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Co-Director, International Relations Program at the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Frank Plantan is an established leader and innovator in international education, program development and cross-cultural exchanges with a proven track record in pioneering new educational, internship, and research programs in Europe and Asia creating and employing professional networks bridging diverse institutions and organizations.

Currently, he serves as the Co-Director of the International Relations Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education and Masters in International Relations. He took his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Illinois State University. His portfolio includes eighteen years as the Director of the Penn-in-Seoul Study Abroad and Internship Program, and ten years as Executive Secretary of the International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy (a joint project of the Council of Europe and the University of Pennsylvania). He also serves as the President of the Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society for International Studies, as well as the General Raporteur for the Council of Europe on a seventeen-nation comparative research project, Universities as Sites of Citizenship and Civic Responsibility. For additional information and publications, refer to his full biography.


Director of Global Safety and Security and Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Global Activities, Northwestern University

Julie Friend has worked in the field of international education for over 20 years. As the Director of the Office of Global Safety and Security at Northwestern University, she is charged with developing a comprehensive, university-wide approach to international risk management. In 2014, she was named Technical Analyst of the Year by the U.S. Department of State for her leadership in advancing the international safety and security interests of the academic community.

Ms. Friend contributes regularly to NAFSA’s publications about crisis management and risk management. She has traveled in over thirty countries and has lived in both France and Zambia. In addition to earning a Juris Doctor in Law and a Master of Arts in English from Michigan State University, Ms. Friend has a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communications from Syracuse University. She is also a licensed attorney in the state of Michigan, and currently lives in Evanston, Illinois. For additional information and publications, refer to her full biography.

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Director, Integrated Mareketing Communications Certificate Program at Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University

Tom Hayden joined the full-time IMC faculty in 2006, following a 30-year career in marketing and advertising, and eight years as an adjunct. Currently Tom teaches Ethics, Data Privacy, and Strategy courses to undergradaute and graduate students. He also serves as program director and academic advisor to students in the IMC Undergraduate Certificate program. Tom is chairman of Medill’s Academic Standards Committee, and a member of Northwestern’s Copyright Policy Committee.

After receiving his law degree and passing the bar exam in 1977, Tom switched directions and began his career at The Leo Burnett Company. He then spent most of the 80s at DDB Needham (now DDB), before joining Bozell Worldwide in 1989. He spent the next 14 years as president of Bozell’s Chicago operations, while also serving as a member of the Bozell Worldwide board of directors. Tom left Bozell in 2003 following its acquisition by the Interpublic Group and spent the following three years as both president and chief strategy officer of GreenHouse, an independent communications company based in Chicago. Tom currently sits on the board of the Oakmark Mutual Funds, where he is chairman of the committee on contracts and a member of the executive and audit committees. For additional information, please refer to his full biography.


Jenn Yee

Senior Manager, Organizational Development, Green Chef

Former Asst Director, Internships & Experiential Learning, Leeds School of Business - University of Colorado Boulder

Jenn is passionate about building teams, programs and products that help to close a widening education and opportunity gap, and that help organizations to grow and scale sustainably. In her current role at food e-commerce startup Green Chef, she is responsible for designing and developing initiatives in support of people and human resources strategies.

Prior to Green Chef, Jenn served as the Assistant Director for Internships and Experiential Learning at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder, building intra-school partnerships, experiential learning programs and leading a design-thinking initiative focused on career readiness programs for undergraduate students.

Jenn has personally advised hundreds of undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals making career transitions into the startup and traditional sectors. Prior to her role at the university, she was the Founding Director of the Startup Institute Chicago, an immersive education company that helps individuals to develop the skills, mindset, and network to get jobs and thrive in high-growth tech companies.

Jenn has been a featured speaker on topics such as the startup ecosystem, the high-tech job economy, millennials and the job markets, and as a featured speaker or panelist at Chicago Ideas Week, Glappitnova, e@NU at Northwestern University and the Fall summit of the Collegiate Career Services Association (CCSA) of Colorado & Wyoming.

She has a BA from Williams College and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.