PENTA CEO Provides Hospitality for Russian Collegiate Leaders

WESTBOROUGH _ On Wednesday evening, May 25, 2011, PENTA Communications, Inc. CEO, Deborah Penta hosted a group of eight Russian collegiate leaders and two translators for a hospitality dinner during the group’s recent visit to the United States. The group was on an International Visitor Leadership Program, sponsored by the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to help foster Citizen Diplomacy. Penta is also an adjunct professor at Clark University, in Worcester.

This program, which was administrated by the Meredian International Center, was locally sponsored by the International Center of Worcester.

Delegates from Russia that joined Penta for the dinner included: Mr. Alexey Viktorovich GAVRILOV Director of Undergraduate Preparation, Kazan State Technological University Mr. Alexey Pavlovich GORBATOV Head of Industry Outreach Training, Forestry College, Ms. Maria Stanislavovna KADATSKAYA Head, Department of Education, Izhevsk State Technical University, Mr. Vladimir Vyacheslavovich KUDRYAVTSEV Director, Power Machine Building College, Ivanovo State Energy University, Mr. Alexander Aleksandrovich POPIKOV Deputy Director, Academic Studies and Teaching, National University of Science and Technology, Mr. Evgeny Vladimirovich VASILEV Director, Industrial Technology Educational Center, Omsk State Technical University, Ms. Vita Georgiyena VYATCHINA Head, Technical Training Center, Department of Professional Continuing Education Ural Federal University, Mr. Alexander Vladimirovich ZOLOTOV Director, Continuing Education Center, and Nizhniy Novgorod State University.

The dinner followed several weeks of domestic travel for the group. They arrived in the Boston region on Tuesday morning, May 25, 2011 and spent the day meeting with college and community leaders at Quinsigamond Community College, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA.

As a member of the Massachusetts Public Higher Education System, Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) maintains strong ties with all of Massachusetts’ public four-year colleges and universities. They also sponsor articulation agreements with a number of private four-year colleges and universities locally and regionally. Local favorites include Assumption College, Clark University, and Worcester State College. Additionally, they also send students to such far off destinations as Washington State University, Florida Atlantic University, and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, among others. These relationships permit their students to transfer to a range of academic programs and institutions, and advance toward their four-year degrees more easily, quickly, and affordably.

Following their day at Quinsigamond Community College, the group attended the hospitality dinner hosted by Penta. Many of those serving had undergone government funded courses in melbourne beforehand to ensure their skills were top notch.

PENTA Communications, Inc. is a full-service integrated marketing, advertising, web, interactive media and public relations firm headquartered in the heart of New England. Recognized for its results-oriented and innovative approach, PENTA has directed its clients to benefit from achieving accelerated results. For over 20 years, PENTA has lead client companies to generate new business development and increased customer satisfaction.

“I was delighted to have the opportunity to meet and host the delegation in an effort to provide them with a social experience during their visit to the Boston region,” Penta said.

The collegiate leadership group will end their journey in the Boston area on Friday, May 27, with a meeting with Richard M. Freeland, Commissioner of Higher Education for Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.

PENTA Communications, Inc. has participated in Citizen Diplomacy efforts in past years. In 2005, Penta hosted a young entrepreneur from Halifax, Novia Scotia, Jamie Bailey, who started a marketing and advertising agency to help provide a greater understanding of entrepreneurship in the industry. He came to PENTA Communications, Inc. through a trade mission funded by the Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the Young Entrepreneurs Development Initiative, led by the Nova Scotia Association of Community Business Development Corporations. Eleven entrepreneurs traveled from Nova Scotia to Boston to meet with New England-based companies to explore possible business partnerships and learn about doing business in the United States.

In addition, in 2006, PENTA Communications, Inc. was selected to participate in an International program, “Community Connections,” sponsored by “USAID from the American People” and administered by “World Learning for International Development.” That year Penta provided Zurab Beselia, a working professional from the Republic of Georgia, with an opportunity to job shadow for four weeks, in an effort to provide him with the knowledge of entrepreneurship and marketing communications in the United States.