— CULTURE/DIVERSITY ASSOCIATES —

 

Gunnar Brückner

Gunnar Brückner is a Leader, Coach, Consultant, Strategist, Expert and Interim Manager who specializes in capacity building, organizational learning and staff development in a global, multicultural context. He assists companies to boost their learning culture, to optimize their learning processes and to support teams and individuals to bring out the best in them by selecting interventions as needed at varying levels, namely individual, group, organization.

Gunnar Brückner is the former Chief Learning Officer of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), where he successfully fostered the development of more than 5000 staff in over 135 countries. As a Line Manager he has selected and contracted corporate coaches, he has been coached, and of course he has coached others for many years himself. Over time, he has become a combination of Learning Strategist at the organizational level and hands-on Learning Coach or Trainer at group and individual level.

His clients include many UN Organizations like WFP, UNDGO, WHO, UNODC, ICC, UNDP, and UNSSC as well as other Development Organizations, such as GTZ, InWEnt, Global Fund, GAIN, SNV, and CARE USA.

Whether in the context of competency-based career development, career change, relocation, or simply striving for job effectiveness and high performance, Gunnar Brückner’s experience will help you finding solutions. As an Action-Learning Team Coach and Executive Coach for leaders worldwide, he is particularly known for being gender-aware and for being a motivating Learning Coach, helping clients identify their true problems and then, helping them to learn smarter and with the right resources in a blended learning approach in order to reach their goals more expediently. Throughout his professional career he has also designed and delivered management development, intercultural training and coaching programmes for corporate clients (Delphi Electronics, DHL, Scanditronix, Affinion International and Covance).

Gunnar Brückner is a relentless advocate for and creator of blended learning scenarios, including elearning and he specializes in unleashing the potential of informal, just-in-time, and on-demand learning opportunities worldwide. He is top class with combining synchronous and asynchronous online coaching. Using a proprietary collaboration software that he has been developing together with a small group of staff after leaving the UN, he usually offers the essential online support for the creation of a learning process/context as an add-on service to many of his clients or to communities of practice supported by him.

Gunnar Bruckner’s approach is shaped by more than 17 years practical experience in a multi-cultural and global context. His vita includes extended assignments in the Americas and Africa, in countries as diverse as Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, USA, Angola and a few others. He is proficient in German, English, Spanish, Portuguese and conversant in French.

 

 

Liliana Cantú

Liliana Cantú is a native Mexican and founder of IC Mexico, a relocation and cross-cultural training firm delivering services throughout Mexico since 1998. She is also a freelance trainer and consultant in the intercultural field.

Liliana has a BS degree in Marketing and a Masters Degree in Communication with an emphasis on Intercultural Communication.

She has professional experience in the fields of human resources, public relations, relocation services, cross-cultural and intercultural training, as well as personal intercultural experience in several countries including the United States, Canada, Venezuela, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Portugal.

Liliana has participated as a speaker and planning committee member at international symposiums, and has delivered and coordinated cross-cultural training seminars and resource sessions to national and international audiences, including participants from countries such as Germany, the United States, Spain, Colombia, Peru and Belgium. In several of these assignments she performed as a freelance instructor for companies such as Cendant, GMAC, Language and Culture and Cultural Awareness International. She recently participated as an intern in 2003’s Summer Institute of Intercultural Communication.

Liliana also performs as a part time university professor at one of the most prestigious institutions in Latin America: the ITESM (commonly known as Monterrey Tech). Liliana teaches intercultural communication courses to national and international students, in Spanish and English, and is currently responsible for creating and delivering new intercultural skills development workshops at ITESM.

 

 

Claudia MeiLing Chang

Claudia MeiLing Chang is a seasoned manager, thoughtful leader and globally oriented senior consultant specializing in mission driven organizational development/effectiveness, intercultural leadership and meaningful program quality and partnerships. Claudia’s specialty areas include integrated social development program strategy and design, management and resourcing, intercultural organizational effectiveness/training and representation. She has additional expertise in conflict resolution and mediation, strategic planning and facilitation with global teams to try and sort out the impact of social change interventions.

With nearly 20 years of international experience concentrated in Asia that also includes Africa and Europe, Claudia has held positions with CARE International, CNN, The School for International Training as well as the University of Massachusetts/ Amherst. As a senior consultant, Claudia has partnered with a dynamic range of clients that include private consulting firms, INGO’s such as CARE International and The Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice/ Hague and various UN agencies such as OCHA (the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), UNHCR as well as UN Habitat and various Staff/Learning Development Sections in several regional missions.

Claudia earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts/ Amherst with a minor in International Relations and a certificate in Mandarin Chinese. She holds a Masters of Arts of International Studies/China-East Asia from the University of Washington/ Seattle and was a Jefferson Media Fellow at the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii/Honolulu. A native English speaker, she has varying language skills in German, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and French.

A first generation New Yorker born to a Chinese father from Beijing and a German mother from Berlin, Claudia returned to the US last year after nearly ten years back overseas. The reintegration process has included logistical challenges such as driving in six lane highways and making time consuming decisions at supermarkets and pharmacies. For a personalized take on the repatriation process, please peruse her blog at therdhme.blogspot.com/

 

 

Tracy Ann Curtis

Leadership & Organizational Development Consultant, Executive Coach, Leadership Trainer and Facilitator of Inclusion and Cross Cultural Understanding.  Tracy Ann Curtis is Founder and Principal Consultant of TAC Global, a talent and organization development consulting firm specializing in large-scale transformation, executive coaching, meeting facilitation, leadership development, building innovative and inclusive cultures, and developing a global mindset for individuals and teams.  Prior to founding TAC Global in 2010, Tracy Ann was the Asia Pacific Diversity & Inclusion Head for Cisco, based out of Bangalore, India, where, she relocated to lead the change management work associated with building Cisco’s Global IT Development Center. A core focus of Tracy Ann’s work is across the fast-changing business regions of Asia Pacific. She maintains a “homebase” in the USA and India. Across Asia Pacific Tracy Ann is known to moderate leadership panel discussions, give speeches and presentations, and facilitate large-scale leadership and inclusion conference events. She is often quoted in the Asia Pacific media on advancing women in business, developing Asian talent, the business case of diversity and inclusion, engaging managers in the workforce, and working successfully across cultures.  Tracy Ann holds a Masters Degree in Organizational Development & Analysis from the Weatherhead School of Management (USA), and Bachelor Degrees in Psychology & Philosophy from Ohio Wesleyan and University College London (USA & United Kingdom). She is qualified in the MBTI, a certified coach by TMC/Berlitz, Intrabond Capital and The Booth Company, and holds a number of certifications for programs related to talent assessment and leadership development.

 

 

Susan Doering

Claudia MeiLing Chang is a seasoned manager, thoughtful leader and globally oriented senior consultant specializing in mission driven organizational development/effectiveness, intercultural leadership and meaningful program quality and partnerships. Claudia’s specialty areas include integrated social development program strategy and design, management and resourcing, intercultural organizational effectiveness/training and representation. She has additional expertise in conflict resolution and mediation, strategic planning and facilitation with global teams to try and sort out the impact of social change interventions.

With nearly 20 years of international experience concentrated in Asia that also includes Africa and Europe, Claudia has held positions with CARE International, CNN, The School for International Training as well as the University of Massachusetts/ Amherst. As a senior consultant, Claudia has partnered with a dynamic range of clients that include private consulting firms, INGO’s such as CARE International and The Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice/ Hague and various UN agencies such as OCHA (the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), UNHCR as well as UN Habitat and various Staff/Learning Development Sections in several regional missions.

Claudia earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts/ Amherst with a minor in International Relations and a certificate in Mandarin Chinese. She holds a Masters of Arts of International Studies/China-East Asia from the University of Washington/ Seattle and was a Jefferson Media Fellow at the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii/Honolulu. A native English speaker, she has varying language skills in German, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and French.

A first generation New Yorker born to a Chinese father from Beijing and a German mother from Berlin, Claudia returned to the US last year after nearly ten years back overseas. The reintegration process has included logistical challenges such as driving in six lane highways and making time consuming decisions at supermarkets and pharmacies. For a personalized take on the repatriation process, please peruse her blog at therdhme.blogspot.com/

 

 

Robert Halyes

Robert Hayles assists people and organizations in becoming more effective. He speaks, writes, and consults with a strong foundation in pluralism and diversity. He was also the 1996 Chair of the Board of Directors, American Society for Training and Development. Robert has served more than 75 clients in the private, public and civic sectors. They include; Urban League, World Bank, Internal Revenue Service, Government of Colombia (S.A.), City of Austin, Alberta Community Development, Stanford University, Hewlett Packard, Monsanto, Allstate, Ford, Levi Strauss, Amoco, U. S. West, and Ameritech.

Robert was formerly the Vice President, Human Resources and Diversity with Pillsbury, a Grand Metropolitan Company. His line human resource responsibilities included the Tax, Treasury and Technology organizations. He also was responsible for leading diversity work worldwide for Grand Metropolitan's food businesses (e g., Pillsbury, Green Gland Häägen–Dazs, GrandMet Foods Europe). Prior to the above position Robert was the Director, Human Resources for the Pillsbury Technology Center. Before Joining Pillsbury/GrandMet he was the Manager, Valuing Differences, for Digital Equipment Corporation in Sales, Services, Marketing and International. He led strategies in all of the above diversity roles to leverage diversity for productivity/profitability by working across all differences.

Other previous positions Include: Associate Professor of Engineering Administration at George Washington University; Director, Research and Human Resources at the Office of Naval Research; and Research Scientist at Battelle's Human Affairs Research Center. Robert was the first behavioral scientist to manage the U.S. Department of Navy Technology Base with an annual budget of more than one billion dollars.

Robert has an undergraduate degree in the behavioral and physical sciences, a doctorate in psychology and postgraduate education in business. He brings a unique blend of technical, teaching and consulting expertise to address the challenges of an increasingly diverse workforce.

He is co-author of "The Diversity Directive: Why Some Initiatives Fail and What to Do About It," Irwin Professional Publishers, 1996.

 

 

Sandra Hayes

Sandra Hayes, M.A., is an organizational development consultant who specializes in collaborative negotiation strategies and team building. Her experience includes designing, conducting and facilitating meetings and training workshops for a list of clients that includes the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation, United Nations, Unicef, Lucent Technologies, Citibank, Pace University, New York University Metro Center, the United Federation of Teachers, the New York City Board of Education, Peaceful Kids, Educators for Social Responsibility, InMotion Legal Services, the United Parents Association, the New York State Nurses Association, the Winslow New Jersey school district, and a collaborative of New York City community organizations.

Ms. Hayes studies Adult Learning and Leadership as a doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she earned a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Psychology with a concentration in collaborative conflict negotiation. Through the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (ICCCR) at Teachers College, Ms. Hayes is a collaborative conflict negotiation and mediation instructor.

Ms. Hayes has designed and is currently directing and facilitating a Leadership Development Program for nonprofit executives as a consultant to the National Executive Service Corps (NESC).

Her background in training and facilitation is enhanced by extensive experience in both the corporate and nonprofit arenas. For ten years, Ms. Hayes was a human resources professional for such companies as Westinghouse Broadcasting and Cable, American Health Partners (publishers of American Health, Psychology Today, Mother Earth News, and Smart magazines), and Reader's Digest. Moreover, Ms. Hayes spent seven years as a coordinator and director of educational and vocational programs for the US Department of Labor's Job Corps and for Prep for Prep (a program serving more than 2,000 talented and gifted youth). In these capacities, she conducted large individual and group sessions, which counseled program participants on their academic and professional options.

Ms. Hayes currently resides in Manhattan with her husband and children.

 

 

Guila Clara Kessous

For over 10 years, Guila Clara has accompanied board members, senior executives and managers in their leadership responsibilities and has assisted them in the development of effective and innovative management strategies. She is called upon regularly by international agencies such as UNESCO or the UN to intervene in the context of various intercultural projects.

Guila Clara holds an Executive MBA from ESSEC Business School, a PhD from Boston University, and a Post-Doc from Harvard University.  She has built on this academic background by acquiring extensive professional experience in the fields of leadership and coaching. She has created a tailor-made approach targeting established and emerging leaders to ensure their optimal performance in a rapidly evolving global environment.

A recognized actor and producer in the performing arts, Guila Clara has a particular interest in developing public speaking and performance skills in others. Guila Clara regularly intervenes in the context of various team projects in order to increase group performance and optimize individual and collective potential.

She holds a certification in coaching development and facilitation tools by Harvard University.  She has combined her experience in fields such as positive psychology (Tal Ben Shahar), Leadership and Negotiation (William L. Ury) and Executive Communication Skills (Marjorie North). She is currently experimenting with the concept of « management creativity » from Augusto Boal’s theories and has a specialization in CSR and Ethics in the business world (including her studies in ethics pursued under the direction of  Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel).

Guila Clara is an active member of the Harvard University affiliated Institute of coaching. She was recently awarded the title of Officer from the Order of Arts and Literature by the French Minister of Culture.

 

 

Eric Kruger

Eric Kruger is an International Executive Coach with extensive experience in developing successful customized strategies for executives and teams in global corporations and firms entering foreign markets. In addition, he is:

a specialist in designing and conducting cross-cultural executive coaching for leaders in businesses throughout North America, Latin America, the European Union and East Asia on the basis of living and working in the major countries in these continents.

a consultant on post-merger corporate integration to Fortune-500 and medium-sized firms in high-technology and financial services industries.

proficient in five European/Latin American languages: French, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Italian. Some Japanese.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

PACE UNIVERSITY Adjunct Professor 1992-99 International Strategy and Cross Cultural Management

PACE UNIVERSITY Advanced Research 1989-99 Cross Cultural Business Issues

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY Adjunct Professor 1976-83 International Economic Development

GRADUATE FACULTY, NEW SCHOOL M.A. Economics, with Honors 1972 FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH Major: International Economics

LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS B. Sc. Economics, with Honours 1970 Major: Applied Economics

Complete fluency: French

Excellent: Spanish, German, Brazilian Portuguese

Professional proficiency: Italian

 

 

Niru Kumar

Medical Doctor, Gender Diversity Consultant and Coach

Dr. Niru Kumar has been powerfully impacting and transforming lives through a unique blend of expertise in modern medicine, psychology, coaching skills and energy based healings.

She is a Medical Doctor, Psychologist, Gender Diversity Consultant, Mars Venus coach, Senior Barbara Annis Associate, Pranic healer, Reiki Grandmaster & teacher, Hypnotherapy practitioner and California Hypnosis Institute (CHI) affiliate teacher.

After two decades of experience in clinical practice, she felt an intense need to help people even more deeply in personal and professional fronts. She realized that conventional medicine heal only the disease and not the individual. This led her to acquire qualifications in Psychology and become a Mars Venus coach. Now as a fully qualified and experienced psycho spiritual healer, Dr. Niru feels deeply satisfied on being able to help and heal people on the physical, mental and spiritual plane.

As the only Mars Venus Coach in India, she is a part of an International team of experts and has ongoing support from highly trained coaches and trainers across the world along with access to a vast resource of materials, systems and programs.

Dr. Niru is also a Senior Associate with BAA (Barbara Annis and Associates). Barbara and John are the world leaders in the field of Gender Intelligence. A creative and powerful blend of John’s and Barbara’s work combined with Dr. Niru’s own rich experience makes her training a profound life changing event!

The awareness of the need of Gender Intelligence and Woman Empowerment has powerfully spread in the past 05 years. Dr. Niru is a known pioneer in the field who began this work in leading organizations 10 years back. She has personally conducted more than 400 workshops till now covering more than 5000 professionals in India and APAC region. Based on excellent feedbacks of these workshops she has made her mark in the field and is recognized and sought after by many organizations.

Some organizations like PepsiCo, Yum Foods, Vodafone and Walmart decided to roll this process to the entire organization pan India with partnership and Consultancy with Dr. Niru Kumar.

Dr. Niru is an extremely popular public speaker. She often appears on TV shows. She is also regularly invited to colleges to guide and motivate the students through talks and seminars. She boldly quotes her own life experiences where she has overcome major physical and emotional challenges in her own life and relationships. Her positivism, optimism strength and genuineness are indeed a source of inspiration to many.

Dr. Niru Kumar has conducted workshops with

• Wal-mart

• Bharti

• Pepsico

• Yum Foods

• Panasonic

• Aditya Birla Group

• Coca Cola

• SAP

• Vodafone

• Yahoo

• Intel

• IBM

• Genpact

• Evalueserve

• Accenture

• American Express

• EXL

 

 

Danny Mallonga

LEO DANNY F. MALLONGA has been very active as a consultant for businesses, non-profit organizations and educational institutions for the past decade, and is widely respected for his international and cross-cultural experience and expertise in communication, organizational development and conflict resolution. He develops programs for organizations to assess their needs and develop strategies in handling change and conflict constructively.

A partial list of his clients includes the United Nations Secretariat in New York City and its duty stations around the world (Bangkok, Beirut, Vienna), the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Republic of the Philippines, Christian Children’s Fund in Rapid City, South Dakota, North General Hospital-New York City, Praxair, Prudential Relocation Intercultural Services, the Mayor and City Council of Taylor, British Columbia, Canada, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, among others.

Mr. Mallonga is known and well respected for his accomplishments at Columbia University’s International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (ICCCR), where he worked with world-renowned authorities in the field of conflict resolution - Professor Emeritus Morton Deutsch and Ellen Raider. He is a doctoral candidate (Ed.D. Cand.) in Educational Leadership as well as an adjunct instructor at Teachers College, Columbia University. He holds graduate degrees from Columbia University (Ed.M.) and from the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Manila University (M.A.).

 

 

Kelli McLoud-Schingen

to come

 

 

George Simons

George Simons is a consultant, lecturer and author who specializes in intercultural communication and global management and lives in Mandelieu - la Napoule, France and is currently writing a book on diversity and intercultural issues in the EU and delivering courses in virtual teamwork.

Most recently he has been delivering culture change programs for Ford Motor Co. in Europe, and spent two years with Shell International Exploration & Production in The Hague, piloting virtual global teams and addressing intercultural aspects of knowledge management.

Previously he trained management and employees to communicate and negotiate internally and across cultures for private clients and for international management training institutes such as the Australian and New Zealand Institutes of Management, The Greek Management Association and AHI Seminar Services (Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore). At Management Centre Europe, he has been a frequently invited speaker since 1978 and is currently part of the eLearning project team. He sits on MCE’s e-Commerce and General Management Advisory Boards as well as the Advisory Board of the European Business Review.

Products & publications Dr. Simons is the inventor, director of research and primary developer of the award-winning Diversophy® training instruments. Originally a hands-on training program component in the form of a learning game, he is now developing software for self-directed individual and small group learning with this instrument.

Diversophy® has a database of over six thousand cultural issues, is in continuous development, and has versions in English, Dutch, German, French Spanish and Polish. Most recently Dr. Simons customized Diversophy® for Mobil Oil Company to train its Korean and Arab employees in diverse customer service skills, and co-designed a training game for healthcare professionals to improve services to ethnic patients.

Dr. Simons is also author and editor of some of the most widely used analysis tools, training designs and literature in the intercultural and global management fields.

 

 

Sondra Thiederman

Sondra Thiederman is one of the nation's leading experts on workplace diversity and cross-cultural business. As President of Cross-Cultural Communications, a San Diego-based training firm, Sondra has over 20 years experience as a speaker, trainer, and author, helping organizations and professionals understand and successfully navigate our increasingly diverse global marketplace. Since receiving her doctorate with an emphasis on cross-cultural studies from UCLA, Sondra has helped hundreds of organizations develop practical, tangible solutions to their cross-cultural and diversity challenges. Sondra is a passionate speaker who knows that addressing audiences on diversity issues means a lot more than just making people "feel good." Her speaking philosophy is centered on the core values of honesty and practicality.

Sondra's years of experience in the field of diversity have honed a professional philosophy guaranteed to bring real value to her clients including such leading firms as American Medical International, Marriott Corporation, Century 21 Real Estate, American Express, The Federal Reserve Bank, Motorola, and AT&T. Sondra has served as consultant to the University of California and the American Cancer Society and has been appointed by Elizabeth Dole to serve on the Diversity Cabinet of the American Red Cross.

Sondra frequently appears as a leading expert on cross-cultural business and diversity in such national publications as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Nation's Business, Entrepreneur, and U.S. News and World Report. She also is the author of three books on the topic of cultural diversity including Bridging Cultural Barriers for Corporate Success: How to Manage the Multicultural Work Force, Getting "Culture Smart"™: Ten Strategies for Making Diversity Work, and Profiting in America's Multicultural Marketplace: How to Do Business Across Cultural Lines -- which was named as one of the best business books of the year by the Library Journal. Featured in the diversity training videos, Bridging Cultural Barriers and Managing Workforce Diversity: Turning Differences Into Competitive Advantage, she is also the producer of the best-selling motivational videos, Getting Along: Words of Encouragement, and Words To Lead By.

 

 

Rita Wuebbeler

Rita Wuebbeler is a bi-cultural German-US facilitator, team builder and coach with over twenty-five years of living and working experience in the U.S., Canada, Germany, the U.K., Spain and Luxembourg. Her specialties are cross-cultural competency-building, team-building for global virtual teams, diversity and inclusion and leadership coaching.

Ms. Wuebbeler holds a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics from Mainz University, Germany. She is a Certified Integral Coach and has gained an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) designation from the International Coach Federation. She is a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and a certified administrator of the DISC Profile.

She regularly presents at international professional conferences on the topics of leadership development, cultural competency building and effective cross-cultural communication as well as on industry-specific subject matter. She has contributed to a number of collections of intercultural training activities and is the co-author of Cultural Detective: Germany as well as Cultural Detective: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (www.culturaldetective.com), an on-line educational tool identifying and analyzing cultural core values based on critical incidents. She plays an active role in her professional association, the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR). She is also a Board Member of the Georgia Chapter of the International Coach Federation (ICF).

Ms. Wuebbeler is currently owner and president of INTERGLOBE Cross-Cultural Business Services, an international training and consulting firm assisting companies and individuals in the U.S. and Europe with their needs in cross-cultural competency-building, team-building for multicultural teams and executive coaching.

She is fluent in English, German and Spanish and coaches and facilitates in those languages.

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