Program Agenda

2021 Less Commonly Taught Languages Career Fair

Program Agenda for Friday, July 23, 2021
1:30-4:00 p.m. CDT

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1:30 – 2:30 p.m. CDT: Welcome, Keynote Address and Keynote Speaker Q&A

  • Felecia Lucht, Director, Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI), UW-Madison
  • Laura Hammond, Director, Language Program Office (LPO), UW-Madison
  • Csanád Siklós, Associate Director, Institute for Regional and International Studies National Resource Center (IRIS-NRC), UW-Madison
  • Keynote Address:  Sachin Tuli, Director, International Business Major and Faculty Associate, International Business and Marketing, UW-Madison
  • Keynote Q&A Discussion.  Submit your questions via Zoom chat.

2:30-4:00 p.m. CDT:  Panel Sessions

Attendees will choose which panel they would like to attend, but recordings of all three panels will be available after the event.

Panel Session 1 – Opportunities for Speakers of Less Commonly Taught Languages in the Government

  • Jeff Cary, Outreach & Recruitment Manager, Boren Awards & Caitlin Wiley, Program Officer National Security Education Program (NSEP) Defense Language and National Security Education Office
  • Abigail Barnes, Recruitment Analyst, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs & Bureau of Global Talent Management & Ron Packowitz Diplomat in Residence (DIR) – Midwest
  • Joemer A. Ta-ala, Assistant Provost, ETD, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC)
  • Panel 1 Q&A Discussion. Submit your questions via Zoom chat.

Panel Session 2 – Opportunities for Speakers of Less Commonly Taught Languages in the Private Sector

  • Shelley Fairweather-Vega, Russian and Uzbek Translator
  • Anja Green, Content Development Manager, Mango Languages
  • Michael Harris, Epic
  • Panel 2 Q&A Discussion. Submit your questions via Zoom chat.

Panel Session 3 – Professional Development Opportunities for Speakers of Less Commonly Taught Languages

  • Kaveri Advani, Program Manager, The Language Flagship, Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO)
  • Brian Cooke, Program Officer, Project GO & Language Training Centers, Institute of International Education (IIE)
  • Katie Jost, Program Director, Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)
  • Mark Lilleleht, Assistant Director for Awards, Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at UW-Madison
  • Panel 3 Q&A Discussion.  Submit your questions via Zoom chat.