RETURN, REBOOT, REFOCUS: From the Capital Region to the World!

Saturday, November 3, 2018 | 9:30AM – 3:30PM | Siena College, Snyder Hall

Did you return from your study abroad experience with unending exuberance and a desire to translate and utilize your newly-developed skills? Are you curious how your international experience can mark a new chapter in your personal, academic, and/or professional development? Are you ready to make the connection between your global worldview and your life back home in the US?

Join globally-minded professionals, talented experts, and study abroad returnees from around New York’s Capital Region and beyond for a day of panel discussions, networking and workshops dedicated to helping you refocus the lens through which you view your international experience.



Keynote Speaker

robinson_evita_pgoto_pete_monsantoWe’re excited to announce Evita Turquoise Robinson, Founder and CEO of NOMADNESS Travel Tribe, as the 2018 EVOLVE Conference Keynote Speaker! With a background in television/video production & fine art, Evita has always been a creator in visual media. Yet, it was a trip to Paris, six weeks after graduating from Iona College, that changed the scope of her personal and professional life.

In September 2011, she created the NOMADNESS Travel Tribe, an online social community primarily for travelers of color. NOMADNESS was the first of its kind targeting diverse millennials, in the newly coined “black travel movement”. The group has over 19,000 international members, has given the first-ever TED Talk on the black travel movement, has launched “The NOMADNESS Project” web series co-executive produced by Issa Rae and Evita, and is responsible for over $50,000,000 being injected into the travel industry annually.

Evita has appeared on news panels and business features for CNN, BBC, MSNBC, truTV, The Root, NewsOne, and Oxygen Channel. She was also invited to the White House under the Obama Administration for SXSL (South by South Lawn), a meeting of the world’s creative changemakers. Now serving various roles as an international speaker, TED resident, and consultant for Destination Marketing Organizations, Evita continues her love of seeing the world while writing her first book.

Check out the first webisode of The Nomadness Project here:


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