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.

The Academic Impressions Online Learning Experience

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Our virtual trainings go far beyond just replicating PowerPoint presentations online: these experiences are intentionally designed to give you the kind of robust and dynamic learning experience you’ve come to expect from Academic Impressions. These trainings 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. You will leave these sessions with practical solutions that you can take back to your team or task force.

What you will get:

  • A dynamic, interactive, and high-touch virtual learning experience designed to engage and set you up for growth
  • Seamless online face-time, networking, group work, and Q&A opportunities from the comfort of your own workspace
  • Practical takeaways and hands-on knowledge
  • Guidance from vetted subject matter experts
  • Unlimited access to all recorded online sessions


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

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.



2. Emerging Practices from Around the Globe

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.



3. Breakouts and Share-Outs

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


Portrait of Gretchen Dobson

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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