Media Relations

March 4, 2013

McPheters Speaks at Global Links Business Outlook Luncheon

Lee McPheters, associate dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business, will moderate the fifth annual Global Links Business Outlook Luncheon on Friday, May 14, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, 2401 E. Camelback Road.

The event includes a panel discussion with region-specific business and trade specialists. The panel will present a global economic forecast for the year to come with an emphasis on doing business with Europe, the Americas and the Pacific Rim. Panelists include:


  • Susan Au Allen, president and CEO of the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. She is a frequent commentator on U.S.-Asia Pacific trade, U.S.-China relations, Asian Americans, working women, equal opportunity, recruiting high technology professionals, scientists and engineers, and ethnic marketing strategies. Her focus on the panel will be the Asia-Pacific region.


  • Jon Allen, director general of the Department of Foreign Affairs, North America Bureau in Ottawa, Canada where he is responsible for Canada's bilateral relations with the United States and Mexico and for the trilateral Canada-U.S.-Mexico agenda. His focus on the panel will be the Americas.


  • Nilesh Shah, senior partner, Blick Rothenberg accounting firm in London, United Kingdom. The firm specializes in advising overseas companies on the implications of setting up business within the UK and using this as a base for expansion into Europe. Shah's main area of expertise is international tax. His focus on the panel will be Europe.


Following the panel discussion, the featured speaker will be Ann Warner, deputy director, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Also speaking at the event will be Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, who will provide welcome remarks and Gail Howard, policy advisor for economic development for Gov. Janet Napolitano.

The luncheon is presented by the Phoenix Sister Cities Commission, Arizona State University and the Arizona Department of Commerce with sponsorship from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Intel, ST Microelectronics, AeroMexico, PetsMart and Western International University. Cost is $50 for Phoenix Sister Cities Commission members, $55 for non-members or $500 for a table of 10 which includes sponsorship recognition and table space for exhibit and promotion of company materials. For reservations or more information, call 602-534-3751.