Kennesaw State forum examines value of international experience in workforce development

Sen. Johnny Isakson; Carrie Hessler-Radelet and Christopher Carr

Panel includes Sen. Johnny Isakson, Peace Corps director and state’s top economic development…

Georgia (Mar 15, 2016)Panel includes Sen. Johnny Isakson, Peace Corps director and state’s top economic development officer 

KENNESAW, Ga. (March 15, 2016) — A panel of three leading experts in government, commerce and global engagement will discuss the impact of international experience on Georgia’s workforce development during a forum at Kennesaw State University March 22.  


The panel discussion will examine how international travel and education can prepare Georgians to compete in an increasingly globalized job market and enhance the ability of local businesses to grow and expand in the global marketplace. The forum, which is hosted by Kennesaw State’s Division of Global Affairs, is free and open to the public but seating is limited. Reservations are recommended.


Panelists include:

·       Sen. Johnny Isakson, now in his second term representing Georgia in the U.S. Senate, has represented the state through three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives; during 17 years in the Georgia legislature and as a former chairman of the State Board of Education. He also is a business leader, who served 20 years as president of one of the region’s largest real estate brokerage firms.

·      Carrie Hessler-Radelet, U.S. Peace Corps director, presides over the preeminent international service organization sending Americans abroad to tackle pressing needs of people around the world. She is among the fourth generation of her family to serve in the Peace Corps, starting out as a teacher in Western Samoa in 1981. She also spent more than two decades working in public health, focusing on HIV/AIDS and maternal and child health.

·      Christopher Carr, commissioner, Georgia Department of Economic Development, has since 2013 lead the agency responsible for creating jobs and investment in Georgia through business recruitment and expansion, international trade and tourism, as well as the arts, film and music industries. He formerly served as chief of staff for Sen. Johnny Isakson.

·      Daniel S. Papp, president of Kennesaw State, will moderate.


Tuesday, March 22. The panel discussion is 2 p.m. to 3:10 p.m, followed by a Q&A with Hessler-Radelet 


The Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center on the Kennesaw Campus.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country. 


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit