Winter 2018-2019

Madelaine C. Weiss, who is a Board Certified Executive Coach, reminds us that studies show that 80% of new years resolutions fail by early February... So, she was asked by Scott Love of The Attorney Search Group to do a podcast on Goal Commitment for Senior Lawyers and other professionals looking to grow their business - and their day-to-day satisfaction with it - Take a listen.

Ines LeBow, CEO of Enterprise Transformation Solutions, has been thinking about goal setting and the commitment to seeing new results this year. She has published an article on LinkedIn on the topic of commitment and follow-through which is one of the primary drivers impacting the success or failure of business transformation efforts - A good quick read.

Maddie Grant, culture consultant and founding partner of Human Workplaces, is pleased to announce that her new book it out! Together with Jamie Notter, she has co-authored a third book titled, The Non-Obvious Guide to Employee Engagement. The WNG is excited to convene our next Chairman's Forum with Maddie and Jamie on Wednesday, February 6, when they will share key lessons from the book to help you find and fix the patterns inside your culture that are preventing engagement. Come join us!

Robert Grupp, President of Grupp Global Partners LLC, is ramping up for the 10th annual National Summit on Strategic Communications, which takes place April 25-26 in Washington, D.C. Bob has served as Summit Director since 2010. The two-day event attracts leaders in business, military and government communications, public relations and public affairs. Presenters share strategies to enhance engagement and discuss best practices to increase the value of strategic communications. Early bird registration rates are in effect until March 15. WNG Members who register online using code RWG2019 save $100 on registration.

Valerie Pelton, who serves as an attorney for the United States Postal Service, over the course of 12 months, has had five articles published by leading legal and industry journals including Journal of Air Law and Commerce, The International Lawyer, Journal of World Energy Law & Business, Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal and Journal of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems. The citations are: "The Enemy Among Us: The Insider Threat," 82 Journal of Air Law and Commerce 519 (2017); "Agency Independence: A Case Study of the Federal Aviation Administration," 151 Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal (2017-2018); "Achieving the gold standard in the UAE: commercial and economic considerations in the pursuit of peaceful nuclear power," The Journal of World Energy Law & Business, Vol. No. 10, Iss. No. 6, (Dec. 1, 2017); "Rule of Law in the UAE: The Peaceful Path to Nation-building in Abu Dhabi and the UAE through Global Best Practices," The International Lawyer, Vol. No. 51, Iss. No. 1 (2018); and "Jebel Ali: Open for Business," 27 Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems 375 (2018). Impressive with the pen! Learn more about Valerie via LinkedIn.

Hank Dearden has completed his first year as Executive Director of the startup ForestPlanet.org (a reforestation NGO) and reports that in its first year (2018), the organization had over 60,000 trees pledged or planted. Hank is now building rapidly on that success. Learn more about Hank via LinkedIn.

Hampton Dowling, Chairman of the Committee on International Trade for the Commonwealth of Virginia, will speak on a panel exploring "What Do Global Investors Think About During a Trade War?" This panel is part of the Washington International Trade Conference convened by the Washington International Trade Association (WITA) on January 29, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Click here for registration information.

Sipa Sikaulu has joined Kivu Consulting where he is Director, Client Services. Kivu combines technical and legal expertise to deliver investigative, discovery and forensic solutions worldwide. Kivu’s digital forensic investigators are experienced in protecting organizations against compromise of data, theft of trade secrets and unauthorized access to data. Previous to Kivu, Sipa was Director of Client Advisory Services at TruShield Security Solutions. We are fortunate to include Sipa on our leadership teams for both the WNG Technology Roundtable and the WNG International Roundtable.

Chris Leahy, Vice President, National Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs at Intuit, has been named to The Hill's Top Lobbyists 2018: "Here you’ll find the most distinguished and accomplished professionals from the influence world who are on the front lines of the nation’s most consequential political and policy battles." Chris is a WNG Advisory Board member - We can vouch for him, as well!

George Shevlin is now Vice President, Federal Government Affairs at AIG in their Washington, D.C. office. Previously, he was Political Affairs Officer at The Investment Company Institute (ICI), the leading global trade association of regulated funds,including mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in the US and similar funds offered to investors in jurisdictions worldwide.

Matthew Burns, Managing Director of Tullow International HR Consulting, LLC, recently joined experts from Topia and Squadley for a lively webinar on why mobility is the key to unlocking talent strategy. You can read a summary of the key points and find a link to the webinar recording here.

Mit Shattuck recently founded Accacia Translations LLC and is now moving aggressively to grow the company. Acacia provides accurate, affordable translation, localization, and interpreting services to business, government, and individuals. Mit is well-known in his profession having previously served as COO and VP Global Operations for other translation and localization firms. Time to launch the WNG website in Swahili...?!?

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