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NORTH CENTRAL [* = GROVEWELL-qualified executive coach]
Leonore Clauss is an executive coach and business trainer specializing in intercultural communications. She sees herself as a ferryman who provides safe passage across turbulent waters, facilitating her client’s effectiveness and performance in an unfamiliar environment and business culture.
A native of Germany who immigrated to Canada in 1972, Leonore was educated in Germany, the United States, and Canada. She holds a degree in International Commerce and a diploma in Adult Education and Development from the University of Toronto. After six years as a telecommunications industry salesperson -- twice named Top Salesperson of the Year -- Leonore turned her attention in the early 1990s to the delivery of business training, research, and marketing services in North America and Europe. Today she specializes in delivering executive coaching, intercultural competency development, advising for cross-border operations, and specialized consulting services including cross-cultural problem-solving, team-building, and win-win negotiating.
Leonore has facilitated numerous coaching sessions, training events, and business briefings in North America and Europe. She once designed a training program for international employees and their families that, a dozen years later, still serves as a standard. She also has developed a train-the-trainer program that is used by high-level professional training teams worldwide. Leonore's clients include Lucent, GM, VW, Nortel, Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Honeywell, Bausch & Lomb, Schering Plough and others. She is especially proud of her highly successful experience as co-trainer of a 5-day management and leadership program for the Agricultural State Marketing Board of Bangalore, India.
Leonore, a passionate traveler, is fluent in English and German, and has a good working knowledge of French. She has toured the world twice. She now spends half of each year in her native Germany and other locations in Europe. When at home in Canada, she volunteers for the Centre for Victims of Torture. During the summer, she likes to canoe and camp in Canada's North.
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*Sandro Iannicca has developed a Canada-based consulting practice that is geared towards optimizing human capital from the individual and organization perspective. His singular focus is to foster the growth and development of those he engages so that they may perform fulfilling and rewarding work.
A native of Toronto, Sandro obtained a Masters in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from California State University in Los Angeles and earned a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He is active in professional associations on both sides of the border including the American Psychological Association, the Canadian Psychological Association, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario.
Sandro has extensive experience in the areas of leadership assessment and development, executive coaching, performance management, succession planning, human resources strategy development and execution, organization design and development, and senior team effectiveness. He has managed large consulting practices in the United States and Canada. Sandro worked at Hay Management Consultants as a senior consultant in the Toronto practice and as the regional director in Dallas, where he also headed the human resources planning and development practice. He then joined KPMG in Dallas where he headed the workforce transition group; later, he moved back to Toronto, where he led the human capital group with Mercer Human Resource Consulting. He now owns and operates his own human capital consulting firm, which he founded in 2003.
Sandro has consulted to the private and public sectors in Canada, the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. His most recent engagements have included large scale executive assessment, multi-rater and executive coaching, Board-driven CEO performance evaluation and system development, senior executive competency profiling, performance management system development, assessment for selection purposes, organization design and structure work, and human resources strategy development and execution. A sample of the organizations he has served includes the Royal Bank of Canada, Sears, Aventis, the Ontario Public Service, JC Penney, Strauss Elite, Johnson & Johnson, the United Nations, and Microsoft.
Sandro lives with his wife and three children in the Toronto area. He serves as a board member for non-profit organizations including the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Toronto and Kingsway College School. He regularly provides pro bono career counseling assessment and advice for those starting their careers or looking to establish themselves in a new country. Sandro speaks his first language, Italian, at every opportunity.
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Priya Dhingra Klocek is a business consultant, executive coach, mentor, and facilitator. Her mission is to help organizations manage and develop their most important assets: People. Her consulting practice focuses diagnosing and improving the fundamental human interactions upon which all successful businesses are built.
Priya grew up in India and moved to the U.S. at age 20. Having experienced both the American and the Indian cultures so closely, she came of age understanding the importance of respecting people from every cultural background. She holds a bachelors degree in business from the College of Mount St. Joseph and a masters degree in human resource development from Xavier University. She is a certified coach practitioner and is qualified in both the Prosci Change Management methodology and the Intercultural Development Inventory.
Priya has more than 15 years of experience in the corporate sector. Her employers included Ashland Inc, Convergys, Great American Insurance, and Fifth Third Bank. More recently, she served as director of client services for Global Lead Management Consulting, which had clients in the entertainment, utility, healthcare, legal, and financial sectors.
Priya served in various roles and led several global projects during her corporate tenure. She conducted focus groups and 360° feedback sessions, and created and carried out a variety of leadership, cultural, and HR assessments. She was instrumental in the launch of Convergys in India. She was placed in charge of the language and cross-cultural training of employees in both India and the U.S.; the pattern she developed became the company’s standard for all new employees worldwide. She also was instrumental in the launching of Convergys in Europe and the Philippines. Priya expanded her role at Convergys into that of a coach and mentor who helps to bridge the communication and cultural gaps all across the organization.
The success of Priya’s work with Convergys helped to inspire her career as an independent consultant. She specializes in leadership development, change management, human resources, and diversity & inclusion. She leverages her diverse background and work experiences to help her clients navigate and manage complex business issues at home and abroad. She designs solutions that are strategic and forward thinking, yet practical. Besides consulting, Priya teaches a graduate course on managing diversity at Northern Kentucky University.
She now resides in Ohio with her extended family: husband, daughter, parents, and sister. She enjoys gardening and reading, and loves to spend time with her friends.
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Shannon Murphy Robinson is a diversity authority who is also an expert interculturalist. She partners with fellow consultants and clients to develop and implement both intercultural training and global diversity initiatives that achieve measurable business results and maximize global performance.
Shannon holds an M.A. in intercultural communication, with an emphasis on organizational development and management training, from American University’s School of International Service, in Washington, D.C. She has moderate Swedish proficiency after one year living and studying in Sweden and attaining a minor in Swedish as an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota.
Shannon began in 1994 to work for ProGroup, a provider of diversity consulting, training, tools, and products. First as a senior consultant, then as vice president, Shannon designed multi-year strategic global diversity initiatives, consulted with corporate executives to promote inclusion strategies across business units, developed qualitative and quantitative data gathering and analysis tools, led client delivery teams of up to forty consultants, and launched and managed a global affiliates program on three continents. As Vice President, she had P & L responsibility for over 45% of ProGroup’s revenues.
As an independent consultant since 2004, Shannon consults and trains internationally on cultural competencies, intercultural teaming, the globalization of diversity, and the creation of inclusive work environments in ways that are sensitive to local cultural mores. As an interculturalist, her specialty is facilitating business relationships between managers in the U.S. and Germany; in the course of delivering this service, she has both trained and individually coached senior managers in the U.S. and in Germany. As a diversity authority, Shannon has extensive experience in implementing large-scale, complex global initiatives, including one for the Deluxe Corporation for 18,000 employees, and another for Deloitte & Touche for 26,000 employees. Among her other clients have been Intel, GlaxoSmithKline, Philips Consumer Electronics, American Express, Aetna Healthcare, Medtronic, and Deutsche Bank.
As a leading practitioner in both the diversity and intercultural fields, Shannon speaks regularly at international conferences. For example, in 2005 she delivered “Global Diversity & Inclusion – A Strategic Approach” at the Conference Board’s annual workshop in Chicago, and “Creating Value By Valuing Differences” at the Women’s International Network conference in Geneva.
A native of Minnesota, Shannon now resides near Minneapolis with her husband and their two daughters. Shannon spends her free time writing books, searching for bugs with her daughters, and planning the family’s next travel adventure – favoring tropical scuba and snorkeling destinations.
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*Neil D. Samuels’s mission is helping leaders flourish by re-discovering their strengths, clarifying their commitments, and fundamentally changing their conversations with themselves, their teams, and their organizations. He believes that conversations characterized by depth and intensity lead to successful, lasting change. His clients value his integrity, passion, and ability to magnify their strengths.
Neil received a bachelor’s degree in geology from Ohio University and a master’s degree in geology from the University of Cincinnati, after which he worked in energy exploration for BP in the U.S. and West Africa. While working for BP, he made a career shift to coaching and consulting, earning a masters degree in organization development from Pepperdine University. Neil has served as an examiner for the Texas Quality Award and was certified as a Total Quality Manager. In addition, he is certified in and applies a number of instruments in his coaching including the VIA Survey of Strengths.
Neil devoted 27 years of his career to Amoco/BP, 10 as a geologist and 17 as an internal consultant. He co-developed a cost-effective, web-based process to be used for 360° feedback throughout BP. He also developed, applied, and trained others in an appreciative-inquiry approach to feedback for use in leadership development. His extensive work with senior leaders and their teams helped create robust strategies with true alignment throughout their organizations. In his final internal role, Neil worked in London for four years as manager of organization development for Europe, leading a team of consultants serving 30,000 employees in 13 countries. During that time, Neil supported senior leaders in every business segment.
Neil founded his own consulting firm in 2006. His clients have included Rolls Royce, Glaxo Smith Kline, Celebrity Cruise Lines, BP, Stantec Engineering, U.S. Geological Survey, International Fluid Power Society, Kimberly Clark, the Naperville Community School District, and Aviva Investors (where he coached the CEO of North America and four of his senior staff). Having worked on six continents, he’s presented and published in the management, education, and organization development fields in the U.S. and U.K.; many of these contributions concern the application of appreciative inquiry in both business and education. Neil also served as adjunct faculty at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management.
Neil resides in the Chicago area with his wife and teenage son. Always looking for a bridge game, Neil also plays tennis and enjoys bicycling on the prairie paths near his home.
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SOUTH CENTRAL [* = GROVEWELL-qualified executive coach]
*Kathleen A. Curran is an intercultural coach, consultant, and trainer with a life-long interest in Southeast Asia. Her career has facilitated individuals’ and organizations’ cultivation of global leadership competencies as well as the building of strategies for accomplishing objectives across cultures and distance.
Kathleen earned a masters degree in intercultural communication from the University of Texas at Austin. She has held faculty positions with the Texas International Education Consortium, Institut Teknologi Mara, the European and Asian Divisions of the University of Maryland, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. She is a qualified administrator and interpreter of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and a graduate of Corporate Coach University (CCUI).
Kathleen has worked in leadership and advisory positions in non-U.S. organizations in various countries and cultures. This has included service as liaison and advisor for the Saudi Arabian Educational Mission to the United States, which involved her in decision-making, motivation, communication, relationship development, and helping the Saudis and Americans mutually understand how their counterparts really get things done.
As a business consultant, Kathleen has dedicated herself to the development of processes that build global leadership competencies by capitalizing on international and intercultural experiences for both individuals and organizations, with the objective of building truly global systems and practices. Her consulting clients have included Hewlett-Packard, Enron International, Singapore Technologies, Singapore National Heritage Board, International Flavors and Fragrances, Federal Express, Nortel Networks, Honeywell Aerospace, MobileOne Singapore, Discovery Channel-Asia, Esso Singapore, AMC-Melawar Zecha, and Isis Pharmaceuticals.
Kathleen was a resident of Southeast Asia, principally Singapore, for more than a decade beginning in 1986. Since returning to her roots in the American South, she has continued to live and practice her passion for that region of the world by maintaining a dual-continent lifestyle at every opportunity.
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*Rossina Ruiz Seville Gil is an organization development practitioner, executive coach, consultant, interculturalist, and author with a life-long interest in human behavior. Her goal as an independent professional is to use her coaching, facilitation, and analytical skills to broaden understanding and increase productivity. Her Cuban-Colombian heritage and her experience living and working in Spain, Denmark, and Colombia all provide solid grounding for her holistic perspective on human development.
Rossina holds a masters degree in international studies from the Center of Politics & Economics at Claremont Graduate University, and a second masters in organization development from the Graziadio School of Business & Management at Pepperdine University. She has held a faculty position at California State University Northridge. She is a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory, DiSC, and several other instruments. She is completely fluent in Spanish and government-certified in Danish.
Rossina’s professional life began as a senior researcher for the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, after which she participated in the McDonald Corporation’s fast-track executive training program. Later, she leveraged her international experience into a position at Disney Interactive’s “Edutainment” division. That, in turn, led to her position as global product manager at Mattel Media’s worldwide headquarters, where she was responsible for P&L, a team of 30, and a product roll-out of 16 titles destined for 12 regions. More recently, at Healthways as senior partner for leadership development & organization performance, Rossina increased her department’s budget savings by 75% while nearly doubling the number of workshop attendees.
As a business consultant, Rossina has coached executives from C-suite level to the front-line. Her expertise is in 360-degree feedback and debriefing, especially for peer-level groups. She has been requested to lead a new leader integration process, an exercise enabling teams to feel more aligned with their leaders, and vice versa. Her consulting clients have included Yahoo, Hewlett-Packard, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Amgen, Baxter, Abbott Labs, Toyota, Occidental Petroleum, Nestlé, Mars, Merrill Lynch, and Edwards Lifesciences.
Rossina is the author of The Corporate Looking Glass: Using Culture for Your Competitive Advantage (Lulu, 2010), available from Amazon. She has been a conference speaker at UCLA, Rice University, and the Healthways ASTD event, among others, and the leadership speaker for Wellmark’s Blue Zone Institute launch.
Rossina resides near Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, two sons, and dog Woody. She is actively involved in Executive Women’s Leadership Development engagements.
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SOUTHEAST [* = GROVEWELL-qualified executive coach]
*Marilena Beuses is an executive coach and leadership consultant specializing in Latin America. She develops corporate leaders who can attain great results and leave a memorable legacy in their companies.
A native of Venezuela, Marilena grew up among expatriate families in the Exxon and Shell oil fields of Venezuela, where her father worked. She holds a bachelors degree from Duquesne University and an MBA from the University of Michigan. During her time as a corporate executive, she continued learning at the Center for Creative Leadership and the Harvard University business executive development program. She is certified in the use of various assessment instruments.
Marilena began her career in the HR department of Petroleos de Venezuela and held various operational roles there for 10 years. After a brief time as a consultant for Hay Management in Philadelphia, she moved to Florida and became a regional HR manager for Pepsi Cola International, responsible for seven countries in Latin America. In 1996, Marilena became Citigroup’s HR Vice President for Latin America, responsible for some 7,000 employees in 23 countries; assisting her were 15 direct reports. She became an independent professional in 2000.
A graduate of Coach University, Marilena is one of the first executive coaches with a Latin American background and interests to be accredited as a Professional Certified Coach. She is also the founder of a Spanish-speaking network of coaches for the International Coach Federation.
Marilena has worked as a coach, facilitator, and leadership consultant for companies in Latin America and elsewhere. She has consulted with the top 25 leaders at Microsoft Latin America and the top 100 leaders at Citigroup. Other clients include Unilever, AstraZeneca, Bombardier, Hewlett Packard, Chevron, Covidien, Ford, Sara Lee, Sony Pictures, MTV, Monsanto, NASA, Nokia, Procter & Gamble, Yahoo, and the United Nations. She is also working with several wealthy family businesses.
Marilena is frequently invited to speak at large professional gatherings such as International ICF conferences in the United States and Europe, the Million Dollar Round Table, Asociacion de Mujeres Ejecutivas Mejicanas, and international HR conferences. At the Wharton Business School in Philadelphia, Marilena also teaches within the Advanced Management program.
In her free time, Marilena enjoys the outdoors. An avid scuba diver, she also enjoys zumba, yoga, long distance cycling, and travel. She is married and the stepmother of four teenagers. A resident of Florida, she is doing her best to master the game of golf.
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*Michael H. Hoppe's combination of life experience in several cultures, leadership development expertise gained on the staff of a world-class business institute, and cross-cultural research culminating in his participation in the largest-ever business study, all prepared him to provide clients with innovative, culturally calibrated solutions to leadership challenges.
A native of Germany, Michael has also lived and worked in Greece, Austria, Italy, The Netherlands, and the U.S. He holds master degrees in clinical psychology from the Universität München and in educational psychology and statistics from the State University of New York. His Ph.D. in adult education and institutional studies is from the University of North Carolina. He is certified as an executive coach by the Center for Creative Leadership and in numerous self-assessment and 360º feedback instruments.
Michael’s early professional career included being principal of a school in Greece, after which he was an assistant director of the Salzburg Seminar in American and International Studies. Since emigrating to the U.S. in 1979, he has devoted his professional life to organization development consulting, cross-cultural research, leadership development design and facilitation, and executive coaching.
Beginning in the early 1990s, Michael served as a member of the senior faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership, the world-renowned leadership development institute. At CCL, Michael managed and delivered programs for managers and executives of Fortune 100 and other firms, including the Center's flagship Leadership Development Program®, and designed programs for business leaders from first-time supervisors to C-suite executives. As an executive coach, he worked intensively with a wide variety of business men and women.
Michael was the first to replicate Geert Hofstede’s groundbreaking 1970s study on cross-cultural differences in business-related values. More recently, he served as a co-country investigator in the U.S. for the Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness (GLOBE) project, a massive 62-nation, eleven-year research effort [details]. Michael collected the U.S. data and is lead author of “Leadership in the U.S.A.: The Leader as Cultural Hero” in the second volume of findings (Chhokar et al., Culture and Leadership Across the World, 2007). Among Michael’s numerous other publications is “The Effects of National Culture on the Theory and Practice of Managing R&D Professionals Abroad,” (R&D Management, 1993), which won the “Industrial Paper of the Year” award.
Michael remains on CCL’s adjunct faculty but has retired from full-time work. He lives with his wife in North Carolina and loves to fish, travel, and read.
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Orlando G. Rodriguez, a native of Cuba, combines a varied professional background in international banking with broad life experience in several Latin American cultures. His mission is to help executives and their spouses or partners to better understand and master the dynamics of living and working away from their home country.
Orlando attended high school in Puerto Rico, college at the University of Notre Dame, and graduate school at Stanford University. After attaining a masters degree in economics, he lived briefly in Miami and Chicago, then in Panama for one year and Venezuela for over two years before finally settling in New York City. Spanish was his first language; he also acquired English at an early age and Portuguese as an adult.
Orlando's career has been in international finance, working with corporate and individual clients in Latin America. His skills and experience include sales, management, corporate finance and lending, wealth management, and estate planning. His employers have included First National Bank of Chicago, Crocker National Bank, Marine Midland Bank, First National Bank of Boston, and Brown Brothers Harriman. At one time or another, Orlando has had responsibility, including P&L and personnel responsibility, for business units dedicated to Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Central America. He also has been the sales manager for ZonaFinanciera.com, a tri-lingual (Spanish, Portuguese, English) portal providing financial information and access to financial services for web users in more than 20 Latin American nations. Recently, Orlando relocated to Miami, where is now serves as a director of CIMA Capital Partners LLC, a financial advisory firm proving services to a variety of domestic and international clients.
Orlando has traveled extensively throughout Latin America, and also enjoys scuba diving and bicycle riding. He recently helped his father write his autobiography, which documents clandestine groups active in Cuba against the Machado, Batista, and Castro regimes. As well, he's an author in his own right, having wrtten a spy thriller that he hopes will be published one day.
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CARIBBEAN [* = GROVEWELL-qualified executive coach]
*Lynn Stravecky is an executive coach and consultant with a diversified history of working within, and later for, large corporations and their senior leaders. With living experience in Brazil, the U.K., and the U.S., she is now a long-time resident of Puerto Rico and a specialist in its business and social cultures.
A native of Connecticut, Lynn lived and worked in Belem, Brazil, as a young woman, then briefly resided in London, finally settling in Miami for nearly a decade. There she was employed for seven years as a human resource specialist at the world headquarters of the Burger King corporation. Subsequently, Lynn gained her bachelors and masters degrees in counseling from Florida International University.
Lynn relocated to Puerto Rico in 1998, opening a consulting business as well as a private counseling practice. She traveled to the U.S. mainland to become certified as a cross-cultural trainer. Today, Lynn is completing her first book, Living & Working in Puerto Rico, and is the only business consultant on the island trained to provide intercultural coaching and adaptation support services. Her clients have included Prudential, Johnson & Johnson, Amgen, Glaxo Smith Kline, Merck Sharp & Dohme, AT&T, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Wyeth Pharmaceutical, Proctor & Gamble, Pfizer, Daimler Chrysler, Shepfield, Praxair, Brystol-Meyers Squibb, Pepsico, and Clorox.
Lynn takes pride in her success in enabling senior managers and executives of large corporations to come to terms with, and master, both business dilemmas and cross-cultural challenges. One coachee wrote, “I credit my coaching sessions with Lynn with providing me the essential skills for changing my managerial approach with my executive team. I have recommended her to my best friend, also a high level executive. [Lynn has the] capacity to help you turn ‘knowing how’ into actual performance.” Another coachee said, “After many sessions with Lynn, a recurring thought pops into my head, ‘Boy, she’s good!’”
Lynn has been a guest speaker at schools, seminars, and other functions throughout Puerto Rico and has appeared as well on radio and television. The topics of her presentations include culture shock, cultural awareness, and cultural adjustment as well as a variety of other personal and family challenges.
Lynn resides in Puerto Rico with her two children, Jessica and Peter. One of Lynn’s passions is working out on a daily basis, often by engaging in an outdoor sport such as cycling, sailing, or running.
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