Annual International Business Forum

This signature event features a moderated panel discussion with decision-makers who are shaping global business. The forum is open to students, faculty and the community at large. Participants will:

  • Gain insight on topics impacting the global marketplace
  • Network with key influencers in the international business community
  • Explore career opportunities in a wide range of industries

24th Annual Internationl Business Forum - October 2018
The Global Influence of Social Media On Business, Politics and Culture: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly 

Read the article: 7 takeaways of social media's good, bad and ugly from VCU Business forum 

The VCU International Business Forum focused on the presence of social media within our global society, and how it has effected global business, political and culture. We encouraged students attend the forum and participate in the conversation by telling us their craziest social media story. We had several hundred students participate, and the stories that resonated with the judges were awarded a copy of our distinguished author Emerson Brooking's book "Like War." One grand prize winner, Sombo Chunda was awarded an iPad! We thank these students for being involved and look forward to their participation again next year. #VCUIBF

Three students with Like War book

Visit the forum event page for details

Conference on Business and Entrepreneurship in Africa

Each year, the Conference on Business and Entrepreneurship in Africa highlights the pivotal role of entrepreneurship in Africa’s economic and social development. VCU School of Business Center for International Business Advancement partnered with VCU World Studies to host this year's conference. 

Participants from multiple disciplines presented on diverse perspectives on Africa’s place in the world and its promise in the market through panel discussions, paper presentations and keynote addresses.

Visit the conference event page to learn more.

VAIBC scholarship

Each year, the Virginia International Business Council awards scholarships to Virginia college students to support their international studies. These awards will be granted in 2018:

  • Five VAIBC scholarships (one for $1,000, two for $750, two for $500)
  • One VCU Center for International Business Advancement scholarship ($500)
  • One Piascik & Associates scholarship ($500)

Scholarship recipients will also receive a one-year VAIBC membership.

Eligibility: Rising juniors, seniors and graduate students who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Minority and international students are strongly encouraged to apply.

The 2018 scholarship application will be available in early spring. For more information, contact Van R. Wood, Ph.D., at

Virginia in the global wine industry

In 2016, VCU CIBA began managing the annual Commercial Grape Report data collection and reporting on behalf of the Virginia Wine Board. This was also the first year the CGR has attempted to capture qualitative data as well as quantitative data.

Working with the wine board, the team from VCU developed a series of multiple-choice and open-ended questions with the intent of giving growers more of a voice in the survey. Growers described the challenges they face growing and selling grapes and explained how the board could better help them.

Virginia International Trade Alliance

The Virginia International Trade Alliance (VITAL) expands the Commonwealth’s nationally recognized international trade programs through formal partnerships with Virginia’s public universities and industry associations. The alliance founded by the Governor of Virginia, the Virginia Department of Commerce (Virginia Economic Development Partnership - International Trade Divisions), and VCU's Center for International Business Advancement (CIBA) seeks to put teams of Virginia university students on real-world consulting projects that focus on finding promising international markets for Virginia companies.

To-date, over a dozen VITAL projects have been successfully undertaken at VCU by Dr. Van R. Wood and his students with organizations such as CarMax, LLC., Tata Communications, the Virginia Wine Board, Universal Corporation and other large, medium and small enterprises.

VCU EMBA Global Challenges Module

The Global Challenges Module of the VCU Executive MBA program has been coordinated by Dr. Van R. Wood for over 20 years. His responsibilities in this module include lectures and seminars, recruiting professionals and academic scholars to lecture, establishing blue-ribbon panels and other types of formats such that students received a deep and wide view of modern global business. The module also includes a two week trip overseas to a specific region of the world, where speaker, forums, cultural events and other interactions given participating students a real feel for the diversity that exists in our world and must be managed if successful global business is to be realized. Over the years, international trips have include sojourns to Europe, Asia, Latin America, the South Pacific and other destinations.

Meet the director

Van R. Wood, Ph.D., is an international business specialist with more than 30 years of experience in global marketing and trade. Wood earned his B.A. in marketing and his MBA in international business from the University of Washington, and his Ph.D. in international marketing from the University of Oregon. His teaching, research and consulting focuses on globalization and the development of international markets.

Wood accepted the Philip Morris Endowed Chair in International Business in 1994.