The Council hosted two speakers at Eastern Hills High School in Fort Worth ISD on January 15th for the first of four International Career Days. Tim Krause spoke to the students about international business and Bill Holston spoke about international law. Approximately 200 students were in the audience, listening to what they had to say.
Mr. Tim Krause spoke to the students about the importance of knowing one’s audience when doing business internationally. He recalled some blunders of companies that tried to go overseas, like language translations that didn’t go quite as planned, and he stressed the importance of travelling and understanding other cultures. Mr. Krause is the former Chief Marketing Officer for Alcatel-Lucent, now known as Nokia, and was responsible for Alcatel-Lucent’s global marketing efforts as well as external communications. He spent several years in Paris during the height of Nokia’s international presence.
Mr. Bill Holston, President of the Human Rights Initiative in north Texas, spoke to the students about representing asylum-seekers and providing social services for them as they work to become American citizens. Mr. Holston is an attorney based out of Dallas who has provided pro bono legal representation for political and religious asylum applicants for over 30 years. Mr. Holston is also admitted to practice law in the state of Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas.
There is no doubt that the students of Eastern Hills High School left the event better informed about two fascinating career fields. We would like to thank the speakers for participating in this program. As always, we would also like to give a special thanks to Fort Worth Independent School District for their District partnership with the Council.