Faculty You Should Know: Chris Schrage

Chris Schrage, UNI's global opportunities coordinator and a marketing instructor in the college of business, holds the distinction of being the first Iowan and one of the first 100 people in the world to obtain the Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) certification. She is also one of the first 11 people in the U.S. to become a certified CGBP trainer.

Chris Schrage
Chris Schrage, back left, created a course for UNI undergraduates to help them build their knowledge and skills to work in a global-trade organization. At the end of the course, students can sit for the Certified Global Business Professional exam.

Schrage's accomplishments don't stop there. In May she joined the board of governors for the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE) International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of international trade and its activities. NASBITE is also the accrediting organization for the CGBP credential.

In her board position, Schrage helps make decisions regarding CGBP certification and program development. She also creates test questions for the certification exam and helps chart the future direction of the organization.

On campus, Schrage developed a course for UNI undergraduates that helps them develop the knowledge and skills to work in a global-trade organization. At the end of the course, students can sit for the CGBP exam. This sought-after certification gives UNI graduates a leg up on future business colleagues who have to fit certification study into their already busy work schedule and life.

"As with any certification, it sets a person apart from the status quo," said Schrage. "The CGBP certification is the knowledge equivalent of spending two years on the job in a trade-related position. The more people understand the dynamics of trade, its implications on development and how to work with others around the globe, the better for Iowa and other places around the world."

Learn more about UNI's global marketing emphasis at business.uni.edu/web/pages/academics/majorsandmore-marketing.cfm.

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