I speak on Organizational Culture, Organizational Development, Intercultural Management, People Management, Team and Leadership Development and all the challenges therein.
I have 20+ years of international experience, hold an MBA, am a Management Consultant, and also a professional singer/actor/producer.
Smart, funny, poignant, and personable.
Don't just visit your Home Planet, once you find it, stay!
Price Range: $200 and up.
Gig Length: 30 - 60 minutes
What to Expect
Supremely entertaining, yet insightful and poignant presentation that engages, impacts, and educates.
I am a transplant from NYC to Chicago, and possess 20 yrs experience across the US, UK, Asia, Latin America, Western Europe & Africa.
In following my Japanese national spouse around the world, I have developed a strong entrepreneurial spirit. In each new environment (and some of them have been doozies!), I have literally started at the ground level to build something new and unique. Now in the 2nd Act of my career, not only am I looking for different ways to put my eclectic skill base to use, but to put them to use while staying true to my values-driven life philosophy.
I have spent the majority of both my professional and personal life helping others…
• To get a leg up,
• To believe in themselves,
• Connect to vast networks of resources,
• By training them to optimize their access to systems/resources
• By guiding their decision making processes,
• By providing emotional support, and
• By reminding them that nothing is impossible (Impossible just takes a little longer!).
Each new environment requires an assessment of the changing business horizon, in combination with socio-cultural and cutting-edge professional developments in order to face the ever-evolving realities in ways that are valuable, sustainable, and measurable. In short, my purpose has always been to positively impact the worlds of those I come into contact with, whether colleagues, friends, family, or adversaries.
As such, I have become and enthusiastic leader, a convincing & credible communicator with the unique ability to establish ‘trusted advisor status,’ an organized, dynamic professional who anticipates & addresses issues/problems while adapting to changing environments. My experience has taught me to be a quick decision maker with a “take action” orientation, but also to be objective about people. This has allowed me to excel at mobilizing teams & within group settings, sharing responsibilities. Working with few or no resources has honed me as a logical problem solver who works well in high-pressure situations. Interestingly, I have remained tactful, cooperative, generous, understanding, and insightful through it all!
My time as a Business Unit Director and Operations Manager have afforded me the privilege of producing Employee Relation/Satisfaction engagements; leading ISO Certification initiatives; refining my Organizational Development skills; and, strategically support turn-arounds/acquisitions. I have also had the opportunity to deal with all manner of employee issues/inquiries/problems; develop and implement the full range of On-Boarding and Off-Rolling policies and procedures; and, manage Global Mobility/Placement of employees across multiple geographic locations, including attendant immigration and culture-related concerns. Further, I have held responsibility for Performance Management Systems, Management Coaching & Leadership Development, Compensation & Benefits Administration, and Rewards & Recognition.
I have personal first-hand experience
• Working with non-native English speaking and at-risk populations;
• Managing large multi-faceted programs/projects;
• Hiring, training, and evaluating staff at all levels;
• As a coach, mentor, and consultant;
• Facilitating service support to extended constituencies;
• As a Corporate Trainer, Trainer-of-Trainers, Workshop Facilitator, and expert presenter;
• Working with and managing both local and remote teams;
• As a small business, non-for-profit entrepreneur, Board member and consultant;
• As a Department Head with financial, strategic, resource management, & analysis/reporting responsibilities.
I hold an MBA (Management) obtained at the University of Durham, UK; and an undergraduate degree in Communications from SUNY Albany. I have worked in Global HR with professional periods as a Business Unit Director and Operations Manager (COO) in the Relocation, Insurance, and Finance industries, and am highly adaptable. I am married to a Japanese national, and have two special needs adult siblings. I have both lived and worked overseas, and been an international student. I know what it means to not only fight for one’s rights within diverse systems, I consistently win.
I often joke that I am a “Jack-of-All-Trades; Master of maybe a couple.” But, if I had to name one benefit from traipsing around the world after my partner, it would be just that. I have learned to do many things well. Chief among those things, managing myself. But, it hasn't been easy. No sir. I value enormously sharing these experiences in ways that motivate others, change mindsets, speak to employee satisfaction, organization-wide sense making and productivity improvements. I'd love the opportunity to share them with your audiences, as well.
Additional Booking Notes
I need transportation covered. I prefer wireless mics. Occasionally, I require the technical capability to connect a laptop to a larger screen.
Sprinkled with Comedic Episodes & the occasional song.
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