Pay it Forward Internationally Conference

Posted: Wednesday, September 9, 2015 by: Martin Nagy | Category: Events

Arts Council Lake Erie West (ACLEW) and the Great Lakes Consortium for International Training and Development (GLC) will convene an informative conference about global programs addressed to people in the fields of education, healthcare, agriculture, business development, handicrafts and entrepreneurship. The goal is to assist others to find the right avenues to use their knowledge and to help others internationally, in other words, to pay it forward. University students, young professionals and senior citizens alike are invited to attend the inaugural Pay It Forward Internationally (PIFI) Conference on Saturday, October 24, 2015, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the University of Toledo’s College of Law Auditorium.

Participants will learn about Pay it Forward Internationally opportunities to travel, gain beneficial international experience, hear first-hand accounts from individuals who have participated in international programs, connect with a network of U.S. mentors with resources and experience in their particular field, as well as help plan and participate in ‘Pay it Forward Day NW Ohio’. A registration fee of $25.00 per person includes lunch, resources and mentors. University students need to register with their institution for discounted registration. Applications and further information are available at or by email at:

The purpose of the PIFI Conference is to address the interest and assess the need for further development of the ‘paying it forward’ concept in order to develop a responsible and secure system for sustaining the concept in the northwest Ohio area. Professionals with international experience will open the conference at 9:00 am with an overview of the PIFI concept and the nuts & bolts of venturing into foreign communities. Attendees can choose from three afternoon break-out sessions: Education & Professional Development, Health & Wellness, and Global Business Entrepreneurship. Speakers include Marcy Kaptur, U.S. House Representative, Donovan Nichols, U.S. Pay It Forward Day Coordinator and U.T. Asst. Dean for Student Involvement.

The conference is made possible through the partnership and contributions of co-sponsors: University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Lourdes University, Owens Community College, Great Lakes Consortium for International Training & Development, Arts Council Lake Erie West and the World Affairs Council of Northwest Ohio. Like PIFI on Facebook at:

As lead organizers, the Arts Council Lake Erie West (ACLEW) and the Great Lakes Consortium for International Training and Development (GLC) have worked together internationally for 16 years to develop creative skills, promote democracy and helping people help themselves and their community. ACLEW (1983) is a grassroots agency providing space and services to artists while engaging the public in creative, educational, historical, cultural and international programs. ACLEW operates Common Space Centers for Creativity and Seven Eagles Historical Education Center. Martin W. Nagy, organizer of the conference, is an international arts consultant and executive director of ACLEW. GLC (1999) is a collaborative effort of the University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Lourdes University and WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc. that initiates, supports and coordinates international training and development efforts with resources and needs in the world community. Elizabeth Balint is director of the GLC program.

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