Utah Global Forum to Welcome CNN Commentator and the President of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

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Utah Global Forum to Welcome CNN Commentator and the President of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

SALT LAKE CITY (Sept. 25, 2017) – The 2017 Utah Global Forum will feature CNN Contributor Ana Navarro and U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Javier Palomarez as keynote speakers. The event, hosted by Gov. Gary R. Herbert, will take place Oct. 17 at the Grand America Hotel.

“Having two nationally recognized keynote speakers at this year’s Global Forum will give attendees a richer understanding of issues impacting international trade,” said Derek B. Miller, president and CEO of World Trade Center Utah. “Ana Navarro’s remarks will go behind the headlines to provide insightful context around current affairs, while Javier will highlight how diversity can improve a company’s bottom line.”

The Utah Global Forum is the state’s premier international business event. The half-day forum offers learning opportunities for companies at all stages of the export process. Breakout sessions will focus on the forum theme of “Prosperity Through Diversity,” which includes diversity of markets, people, finance and resources.

Fast-paced Power Presentations will cover timely topics including how current events influence financial markets, how technology is changing the global business landscape, what it means to leverage a made in America brand and how Utah is performing internationally.

“Our state is one of the best places to grow a business, and the Utah Global Forum will help companies reach beyond our borders for more opportunities,” said Val Hale, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). “We enjoy a prosperous economy, and diversity in the state that will secure prosperity for generations.”

The Utah Global Forum is a joint effort between World Trade Center Utah, GOED and the Salt Lake Chamber. In 2016, Utah exports totaled $12.1 billion. Top export commodities include metals, computer and electronic products, chemicals, food and kindred products and transportation equipment.

“In the changing global economy, it is imperative that those Utah companies looking to compete learn the necessary skills to go beyond our borders and succeed. The Utah Global Forum has been an effective conduit for moving Utah businesses into the global marketplace. The Salt Lake Chamber is proud to be a partner of this wonderful event,” said Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber.

The Utah Global Forum is an opportunity for the international business community to gather together, collaborate and learn. Register to attend the Utah Global Forum.


Ana Navarro, Contributor for CNN, ABC News and Telemundo

Javier Palomarez, President and CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

About World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah)

The mission of World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah) is to help Utah companies think, act and succeed globally. WTC Utah accomplishes this mission through three key objectives. First is to motivate and educate Utah businesses to expand their global presence through training seminars, regional forums and newsletters focused on international business development, trade issues and export opportunities. Second is to build capacity of Utah businesses for international trade through B2B consultations to identify expansion goals, assess current capabilities, determine overseas opportunities and connect companies with market experts and potential partners. Third is to expand global network of Utah businesses through trade missions and networking with foreign trade officials.

About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Gov. Gary R. Herbert’s commitment to statewide economic development. The state’s economic vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business environment and tourist destination. GOED provides extensive resources and support for business creation, growth and recruitment statewide, as well as programs to increase tourism and film production for the benefit of Utah residents. All administered programs are based upon strategic industry clusters to develop a diverse, sustainable economy. GOED accomplishes its mission through unprecedented partnerships. For more information please contact: Aimee Edwards, (801) 538-8811 or edwards@utah.gov.

About the Salt Lake Chamber

The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest business association and Utah’s business leader. A statewide chamber of commerce with members in all 29 Utah counties, the Chamber represents more than 8,000 businesses and 500,000 Utah jobs—nearly half the workforce of our state. With roots that date back to 1887, the Chamber stands as the voice of business, supports its members’ success and champions community prosperity.