Education Team Webinars

How would you like to learn more about the education sector in other countries without leaving your desk? The USDOC presents several webinars throughout the year focusing on a variety of topics in order to inform international education professionals on the best practices for entering or increasing their presence in particular markets.


Education Technology Executive Service to Colombia and Peru – Wednesday, March 7th

On March 7, 2018 the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service and Partners of the Americas invites you to participate in a free webinar highlighting the upcoming Executive Service (trade mission) to Colombia and Peru focused on opportunities for U.S. education technology and supply companies

The Commercial Education Technology Industry Specialists from Lima and Bogota will discuss their respective markets, the opportunities, and the challenges. A detailed overview of the Executive Service will be provided by Partners of the Americas.

Webinar Registration Link:

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who would benefit from participating in this webinar?

U.S. education technology and education supply companies interested in commercial opportunities in Colombia and Peru.

When will this Executive Service occur?

June 5-7, 2018 in Bogota, Colombia and Lima, Peru.

Who is organizing this Executive Service?

This Executive Service is being organized by Partners of the Americas and the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service.

What are the fees to participate?

$1,600 per market for small and medium-sized enterprises* (<500 employees)
$2,000 per market for large firms
*Additional representative fee: $900

Where can I register?

If I have questions, who should I contact?

William Toerpe, U.S. Commercial Service -- Birmingham

(205) 612-7828

Amy Freedman, U.S. Commercial Service -- Cleveland

(216) 402-5077

Summar Lyons, Partners of the Americas

(202) 524-5563


Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and EU – U.S. Privacy Shield for the U.S. Education Sector

When: Thursday, March 8, 2018; 11:00 am – 1:00 pm EST
Cost: $50

What you need to know: 
Do you have customers, partners, students… in Europe?  Are you actively marketing towards Europe?  Are you transferring EU personal data from Europe to the U.S.?  If the answer to either of these questions is yes, join us and learn about how the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) may impact your organization when it comes into force on 25 May 2018.  Failure to comply with the GDPR could result in stiff fines as high as 22 million dollars.     

In 2016, the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce launched the EU- U.S. Privacy Shield Framework to provide U.S. companies with a mechanism to comply with EU data protection requirements related to transfers of personal data from the EU to the United States. Over 2,600 organizations use this program to transfer data.  Privacy Shield can play an integral role in many organizations’ overall GDPR compliance strategy.


  • Gain knowledge about GDPR requirements including: Obligations towards your customers and business partners; Accountability & transparency; Security and privacy by default and International data transfers
  • Discover how GDPR can impact your business model/operations: What processes and tools can be put in place and How to start the compliance process
  • Learn about the Privacy Shield Program and how to apply: New Requirements under Privacy Shield and Application and Review Process
  • Know what to keep an eye on in the future


  • Isabelle Roccia, U.S. Mission to the EU, Senior Advisor for digital policy
  • Michelle Sylvester-Jose, U.S. Department of Commerce, Privacy Shield expert


Isabelle Roccia is a Senior Policy Advisor with the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service since 2013.  Based at the U.S. Mission to the EU in Brussels, she works on digital policy and digital economy, including data flows, data privacy and cyber-security.  In this role she advises U.S. Government agencies and private sector on EU decision-making process, policies and their potential impact on business models and companies’ regulatory compliance. Previously, Isabelle worked in EU affairs consultancies where she advised U.S. and European companies on EU policies related to ICT and international trade, as well as on EU funding opportunities.  She is a law graduate from the University of Paris II – Assas and holds a Master on Defense Industry and geo-strategies. 

Michelle Sylvester-Jose is a Policy Advisor with the Data Flows and Privacy Team at the U.S. International Trade Administration. In this position, she works to promote policy frameworks to facilitate cross-border data flows to support trade. Since joining ITA in 2014, she has focused on working with small-and-medium sized enterprises to export overseas. She serves as part of the Department of Commerce’s Privacy Shield Team, and works on the APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) System. Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Michelle has several years of experience working with non-profit organizations on program management and development. Michelle has a master’s degree in International Relations with a focus on Conflict Resolution and Negotiations from New York University, she also received her bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of California Davis.


State Consortia Webinar Series

Best Practices for Established Consortia

Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 1:00-2:00 pm EST/10 am – 11 am PST

Learn best practices from established consortia regarding communication, marketing, and events (hosting delegations, international missions, etc,)


Best Practices for Starting a Consortia

Thursday, February 8, 2018, 1:00-2:00 pm EST/10 am – 11 am PST

Learn how to get your consortia started, bylaws, creating a Board, attracting members


Best Practices for Alternative Sources of Funding

Thursday, March 8, 2018, 1:00-2:00 pm EST/10 am – 11 am PST

How to generate funds beyond membership dues, state support, sponsorship.

To participate in any of the above three webinars, please contact:
Joan Kanlian
U.S. Commercial Service – Westchester, NY


Here is a listing of our most recent webinars:

  • Refining Your International Recruitment Strategies
  • Taiwan: Education Technology Overview and Opportunities
  • Brazil Education Market
  • Best Practices and Opportunities for West African Student Recruitment
  • Education Market in Turkey
  • Calculating ROI for International Marketing and Recruitment
  • Portugal and France: Education Sector and Recruitment Opportunities
  • Opportunities in the UK Education Technology Market
  • International Program Best Practices and Travel Risk Management
  • Best Practices and Opportunities for Student Recruitment in Kazakhstan and Ukraine


Is there a particular topic or country/ies you would like us to focus on? Please let us know what you would be interested in hearing about in the next webinar by contacting Gabriela Zelaya at

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