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The German-American Business Summit is the perfect opportunity to recruit new talent from community colleges and Universities in the Lowcountry, discuss and explore issues pertinent to German-American industry, and also network with other businesses and influencers in higher education. Now in its 3rd iteration, the summit consists of a 2-hour job fair, a conference on topics in German-American industry, and a reception for participants from industry and the community and educators. This year, support from the German Embassy’s Deutschlandjahr 2018/19 has made it possible to move the summit to a larger venue, the Gaillard Conference center two blocks from the College of Charleston. The College of Charleston German program, Career Center, School of Business, and School of Languages, Cultures and World affairs are hosting the event in partnership with The Citadel, Trident Technical College, and the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southeastern United States.

Job Fair 11am-1pm
Companies have the opportunity to recruit not just German majors, but business, chemistry and computer science students from the College of Charleston; engineers and business students from The Citadel; and students completing A.S. degrees at Trident Technical College, along with students from throughout the region and high school students interested in apprenticeships. Last year, 200 students from six different universities attended the event. This year, due to the partnership with The Citadel and Trident Technical College, that number is expected to double.

Conference 1-6pm
The College of Charleston is excited to announce that the keynote for the 3rd German-American Business Summit on February 5th will be Inga von Seelen, the Vice President of the Product Group NAFTA Hub USA for Mercedes Benz U.S. International Inc. Ms. von Seelen’s keynote will be followed by two panel discussions”

  • “Leadership in Sustainability in German-American Industry,” a panel discussion on green initiatives in German-American industry with experts from manufacturing and logistics from the region
  • “Futures of German-American Industry,” a panel on economic development and the trajectories and needs of German-American industry moderated by Mike Graney, Vice President of Global Business Development at the Charleston Regional Development Alliance.

Reception: 6pm: Hosted by Mercedes-Benz Vans
A reception for educators and administrators and guests from industry, and a chance to network and make lasting connections in industry and build bridges with our educational institutions.