November 2, 2022
3:00 pm EDT/UTC-04:00
About the webinar
With the “re-start” of student mobility, many organizations are reviewing their transportation safety protocols. This webinar, facilitated by ASIRT (Association for Safe International Road Travel) features experts in the areas of international safety and security, as well as transportation safety. Any organization preparing to send students abroad needs to have a comprehensive plan to prepare students, faculty, and staff for the unique transportation and security issues they may face while abroad. It’s also critical to have a plan for a response when a crisis occurs. Our panelists will discuss resources and tools organizations can use to best prepare their travelers to be safe on the road while away from home.Register Here
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Who should attend?
Education abroad program developers; faculty who lead students abroad; risk managers; on-site education abroad staff.
- Understanding the complexity of international road safety.
- How to develop a plan for an international accident.
- Advice for working with parents and other stakeholders when there is a crisis abroad.
- Considerations for program design in supporting safe road travel abroad.
Ms. Sobel received educational degrees from Barnard College, New York City (BA); University of Chicago (MA, English literature); and George Washington University, Washington, DC (MA, education, and an advanced degree in educational policy).
Dr Mike Blyth is the Chief Executive Officer for Risk and Strategic Management, Corp. He has worked and lived in over 45 countries, has a doctorate focused on organizational resilience, is a retired Royal Marine Commandos Major, and has managed largescale, complex and sensitive projects for multiple government agencies. A highly regarded and published author on business continuity and security risk management with Wily and Sons, he also writes for multiple academic journals and professional magazines. Mike has managed a raft of crisis situations for a wide spectrum of sectors and industries, and blends practitioner and academic knowledge and experience to support organizations address complex risk issues on a global basis. Mike sits alongside executive leadership of major corporations and top tier international NGOs, helping organizations navigate nuanced risk issues, and provides close support at times of crisis. An acknowledged expert in the field of risk, training and business continuity management, Mike is a frequent guest speaker for forums and consortiums and has previously held Vice President positions in two of the world’s largest risk consulting and security management companies.
Anne and Charles Schewe are founders of Sara’s Wish Foundation (www.saraswish.org), a nonprofit organization with the dual purpose of bringing awareness to improving safety in travel, especially in student study abroad programs, and providing financial support to nearly 200 women doing humanitarian endeavors around the globe. In 1996, their daughter, Sara (aged 20 and a junior at Georgetown) was killed along with six others in a bus crash in India while on a study abroad experience. They have always felt that Sara would not have perished if she had been wearing a seatbelt. Their efforts over the past 20 years have been directed at working with the University of Massachusetts mechanical and industrial engineering faculties to design and develop better safety seatbelt systems for motor coaches. Recently, they have completed a National Safety Council grant to explore how motivational messaging to riders will increase usage of safety restraints.
Anne had her own area rug import company, AMS Imports, for 34 years and recently sold it. She was working with handicraft people in Jordan, Peru, Columbia, and Egypt to bring unusual rugs to the US market. Charlie is professor emeritus of marketing at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has also taught study abroad at John Cabot University in Rome, Massey University in New Zealand and at both Lund University and the University of Stockholm in Sweden. Both have presented their experiences and understanding at numerous Forum on Education Abroad conferences over the years. Each received an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan while Charlie also holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Sara’s Wish is a generous supporter of The Forum on Education Abroad. Providing scholarships and travel grants in support of The Forum’s risk management professional development programs.