Dr. Jorge A. Cardenas, the 2021 Thought Leader Summit Chair, was born and raised in San Diego, CA and is a Department Chair and Professor at the Forbes School of Business at the University of Arizona Global Campus. Prior to joining the University of Arizona Global Campus, he worked for a pioneering distance education company, the International Training Center, utilizing telecommunication technologies to deliver educational programs to public, private, government, and civil society institutions in over 20 countries. He also has experience in hotel management and business development, and has taught graduate-level business courses at several other universities in both traditional and online classroom settings. He has a Doctor of Business Administration from Alliant International University, and a BS and MS in business administration from San Diego State University. His research interests include entrepreneurship, strategy, and the sport industry, and his hobbies include playing soccer, going to the beach, and cooking.