Shaping Leaders Through Youth Exchange

29th CSIET Annual Conference
October 17-19, 2013
The Hotel Palomar, Phoenix, Arizona


9:00 AM - 3:00 PM: CSIET Board Meeting (Fresco Room)

3:00 PM: Exhibitor Set-Up (Third Floor Foyer)

3:00 - 7:00 PM: Conference Registration and Check-In (Third Floor Foyer)

4:00 - 5:30 PM: Pre-Conference Session (Mural Room)

  • Andrea Sebben
    • The lecture will discuss the basic characteristics of migratory experience; including adaptation strategies, the concept of culture shock, and the key to success in international youth exchange.

3:00 - 7:00 PM: Exhibits Open (Third Floor Foyer)

7:30 - 9:00 PM: Opening Reception (Third Floor Foyer)


8:00 - 9:00 AM: Continental Breakfast Buffet (Third Floor Foyer)

  • Breakfast of : seasonal fruits and berries, parfait, danishes, muffins, croissants, bagels, and an assortment of juices

9:00 - 10:30 AM: Membership Council Meeting (Dreamcatcher Ballroom)

  • Annual Report from CSIET Chair, David Vodila
  • Committee Reports·       
  • 2013 Elections
  • Executive Director Report

10:30 - 10:45 AM: Coffee Break (Third Floor Foyer)

 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM: Plenary Session (Dreamcatcher Ballroom)

  •  United States Department of State J Visa Compliance Session
    • Moderator: Laura Rose, CCI Greenheart
    • James Alexander, Private Sector Exchange, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, United States Department of State
    • Lale Kuyumcu, Private Sector Exchange, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, United States Department of State
      • U.S. State Department "J-Visa? representatives will review oversight and regulatory activities, including high school regulations and the upcoming Federal compliance audit.

12:15 - 1:45 PM: Lunch and Keynote Address (Dreamcatcher Ballroom)

1:45 - 2:45 PM: Plenary Session (Dreamcatcher Ballroom)

  •  Roadmap to the ELTiS
    • Moderator: Chris Page, CSIET
    • Melissa Cortez, Ballard & Tighe, Inc.
    • Sari Luoma, Ballard & Tighe, Inc.
    • Gwen Vitzthum, CCI Greenheart
    • Louise Reeves, YFU, USA

2:45 - 3:00 PM: Refreshment Break (Third Floor Foyer)

 3:00 - 4:00 PM: Plenary Session (Dreamcatcher Ballroom)

  • Exchange Student Panel:
    • Moderator: Georgina Taddiken, STS Foundation
      • Young leaders share their recent study abroad experiences and their path toward leadership roles

4:00 - 5:00 PM: Concurrent Sessions

  • Youth Exchange and Service Learning  (Calavera Junior Ballroom)
    • Carl Jaramillo, Minds Abroad
    • Laura Rose, CCI Greenheart
  • Mobility International (Mural Room)
    • Cerise Roth-Vinson, MIUSA
    • Emily Turner, AFS

5:15 - 5:45 PM: CSIET Board Meeting (Zia I)

6:00 - 9:00 PM: Intellicorp Dinner Reception (Lustre Deck)


 8:00 - 9:00 AM: Continental Breakfast Buffet (Third Floor Foyer)

  •  Breakfast of: seasonal fruits and berries, danishes, muffins, croissants, and fresh squeezed orange juice

 9:00 - 10:15 AM: Concurrent Sessions

  • CSIET Education Outreach (Calavera Junior Ballroom)
    • Moderator: Louise Reaves, YFU-USA
    • Vanessa Chang, Fairfax County Public Schools (Va.), ESL
    • Kim Kile, Director of Guidance at Greenfield-Central High School
  • Leading in an F-1 Context (Dreamcatcher Ballroom)
    • Moderator: Chris Page, CSIET
    • Mary Jo Brock, AFS
    • Luiz Marzullo, ICES
    • Aumomaleahh Omar-Livingstone, The Zource

10:15 - 10:30 AM: Refreshment Break (Third Floor Foyer)

10:30 - 11:45 AM: Plenary Session (Dreamcatcher Ballroom)

  •  Intellicorp Presentation- Criminal Background Checks
    • Kelly Ansboury, Intellicorp Records
    • Evelyn Holmes, Intellicorp Records
      • This session is designed to discuss with the CSIET members which products are included in each of the current bundles. As well as, inform members of Intellicorp plans for the coming cycle.

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM: Break (Third Floor Foyer)

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Working Luncheon (Dreamcatcher Ballroom

  • Federal Budget Update and U.S. Department of State Sponsored Youth Exchanges Programs
    • Mark Overmann, The Alliance
    • Michele Peters, Department of State
    • Amy Ballard, Youth for Understanding USA (YFU
    • Emily Danyluk,  ACIE
      • A representative from the Alliance will provide an annual review of Federal legislation and funding initiatives for international exchange programming, along with a review of the Congressional appropriations process for upcoming funding cycle. A panel of State Department grantees and a representative from ECA?s Youth Programs Division will discuss how your organization can shape future leaders by working with State Department-sponsored high school exchange programs.  Learn about funding opportunities for non-profit organizations and how you can get involved. CSIET Program members, both US based and International, are encouraged to attend this luncheon, where you can discuss partnership opportunities with the US Dept. of State as well as the latest developments with regard to federal funding of international educational exchange programs.

1:00 PM: Conference Adjourns