Working Abroad: Finding and Pursuing Opportunities

Dan Spiess, (PhD'08, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor), Moderator, Assistant Director, International Activities and Postdoctoral Affairs at the University of Chicago

In his role as the Assistant Director of International Activities and Postdoctoral Affairs at UChicago, Dan Spiess is tasked with designing and implementing new programs for the more than 500 postdoctoral researchers and fellows on campus. Additionally, he is developing resources and events for graduate students working and studying abroad on fellowship. In this dual capacity, he works with centers and departments across campus to build productive international and interdisciplinary partnerships.

Prior to his arrival at UChicago, Dan worked at Northeastern University's Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy where he was involved in several international collaborations. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan--Ann Arbor.

Patrick Eccles (MA'05, UChicago), Assistant Director for Global Engagement Programs, Northwestern University's Buffet Center for International and Comparative Studies

Patrick Eccles is the assistant director for global engagement programs at Northwestern University's Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies.  Prior to joining Northwestern, Patrick spent seven years working to expand and deepen experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate students while coordinating local, domestic and international immersion experiences at Loyola University Chicago. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern, majoring in political science with minors in international and environmental studies.  During his college years, Patrick spent a year volunteering on a reforestation project and assisting with various community development efforts in the western highlands of Guatemala.  He earned his Master’s degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from the University of Chicago.  Through his Master’s thesis and fieldwork, he pursued overlapping research interests in trade, human rights and the environment through a critique and comparison of fair trade arrangements in coffee production as a sustainable development approach in Guatemala and Mexico.  

Michelle Kristula Green, (MA'81, UChicago) Global Head of People and Culture at Leo Burnett Worldwide

Michelle Kristula-Green is Global Head of People and Culture for Leo Burnett Worldwide, where she’s charged with shaping global strategies for attracting, developing and rewarding the most important ingredient in the company’s business: people. She has a rich and renowned history with the 
agency. Before assuming her position in March 2009, she 
was President of Leo Burnett’s Asia Pacific region. As the first woman to run an agency region in Asia, she managed the activity of the seventeen offices, comprising almost 1400 employees in
 thirteen countries. As regional President, she oversaw the launch of Arc Worldwide’s Asia Pacific network in February 2005.

Prior to taking that role in February 2004, Michelle was the first woman to run a multinational agency in Japan, serving as President and representative director of beacon communications,
the highly successful partnership with Dentsu that resulted from the merger of Leo Burnett and D’Arcy’s operations in Japan. She was responsible for the integration of these Publicis Groupe sister companies into one cohesive agency. Michelle was also pivotal in the creation of two in-depth studies of the contemporary Asian female and male consumer, “Miss Understood” and “Mister Misinterpreted.”

Ana Ramic, (MA'10, UChicago) Senior Program Officer, Programs Department at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Ana Ramic joined The Chicago Council on Global Affairs in 2012 and is a senior program officer in the programs department. Prior to joining The Chicago Council, she worked for the British Consulate in Chicago, the US Embassy in Athens, Greece, and the National Democratic Institute in Washington, DC, and Sarajevo, Bosnia. Ana speaks Bosnian and French. She has a double BA in international studies and French language and literature from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a MA in international relations from the University of Chicago.

Grace P. Chan (MA'90, UChicago), Director of Administration at the Chinese American Service League