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  • GNDC's Liz Markham to Moderate Global Business Connections Keynote

    The upcoming Global Business Connections (GBC) Conference on May 15 in West Fargo promises to deliver invaluable insights for North Dakota businesses looking to expand internationally. The Greater North Dakota Chamber (GNDC) is pleased to announce that Liz Markham, Membership Director will serve as the moderator for a dynamic discussion with event keynote, former US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad.

    Ambassador Branstad served as Iowa’s 42nd and 44th governor, making him the longest-serving governor in US history. His tenure was characterized by a commitment to economic development, education, and fostering international trade relationships. Under his leadership, Iowa experienced significant economic growth, solidifying its position as a key player in the US economy.

    In her role at GNDC, North Dakota's premier business advocacy association, Markham has cultivated deep connections with companies across the state. Her ability to foster meaningful relationships and comprehend the unique needs of businesses from diverse sectors will serve as a tremendous asset as she facilitates a panel discussion at GBC.

    "Liz has a special talent for connecting with audiences and sparking conversations that get to the heart of what matters most to businesses," said Arik Spencer, GNDC President and CEO. "Her background and passion for empowering entrepreneurial success coupled with her understanding of Iowa's economic and political outlook makes her the ideal moderator for this global business panel."

    Drawing from over 14 years as a small business owner herself, Markham intimately understands the challenges companies face when navigating an increasingly globalized economy. Her prior experience advocating for fellow business owners through trade associations further equips her with invaluable private-sector insights. Branstad and Markham will tackle key issues relevant to North Dakota exporters, including strategies for intellectual property protection, understanding emerging markets, and navigating trade complexities and geopolitical dynamics. 

    "The GBC conference is such a powerful platform for helping our state's businesses develop the knowledge and connections needed to stay competitive internationally," said Markham. "I'm excited to facilitate this discussion and create a forum for sharing diverse perspectives that can open new doors to ensure the future of North Dakota in a global economy."

    In addition to Markham's moderated panel, the one-day GBC conference features keynote speeches from renowned experts, breakout training sessions, ample networking opportunities and the annual North Dakota Global Business Awards ceremony celebrating export excellence.
    Markham's session is just one component of a comprehensive agenda aimed at informing, inspiring and propelling North Dakota companies toward greater global engagement. Registration and full details are available at ndto.com.