International Education Leadership


WS04 - Engaging International Alumni: A Pathway to Your Institution’s Global Capacity

Sunday, May 29
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: CCC, 301

Member Fee: $300.00 | Non-member Fee: $429.00

Alumni can help build your university's global brand and readiness. They can develop corporate partnerships abroad, open doors in new markets, mentor for capacity building in global learning and support admissions and recruitment efforts. This workshop will provide strategies and tools to engage alumni, international students and other stakeholders to support a successful international strategy.

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Sandra S. Rincón

Emojiee Consultancy
Tilburg, Netherlands

Founding Partner Emojiee, a consulting, training and coaching firm for leaders and senior teams looking to build deeper emotional connections with their stakeholders to drive performance and increase profits.

With more than 25 years of experience in field of international Education, I’ve been building global communities linking universities, companies, governmental organizations, NGOs, scholarship foundations and entrepreneurs. I've developed international strategies and programs on alumni and stakeholder engagement, international fundraising, intercultural communication, student mobility, international marketing and recruitment and language acquisition. This has given me the opportunity to live and work in the Netherlands, USA, Spain and Colombia. Presently I'm completing a Ph.D. in Management at Tilburg University in the Netherlands on the topic of International Alumni Relations and Internationalization of Higher Education.

I currently serve as trainer and adviser for various international organizations: the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Association of International Educators (NAFSA) and European Association of International Education (EAIE), Association of Latin American Business Schools (CLADEA) and EP-Nuffic (Organization for internationalization of Dutch education). I've also co-authored various articles on international engagement.

Specialties: Global Engagement, International Education, Intercultural Communication, Curriculum Development, Language Acquisition Methodology, Bilingual Education

Andrew Shaindlin

Vice President
Grenzebach, Glier and Associates
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Andrew Shaindlin is vice president at Grenzebach Glier & Associates (GG+A), a global philanthropy management consulting firm. He is a specialist in the Alumni Relations practice area, focusing on strategy and leadership development for alumni communities of all kinds. He presents workshops, seminars, and keynotes globally, and is the author of numerous articles and chapters on institutional advancement, as well as the founder and author of the non-commercial professional resource, AlumnI Futures ( Previously, he served as associate vice president for alumni relations and annual giving at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With 27 years of experience in educational leadership, Shaindlin has also worked at Brown University, the University of Michigan, and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He chaired the Commission on Alumni Relations, and served as a trustee of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Shaindlin is an advisor to the UK-based Futures First Global, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Councils for International Education. He holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Brown University, and an MA in education from Claremont Graduate University.

Ginger Welsh

Director of International Alumni Programs
University of California-Davis
Davis, CA

Ginger Welsh is the Director of International Alumni Programs at the University of California, Davis. She brings 20 years experience working with alumni and student populations and integrating their experience into events, both locally and abroad. She is responsible for growing and developing active and engaged networks of alumni around the world, and increase active Chapter numbers from 4 to 25 groups in four years. She's trained 100+ group leaders through annual Alumni Chapter Leaders Training Conferences. CASE recognized her work in Programs for Alumni, Admissions and Parent Partnerships with a Gold Award in 2014 and in Building Training Programs for Alumni Leaders with a Bronze Award in 2013. She ran 3 training conferences outside the U.S., and brought faculty and alumni to Admissions events abroad, positively impacting admit numbers. She travels with the Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, Provosts, Deans and other faculty, abroad and domestically. Through annual outreach to the Study Abroad programs, and reviewing successful faculty Sabbatical proposals, she created engagement opportunities abroad in 10 countries. She raises money for scholarships, signature events and other campus priorities. Previously she worked as the Associate Director of Alumni Relations for UC Davis’s School of Law, and worked closely with alumni, students and faculty. With the Dean and Board of Directors, she expanded outreach to alumni and the community and increased revenue streams. The School of Law's International Programs (LLM and JD programs) and thei alumni, were actively incorporated in their outreach for the first time. As part of the UC system, she worked towards more collaborative programming, cooperation and engagement opportunities with the 9 sister campuses with much success. She holds a M.Ed. in Student Personnel Services from the University of South Carolina and B.A.s in Psychology and Rhetoric and Communications from UC Davis.


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