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Eric Braun
French Teacher, Upper School

Eric has been a member of Darlington's world languages department since 2010. He currently teaches French and, as co-founder of the Global Studies Program, has taught a Global Issues course. He has also taught Spanish at Darlington. Eric holds a B.A. in French from the University of South Florida and an M.B.A. from Thunderbird School of Global Management (Ariz.) Previously, he taught French and Spanish at Riverwood International Charter School in Atlanta and English in Bogota, Colombia. He is fluent in all three languages. Eric also has 23 years of experience in international business, which includes working with multinational corporations in diverse positions from manager of Latin America strategic planning to director of international marketing for Philip Morris/Seven-Up International, PepsiCo/KFC-International, Maytag/Dixi-Narco, and several other international, mid-sized companies. Eric has experienced many cultures as he operated in 50 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Western Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Guest Speaker Shares Perspective on Global Citizenship

10/20/2016 9:20:00 AM, 299 views

Mr. Marco Verzino, director of quality at Pirelli North America, kindly took time off of his busy schedule to deliver the first-ever Global Studies lecture at Darlington. As background, Mr. Verzino is the husband of Ms. Gabriela Zini, who teaches Spanish in our world languages department, and the father of sophomore Giulia Verzino.

The theme of the lecture was Global Citizenship. Mr. Verzino focused his presentation on the type of education and experience that best prepares one for a career in the highly competitive global economy. He related how his combined university education at Turin (Italy) Polytecnnic and Polytechnic (UK) University served him well.

Similarly, Mr. Verzino emphasized the importance of learning world languages; he began to learn English as a second language by age 11 and, later, French and German. Importantly, Mr. Verzino’s knowledge of several languages contributed to his developing productive relationships in international business circles.

Along the same lines, Mr. Verzino defined the working environment, the requirements for people to be effective in a corporate setting and compete in the complex global market place. These included organizational models requiring people to speak world languages to work in foreign countries and allowing to integrate projects developed by various portions of organizations in different parts of the world.

Students were given the opportunity to ask questions. The level of participation and curiosity among Darlington students attending was remarkable. Feedback from attendees confirmed the lecture was most informative. More lecturers will be invited allowing participants to fulfill the requirement for attending two lectures within the program.

We are very grateful for Mr. Verzino’s visit made a significant contribution to our students understanding the world in which they will soon operate as professionals.

Click here to see photos from the lecture.

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