September 8, 1997

Middlebury College's Geonomics Institute Links Corporations with Qualified Job Candidates at Moscow Conference

Serving as a bridge between U.S. and Russian high-level business, government and academic leaders, Middlebury Collegeís non-profit Geonomics Institute will participate in the celebration of Moscowís 850th anniversary by hosting a business and career forum September 19-20 at Moscow's Olympic Penta Renaissance Hotel. The event is presented with the support of the United States Information Agency (U.S.I.A.).

The forum will examine the cityís economy and its potential for investment and development. Focused workshops also will provide career development training for aspiring employees of U.S., Russian and multi-national organizations doing business there.

Speakers and panelists range from James F. Collins, the new U.S. ambassador to Russia, and Moscow mayor Yuri M. Luzhkov to Peter Charow, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia, and Mark D. Shaver, general manager of Coca-Cola Refreshments Moscow, Coca-Cola's distributor in the greater Moscow area. The event will serve as ambassador Collinsí first major speech to the U.S. and Russian business communities. Middlebury College President John M. McCardell, Jr. also will speak on the long relationship between the College and Moscow, where the Middlebury Russian School is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

According to Kathryn Wittneben, president of the Geonomics Institute, ìThe forum will help businesses that have an interest in investing in the former Soviet Union to explore opportunities there and to find employees with the right qualifications, including language skills.î

ìInvestment is crucial to the creation of a strong economy in Moscow, which benefits both U.S. business and American employees who gain work experience there,î added Wittneben.

The first day of the event, ìMoscow in the New Millennium,î will focus on the cityís position as a growing center for investment and employment. Serving as panelists, top leaders of U.S. corporations, including Patrick Durkin, manager of Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenretteís international banking group, and Jack A. Barbanel, president and chief executive officer of Sector Capital, will join representatives from Russian government and business to discuss U.S. investment in Moscow.

During the second day of the event, ìOpportunities and Skills for the New Millennium,î forum guests will have a chance to attend both a job fair and practical career workshops. The job fair will offer representatives from U.S., Russian, multinational businesses and other organizations the opportunity to meet prospective employees and recent students face-to-face. Career workshops will range in topic from such hands-on skills as resume writing and Internet access to the ìImportance of Professional Networking,î led by Deborah E. Klepp, second secretary of the U.S. embassy in Moscow. Michael A. Tappan, chairman of Ward Howell Russia/Ward Howell International, a leading worldwide executive search firm also will conduct a workshop entitled "Career Opportunities."

For this portion of the forum, Geonomics expects to attract approximately 150 well qualified young prospective employees from Russia, the former Soviet Union, and the U.S. All are alumni of one­year undergraduate exchange programs funded by the U.S.I.A., the American Collegiate Consortium, or Middlebury College. As students, each of them has lived and studied for a year either in the U.S. (Russians and other citizens of the former Soviet Union) or, in the case of the Americans, in the former Soviet Union. The year abroad familiarized them with either Russian or U.S. language, culture and business practices.

Individuals and corporations are welcome to participate in the Geonomics anniversary program. To register, or for further information, please contact Geonomics Institute at tel: 802­443­2300, fax: 802­443­2050, or e­mail: <>.