This conference runs from 7:30am - 4:30pm.
We will provide lunch and coffee breaks throughout the day.
Day 1
20 Oct 2017
Day 2
25 Feb 2024
Day 3
20 Oct 2017


Marc Schulman, President of Eli’s Cheesecake

Opening Remarks

Richard Paullin, Executive Director, International Trade Association of Greater Chicago; Chairman, Illinois District Export Council, will discuss the state of IL exports with the new administration and provide a snapshot of the Chicago e-commerce world.

Presentation: “Devil is in the Details: Navigating the Complexity of Global Shipping”

Presented by: James Kornacki, PhD, is Chief Wine Revolutionary at Ullo

Moderated by: Logan Hanes, International Account Executive, UPS

As an entrepreneur you’re advised to think big, but overlooking some details can cost you big time.  James will share his story on launching a consumer products company to a global market, with plenty of specifics.

James Kornacki
James Kornacki, PhD
Logan Hanes
Logan Hanes

Presentation: Global Omni-channel Ecommerce Marketing: Marketing Consumer Goods in An Age of Increased Growth and Transparency Online

Presented by: Andrea Sreshta is co-founder of LuminAID

Moderated by: Robert Steiner, District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration, Illinois District Office

The LuminAID light has been sold to individuals and organizations in more than 70 countries.  Andrea will discuss how she and her co-founder Anna Stork patented the LuminAID light, was featured on ABC's Shark Tank in 2015, received offers from all 5 Sharks, and made a deal with Mark Cuban, the company's first investor.  We will learn how Andrea has grown LuminAID into a global powerhouse.

Andrea Sreshta
Andrea Sreshta
Robert S. Steiner
Robert S. Steiner
10:15 - 10:30

ENERGY BREAK = Network + Visit Vendor Tables!

Luncheon + presentation: E-Commerce: Where to Focus

Presented by: Lil Mohan, Entrepreneur and Academician

Moderated by: Ernie WattsPresident of TRC Chicago and Executive Director of Global Chamber Chicago

We all know that E-Commerce as a whole is on a giddy growth spiral worldwide.  In this context, Lil will share his thoughts on the question that is (or should be) on every E-Commerce company's mind is: what aspects of E-Commerce should I focus my resources on so that I get the best ROI over the medium and longer term.

Lil Mohan
Ernie Watts
Ernie Watts

ENERGY BREAK = Network + Visit Vendor Tables!

Presentation: How to Create a Meaningful, Digital Savvy Brand Worldwide

Presented by: Jennifer Bayon, Vice President of International Sales, Paris Presents

Moderated by: Chantal Wittman Meier, Vice President, International Trade Banking MB Financial Bank

If you’re new to the global e-commmerce game, you may want to start small by selling a few products in a few markets. Once you’ve tested those products and markets and feel ready to expand, you can invest more heavily.  Jennifer will take us through the A-Z steps on creating a meaningful, digital savvy brand worldwide, including entering the tough China market through the TMall platform.

Jennifer Bayon
Jennifer Bayon

Energy Break = Network + Visit Vendor Tables!

Presentation: Hay is for Horses: Galloping Toward Global Expansion

Presented by: Alexander Lans, Founder and CEO, Foal LLC

Moderated by: Chantal Wittman Meier, Vice President, International Trade Banking MB Financial Bank

Alexander will cover:  how to use Amazon as a stepping stone for e-commerce success; manage a workforce; maintain an appropriate inventory; and, monitor finances — all while keeping customers worldwide happy.

Alexander Lans
Alexander Lans

Closing Remarks 2017

Richard Paullin, Executive Director, International Trade Association of Greater Chicago; Chairman, Illinois District Export Council and Laurel Delaney, President,, creator of the Global Small Business Blog, and author of Exporting: The Definitive Guide to Selling Abroad Profitably (2nd edition)

Raffle of Global Gifts

Raffle of Global Gifts (Must Be Present to Win), Networking and Final Vendor Visits