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Join TIAA for our second conference of 2017 in Panama City, Panama, at the crossroads of the world and trade.

 Export to Your Calendar 9/22/2017 to 9/23/2017
When: Friday, September 22, 2017
7:00 PM
Contact: Jake Strickler

Online registration is available until: 9/22/2017
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TIAA is proud to announce the next in our regional global conference series developed and designed for the precise professional and personal development concerns of our fellow alumni. We celebrate the important role T-birds play in global understand and business. Join TIAA on September 22-23, 2017 at the Crossroads of Commerce Conference in Panama in the Casco Viejo district - Panama City's most historic and well-loved area where we will once again provide intimate business networking and education on a new level.  

Friday evening, September 22: Cocktail Reception at the American Trade Hotel
Saturday, September 23:  Conference and Sessions at the Central Hotel 

Conference session topics to include:

  • Behind the Canal
  • What the Rainforest Teaches Us About Business
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Exploring the Free Trade Zone
  • Personal Growth and Leadership Development

Get ready to learn and lead with the Crossroads of Commerce this September. Mark your calendar and stay tuned as we roll out the speaker line up in the coming weeks. 


Pricing for the Summit:


Registration includes all conference events, including opening and closing receptions and Saturday night dinner.



$325 per person         Lifetime and Current Student Members                                               

$375 per person         Premier Members                                                                                

$425 per person         Annual, Recent Grad and Business Members                                     

$450 per person         Friends and Family Members                                                              

$500 per person         All Alumni and Non-Members (includes Annual Membership!)             




Speaker Bios

Dana Green         

A business acceleration expert who leaders call on for well-grounded guidance to address a range of business challenges, Dana Green offers more than 35 years of experience working with Fortune 500 organizations as well as domestic small and medium-sized enterprises across a range of industries and geographies.

Dana focuses on value development, change leadership and business transformation. He is an expert in the creation and execution of strategies to drive corporate growth, post-merger integration, organizational change, asset optimization and a host of other value-enhancing initiatives.

As a skilled collaborator, he works with board officers and the senior executives of multinational corporations as well as with the owners and operators of privately or family-held entities. He accelerates business value that leads to optimized liquidity event planning and execution, in addition to expanding equity options for owners involving buy and sell-side merger and acquisition, internal succession or organic growth.

Client engagements have included leading a post-merger planning and integration initiative for a $20b semiconductor manufacturer and heading a team to conduct due diligence on a pending acquisition for a $7b global information services and publishing company. His past clients include a global organizational and leadership change initiative for the Nuclear Power division of Westinghouse Electric; a divisional transformation initiative for NetApp, Inc.; and an organization-wide culture and leadership change initiative for the U.S. Army.

Dana served as the initial President and CEO of Sage | Kotter, with Dr. John Kotter, Harvard Business School professor emeritus, author of the New York Times best-seller Leading Change and architect of the widely acclaimed 8-Step Change methodology.

He spent nine years with Microsoft Corporation, serving in senior leadership roles within worldwide operations, various product groups, and corporate finance. In 1995, he teamed with Microsoft’s Mergers and Acquisitions team in the Corporate Development office to create a new post-close acquisition integration model that became the standard by which future Microsoft acquisitions and partnerships were addressed. He held leadership responsibilities with several noteworthy ventures, such as the creation of MSN; the founding of Expedia, from concept through buildup, spinout, and IPO; and the establishment of MSNBC. In addition, Dana led key aspects of 44 corporate acquisitions valued at over $8b.

Dana began his career as a senior manager at The Boeing Company, providing contracting and program management leadership for the Boeing Aerospace and Boeing Computer Services Divisions. Among the many projects he was involved in over eleven years was the European economic offset planning initiative associated with the U.S. Government’s sale of Boeing’s AWACS aircraft to NATO, program managing large-scale supercomputing and software development projects for the City of New York and the U.S. Air Force, and several engagements with the Department of Defense.

Other posts include Vice President Strategy with Jump Associates, Senior Vice President Growth and Development with Sipi Metals and Senior Partner with Morgan Samuels.

Dana earned a B.A. from Seattle Pacific University with a concentration in Economic and Business Management. He has completed MBA coursework at the American Graduate University as well as additional specialized training in management, contracting and negotiations.  In 2012, Dana was appointed Adjunct Professor with Hult International Business School – London.


Meg Lowman

Called the “real life Lorax” by National Geographic and the “Einstein of the treetops” by Wall Street Journal, Meg Lowman exudes a passion for trees and forest conservation. She is an author, explorer, scientist, arbornaut (translation: treetop explorer!), mom, and change-agent for conservation. As a child, she built tree-forts and collected wild flowers. In her adulthood, she has devoted over 3 decades to exploration and research on forest canopies, as one of the first pioneers to found the field of canopy science. She has developed a toolkit for treetop exploration, including ropes and harnesses, canopy walkways, hot-air balloons and inflatables, cherry pickers, and construction cranes. Her research on tree canopies and forest conservation takes her to many countries with relatively little scientific infrastructure, where she can make a difference and also mentor girls at every opportunity.

CanopyMeg has published 8 books and over 125 peer-reviewed publications. Her first book, Life in the Treetops, was featured on the cover of the NY Times Sunday Book Review. Her work is showcased in Wired Magazine, Popular Science, Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Reading Rainbow, The Explorers Journal, Playboy, and as an ICON in the premier business magazine, Florida Trend. Carolyn Shoemaker named an asteroid after her, which represents some prime real estate near Jupiter. A children’s book featuring Lowman taking her kids into the canopy is currently used by over 14 states for next generation science standards (NGSS) in middle schools, based on her work as chief scientist for the Jason Project watched by millions of kids via satellite tele-communication, working alongside Bob Ballard of Titanic fame. Lowman has a BA in Biology, MSc in Ecology, PhD in Botany, and Executive Management certificate from Tuck School of Business. She has received myriad prizes including the Mendel Medal, Roy Chapman Andrews Distinguished Explorer Award, Kilby Laureate, Odum Award for Excellence in Education, and Lowell Thomas Medal by the Explorers Club. Her website, receives over 2 million hits/year and she frequently speaks to public groups ranging from kindergartens to corporate leaders to college commencements.

CanopyMeg was the founding director of the Nature Research Center in Raleigh, North Carolina; Executive Director of Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida; and inaugural Chief of Science and Sustainability at California Academy of Sciences. She has advised the Tommy Hilfiger Foundation and the Florida cabinet about sustainability, and was a science journalist for over a decade. Her current priorities including leading a biodiversity expedition in Malaysian rain forests, and partnering with Coptic priests in Ethiopia to save their last 5% remaining forests (that exist in church yards). Her mantra is, “no child left indoors,” and she brings Oreo cookies on all her climbing expeditions. 


Ilya Espino de Marotta

(Bio from the International Women's Forum)

IWF Panama member, Ilya Espino de Marotta, who is in charge of preparing the designs and specifications for all Panama Canal Projects, and who led the execution of the Panama Canal Expansion Program, will celebrate the opening of the new waterway later this month on June 26th.

The expansion will double the isthmus’s capacity for carrying cargo between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and is expected to have a significant impact on global markets, by increasing the capacity for larger oil cargo ships to pass the through the locks, lowering overall maritime transport costs. The canal will accommodate ships the size of three football fields, which will carry double the capacity of current cargo vessels.

Ilya is known for wearing her trademark pink construction helmet and pink safety vest – and for being one of the most preeminent and respected women in Panama. She lectures to experts from around the world about the engineering challenges of the canal and its future impact on global trade. 

IWF Panama is a newer forum in the IWF global network, developed in 2015 and officially announced by IWF’s Board of Directors in January of 2016.

Click here to watch Ilya de Marotta discuss her ascent as a woman engineer with the BBC News Service. 



Surse Pierpoint

Surse Pierpoint has been General Manager of Colon Import & Export, S.A. since 1989. He was born in Panama in 1958 and was educated at UNC-Greensboro in North Carolina, USA from which he received a double major in Spanish and Latin American Literature in 1982. He then went on to complete an MBA at the School of International Management in Arizona.

Surse is currently the General Manager of Zona Libre de Colón since July 2014. Former President of the Colón Free Trade Users Association and has been a Member of the Board of the Free Zone Users Association since 1987. He is also a Member of the Board of the British Chamber of Commerce in Panama, a Member of the Advisory Board of the Georgia Tech Logistics and Innovation Research Center in Panama, and a founding board member of the Bastiat Society.

Additionally, he is President of Fundación Libertad Panamá - a non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting classic liberal thought in Panama.

Surse is fluent in both English and Spanish.

He is married with four children.

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