May2520097:09 am

A blockbuster event in the City of Angels

Question: if you’re at the Staples Center in LA this week and run into flocks of beautiful, famous people, are they attending: a) Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, Lakers v. Nuggets, b) the NAFSA 2009 Annual Conference & Expo, c) WWE Smackdown, or d) a Dane Cook show?

Yes! B is correct (at least for the purposes of this post): the NAFSA annual conference, off to which I am headed in just a few hours! NAFSA is the largest gathering of the international education and exchange field each year, drawing anywhere from 8,000-10,000 participants. I’m a NAFSA newbie, so I’m not entirely sure what to expect, though I’m told that the exhibit halls are just absurdly huge, that I should bring more business cards than I possibly think I could go through in a week, and that the Wednesday night reception sponsored by the Irish universities association gets pretty ridiculous.

Not sure what the status of blogging will be throughout the week, but I’ll definitely jump on for at least a few links/thoughts, and hopefully provide some updates and photos from the conference. I’m also hoping that the other three above events, all of which are taking place at the same time NAFSA is underway, will result in some legit celebrity sightings, better than the kind that happen in DC where our idea of seeing someone famous is running into John King on the Metro (though I do love his Magic Wall).

Happy Memorial Day.


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2 Responses to “A blockbuster event in the City of Angels”

  1. I am looking at your book Working World at the NAFSA bookstore and very disappointed that it doesn’t mention NASBITE or the CGBP. Please include it in your next edition.

  2. Error: Unable to create directory /home/content/m/a/o/mao32/html/wp-content/uploads/2022/12. Is its parent directory writable by the server? Mark Overmann says:

    Thank you for the tips on these resources, Bronwen. For those who don’t know:

    NASBITE International is “a professional organization for the global business community” ( and the CGBP is a certification for global business professionals offered by NASBITE (

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