"Cross-Cultural Communication: Theory and Practice" with Barry Tomalin

Barry Tomalin, MA, is a leading authority on world business culture and a management consultant, trainer, public speaker and writer, specialising in language and cross-cultural issues in diplomacy and business. Cross Culture Communication

He is Senior Lecturer in International Communication and Cultures at the London Academy of Diplomacy and his book ‘The World’s Business Cultures – a Handbook (3rd Edition) was published by Thorogood Publishing) in September 2014. He is also Head of Communications at the London Academy of Diplomacy. 

Among other books, Barry is the author of ‘Cross-Cultural Communication: Theory and Practice’ (Palgrave Macmillan 1023) and ‘Key Business Skills’ (Harper Collins 2012), as well as many ELT professional programs. 

Barry was for twenty years a producer and radio presenter at the BBC World Service and Editor of the BBC World Service English By Radio and Television service. 

He has worked in over sixty countries on all continents and has an unrivalled knowledge of how cultures work and is an experienced and popular interactive trainer. 

As well as his university work, Barry is also working with Boards of Directors, Boards of Management, embassies and operational departments on international management and diplomatic communication issues in cross-border operations, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions. Click here to visit Barry Tomalin’s website.

Sid Forrest VP, Human Resources EnerSys

Sid Forrest is VP of human resources at EnerSys. In 2004, EnerSys became publicly traded on the NYSE and since 2002 has grown from $300M to around $2.5B both organically and through over 28 acquisitions throughout the world.

Matt Kaine: Disruptive Technology for Job-Hopping Milleneals with The Reach App

Matt Kaine from Big Rock Labs has long admired brands that have had a way of creating an emotional connection with their audience through a well designed marketing strategy. After earning his business degree at Conestoga College, Guelph, he has worked within marketing and creative agencies in Toronto, New York and Miami over the last 10 years.

As Director of Business Development Mr. Kaine launched New York City based firm 24 Seven Inc.’s first Canadian office in early 2012. He partnered with retailers such as Umbra, Hugo Boss and Hudson Bay Company as well as global agencies Young & Rubicam, Wunderman and DDB. He focused on creating solutions and solving problems to better understand and unify audiences across markets within Canada.

Most recently Mr. Kaine has helped evolve Toronto-based Pivot Design Group’s position and services from a traditional User Experience agency into a leading multi-disciplinary firm focused on developing and re-inventing solutions throughout public and private health care organizations. As Pivot’s Account Director, his relationships span across the United States and Canada with notable projects in wearable technology, data visualizations, design/user research and apps for internationally recognized institutions such as UHN, CPAC, ACS and others.

Acknowledging a rich and developing talent pool in his own backyard, Mr. Kaine has been welcomed as an Advisor and Mentor to movements and institutions focused on entrepreneurship and innovation within the community. Currently he splits his time as an Advisor between Big Rock Labs, Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone, Hacking Health and the MaRS Discovery District, Toronto.

Maya Hu Chan, President of Global Leadership Associates

Maya Hu-Chan is an international management consultant, executive coach and author.  She specializes in global leadership, executive coaching and cross-cultural business skills.

Maya is the founder and President of Global Leadership Associates, a management consulting firm based in San Diego, California.

Since Global Leadership Associates was founded in 1992 Maya and her associates have trained and coached thousands of leaders in Global Fortune 500 companies throughout North and South America, Asia, and Europe.

Maya herself has worked extensively in China, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Korea and Japan, helping global organizations to develop their leaders and their teams.

Maya is a certified provider for:global-leadership-book_med

  • Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching (Master Coach)
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
  • Extended DISC
  • InsideOut coaching model
  • GlobeSmart
  • Cultural Orientations Indicators (COI)
  • Cultural Navigator

Prior to her consulting career, Maya was an anchor for the China Broadcasting Company in Taiwan, and served as the CEO of a non-profit organization in San Diego, California.   She has lectured at the Brookings Institution, University of California, San Diego (UCSD), University of Southern California (USC), Pennsylvania State University, and International MBA Program at University of Chicago.

Harvard Business School has chosen Maya’s book “Global Leadership: The Next Generation” to be one of their Working Knowledge recommended books.  The book has been translated in multiple languages.

Maya is also a frequent contributor and interviewee to a wide range of business publications and media, including BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Online, Bloomberg, OD Practitioner, Leadership Excellence, Business Coaching Worldwide, SmartBrief on Leadership, Voice America’s Insight on Coaching, Asia Media and The Human Factor Magazine (India).  She is also a regular conference speaker.Honors, Professional Affiliation & Community Involvement

  • World Top 8 Global Solutions Thinkers by Thinkers50
  • World Top 30 Global Leadership Gurus by Global Gurus
  • Top 100 Thought Leaders by Leadership Excellence
  • Top Leadership Guru from Asia by Leadership Guru International
  • Nominated for “Woman of the Year” award by San Diego Magazine
  • “Leading the Global Workforce Best Practice Award” by Linkage Inc.
  • Founding Member, The Marshall Goldsmith Group
  • Member, The Alexcel Group, The Institute of Executive Development, Human Capital
  • Institute, Community Action Professionals
  • Former Advisor of Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC); Board of Director of the Girl Scouts, San Diego-Imperial County; Commission of the Status for Women (City of San Diego); Workforce Development Council; and Asian Business Association of San Diego.

Click here to visit Maya Hu Chan’s website.

Dr. J. Keith Dunbar: M&A Consulting Services to Enhance Opportunities and Financial Outcomes

Dr. J. Keith Dunbar established Potentious to provide forward-thinking M&A consulting services to companies large and small. With Dr. Dunbar’s insights into leadership analysis, companies minimize the risk and maximize the probability of M&A success to meet financial objectives.

Leveraging his groundbreaking research on the role of collective leadership capability in successful M&As, Dr. Dunbar’s unique methodology transforms human resource due diligence by providing a means to mitigate the risks that otherwise limit or cancel out the potential to meet financial growth targets.In addition to leading Potentious as president and CEO, Dr. Dunbar is director of talent management, National Security Sector, with Leidos, supporting more than 12,000 sector employees and all 22,000 company employees. He leads Leidos and sector efforts to align strategic workforce planning, learning and talent development, high-potential employee development, succession planning and management, and performance management activities with corporate strategies by creating agile and adaptable leadership and people capabilities that have measurable business impact and are key differentiators of the company.

Prior to this role, Dr. Dunbar was director, Leadership Academy and Global Learning Solutions Group, with the Defense Intelligence Agency. He was a key figure in revitalizing leadership development, onboarding and professional development on a global basis within the U.S. Intelligence Community. While there and under his leadership, Dr. Dunbar’s teams won a number of awards, including the 2009 Chief Learning Officer Learning-in-Practice Gold Award for Global Learning, and were recognized for a 40-percent increase in global learning enterprise learning capability. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 2006 after a 21-year, celebrated career as a naval intelligence officer.

Dr. Dunbar is a frequent speaker and presenter at professional conferences and workshops in the areas of transforming M&A HR due diligence, leadership development, enterprise learning, talent management and human capital development.

Dr. Dunbar earned his Doctorate of Education from the University of Pennsylvania Chief Learning Officer Executive Doctorate Program. His dissertation focused on collective leadership capability and whether leadership behaviors are predictors of M&A success in acquiring and target organizations.

Charles (Chuck) Brooks, VP and Client Executive for DHS at Xerox

Charles (Chuck) Brooks serves as Vice President and Client Executive for DHS at Xerox. Previously, he served in government at the Department of Homeland Security as the first Director of Legislative Affairs for the Science & Technology Directorate. He also spent six years on Capitol Hill as a Senior Advisor to the late Senator Arlen Specter and was Adjunct Faculty Member at Johns Hopkins University where he taught classes on homeland security and Congress. Chuck has published articles on the subjects of innovation, public/private partnerships, emerging technologies, and cybersecurity.