6th German American Business Summit



The College of Charleston’s German Program, School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs, Career Center, and School of Business are proud to present the 6th College of Charleston German-American Business Summit. Held at the College of Charleston Stern Center Ballroom in Charleston, South Carolina, the summit brings together German companies in the Southeastern US that are seeking to establish stronger ties to undergraduate education in the region. The event consists of a job and internship expo, keynote presentations and panel discussions from business leaders on pressing issues in German-American industry, and a networking reception.


Date & Venue

Date: Tuesday, March 29th 

Location: The Stern Center Ballroom

Address: 71 George St, Charleston, SC 29401


Stern Center Ballroom Conference:

9:30am: Welcome, Dr. Andrew Hsu, President, The College of Charleston

Introduction: Knudt Flor, Senior Vice President for Innovation and Industry Engagement and Professor of the Practice at CofC. 

9:45am-10:45am: Panel DiscussionSoft Skills, Global Impacts: Communication and Intercultural Competence in German-American Industry. Moderator: Professor Stephen Della Lana, Senior Instructor of German and Director of the CofC Cultural Vistas Summer Internship in Germany Program


Jamila Anderson, Communications Specialist, Mercedes-Benz Vans

Bertina Brase, German-American Recruitment Specialist with Q-Works Group.

Daniel Schlegel, Vice President of Customer Service, KION North America

J. Kevin Smith, CFO at Eugen Wexler US Plastics Inc.

10:45am-11:30am: Coffee and Networking Break 

Introduction, Dr. Sebastian van Delden, Dean, School of Sciences and Math

11:30am: Keynote Address, "Resilience and Flexibility in the Supply Chain in a Volatile Market" given by Oliver Haase, Senior Vice President for Purchasing and Supplier Network Americas, BMW. 

1:00pm-4:00pm: Job Fair, TD Arena 

4:30pm: Networking Reception: President’s Garden, 6 Glebe Street



Interview with Senior German Instructor, Stephen Della Lana on the S.C. Business Review

The College Today: CofC to Host Sixth Annual German-American Business Summit


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