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International Opportunities in Economic Development

Date: August 15, 2019

Time:  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Price:  $95 for IEDC members, $135 for Nonmembers

Registration Deadline: August 15 at 11:00 am ET

Instructions will be emailed on Tuesday, August 13

Last date to request a refund or cancel registration: Monday, August 5

Questions? Please contact webinar@iedconline.org


International opportunities abound for economic developers. From increasing FDI and exports to overseas lead generation and visas, the topics in 'international' economic development offer many new opportunities. Our International Advisory Committee will offer a webinar featuring the latest trends, tools and resources to succeed on an international scale.




Aaron S. Brickman
Senior Vice President, Strategy & Development
Organization for International Investment
Washington, DC

Aaron has been successful as an entrepreneur, problem-solver and leader in public and private sector roles, with 25 years of experience building and leading investment and trade programs in government and beyond. He is a recognized expert on foreign direct investment (FDI) policy, even teaching on the topic at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. As OFII’s Senior Vice President for Strategy & Development, Aaron is responsible for efforts to forge new relationships with international companies, the diplomatic community and strategic partners around the world. In this role, he works with C-suite and senior executives at dozens of the Fortune Global 500.

Prior to joining OFII, Aaron was the founding Deputy Executive Director of SelectUSA, a global agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce charged with promoting and facilitating FDI in the United States. During that tenure, Aaron helped secure the agency’s first-ever Congressional budget appropriation, led program strategy and operations – reporting to Commerce leadership and the White House – advised hundreds of cities and states on best practices, and acted as ombudsman for companies encountering federal policy or regulatory problems. Aaron regularly speaks to audiences and the media about FDI and international economic development. His work has taken him to more than 60 countries.

Aaron holds a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from American University. He has also studied economic growth at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and e-commerce at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Sam Driggers, CEcD
Global Frontiers
San Francisco, CA

Sam Driggers, CEcD has more than 25 years of international, statewide, and local experience in trade promotion, business and economic development. Sam’s California-based international economic development work spans the state’s organizational ecosystem with program directorships at the former California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency, Sacramento Metro Chamber, California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, and GlobalSF, a trade and FDI organization based in San Francisco. Sam began his professional career in Washington, D.C. interning for Ambassador Michael A. Samuels, eventually transitioning as an international development recruiter for an agricultural focused non-governmental organization (ACDI-VOCA) and relocating to their West Coast regional recruitment office in Sacramento, California.

Sam earned his Master’s degree in International Trade and Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in 1997, his undergraduate degrees in Economic History and African Political Studies from the University of Cape Town, and Rhodes University in South Africa. His specialized economic development education includes: Oklahoma University’s Economic Development Institute, Leading Economic Growth coursework from Harvard University’s Executive Education program, and completion of the Evidenced-Based Policy Research Methods programme through the United Nations University – Maastricht University, Netherlands. Sam maintains his certified economic developer professional accreditation in IEDC and is the 2019 chair of their International Advisory Committee. He is particularly interested in the importance of cross-border trade and investment connectivity among economic development organizations, how they facilitate global flows and increase prosperity.

Erika Magder
Vice President, Global Sales & Products
Research Consultants International FDI, Inc.

Erika Magder is the Vice President responsible for global sales and products at Research Consultants International. Erika understands global business requirements, having worked for eight years for one of the largest global language services providers. As Director of Business Development at TransPerfect, Erika assisted Fortune 500 as well as fast growing companies with their international growth initiatives.

Erika started her career in economic development on the market research side and developed advanced research protocols and surveying techniques in order to identify fast-growing companies. She worked with a number of international and local economic development organizations to help them promote their regions to potential investors.

Erika acted as an in-country representative for the East and West Midlands Regions in the UK meeting with companies in Canada to present the region as an investment location. Erika’s wealth of global experience is an asset to Research Consultants International’s clients as she can provide strategic advice on which sectors and regions are most active and that can provide the best results for our clients.

Erika earned her Bachelor of Commerce from the Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario, specializing in marketing and international business.


Instructions and Technology

Instructions and dial-in information will be sent up to three days in advance and a minimum of two times. If you do not receive an email from IEDC or GoToWebinar 24 hours prior to the start of the web seminar, it is your responsibility to email webinar@iedconline.org. No refunds or credits will be given for not receiving the dial-in information for the webinar.


• Using a telephone: A touch-tone telephone
• Using Desktop VoIP: A computer equipped with the following:
-- a supported sound card
-- speakers or headphones
-- a microphone (for speaking during the conference)


• Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, Mozilla Firefox 1.5 for Windows/Mac/Linux, or Safari 2.0 for Macintosh
• Broadband Internet connection

Learn more about GoToWebinar please review the Attendee Quick Reference Guide(PDF)


Cancellation, Refund and No-Show Policy

• Refunds are available with cancellation until Monday, August 5. There are no refunds for cancellations received after Monday, August 5.

• All cancellations must be received in writing by email, fax or mail to Cherrika Gordon (e-mail: cgordon@iedconline.org / fax (202) 223-4745). Cancellations by phone are not accepted.

• All cancellations and requests for a refund after Monday, August 5 need to be submitted in writing to Cherrika Gordon and will be considered on a case by case basis. There is no guarantee of a refund or credit after Monday, August 5 and each will be given consideration under unforeseen circumstances.


Attend Web Seminars and Earn Recertification Credits from the Comfort of Your Office

We understand that CEcDs have a constant yearning to grow and improve their knowledge and expertise in economic development. Therefore, the IEDC web seminars have been approved as professional development programs for recertification. The web seminars provide a convenient and cost-effective online environment for economic developers to learn about cutting-edge research, techniques, and tools that are prevalent in the field.

CEcDs participating in a minimum of three (3) web seminars during a three-year recertification cycle can now earn recertification credits. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact certification@iedconline.org.