Winter 2018-2019

Allison Shapira, CEO and Founder of Global Public Speaking, and author of the new book, "Speak with Impact: How to Command the Room and Influence Others," spoke at a recent WNG Chairman's Forum on Thursday, March 14. At the event, Allison discussed the book's topic and shared actionable tools that participants can use to speak with confidence and authenticity in your next conference call, meeting, pitch, or presentation. The event took place at Arlington Economic Development in Arlington/Ballston, Virginia.

Hampton Dowling was recently interviewed on the topic of "Negotiating International Trade" by Mark Raffan on the Negotiations Ninja podcast. Listen and learn more about trade agreement negotiations with an emphasis on implications for the private sector and corporate development. Additionally, Hampton spoke at the WNG International Networking Reception on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, where he offered welcoming remarks. The event took place at Mission Dupont in Washington, D.C.

Michael Drake is now Director Talent Acquisition at SAIC. Previously, he was the Corporate Recruiting Lead with Engility, which was acquired by SAIC January 2019. Michael is now the recruiting lead for STG (Solutions Technology Group) , SAIC enterprise functions (HR, IT,BD/Growth/Strategy, Finance, Marketing, Contracts/Procurement, Security, etc), Executive and Internal Technology Organization. Additionally, he is the Lead for College/Intern recruiting. Where did all the free time go?!?

Shawn Beighle has joined the American Councils for International Education in Washington, D.C. where he serves as Chief Information Officer. Previously, Shawn was Vice President of Operations and Technology at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Madelaine 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 is out! Together with Jamie Notter, she has co-authored a third book titled, The Non-Obvious Guide to Employee Engagement. The WNG was pleased to convene a Chairman's Forum with Maddie and Jamie on Wednesday, February 6, where the author shared key lessons from the book to help you find and fix the patterns inside your culture that are preventing engagement. Details here.

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 rapidly building on that success. Learn more about Hank via LinkedIn.

Hampton Dowling, Chairman of the Committee on International Trade for the Commonwealth of Virginia, spoke 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 details.

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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