Join us for an International Hot Chocolate Chat!

International Hot Chocolate Chat

Friday, January 11th | 12-2:30pm | Sennott Square Lobby & 2200 Sennott Square

Spend your afternoon sipping on hot chocolate and snacking on desserts while you listen to Pitt Business upperclassmen offer their advice to students going abroad in the future. Stop by for as long or as little as you like, or come back more than once! Check out the schedule of events below:

Mini Study Abroad Fair & Hot Chocolate Bar | 12-1pm

Thinking about going abroad? Started an application? Have questions? Stop by our table in Sennott Square Lobby to chat with a representative from the International Programs Office. While you’re there, grab some refreshments including free hot chocolate and dessert!

Lessons on Study Abroad Panel | 1-2pm

Meet six Pitt Business International Programs alumni who have participated in Plus3, GBI, IIP, GSL and an Exchange program. During a panel discussion moderated by International Programs Director Bryan Schultz, our students will share the ups and downs of studying abroad, their advice for those who are planning to travel internationally and the overall impact that their programs had on them personally, academically and professionally.

Meet our panelists:

Eliza Loftus 

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Eliza is a senior from Rochester, NY studying Marketing with certificates in Leadership and Ethics and International Business. On campus she is involved as a tour guide, a member of Challah for Hunger and I work with the Incline Consulting Group. During her time at Pitt, she had the opportunity to complete three different study abroad experiences all equally valuable and transformative: Plus3 Vietnam, GBI London and DIS Copenhagen.

Anna Robinson 

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Anna is a senior studying Global Management, Supply Chain Management, and French. During her sophomore year, she participated in a semester long Global Service Learning project and spent a week in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The following summer, she lived in Paris for two months while interning with a start-up that helped artists share and sell their work online and internationally [through the International Internship Program: Paris]. After her junior year, she participated in another internship program in Dublin, Ireland with Sodexo and focused on the sustainability initiatives unique to Sodexo Ireland. Upon graduation, Anna will be working in business development for a growing small business in the Philadelphia area.

Derek Offitzer 

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Derek is a senior marketing student here at Pitt. During the Spring semester of his Junior year, he studied at the Global Business Institute in Florence, Italy. While there, he was fortunate enough to meet so many amazing people and see some incredible sights. From roaming the halls of the Uffizi Gallery to climbing the Duomo, there was never a dull moment in Florence! Derek is looking forward to talking about his experience and answering any questions you all might have!

Emily Insalaco 

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Emily is a junior marketing and sociology major. Last summer, she participated in Pitt Business’s International Internship Program in Dublin. While in Dublin, Emily worked with Volunteer Ireland, the nation’s volunteer development agency. They work with placing people in their desired volunteer program across the country and planning small- and large-scale volunteer projects for corporations around the country. Emilyspent her summer organizing a professional development conference attended by over 175 volunteer managers, managing up to 100 volunteers on project sites around the country, and ordering and assembling way too much IKEA furniture, all to be donated to lower-income schools. Thankfully, she was also able to travel in her free time, visiting Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Spain, and France!

Luisa Offori

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Luisa Offori is a senior originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota with majors in Supply Chain Management, Marketing, and Global Management along with a minor in Chinese. She has done Plus 3 China along with GBI: Shanghai and one day hopes to live and work in Shanghai.


Ellie Bell

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Ellie is a junior majoring in Business Information Systems and Finance and minoring in Computer Science. She is a member of Phi Beta Lambda, a business organization here at Pitt and also spends a lot of my time working with the Student Government Board on the Allocations Committee. During the Fall 2018 semester she studied at the Vienna University of Business and Economics in Vienna, Austria through the Pitt Exchange Program.

Following the panel discussion, the audience will have the opportunity to continue the conversation during a Q&A session.

Coming from class? Need to head out early? No problem! This panel is open to everyone so feel free to stop by for as long as you like.

Mini Study Abroad Fair & Hot Chocolate Bar Continued! | 2-2:30pm

Have any questions that popped up during the Lessons on Study Abroad panel? Chat with our international programs representatives (and grab another dessert) before starting your weekend.

See you there!