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NEW ENGLAND & EASTERN CANADA
*KATHY MOLLOY, one of GROVEWELL’s four senior associates worldwide, has three decades of experience enabling business leaders to build and sustain high performance organizations. She supports and assists leaders, teams, and business units to thrive in the global economy by aligning leadership, culture, and structure with business strategy.
Kathy holds an MBA in international business from the University of Connecticut and a Masters in social/cultural anthropology from Duke University. She is certified in a variety of interpersonal, intercultural, 360° feedback, and organization design tools.
Prior to forming a consulting practice, Kathy held leadership roles in a variety of corporate and business units at Aetna. She played major roles in company and human resources redesign, and in the building of global leadership and organizational strength in Hong Kong and Malaysia as well as in the U.S.
As an anthropologist with extensive global business experience, Kathy brings a discerning perspective to global competency modelling, organization design, change management, global leadership development, and virtual team performance. Besides coaching and consulting to dozens of corporate leaders, she has worked extensively with them in Europe and the United States on virtual team performance, career development, and culturally calibrated leadership. Kathy has consulted to Johnson & Johnson, The Stanley Works, Deloitte & Touche, Heraeus, HSBC Equator, Imerys, Creative BioMolecules, Wyeth Consumer Healthcare, Withers Worldwide, Mercury Computer Systems, AstraZeneca, Northeast Utilities, Richemont, Brown University, and Fidelity Investments, among others.
Kathy has led and partnered in the development and implementation of global competency models, including for Towers Perrin, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and of U.S.-based models for the Environmental Protection Agency, Beiersdorf N.A., and Merrill-Lynch Technology Services. In all cases she first incorporates a range of stakeholder perspectives that are values-based and culturally-relevant; then she systemically integrates these with human resources programs and initiatives.
As former president of the Organization Design Forum, Kathy led a successful rebranding for globalization. She is co-author of “How the Learning Organization Manages Change,” part of a 2003 National Productivity Review publication entitled Getting Results through Organization Design. With GROVEWELL colleagues she co-authored “Gaining a Critical Edge in Mastering Globalization” in a 2007 issue of CCL’s Leadership in Action journal. More recently, she co-edited a special edition of the HRPS Journal, People & Strategy, entitled “Leading in a Time of Uncertainty.” Kathy is a recognized authority on change management and global teams, and is highly experienced in global leader coaching and culture alignment as well as competency assessment and modeling.
Kathy and her husband, Les, enjoy learning, gardening, hiking, biking, and travelling.
*ALISON SOMMERS, a former C-suite executive, emphasizes talent development in her coaching. Believing that individual success profiles are as unique as fingerprints, she enables leaders to increase their self-awareness, modify their styles as necessary, and hone their abilities for their long-term advancement and that of their companies.
Alison earned a bachelors degree in economics and political science, summa cum laude, from the University of Connecticut, and an MBA with distinction from New York University. She holds the Board Certified Coach designation from the Center for Credentialing and Education. In addition, she is certified in the use of assessment tools such as Forte and the Center for Creative Leadership’s 360° instruments.
Alison spent over twenty years in C-suite operational roles. Among her responsibilities were the following: As GM of international operations for Baxter Travenol, she turned around two foreign subsidiaries in one year while eliminating a 50% turnover rate. As VP and CFO of Travelers Business Diversification Group, she established core financial and administrative infrastructure for product and distribution channels. Then as founder of the management consultancy Carveth Porter Associates, she often assumed interim COO and CFO roles for manufacturing and consumer products clients as large as $950 million. After being courted by CitiGroup, Alison joined as CFO of Global Delivery and established infrastructure to support global strategic initiatives. She then moved to Pitney Bowes as VP of Finance, IT and BPC Operations, where she created a distribution channel across the U.S. Finally, she became VP of Operations, leading cross-functional teams to implement strategies for global initiatives.
As a full-time coach since 2003, Alison works with top leaders to link their development with strategic organizational needs. She helps them transform their management style to maximize their current job performance and future career prospects. Her client firms have specialized in financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing, office and consumer products, and legal services. Among her clients have been NRG Energy, Sodexo, Central Garden and Pet, Withers Worldwide, Wyndham Worldwide, CitiGroup, and Taco Comfort Solutions. For example, Alison recently assisted a newly promoted executive to understand the impact of his management and communication styles, thereby enabling him to foster trust and commitment from his teams.
Alison lives in central Connecticut with her husband, Bob, a criminal defense attorney, and their son. She is a board member for the SARAH Foundation, which funds services for people with disabilities. Alison loves gardening, travelling, books, and any beach.
RICHARD S. MANSFIELD has devoted his professional career to human resource development. He specializes in the design of assessment tools for both leadership development and organizational development.
Richard is a graduate of Harvard University with an Ed.D. in human development. He began his career at Temple University, where he taught human development and statistics, published in the area of scientific creativity, and chaired a department. His research on creative scientists led him to research and consulting on the competencies needed for outstanding performance more generally in professional and leadership positions.
Richard worked for eight years at McBer and Company, an international HR management consulting firm, where he ultimately became Director of Research and responsible for the development of state-of-the-art competency modeling technology. He built competency models for numerous jobs in diverse industries and business functions, including many for leaders in global companies. He also created a wide range of assessment tools using surveys, focus groups, and interviews. Richard then spent two years as a vice president of The Altwell Group, where he developed tools and a methodology for comprehensive organizational assessment.
In 1990, Richard became an independent consultant, focusing his work on assessment for leadership and organizational development. He has helped to design leadership competency models for global organizations such as Fidelity Investments, Accenture, EMC, and Digital Equipment. He has developed and/or administered 360° feedback programs for these and many other organizations. Many of his surveys have been administered internationally through the internet. He has also designed assessments of organizational culture and the climate for diversity. His international experience includes work for BP, Texaco Ltd., Towers Perrin, ICI, Gemini Consulting, Lucas Industries, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
During his career, Richard has developed and administered competency models for corporate employees in sales, marketing, production, R&D, IT, finance, and general management. His models have been applied in a wide range of industries including chemicals, computers, conglomerates, consulting, education, energy, financial services, food, government, high-tech, manufacturing, media, military, personal care products, petroleum, pharmaceuticals, and telecommunications.
Richard co-authored The Psychology of Creativity and Discovery (Nelson Hall, 1981) and The Value-Added Employee: 31 Skills to Make Yourself Irresistible to Any Company (Gulf, 1999). He is the author of “Building Competency Models for HR Professionals,” in Human Resource Management, Vol. 35 (1996).
Richard's wife, Mary, is an educational consultant; they have two daughters and four grandchildren. He enjoys bicycling, tennis, golf, and cross-country skiing.
TOM STRATIGAKIS has over three decades of experience partnering with senior leaders to manage change and improve organizational health and effectiveness at the individual, group, and organization level.
Tom holds a bachelors in education from Salem State University, and a masters in management science from Lesley University. He has been an adjunct member of Babson College’s faculty, teaching organizational behavior in the MBA program.
Tom’s business career began in high technology, spanning 14 years. In 1974 he started at Wang Laboratories, where he held key management posts in manufacturing, sales, technical publications, and education. After 10 years at Wang, Tom joined Applicon/Schlumberger as director of education. He also worked for Gould, Inc. (Modicon), where he served as director of education & documentation, managing over 60 people and a customer training center for which he held P&L responsibility. Later as director of training and organizational development, he was responsible for strategic planning, leadership development, succession planning, organizational analysis, and organization development interventions.
In 1987, Tom opened a consulting practice focused on organization effectiveness and change management. He delivered solutions to clients in the areas of strategic planning, process improvement, executive coaching, leadership development, team building, group facilitation, and organization design. Among the client organizations that Tom has consulted are Novartis, Pfizer, Serono, Daiichi Sankyo, Reckitt-Benckiser, Transkaryotic Therapies, Bridge Energy, Duke Energy, Lockheed Martin, IBM, EMC, Mercury Computer Systems, Atlantic Data Services, Metavante, Marshalls, Office Depot, World Kitchen, The Amesbury Group, MIJA Industries, Yellow Freight, IDG World Expo, John Hancock, Liberty Mutual, Atlantis Components/AstraTech, and B&B Footwear.
A dynamic and effective group facilitator, Tom has facilitated hundreds of senior-level team meetings on a variety of topics and issues. Currently, he is working with a global pharmaceutical company to facilitate the implementation of a company-wide competency model, and he’s assisting the global talent management team to design and implement a talent management process for mission-critical global positions. This is only the latest of numerous strategic change initiatives that Tom has designed and implemented for multi-billion-dollar clients in healthcare, financial services, retailing, aerospace, manufacturing, consumer products, and biopharmaceuticals.
Tom is married to Anita, his wife of 40 years. They have a daughter who is a life and wellness coach and a son who sells medical software. They’re blessed with a granddaughter and another on the way. Tom enjoys playing tennis and basketball, is an avid Boston sports fan, and enjoys fine food and wine.
*JEFFREY ARNOLD is a skilled executive coach who works with senior business leaders and their teams in a wide range of industries to develop their personal mastery and ability to consistently create results that matter. He enables coachees to clarify their thinking and improve strategic execution and leadership. Coachees say they appreciate Jeff’s powerful insight, strong integrity, and calm assurance.
A native of Québec, Jeff studied business administration at Bishop’s University there. He has devoted more than 25 years to study with Robert Fritz; as a result he’s an advanced consultant in Structural Dynamics, which uses the relationships among values, aspirations, concepts, assumptions, and objective reality to impact human behavior. He is certified as an executive coach by Royal Roads University in British Columbia, and he is recognized as an Associate Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation. Fluent in English and French, he enjoys learning Italian whenever he gets the opportunity to visit Italy.
Jeff started his professional life in the international food industry, working in the company owned by his family. He spent 15 years involved in every aspect of the business, including 10 years as president; he oversaw operations in both North America and Europe, making countless visits to France, Belgium, Switzerland, and The Netherlands. The food industry is highly regulated and margin-restricted; Jeff is proud to have successfully led his family’s company through turbulent times.
A full-time executive coach since the mid-1990s, Jeff’s work with senior leaders focuses on strategy and leadership issues. In addition to his Montréal-based coaching practice, he is an associate with consultancies in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. His projects have included strategy alignment, culture change, merger & acquisition integration, organizational design, and management effectiveness. He also serves as a thinking partner and sounding board for senior leaders on both business and personal issues. Among his client companies have been Alcan, Banamex, Boehringer Ingelheim, Flextronics, McKesson, Novartis, Rogers, Spectra Energy, and Tetratech.
Jeff lives in Montréal with his wife and business partner, Lynn, who emigrated from the U.K. 13 years ago with her son Josh to join Jeff and his son Jonathan. Jeff balances his love of food with a love of exercise, so when he’s not working or traveling he can be found in the kitchen or on his bike. Applying the principle of giving back, he enjoys coaching several non-profit leaders on a pro bono basis.
*LUCY SHENOUDA is a business leader in the fields of marketing and organizational transformation. Experienced in working and living in multiple cultures, she has supported leader-managers across three continents.
Born in Eritrea to parents of Egyptian descent, Lucy completed a bachelor’s degree at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Trained by several coach training organizations including Coach Training Institute, she is recognized by the International Coach Federation as a Professional Certified Coach. Lucy works professionally in English and speaks Egyptian Arabic.
Lucy started her marketing career in Kingston and soon joined Rogers Cable Advertising in Toronto, where she assumed positions in production, administration, and marketing. She contributed to cable advertising channel launches across Ontario and in British Columbia, and often was given leadership roles in transitioning teams and tasked with setting excellence standards for newly-revised roles and teams. After nine years at Rogers, Lucy made a family and career move to Egypt, where she spent eight years at two advertising firms. At Look-Lintas, Lucy managed the Unilever Egypt Skin Care account. At Fortune Promoseven, part of McCann World Group, she headed the Egypt strategic planning department and managed multinational accounts of widely-known brands. In 2004, Lucy moved to Dubai to accept a senior marketing role with Showtime Arabia.
In 2009, Lucy and her family moved back to Canada, where she became an independent coach. Recently, she partnered with The Pillars to co-lead a multi-phased change leadership program for Bell, Canada's largest communications company. She leads both in-person and virtual sessions, which require her to address participants’ resistance to change, engage them in the discussions, and emphasize transformative leadership’s benefits.
An active community volunteer, Lucy formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs, and designed interactive workshops for a local Business Centre. She is a mentor for the Women in Communication and Technology organization, and an advisor for the Durham College International Business Program. Lucy also is the author of an eight-part series of articles in Global Living Magazine entitled “Leading in a Global Mosaic: A Minority Everywhere I Go” (link), and of the ebook Nurture a Mentoring Culture (link) and two others.
Lucy lives near Toronto with her husband and two boys. She loves to cook Italian, Mexican, and Egyptian cuisine. She practices yoga and mindfulness, and watches medical and mystery series on TV. Lucy has an enduring passion for exploring the human condition.
NEW YORK STATE
*YANA BLACKWELDER is an experienced organizational development consultant, corporate facilitator, and executive coach specializing in global leadership development. Yana’s holistic yet commercially sound approach to talent management is based on the application of psychology and intercultural communication principles to the demanding environment of global business. Her coachees say she’s a “thought partner who uses rigor to make things happen.”
A native of Ukraine, and completely fluent in both Russian and English, Yana holds bachelor’s degree in science of business from Carlson School of Management and a master’s degree in organizational psychology from Columbia University. She also trained and interned at the Summer Institute of Intercultural Communication (Oregon) and worked as a researcher for Columbia University’s Senior Executive Education Program. She holds a diploma from Coaching Development, a British training program accredited by the ICF, and she is certified to use several assessment instruments including MBTI, Hogan, and Team Management Profile Inventory. Yana is a member of the International Coach Federation and holds its Professional Certified Coach qualification.
After graduate school and prior to becoming an independent consultant, Yana served as a senior consultant for Capgemini Transformation Group, where she delivered a number of organizational change initiatives for Fortune 500 companies including Boeing, Citigroup, Hubbell, and Wyeth-Pfizer. In her independent practice, Yana facilitated coaching programs for Coca-Cola Hellenic Europe, mentoring senior leaders from Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic, and Greece.
More recently, Yana has been leading coaching initiatives for Coca-Cola Hellenic Russia, serving as Eurasia program director for its Coaching for Managers and Internal Certified Coach programs. So far she has trained over 150 senior managers and internal coaches to upgrade their coaching and talent development skills. In addition, Yana has been engaged by INSEAD Executive Education as a coach and leadership consultant with a group of leaders from TNK-BP. INSEAD also gave Yana the opportunity to present at talent development events in Europe.
Most recently, Yana has been working as a cross-cultural coach for executives who are sent on international assignments; her clients include Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, and Armstrong. Her specialty is cultural integration for leaders and teams that combine colleagues from Russia and the CIS on the one hand, and the U.K. and U.S. on the other.
Yana has lived in her native Ukraine, London, Minneapolis, and now, for the second time, New York City. She loves travelling, reading and, with her family, Atlantic beaches.
A native of India, Bidhan holds a mechanical engineering degree from a university there. From the State University of New York (SUNY), he holds an MBA in finance and international management, an M.A. in international trade, and a Ph.D. in international business. Currently, he serves as a professor of international business and management at SUNY’s Empire State College. He also has taught in the EMBA programs of Motorola University, Renmin University, and the Singapore Institute of Management.
A wide range of projects and programs have been developed by Bidhan. These have addressed e-learning solutions, global business development, multicultural virtual teams, cultural diversity in global business, and doing business in India. He focuses particularly on the cultural and behavioral aspects of global technology development and business process work. Clients for whom Bidhan has consulted or trained include Fortune 500 I.T., R&D, financial services, and manufacturing companies. His professional travels have taken him to Costa Rica, India, Lebanon, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, and the U.K.
Examples of Bidhan’s work are that he (a) designed and trained in an India-based, week-long global immersion learning experience for 22 senior-level executives of a U.S. Fortune 500 company; and (b) evaluated and consulted regarding the cross-cultural training program of a large Indian I.T. service provider to U.S. clients.
An e-learning specialist with 20 years of experience, Bidhan has created several asynchronous global classrooms bringing together business students and corporate managers from several countries to form cross-cultural learning teams. He was the principal investigator and team leader for all research and development work under a major SUNY Innovation in Instructional Technologies Grant that resulted in developing an online toolkit for assessment of international cross-cultural experiential learning. An important component of Bidhan’s work has been Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).
The Wall Street Journal ran an exclusive story in the “Marketplace section” on May 25, 2004, about Bidhan’s India-related consulting and training. His book chapter titled “Diversity in India” was published in 2007 in Global Diversity: Winning Customers and Engaging Employees within World Markets. In November 2016, Bidhan's university presented him with its Altes Prize for Exemplary Community Service "in recognition of his work to further diversity and inclusion."
Bidhan's hobbies include traveling, photography, listening to India classical music, and observing people's behaviors in new cultures. He also learns to greet people in multiple languages; his current list of languages for this purpose is 25.
*JOHN K. GILLESPIE mission is to support global corporations as they confront the multiple leadership and management challenges of their trans-Pacific endeavors, especially with reference to Japan. He is a widely known and respected Japan expert.
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, John was raised in Japan and attended high school at the Canadian Academy in Kobe. After undergraduate work at Houston Baptist University, he did graduate work during one year each at the University of Heidelberg, the University of Paris, and Kyoto University. His Ph.D. in comparative literature and culture was awarded by Indiana University in 1979. He has taught at the University of the Pacific, Ohio State, Southern Illinois, and St. John's.
From 1986 to 1989, John directed the Japan Film Center and Performing Arts Program at the Japan Society in New York. He then joined the Asia-focused intercultural consultancy Clarke Consulting Group, where he began coaching executives under the tutelage of company founder Cliff Clarke and served as executive vice president from 1996 to 1999.
As an independent consultant and executive coach, John's services comprise matters such as headquarters-subsidiary alignment, teambuilding across cultures, cross-cultural performance management and leadership, and a variety of services focused on more productive working relationships between Japanese and Americans. A short-list of his clients includes Boeing, Canon, Coach, Lilly, Ford, Honda, Itochu, Mazda, Mitsui, Motorola, and Texas Instruments. With some of these, John consults and coaches on an ongoing basis to promote effectiveness at the intersection of Japanese and American business cultures. His coaching clients include Canon, Coach, and Itochu, with coachees from general manager to president.
John has made presentations on trans-Pacific business issues to groups such as the Asian Business League, the Japan-America Institute of Management Science, the American Management Association, Keidanren (Federation of Economic Organizations), and the Japan External Trade Organization. He has supplied commentary for "Marketplace" on National Public Radio, and for similar programs in Japan. His written pieces have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The International Economy, and Human Management Review, and he has been cited as an expert in The Wall Street Journal, U.S. Japan Business News, and others. He is co-author, with Yoichi Sugiura, of Traditional Japanese Culture and Modern Japan (1993) and A Bilingual Handbook on Japanese Culture (1999, 2004), which he reports with amazement to have sold 70,000 copies.
A resident of New York City, John has long-standing interests in the cultural history of baseball in both Japan and the United States, and in the world of Japanese theatre.
*MARGARET A. GOMEZ is passionate about her work as an executive coach, strategist, and catalyst for leaders and high performance individuals in their self-discovery and development journey. The results she treasures most are the transformation her clients achieve for themselves and for their enterprises.
Born and raised in The Philippines, Margaret is conversant in Spanish and Cebuano. She received her A.B. degree from St. Theresa’s College, then attended the University of the Philippines for graduate studies in organizational psychology. Her coach training was at the Hudson Institute, and she’s qualified to lead Hudson’s “Planning for Change” and “Renewing Teams” programs. She is certified as a Master Certified Coach and Senior Professional in Human Resources; she’s also qualified to administer the MBTI and other assessments and 360° instruments. Margaret is an adjunct faculty member of New York University’s Department of Leadership and Human Capital Management, and an instructor in Columbia University’s Coaching Certification Program.
Margaret has deep experience in human capital management and talent development. She led human resources for over 12 years at Scali, McCabe, Sloves, a unit of Ogilvy and Mather, during its period of unprecedented growth. Parlaying her success there in talent development, she opened her own business during the 1980’s. Returning to corporate leadership in the early ‘90s as director of human resources for the Olsten Corporation, she developed and implemented a system-wide succession planning program. Later, as chief talent officer for the Arnell Group, then as senior vice president for talent at Draft Worldwide, she served as a change-agent pioneer in system-wide restructuring and cultural evolution.
Now an independent consultant specializing in organization development and talent management, Margaret’s work focuses on leadership effectiveness coaching, leadership capacity building, transition coaching, and purpose coaching. Business sectors to which she has consulted include financial services, advertising, media and entertainment, retail, sales and marketing, and healthcare. Among her clients are Citi (formerly Citigroup), Banco de Santander, Barclays Bank, BNP Paribas, Limited Brands, Nissan, Time Inc., ‘O’, Omnicom, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the Beanstalk Group as well as not-for-profits.
Margaret met her husband in the Philippines. They enjoy their down time with friends and family on Long Island’s North Fork and on overseas travel adventures. She is an avid photographer and watercolorist, ever seeking out new vantage points. On travels, she carries a tiny watercolor paintbox to capture on-the-go memories and as a reminder of her promise to find more time to paint.
*WILLA ZAKIN HALLOWELL, one of GROVEWELL’s two partners, has dedicated her life to understanding people and societies different from her own. A native of New York City, her fascination began during her many extended sojourns in France throughout her childhood. She is fluent in French, conversant in Italian, and has studied Portuguese, Spanish, and Persian.
Willa’s interest in cultures led her to pursue a master’s in anthropology from the City University of New York. After several years of teaching anthropology at the university level, Willa left academia to engage more directly with other cultures – as a photographer. Her photographic work, much of it culture-related, allowed her to live among and document the ways of life of the Cuna Indians of Panama, French peasants, and Louisiana Cajuns, among others. Willa’s commercial assignments included advertising, fashion, public relations, and portraiture.
Wishing to return to more active involvement with anthropology, Willa seized an opportunity in 1990 to deliver corporate training programs to expatriate families. Soon afterwards, she joined cross-cultural authority Dr. Cornelius Grove in a business partnership now known as GROVEWELL LLC. Since 1992, she and Cornelius have completed groundbreaking research on the globalization of diversity, co-authored more than 30 professional publications including Randömia Balloon Factory, a unique global business simulation, and built their company into a respected deliverer of Global Leadership Solutions across six continents.
Willa cares deeply about developing people to become globally competent, empathic leaders. This passion inspired GROVEWELL’s signature service, Coaching for Global Advantage, which she co-developed with senior associate Kathy Molloy. "CGA" is culturally calibrated and driven by the real-time personal and performance needs of the global executive or expatriate. For more information, visit Grovewell.com/global-leadership-coaching.
Willa has been coaching business leaders for a quarter century. Her formal development as a coach includes all foundational courses offered by Coaches Training Institute and several offered by the Newfield Network. In 2013, she completed the demanding, year-long, professional coaching course given by New Ventures West and is proud to now be a “Certified Integral Coach.” Willa believes that NVW’s approach to coaching provides the most effective path towards each coachee’s transformative change by engaging the whole person: mind, body, heart, and spirit. Her role at the nexus of GROVEWELL’s global community of coaches enables here to oversee the work of, collaborate with, and learn from dozens of senior professional coaches.
Willa is married to Christopher Hallowell, a professor of journalism at Baruch College and the author of several books and many magazine articles. They have two grown children and an adorable grandson. Willa remains deeply interested in unfamiliar cultures and travels abroad at every opportunity, including annually to France for business and to visit her friends and family.
*DAVID SEVERANCE is an executive coach and leadership consultant who assists corporate clients in surmounting personal and cultural barriers to high performance, especially those at the Japan-U.S. interface.
David was raised in New York State and received a B.A. Degree in East Asian Studies from Colby College in Maine. As part of his studies, he spent time at Kansai Foreign Language University in Osaka, Japan, becoming an accomplished potter while learning the language and culture. After returning to the U.S. he served as the president of the East Asian Cultural Society, bringing a variety of Asian cultural experiences to the public.
David’s career began with responsibilities as an English teacher in Fukuoka, Japan, teaching students as young as six and as old as 75. Returning to New York, he joined All Nippon Airways (ANA), the world’s seventh-largest airline; he served in the Tour Department, which welcomed and cared for as many as 20,000 Japanese visitors annually. Within three years David was in charge of that department, and eventually he became accountable for all sales and marketing activities in the Northeastern U.S. and Eastern Canada.
In 2001 David left ANA to embark on a consulting career focusing on training and development. His corporate trainings cover topics such as “How to Negotiate Effectively With Asians,” “Strategies for Influencing and Gaining Cross-cultural Buy-in,” “The Implications of Japanese Decision-making Styles,” “Leveraging Diversity in Multinational Teams,” “Managing International Joint-ventures,” and “Mastering Global Leadership Skills: Style Switching.” Clients have included Pfizer, MetLife, Pratt &Whitney, Toyota, Chevron, and Japan Tobacco.
With the growth of interest in the executive coaching process, David saw an opportunity to serve his clients in a valuable new way. He enrolled in a coach training program accredited by the International Coach Federation and received his certificate in 2005. As well, he became certified in emotional intelligence assessments and related coaching. David now coaches executives and leadership teams at highly-respected multinationals such as IBM, GE, Honda, Pricewaterhouse, Johnson & Johnson, Siemens, HSBC Bank, Wells Fargo and Lockheed Martin, among others. In addition to his corporate assignments, he facilitates a 10-month leadership development program sponsored by United Way and coaches the executive directors of prominent not-for-profits such as NYMAC (a consortium of 50 arts institutions).
David lives near New York City with his Japanese wife, Tomie, daughter Emily, and son Dan. He enjoys waterskiing, and hiking, and collects fossils in upstate New York.
*R. BARRY SPAULDING is a cross-cultural management consultant, executive coach, and trainer with four decades of experience in global leadership, management, and strategy formulation. Most of his career has involved him directly in the Chinese business world. He is a fluent speaker of Mandarin and knows basic Cantonese.
Barry received a bachelors in Asian studies and political science from the University of California; his program included a year at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He holds a masters in international affairs, with a specialty in finance and economics, from Columbia’s School of International Affairs. Barry is certified as a coach by the Global Coaching Network's EAGLE program (Executive Assessment and Global Leadership Excellence).
In addition to wide experience throughout Asia, Barry’s China-specific experience includes managing the Beijing representative office of a Chicago bank; heading Chase Manhattan’s New York China Group; advising the provincial government of Jiangsu province; and heading the Chase China Trade Advisors (which consulted on U.S. investment and JV negotiations). Barry also served for six years as head of New York State’s International Division, in which capacity he was responsible for concluding and implementing New York’s “sister state” relationship in China and establishing an office in Hong Kong.
Independent since 1995, Barry has completed projects such as the following (partial list): (a) Developing multi-tier training on China for a major U.S. tire company. (b) Leading an HR project for the U.S. trade office of the Hong Kong government. (c) Heading team integration for the U.S. and Shanghai offices of a major consumer electronics company. (d) Directing, over five-years, a series of team trainings and coachings for key managers of a Fortune 100 media company that was undertaking a huge China project. (e) Providing training for the government relations division of a major luxury consumer projects firm. (f) Delivering training on effective cross-cultural leadership for top managers at the New York office of a major Chinese bank. (g) Developing and facilitating leadership training for the U.S., Chinese, and European offices of a U.S. medical products company, a project that included virtual team integration. (h) Coaching senior Asian executives operating in a U.S. business environment within several industries. (i) Coaching expatriates who are either entering China, or leaving China to work in the West. Finally, Barry often is invited by Vistage, a CEO organization, to speak on leadership across cultures and Chinese business.
Barry lives in Manhattan. His pastimes include running, yoga, qigong, and the collecting of Asian painting, calligraphy, and Chinese porcelain.
*DANIEL WHITE, one of GROVEWELL’s four senior associates, is a leadership coach and organizational effectiveness consultant specializing in helping whole organizations, leadership teams, and individual leaders manage personal growth and unit-level change. He designs and facilitates innovative programs that enable clients to identify and implement the practices and mindsets that lead to successful transformations. He helps teams to expand their skills and broaden their thinking.
Dan holds a masters in organizational psychology from Columbia University and a post-graduate certificate in adult career development from the City University of New York. He now teaches executive coaching at the City University of New York Graduate Center.
Prior to his consulting career, Dan was director of executive and organization development at Citibank, where he designed and led two major change initiatives resulting in increased market share and improved service delivery. He designed and facilitated learning programs in leadership development, performance management, difficult conversations, and career management.
Dan’s work as a facilitator of organizational change initiatives has extended well beyond his days at Citibank. Clients have included Lundbeck (2003-09), Reuters (1991-98), J P Morgan Chase (1991-2001), Pfizer (1996-2005), and R R Donnelly (2000). In addition, he has designed and facilitated targeted leadership development programs. Today, as a senior facilitator, Dan enables teams to learn new ways of communicating, managing, and developing people. He creates and delivers learning activities that enable people to develop skills and attitudes critical to the success of their business unit. The results of this work are enhancements to productivity, service quality, and innovation.
As an executive coach, Dan works with business leaders to develop durable new behaviors and attitudes that align with stakeholders’ needs, business opportunities, and corporate values. He is adept at using 360º feedback as the basis for the development of leaders, both in teams and as individuals. Dan’s clients have included leaders and teams from Pfizer, Schering Plough, Abbott Labs, Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi-Aventis, Siemens, Lundbeck-Synaptic, Regeneron, JetBlue, R R Donnelley, CitiGroup, Reuters, Prudential, J P Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Prudential, UBS, Standard & Poors, MTV, Time Warner, The New York Times, Grey Advertising, MTV, Parents Magazine, and Columbia University.
Dan’s publications include a full-length book, Coaching Leaders: Guiding People Who Guide Others, published in 2006 by Jossey-Bass [click here for information]; a book chapter entitled “Career Development of Scientists and Technologists,” in Alan Pickman’s Special Challenges in Career Management (Lawrence Erlbaum, 1996); and two articles in Research-Technology Management magazine, “Stimulating Innovative Thinking” (1996) and “Repairing Damaged Work Relationships” (2003).
Outside of work, Dan reads, writes, swims, and takes nature photographs. He is married to Maxine, a magazine art director; they reside in New York City. Their son, Ben, recently began graduate school.
*ANDREA HARVEY enables her clients to master their real-world business challenges by building their strengths while keeping their unfinished developmental needs from becoming obstacles. Her experience as a senior manager in a major global corporation guides her deft approach to balancing individual talent development with business unit profitability and growth.
Andrea’s bachelors degree in marketing is from Ithaca College in New York; her graduate degree in industrial psychology is from Fairleigh Dickenson College in New Jersey. She has been certified by the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching as both a professional coach and a master practitioner of energy leadership. She’s also certified to use the Hogan Assessment.
Andrea devoted two early-adult years to living and working in France, where she became conversant in French. Later, her professional career took her on work assignments all across North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. Inspired by these multiple exposures to other languages and cultures, she decided to refocus her career on talent development with a worldwide scope.
Andrea’s 18 years with Johnson & Johnson included key leadership positions in global mobility leadership development, notably as the director of J&J’s International Development Program (known as “IDP”), where she was responsible not only for selection and placement but also for design and facilitation of individualized development programs for high potentials across all of J&J’s global markets. She facilitated expatriate policy formulation and service delivery models; designed strategies for talent pipeline growth; coached and supported hundreds of program participants to realize impactful global assignments; and consulted to senior leaders of J&J companies to ensure alignment between, on the one hand, their strategic objectives, and on the other hand, the development goals of culturally different IDP participants who had been assigned to work in that J&J company.
Andrea founded her own coaching consultancy in 2008. She specializes in the strengthening of leadership team effectiveness, the application of strategies for individual and unit performance enhancement, and the development of established and emerging global leaders through international assignments. Her consulting and coaching clients have included leaders up to the C-Suite level at TD Ameritrade, Mitre Corporation, Cegedim Dendrite, Independent Pharmacy Alliance, In Balance Wellness Center, Johnson & Johnson, and the YMCA.
Andrea lives in New Jersey with her husband, Phil, and their sons, Matthew and Michael. When not working, Andrea enjoys travelling with her family, theatre-going in nearby New York City, and listening to a wide variety of music.
*LILIANA GARCIA LOEFFLER brings to her work a solid background in international business development and sales, plus experience as a consultant, trainer, and executive coach for global leaders and managers who work across national boundaries. Her clients and coachees are from Europe and Asia as well as North and South America.
A native of Colombia who spent her teenage years near San Francisco, Liliana is both bicultural and bilingual. In addition to complete fluency in Spanish and English, she’s conversant in French and Portuguese. Her bachelors in economics is from Florida International University. More recently, she graduated from New York University’s program in Organizational and Executive Coaching.
Liliana began her business career in 1979 at American Express TRS, where she made sizable contributions in Miami as regional sales manager for the Caribbean, and later at the company’s New York headquarters as director of new business partnerships. In 1995, Liliana became an associate of the Forum Corporation, applying her business experience to multicultural management consulting and workshop facilitation with an emphasis on leadership, teamwork, and strategic selling. Her work at this time was with global corporations such as Dupont, Merck, and Shell Oil in Europe and the Americas. One of her major accomplishments was leading the market development initiative that expanded the largest North American fleet fuel credit card program into Latin America.
As an independent consultant and coach during the past decade, Liliana has facilitated change management training programs in the U.S. and abroad, focusing on leadership, teamwork, and strategic selling. Her coaching and training engagements have been primarily with mid- to senior-level executives in the financial services, petroleum, and pharmaceutical industries.
Liliana’s article, “Intercultural Coaching for Global Managers: Beyond Cultural Awareness to Integration,” appeared in Intercultural Management Quarterly (Winter 2005), a publication of American University’s Intercultural Management Institute. At the Institute’s annual conference in 2005, she presented on this topic. As well, Liliana is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR).
Liliana lives in the New Jersey countryside with her husband. Her interests include art, antique maps, history, foreign travel, biking, continuous learning, and enjoying life with family and friends.
YURI MARDER is GROVEWELL's Youth Coach. For expatriate families inbound to the United States as well as outbound to numerous nations around the world, Yuri provides a day of specialized age-specific coaching for children between the ages of 5 and 18, accompanied by a summary session for parents in which youth-related issues surrounding expatriation are revealed and discussed.
Yuri has been a cross-cultural trainer specializing in young people and their unique expatriation challenges since 1994. In addition to working with several hundred families from over 30 countries, he has designed coaching curricula and parent manuals for GROVEWELL and for other consultancies. Yuri also has a "real" job, as director of web and social media marketing at William Paterson University in New Jersey.
The child of European refugees, and also a nationally recognized photographer specializing in the exploration of cross-cultural themes, Yuri draws on his own family’s transition into American culture and on his international youth experiences in the United Kingdom as well as on professional assignments in Argentina, Mexico, Italy, Switzerland, and France.
Yuri's success with expat children and their parents has become the stuff of legend around GROVEWELL. As just one example, during May 2017 Yuri received the following appreciative email from the mother of children with whom he’d recently worked. [Background: One of the children was college age, and Yuri assisted her in understanding the U.S. system and applying to a university.]
“Hi, Yuri. Thanks a lot for spending extra time with our two children. Dante, who was reluctant in the beginning, loved the time you had together. He is very picky and it is clear that you really know how to captivate others. Luisa was accepted at Drew University! You know you had a main role in this, not only because of your guidance in the very beginning, but also because of your interest and support in the process. I will never be able to thank you enough (except inviting you for some empanadas). We hope to stay connected with you!!!”
*GEOFFREY W. MORRIS is an executive coach and consultant who brings to his work substantial corporate leadership experience overseeing the Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. He helps individuals and teams attain their goals and manage organizational change. This mission is aided by his coaching skills and guided and tempered by his long and deep experience in the global marketplace.
A native of the U.K., Geoff holds an honors degree in applied biology from the University of Hertfordshire and a post-graduate diploma in management studies from Thames Valley University. He attended the executive program at the University of Virginia’s Darden Business School and the senior executive program known as AVIRA (Awareness, Vision, Imagination, Responsibility, Action) at INSEAD’s facility in Singapore. He holds certification as a master coach from the Behavioral Coaching Institute.
Geoff began his career in the U.K. in marketing roles with Nicholas Laboratories, Bayer, and Smith and Nephew. In 1984 he joined the ConvaTec division of Bristol Myers Squibb and in 1987 was transferred to the American headquarters of ConvaTec to serve as director of business development. During a period when the organization was growing rapidly he advanced through a series of regional positions, each with P&L responsibility, including regional director for Latin America; vice president for Latin America, Middle East, and Africa; and vice president for Asia-Pacific. This last role found him based in Hong Kong with responsibility for Japan and a joint-venture manufacturing operation in China.
During 1997, Geoff returned to the U.S. to become ConvaTec’s senior vice president for North America. In this role he managed the integration of two organizations following a significant acquisition. In 2000 he was promoted into a newly created role as senior vice president for global marketing and research & development. In this role he led a major restructuring of the global research, marketing, and technology-transfer organizations; the outcome was a significant enhancement of new product flow and global coordination. In 2003, Geoff transferred to Bristol Myers Squibb’s pharmaceutical division, where he assumed global responsibility for the development and launch of a new breast cancer drug.
Throughout his career Geoff has maintained a strong focus on the development of his staff. His responsibilities included numerous coaching and mentoring roles with executives from the U.S., Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America.
Geoff lives in New Jersey with his wife, Carron, and their three children. He enjoys skiing, playing golf, and following English football.
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*JO ANN ROSS, one of GROVEWELL’s four senior associates, has dedicated her professional life to helping industry leaders from diverse backgrounds understand each other and work effectively together. As an executive coach, project designer and leader, consultant, and intercultural trainer, she weaves a global theme throughout her work with senior leaders.
Jo Ann's first master’s degree, from the University of Maryland, is in French literature and culture. At the Jaffe Institute, she completed a 3½-year executive coach training program that emphasized coaching “from the heart.” She recently began pursuing a second master's degree in ministry and counseling. Jo Ann also is qualified by the National Multicultural Institute as a certified diversity trainer. In addition, she is a certified GLOBESMART facilitator. Her experience in the intercultural and diversity arenas enable her to help others perceive and use differences as strengths.
Jo Ann began her career in Paris as a teacher of English to French business-people, then spent six years in Belgium, first in the U.S. Foreign Service and later as a member of the management team of a major Chicago-based bank. After returning to the U.S., she helped coordinate the English program for international students at the American Graduate School of International Management (“Thunderbird”).
Jo Ann served on the faculty at the University of Maryland for 13 years. In addition to teaching business French, she directed the double-major "Business, Culture, & Languages." The recipient of many grants to study European integration and business practices, she developed and taught courses on global quality, cross-cultural communication, and the European Union at the R. H. Smith Business School. During this period, she created and produced video courses on intercultural communication, teamwork, quality, and negotiations in a global environment. For Jo Ann’s dedication to promoting Franco-American understanding, the French Government awarded her the prestigious Le Prix des Palmes Académiques.
As an independent trainer and executive coach, Jo Ann enables emerging and established leaders in global corporations to excel in increasingly challenging leadership roles – especially cross-border roles. Examples of her recent work include the design and delivery of a global diversity training program for Sodexo, a Canadian food-service company, and the creation of a six-month global leadership development program for Peugeot Citroën that includes blended-learning approaches and is delivered in France, Germany, Russia, China, Brazil, and Argentina.
Jo Ann describes “heart-based” coaching as leading most coachees to a transformative in-depth experience; they learn to draw guidance and confidence from their own strengths and inner wisdom. Her coachees report feeling more centered, resilient, and authentic, with increased empathic people-skills at home and abroad and visibly enhanced on-the-job performance.
Jo Ann’s pastimes are great literature, tennis, and studying spirituality in the workplace as well as supporting her son’s collegiate baseball team, including travelling to out-of-state games.
JULIA GASPAR-BATES is an intercultural trainer and consultant with experience living, working, and traveling in more than 45 countries. Her work focuses on cultural agility, global leadership, global virtual teamwork, intercultural communication, and unconscious bias. She has been passionate about foreign cultures since she was a young child.
Julia is a bi-national British-American, born in London and raised in coastal Maine. She completed a bachelor’s degree in French and Italian from University of Massachusetts, then relocated to Paris at age 22. She also holds a master’s degree in intercultural relations from Lesley University. She is certified in the Intercultural Development Inventory as well as in multiple assessment tools measuring cultural competence. Julia delivers workshops in French and Spanish (she also speaks Italian and is studying Portuguese).
After more than seven years of working in Paris as a freelance translator/interpreter and export sales representative for Michelin, Julia relocated to Boston, working in the educational travel industry. During this period, she developed a strong interest in pre-Columbian cultures and traveled extensively throughout Latin America, eventually living for a short time in Mexico. In 2000, she became an intercultural consultant and has since designed and delivered customized training workshops to thousands of participants on four continents. Notable projects over the years have included working with a French corporation to design a workshop being rolled-out in 80 countries, and teaching online courses to Air Force service members to increase their cultural competence. Julia’s client list includes, among others, Ernst & Young, Sodexo, Sanofi Pasteur, Dassault Systèmes, and the U.S. Foreign Service Institute.
Since 2007, Julia has taught a master’s level course entitled “Designing and Implementing Cross-Cultural Training Programs” at The George Washington University. She is currently an advisor for The World Bank to increase its intercultural offerings globally. Julia applies a mindfulness-based approach to her workshops based on a foundation of intercultural theory and peppered with personal anecdotes gleaned from a lifetime of interacting with people globally.
Julia lives near Washington, D.C., with her psychologist husband, Mark, and her multilingual daughter, Talia. She serves on the Board of Directors for SIETAR USA (Society for Intercultural Education Training And Research) and writes a bi-monthly column on culture for her local newspaper. When Julia isn’t traveling, she hikes, bikes, gardens, and teaches yoga. She also loves to dance, studies spirituality, and is a proud “soccer mom.” She recently fulfilled a lifelong dream of summitting Mt. Kilimanjaro.
*ANNA MARIA CASAS is an executive coach, corporate trainer, and management consultant who partners with individuals and organizations to design and implement high-impact global leadership initiatives and programs. With a quarter century of professional service in several cultures, she combines coaching skills with global business experience to thoroughly understand each client’s challenges and, on that basis, develop transformational programs. Anna Maria’s work develops and strengthens strategic leadership skills, global transitions, cross-cultural effectiveness, communication skills, and the achievement of organizational goals.
Born and raised both in Colombia and Sweden, Anna Maria has lived and worked in Switzerland, Germany, and now the United States. Her innate passion for cross-cultural competence is complemented by her fluency in Spanish, German, and English (plus conversational ability in Swedish). Anna Maria holds a degree in business administration from City University in Switzerland. She has participated in professional development programs including change management and negotiation at Stanford University; leadership development at the Center for Creative Leadership; co-active coaching at the Coaches Training Institute; executive personality dynamics at the International Gestalt Institute; and Neuro-Linguistic Programming at the DVNLP in Germany. She is certified in the Hogan Assessments, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, the Cultural Orientations Indicator, the Conflict Dynamics Profile, and the Change Style Indicator.
Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Anna Maria held leadership roles in general management, human resources, and finance (including the CFO role). She was employed throughout Europe by Ascom, Nike, and Sage, and focused on change processes including the initiation and implementation of strategic repositioning, cultural change, workflow improvement, and the transformation of people-management approaches. In some of her executive roles, Anna Maria had P&L responsibility. Among her achievements were reduction of average product-repair time from six months to two days; achievement of organizational change from an autocratic culture to an empowering and participative culture within one year; and redesign of invoicing and credit-collection procedures so that the time during which accounts were outstanding was lowered from eight months to three weeks.
As an independent consultant, trainer, and coach, Anna Maria has worked with teams and individuals within organizations such as L’ORÉAL, Mercedes Benz, UBS, Adidas, Deutsche Telekom, Sanofi-Aventis, and Johnson & Johnson, among others. She is active in the Society for Human Resource Management and the International Coach Federation.
During her free time, Anna Maria travels to exotic locations, attends concerts, and rides horseback. She always enjoys the company of good friends.
*DANIEL F. JONES provides executive assessment and coaching to a wide variety of business clients. His goal is to produce practical results through maximizing personal leadership effectiveness and fostering better alignment and fulfillment of personal and corporate goals. His passion is to build stronger organizations by enhancing the competencies of their leaders.
Dan holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University with a major in psychology and a minor in anthropology, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from New York University. Subsequently, he completed a four-year postdoctoral program in psychoanalysis at the William Alanson White Institute. He is certified in the Lominger Competencies and Voices 360, and is a certified Denison Culture Survey Consultant. He’s also experienced with a variety of assessment tools such as the Hogan, MBTI, 16pf, Wonderlic, Neo-5, and other feedback instruments.
Dan began his career in 1980 as an independent executive coach and organizational consultant. He has served as an affiliate with several leading consulting firms, including Manchester, Right Management, WJM Associates, and Executive Coaching Connections. From 1987 to 1995, Dan was a managing director and co-owner of a commercial and residential real estate development firm. From 2009 to 2011, he served on the management and advisory boards of Boxwood Strategic Advisors, and financial services firm. Dan has also served on the faculties of Rutgers University and New York University.
During more than 30 years of experience, Dan has assessed and coached hundreds of leaders at all organizational levels. His focus often is on emotional intelligence, political and organizational savvy, organizational leadership, managing with vision and purpose, command skills, and overcoming potential derailers. He has been particularly involved in coaching high-potentials in organizations such as Kraft, American Express, and Guardian Insurance; and in coaching leaders at, or in preparation for, the C-Suite level in such organizations as AIG, Ironshore Insurance, Louisiana Pacific, and Eaton Corporation. Among the many other corporations where Dan has provided executive coaching are Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Met Life, Schering-Plough, MasterCard, and DuPont. With these and other clients, his consultation often leads to organizational initiatives in the areas of strategic and succession planning, and team development.
After a career largely in the New York metropolitan area, Dan moved to Venice, Italy, during 2011 and continued his work with multinationals throughout Europe. Dan and his wife enjoyed involving themselves in the cultural life of Venice. Recently, however, Dan and his wife relocated to Philadelphia.
*NICKY WESTHEAD has diverse global experience partnering with leaders, teams, and organizations to accelerate capabilities and performance. She is especially experienced at consulting with new leadership teams, leaders in matrixed organizations, and executive teams during organizational restructuring, performance disruptions, and M&As.
A native of the U.K., Nicky holds a B.Sc. in psychology from Leicester University, and a M.Sc. in occupational psychology from Sheffield University. A qualified British Chartered Psychologist, she is certified in several interpersonal, psychometric, and 360˚ assessment tools.
Nicky began her professional career in the U.K. as a psychologist with British Petroleum, where she evaluated their high-potential talent management program. In a similar role for British Telecom, she assessed and developed leadership teams. Later as a psychology consultant with KPMG, Nicky designed a talent development strategy for Bulgarian firms using a diagnostic assessment. At this point in her career, she gained global experience through a series of relocations.
Nicky first relocated to the U.S. and worked for Accenture, where she directed the HR team in Houston and served as senior change manager for Shell Oil’s organizational and culture change program. Next she found herself in Brussels, on the Center for Creative Leadership’s staff as a senior designer and custom practice leader; her CCL clients included NATO, BASF, Kautex, Huntsman Chemicals, and Lundbeck Pharmaceuticals. Back in the U.K., she became the global OD & change manager for iSOFT and partnered with leaders across seven world regions on global strategy and change engagements. At the British law firm DWF, she became the head of OD and learning & development during a period of major growth. She served on DWF’s M&A integration team for structure, culture and people, and coached senior leaders.
When still another relocation brought Nicky back to the U.S., she became an independent consultant and coach. Among her clients are Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, PwC, Glaxo, Certainteed, and Alcan. She also began coaching professional expatriate spouses, offering her real-life insights regarding integration after transitions.
Nicky is an active member of the Association for Talent Development and the Organization Development Network. She also has been a trainer and guest speaker at both American and British universities.
Nicky and her husband, Neil, are active global travelers and adventurers, participating in triathlons, mountain-biking, and diving-snorkeling trips. They support their favorite soccer teams whenever they compete in the Olympics or the World Cup. In addition, Nicky is a Certified Pilates Trainer.
*VIRGINIA CUTCHIN is an intercultural consultant, trainer, and executive coach with over 20 years of experience enabling executives and their families adjust to and thrive in international corporate, social, and academic environments. Her mission is to help clients discover and nurture their personal power, then apply it with confidence and authenticity in culturally unfamiliar circumstances.
Virginia’s passion for exploring and interacting with the indigenous populations of other cultures stems from her early exposure to her parents’ occasional Spanish speaking and her experiences living in Italy and England. She gained a bachelor’s degree in political science from Hunter College and an MBA in international business from the Zicklin School of Business, both in New York; her MBA concentration was U.S.-China relations. Virginia’s academic studies also included physiological psychology, history, anthropology, and pastoral counseling. She holds certifications in the use of several cross-cultural instruments, including the Cultural Orientations Indicator. Virginia’s executive coaching certification was gained via the Coaching Training Alliance, which is accredited by the International Coach Federation. Virginia has a consuming interest in learning Mandarin Chinese.
Virginia’s career began as an HR assistant at Execution Services International, handling compliance, benefits, and recruiting. At Scudder, Stevens & Clark, she worked as an account assistant within the Asia-Pacific Portfolio section. Finally, for several years Virginia served the Bank of China as a marketing officer, responsible for marketing and advertising, project finance, the welcoming of visiting Chinese dignitaries, and the design and delivery of employee education programs, some of which were tailored for the bank’s Chinese employees.
In 2001, Virginia became an independent consultant. As an intercultural trainer and executive coach, she has been active in North America, China, Hong Kong, and Jordan. Clients with which she has worked include Brooks Brothers, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Volkswagen, SAP, Proctor and Gamble, Eli Lilly, Bank of America, the University of Maryland, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (in conjunction with China’s food safety agencies). At Georgetown University, Virginia served until recently as academic director of the Summer Honors Institute’s China program. She has also taught international business and culture at Baruch College, American University, and the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Virginia lived outside of Washington, D.C., through the end of 2016. As 2017 began, she relocated to Beijing and resumed her professional activities there. An ordained deacon of the Presbyterian Church, Virginia actively lives her commitment to personal leadership, spiritual development, authenticity, and environment stewardship. She travels for both business and pleasure; a few years ago, she visited New Zealand and took a particular interest in its indigenous Maori culture.
*PAMELA TUDOR is an experienced executive coach and organizational consultant with over two decades of experience with global companies, entrepreneurial businesses, and the public sector. Pamela’s expertise is in developing and facilitating leadership competencies in organizations where the environment is fast-paced and global.
A native of New York City, Pamela began traveling abroad during her sophomore year in college and over the years has spent summers in France, Spain, and elsewhere. She completed a masters degree in counseling at New York University as well as post-graduate studies in the Organizational Consulting Program at the William A. White Institute in New York.
Pamela was president of her own successful motivational events business in New York City for 12 years. She became a leadership development consultant and coach in 1994. She assists clients to focus on their goals, develop steps to achieve them, and track their progress. She often coaches using 360º feedback, helping coachees understand the gaps between intentions and impact. A recent assignment was coaching an American female senior executive in a French-owned company, helping to increase her awareness of her impact within a multicultural, Europe-based company.
Pamela also works with leadership teams, assisting them in clarifying their roles and enhancing their skills of strategic planning, critical thinking, flexibility, self- and other-awareness, accountability, and results-orientation. Recently for Right Management Consultants, Pamela co-authored a research study entitled “Understanding the HR Dimensions of Virtual Team Building.” She also delivers presentations and workshops on effective virtual/global team leadership.
Pamela’s speaking engagements include keynote speeches on “Adding Value with Diversity: What Business Leaders Need to Know” for the Annual Diversity Summit in Atlanta as well as Pitney Bowes and The Visiting Nurse Service of NY. She was an advisor for five years at the George Harvey Program on Redefining Diversity at the Wharton School of Business. Based on this program’s groundbreaking research, Pamela shares recommendations for leaders through presentations and articles. Two of the latter are “Implementing a Strategic Diversity Initiative,” in the book entitled Value Creation Through Diversity (The Wharton School of Business, 2003); and “Creativity and Diversity,” in the magazine Next Step (Fall 1997).
Pamela has experience in business sectors including financial services, pharmaceuticals, technology, telecommunications, and energy as well as for universities and governments. Her clients include Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Citizens Bank, Hewlett Packard, Sodhexo, and Columbia University.
Pamela lives in Philadelphia. She is also a nationally exhibited artist who works in mixed media.