Thursday, April 28, 2016

David J. Vittor ’67 Lecture Hall, located in Sperry Center, Room 105

Schedule of Events

9 a.m.                              Welcome

                                        Dr. Jordan Kobritz, Chair, Sport Management Department, SUNY Cortland

9:05 a.m.                        Introductory Remarks

                                        Dr. Erik J. Bitterbaum, President, SUNY Cortland

                                        Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher, Chancellor, State University of New York System (via video)

9:15 a.m.                        Keynote Address

Speaker                          Hon. William S. Cohen, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, Senator and Representative;

                                        CEO & Chairman, The Cohen Group

9:45-11 a.m.                  Panel 1 – The Bilateral Relationship

Moderator                     Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow, Senior Counselor, The Cohen Group

Panelists                       Miguel Fraga, First Secretary at the Cuban Embassy

                                       Mark Wells, Coordinator for Cuban Affairs, U.S. State Department

11-11:15 a.m.                Break

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.   Panel 2 – Business

Moderator                      Ambassador Marc Grossman, Senior Counselor, The Cohen Group

Panelists                        Andrew MacDonald, President, Biopower SA; CEO, Havana Energy Ltd.

                                        Micho Spring, Chair, of Global Corporate Practice, Weber Shandwick;

                                        President, Weber Shandwick/New England


2-3:15 p.m.                    Panel 3 – Baseball

Moderator                    Dan Barry, Journalist and Columnist, The New York Times

Panelists                      Jesus Suarez-Valmana, Cuban Baseball Analyst

                                      Yasel Porto, Co-Founder, Jonronazo Magazine

                                      Jorge Morejon, Baseball Journalist, ESPN Deportes

3:15-3:30 p.m.               Break

3:30-4:45 p.m.               Panel 4 – Academic

Moderator                     Sally Crimmins Villela, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs, SUNY

Panelists                       Irma Becerra-Fernandez, Provost, St. Thomas University

                                       Alexander N. Cartwright, Provost, State University System of New York


4:45-5 p.m.                   Closing Remarks

Speaker                        Lou Schwechheimer, CEO, Caribbean Baseball Initiative