A huge thank-you to all the students, speakers, sponsors, and presenters that helped make EVOLVE 2017 a huge success! We’ll see you again in 2018. In the meantime, check out some photos:

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What’s your global edge?

Saturday, November 4, 2017 | 9:30AM – 3:30PM | UAlbany Science Library

Do you feel like your study abroad experience marked the beginning of a new chapter in your personal, academic, and/or professional development? Sure, you’re already a world traveler, but do you often wonder how your new skills, experience, and general awesomeness might give you an edge? Join internationally-minded professionals, talented experts, and study abroad returnees from around New York’s Greater Capital Region and beyond for a day of networking and workshops dedicated to helping YOU find, sharpen, and live your global edge.


Keynote Speaker


We’re excited to announce Kris Holloway, President of CISabroad, as the 2017 EVOLVE Conference Keynote Speaker! Kris was named the director of university relations at CISabroad in 2007 and moved into the role of president in 2016. She comes to education abroad from the international public health field and holds an MPH from the University of Michigan. Kris is the author of a travel narrative, Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali, based on her experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa. Copies will be available for purchase at the conference.

Kris is the proud mom of two sons who have both studied and volunteered abroad in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Nepal, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and Thailand. She is a confirmed Francophile, a devoted (if slow) runner, and loves camping, playing board games, and eating chocolate. She lives in Northampton, MA, with her husband and their giant black poodle. We look forward to welcoming Kris to EVOLVE this year!


More about Monique and the Mango RainsIn a remote corner of West Africa, Monique Dembele saved lives and dispensed hope every day in a place where childbirth is a life-and-death matter. Monique and the Mango Rains is the compelling story of the author’s decade-long friendship with Monique, an extraordinary midwife in rural Mali. It is a tale of Monique’s unquenchable passion to better the lives of women and children in the face of poverty, unhappy marriages, and endless backbreaking work, as well as her tragic and ironic death. In the course of this deeply personal narrative, as readers immerse in village life and learn firsthand the rhythms of Monique’s world, they come to know her as a friend, as a mother, and as an inspired woman who struggled to find her place in a male-dominated world.


Thanks once again to all sponsors! We are especially grateful to our 2017 Platinum Sponsors:

UAlbany University Auxiliary Services
Select Travel Study

STA Travel
Tel Aviv University, Israel
University College Cork, Ireland

Are you or the organization you represent interested in supporting EVOLVE? We’d love to have you. Meet our Platinum, Gold, and Silver Sponsors and find out how to get involved below.