Engaging International Alumni in a Virtual World

Engaging International Alumni in a Virtual World

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How are you engaging your international alumni in virtual programming, brand ambassador development, and discovery visits?


Institutions have seen a significant increase in their engagement with international alumni since the beginning of COVID-19. This increase can be attributed to programming that was adapted from primarily in-person to exclusively digital and alumni's desire to connect over their shared experience of the pandemic.

Now more than ever, institutions need to accelerate the development of their virtual programming, global brand ambassadors, and discovery visits to ensure international alumni can continue to be meaningfully engaged. How have recent changes impacted your international alumni engagement strategy? Are you leveraging the best thinking out there to maximize the contributions of this important alumni group?

In this discussion-based virtual training guided by two experts, you will share with your peers and learn from their successes and lessons learned. Together, we will identify the emerging best practices in:

  • Digital programing for international alumni
  • Brand ambassador development
  • Discovery visits


Who Should Attend

This is a discussion-based event that will require all participants to share their insights and lessons learned. If you are an international alumni relations professional, alumni relations manager, or interested in working closer with your global alumni constituencies, join us and come prepared and ready to share your solutions, ideas, and perspectives.


Limited Attendance

In order to ensure a high-quality learning experience, we have intentionally designed this Virtual Training to have a limited number of total attendees. To ensure access from both paying participants and also from those who have an All-Inclusive membership, when the membership cap is reached, only paying participants can register after that point (while spaces are still available). If you have questions about whether this program is right for you, please contact us.

The Academic Impressions Virtual Workshop Experience

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to exploring responsive issues in higher education. Our virtual workshops provide you with an active learning environment and an online space where you can explore ideas, get inspired by what your peers are doing, and understand the range of possibilities around a certain topic. Depending on what you need to solve a specific challenge at your institution, you will have the chance to gain ideas, plans, refinements, or connections with those undergoing the same challenges as you. You will leave these sessions with practical solutions that you can take back to your team or task force.

What you will get:

  • Learn from what your peers are doing across the nation
  • Gather unique and creative approaches that you may not have thought about
  • Validate and vet plans and priorities
  • Contribute your ideas and help shape the conversation
  • Get work done in a space that’s designed to help you reflect, be creative, and maintain focus on the issue
  • Connect with subject matter experts who steer the conversation and add value
  • Experience expert facilitation to ensure practical outcomes and takeaways

As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds nationally, it is so important to keep connecting and networking with your peers - at a “social distance” - and to keep learning and developing as higher-ed leaders and professionals. Don’t let social distancing and quarantines prevent you from setting aside time for professional development. Everything is changing so fast; more than ever, we need to be pooling our resources and knowledge and finding the best ways to develop our capacity, connect and share with each other, and move forward during a challenging time.

*A limited number of FREE member spots are open for each virtual training. Sign up today.


September 29, 2020

2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Eastern

During this three-hour virtual training, we will cover the following topics:

  1. The Landscape of International Alumni Engagement
  2. Most institutions’ approach to international alumni engagement has transformed overnight due to COVID-19. This has forced shops to reassess their resources and priorities while also opening the door for more innovation in their engagement strategy. In this opening session, you will hear from our expert speakers who will share their perspectives on how these changes are impacting the industry.



  3. Emerging Practices from Around the Globe
  4. Before you share your successes and lessons learned, you will hear what our expert is doing at Michigan State University. Examples from other institutions around the globe will also be shared; you will learn more about their approaches to international alumni programming, ambassador development, and discovery visits.



  5. Breakouts and Share-Outs
  6. Breaking into small groups, you will discuss your successes and lessons learned in your approach to each of the following topics:

    • Virtual Programming
    • Brand Ambassador Development
    • Digital Discovery Visits


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Gretchen Dobson, EdD

Global Engagement Specialist, Independent Consultant

Gretchen is a global engagement strategist, author, and academic with 27 years’ experience across five continents. She advises CEOs, CHROs, governing boards, and policymakers on best practices in EdTech and other creative strategies and solutions that enable institutions, companies, organizations, and governments to identify, track, and manage relationships with their global stakeholders and brand ambassadors.

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Daniel Spadafore, PhD

Senior Director of International Advancement,
Michigan State University

In this role, Daniel serves as MSU’s chief international development officer and oversees the Office of International Advancement in its efforts to grow alumni, corporate, foundation, and donor support for MSU’s international initiatives.

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*There are limited spots available for All-Inclusive Members to register for virtual trainings for free in 2020. Each virtual training has a registration cap in order to ensure a high-quality learning experience. If the cap has been met, All-Inclusive Members can register with a $250 discount if space is available.

Academic Affairs, Advancement/Alumni Relations, Enrollment Management, and Student Affairs members will continue to receive $100 off training registrations, if applicable. Upgrade your membership to qualify for a higher discount.