponsor the Conference

Sponsors

The Global Upstate Event Is Made Possible With Generous Support From Our Sponsors

Networking/Closing Event Sponsor

BMW Group Plant Spartanburg Logo

Conference Grant

ILO-logo
WACA

Luncheon Sponsors

Cherry Bekaert Logo

Breakfast Sponsor

Upstate SC Alliance Stacked-logo

Venue Sponsors

USC Upstate logo
Furman University Logo

Panel Sponsors

Transplace logo
GSP logo
ogletree-deakins logo
Greenville Chamber logo
GDAC Logo; Greenville Area Development Corporation, 20 years

Networking Breakfast Sponsor – Spartanburg

ONESPARTANBURG

Table Sponsors

JAS Worldwide logo
USC Upstate Logo

Special Thanks to Our Engaging Students Globally Sponsors

Special Thanks to Our Media Sponsor and Business Track Sponsor

Upstate Business Journal

Special Thanks to Our UI Month Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

FocalPoint Logo
Shining Applicants Logo

Bring the World to the Upstate

Become a Sponsor

Bring the world to South Carolina. As a company with global connections, your company is one of those few with global impact. Help connect South Carolinians with the world, to build the local economy, and to influence the world. Sponsoring this event will not only allow your company to have a powerful local and global impact, sponsoring the Global Upstate Conference will expose your company to hundreds of the most powerful, most globally connected business people and leaders in the region. Talk with us about how you can reach the international community from South Carolina today.

Title Sponsor – $15,000

  • 8 Premiere-Access Tickets for Premiere Speakers to Opening Night Event
  • 8 All-Access Tickets to Conference (Every Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Event) and a Reserved Table at Front-and-Center Location
  • Opening Conference Remarks
  • Presented as Title Sponsor in all Promotional Items and on Conference Website
  • Recognized at all Events in Continuous Promotional Video Displayed on Venue Screens
  • 4 Spotlight Posts on Social Media (Pre- During-Post-Event) with Hashtags of Choice
  • Inclusion of Gifts in Conference Goodie Bag
  • Special Mention in Invitation/Reminder Emails (2) and Thank You Email Blasts

Keynote Dinner Sponsor – $10,000

  • 4 Premiere-Access Tickets for Premiere Speakers to Opening Night Event
  • 4 All-Access Tickets to Conference
  • Reserved Table at Front-and-Center Location
  • Welcoming Remarks for Keynote Night Event
  • Recognized as Keynote Dinner Sponsor at Keynote Dinner Event
  • 3 Spotlight Posts on Social Media with Hashtags of Choice
  • Inclusion of Gifts in Conference Goodie Bag

Cocktail Closing Event Sponsor – $6,000

  • 6 tickets to Opening Night Event
  • 6 tickets to Conference
  • Closing Remarks for Closing Event
  • 3 Mentions on Social Media (Pre-During-Post-Event) with Hashtags of Choice
  • Inclusion of Gifts in Conference Goodie Bag

Opening Event at Artists Guild Sponsor – $4,000

  • 4 Premier-Access Tickets to Opening Night Event
  • 4 All-Access Tickets to Conference
  • Welcoming Remarks for Opening Night Event
  • 3 Mentions on Social Media (Pre-During-Post-Event) with Hashtags of Choice
  • Inclusion of Gifts in Conference Goodie Bag

Luncheon Special Panel Sponsor – $3,500

  • 4 Tickets to Opening Night Event
  • 2 Tickets to Conference
  • 1 Table at Luncheon Special Panel
  • Welcoming Remarks for Luncheon Event
  • Social Media Post Mentions and Hashtags of Choice
  • Small Logo Placement on all Tables.

Consul General Breakfast Sponsor – $3,500

  • 2 tickets to Opening Night Event
  • 2 tickets to Conference
  • Welcoming Remarks for Breakfast Event
  • 2 Social Media Post Mentions and Tags
  • Small Logo Placement on all Tables

Additional Sponsorship Levels

Keynote Dinner Table Sponsor – $1800

  •  2 tickets to the Conference
  • Seating for 8 at the Keynote Dinner
  • Small Logo Placement on all Tables
  • 1 Social Media Mention with Hashtag of Choice

Gold Sponsor – $2000

  • 2 tickets each to Conference, Keynote Dinner, Keynote Cocktail, and Consul General Breakfast
  • Listing in Conference pamphlet and at the Conference signage
  • 1 Social Media Mention with Hashtag of Choice

Engaging Students Globally Sponsor

  • Sponsors Students to Attend 1 day Conference in Greenville – $50 Per Student
  • Company Logo Listed on Student Name Tags
  • Listing in Conference pamphlet and at the Conference signage
  • 1 Social Media Spotlight post with Hashtag of Choice

Silver Sponsor – $750

  • 1 ticket to conference, ticket to Keynote Dinner, Keynote Cocktail, Consul General Breakfast
  • Listing in Conference pamphlet and at the Conference signage
  • 1 Social Media Mention with Hashtag of Choice

How Can I Sponsor the Conference?

For information about sponsorship opportunities, reach out to Tracie Frese, our sponsorship coordinator.

 


 

Tracie Frese

[email protected]

+864-434-2021

 


Global Upstate Conference Leadership Team

Meet the team of educators and business leaders that are organizing the Global Upstate Conference

Alex Akulli

Dr. Alex Akulli

President, Fulbright Association – South Carolina Chapter; Co-Chair, Global Upstate Conference

Brent Nelson

Dr. Brent Nelson

Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Furman University

Brianna Woodsby

Brianna Woodsby

Director of Compliance & International Trade at AFL

Darren Jansen

Darren Jansen

Translation Project Manager at IVANNOVATION

Heidi Wenninger

Heidi Wenninger

Director of Marketing Communications, Portescap

Rob Rowen

Robert Rowen

Owner and Founder of Nuance Galleries

Tracie Frese

Tracie Frese

Executive Director of Upstate International and World Affairs Council Upstate

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