Fiona Citkin, Ph.D. Author, a Professional Educator and Diversiculturalist

Born and raised in Ukraine, a professional diversiculturalist Dr. Fiona Citkin came to the US as a Fulbright Scholar studying languages and cultures at Kent State University, OH. Fiona’s first book was on language/translation (Terminology and Translation, Lviv, Vischa Shkola, 1988, in Russian) and it brought her recognition in European academia. For the book “Transformational Diversity: Why and How Intercultural Competencies Can Help Organizations to Survive and Thrive” (SHRM Publishing, 2011) Fiona has been recognized as a Top 2012 Champion of Diversity by, a think-tank.

This book was a seminal stepping stone for further exploration of the diverse American culture and the real-world ways to instill inclusion. Fiona’s upcoming new book, “How They Made It in America: Seven Success Commandments,” started with a desire to explore how diverse talented individuals make it big in America. She focused on prominent women immigrants as the book subjects—just because she knew from her own experiences that women face frequent trials and tribulations on their way to success. The topic appeared so rich that it soon became clear she’ll need to write a book series, to at least solidly scratch it. You may see more details on Since April 2013, Fiona’s monthly Huffington Post contributions explore the issues of multicultural women and what it takes to make it in America:

With experience as Director of Berlitz, FGI, and a personal consulting portfolio with major corporations, Fiona accumulated skills in public speaking, marketing, coaching, training, magazine and TV interviews, entrepreneurship, and of course, intercultural communication and languages. Fiona speaks three languages: English, Russian, and Ukrainian. After living and working in Europe (Ukraine, Russia, Hungary, Austria, Great Britain, and Switzerland) she now resides in Warren, NJ, USA, and can be reached at

Tony Pattio, GMS: Global Mobility Leader and International HR Professional

Highly accomplished Global Mobility Leader and International HR professional qualified by 16+ years of successfully managing global mobility programs.

Proven success with managing and leading global mobility functions and partnering with finance, legal, tax, HR and vendors to deliver premium international assignment experiences and solutions.

Cultural awareness with proven ability to work with others across different countries and cultures.

Proven leader with the ability to directly and indirectly influence clients and stake holders.

Core Competencies include:

• Expatriate program management
• Improving assignee experience
• Consultative personality
• Ability to navigate complex environments
• Policy design and implementation
• Managing risk and compliance
• Vendor management
• International relocation
• Immigration and tax coordination/management
• International work experience
• Integrating talent management & global mobility
• Innovative approach to global mobility operations

Leadership Development; Helping managers to thrive in their complex leadership roles

I help global business leaders to thrive in today’s complex, uncertain and rapidly changing world.

I worked in International Sales at Mercedes Benz in Germany, Singapore and South Korea for 11 years before starting my own consultancy for International Business Development in 2002. In 2008 I transitioned to professional coaching, and since then I’ve been working with managers and teams at all levels, from high potentials to CEOs in multinational organizations.

My experience and extensive research allow me to understand the complex challenges that managers are facing at leadership, business and individual levels, and to help them to overcome these challenges more effectively.

The managers who work with me:

✔ Increase their confidence and agility leading people and projects across functions, hierarchies and cultures in their complex global business roles.

✔ Learn to ignite their people’s’ intrinsic motivation to contribute and turn them into their strongest allies, achieving outstanding business results with them even in challenging foreign markets.

✔ Stop feeling stressed and start enjoying more ease and success at work and in their personal life.

This Linkedin article includes a success story:

I work globally in English, German, and Italian, and deliver my programs in person, via video-conference and online.

My references include Mercedes-Benz (Daimler), Ford Motor Company, Luxottica, Roche, Chiesi, UniCredit, Banca Intesa San Paolo, FCA Bank, E.ON, World Food Programme (United Nations) and many more. I also teach Cross-Cultural Management within the Executive MBA Program at the CUOA Business School in Vicenza, Italy.

Natalie Forest, Ph.D., America’s Leading Expert in Personal Performance. Speaker, Consultant, Trainer, Mentor & Best-selling Author

Today, host Ed Cohen welcomes author, Executive Consultant and Life Coach, Natalie Forest to the broadcast studio.

Natalie’s information:
CEO, International Executive Consultant, Transformational Business and Life Coach, Corporate Leadership and Teamwork Trainer, Keynote Speaker & International Best Selling Author, and Mentor.

Natalie, America’s Leading Expert in Personal Performance, is Founder of Success Revolutions and Revolutionize Your Potential, a series of educational trainings for individuals and corporations across the globe. Natalie engages leaders, corporate teams, and entrepreneurs to identify consistencies for their success. Her engaging methods and techniques address Human Capital, Leadership, Diversity, and Change Management in business and personal situations leading to increases productivity, teamwork, retention, resulting in higher profitability, authentic fulfillment, and less stress.

On a personal, transformational journey, Natalie assists you in re-connecting with YOU and understanding your Purpose, embracing your Potential, and achieving your Dreams. Through the unique process “The Hidden Power of Patterns” she has enabled thousands of people to create their mission in life and create the life they desire.

Natalie is a sought after speaker and trainer and has participated in numerous conferences, events, TV and radio shows across the nation. Natalie’s keynotes, “Collaborative Individualism” and “The Hidden Power of Patterns”, have facilitated numerous breakthroughs.

Do you have any questions Dr. Natalie can assist you with? Just schedule a COMPLIMENTARY, revolutionary breakthrough session:

Natalie’s passion for positive progress in the world is self-evident in her leading role as Executive Director for The Women Of Global Change, a premier social impact organization working on positive change across the globe for years.

Since November 2017, she is the proud recipient of the 2016 President Barack Obama Presidential Volunteer Service Award, Lifetime Achievement Award.

Hampton Dowling, MBA PMP Managing Partner

Hampton Dowling, MBA PMP Managing Partner is Ed’s special guest for this very timely, fascinating interview!

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Personal Correspondence
Washington DC USA
Chairman, Committee on International Trade, Commonwealth of Virginia

1. Trade agreements being negotiated: Summary
2. Implications: workforce strategy towards talent mobility?
3. Significant challenges
4. The recent New York AMAZON situation

As Chairman, Committee of International Trade for Virginia, I'm pleased to further distribute this announcement of accomplishment describing further advancement of Virginia as the international commerce gateway to the USA. Cargo from Asia reaches not only Virginia but the heartland of America through the expanded Panama Canal and Ports of Virginia faster than via ports on the US west coast. Virginia ports benefit advantageous geography, modern infrastructure, efficient intermodal transport; centers of gravity for tech development and right-to-work business climates.

As the Ports of Virginia continue to expand and modernize, the Commonwealth and the Nation can attribute more trade-related economic growth to wise investments in scope and scale of Virginia’s vast maritime and intermodal potential. I’s great to advance more trade from and through Virginia.

Amazon site-search and New York politics:
An example of how and why politics should be thoroughly scrubbed in advance from influencing business negotiations – and tempered in post-negotiation activity. Partisan politics always convey negative implications to both parties in an agreement. In this case, Amazon's investment in pursuit of a new HQ as part of their long-term business strategy is now a lost sunk cost of great magnitude. Amazon will recover. The competitive field of options is already seeking active negotiations. New York, however, will suffer for decades given the scope, scale and value of opportunity costs distributed across a majority of market verticals affecting both public and private sector revenues. Ancillary opportunity costs are incalculable.

Why, oh why, would a politician purposely and with great bravado seek to scuttle a brokered agreement so widely endorsed by voters and constituents? Deals have been closed as a result of the Amazon-NY agreement. Who will cover those losses? No one. Negotiations are the lifeblood of how the world turns. NY's commitment was rewarded. Now, so much of New York’s cache is lost because of unchecked political interference -from the same home team! In business, losses like this can take a company to bankruptcy. Hopefully negotiating lessons learned for
both government and industry.

Elizabeth Lions: Author / Speaker / Leadership Development / Eternal Optimist and Dealmaker

About Elizabeth:

Elizabeth is a three time author and the President of Lionsology.

..She is a leadership career coach, radio show host and eternal optimist.

..Her main focus is to be the good news and inspire all walks of corporate America.

..She featured in a number of media outlets including CBS Money Watch, TexasCEO, DaleCarnegie

Elizabeth has been chosen to teach leadership classes in the US, Dubai and the Middle East.  When she’s not writing or coaching the Who’s Who of Corporate America she can be found on the back of her husband’s Harley Davidson or in the yoga studio twisting for hours on end.

If you think you fall short in the confidence department, don’t worry. Many of us do. Hear Us Roar is a women’s leadership book which is perfect for new or seasoned leaders.  Google Books

Hear Us Roar will show you:

  1. How to be respected as a female leader
  2. How to navigate office politics
  3. How to gain influential power instead of manipulating
  4. How to gain mastery over your emotions at work
  5. How to work with another woman you don’t like
  6. Uncover the reasons why you aren’t promoted
  7. Understand the real reasons why men get ahead at work
  8.  And most importantly, how to support another woman at work and why that is critical to your success.

Where is the economy/jobs headed for 2019?

1) how to be prepared for the recession

2) how to look for opportunities like advancement – now

3) work strategies for 2019, knowing the market will change

Delivering difficult feedback with grace is one of the hardest things a female leader can do, and is the most necessaryit’s never my content that gets me in trouble, it’s always my delivery.

This is brilliant: We mistake our truth for THE truth.   It’s never the truth; it’s always our perception about what we think happened. The mind creates its own reasoning and we believe it thinking we have the truth, but it’s only the narrow confines of our own minds. It’s a mistake to walk into any corrective conversation thinking you have all the facts if you didn’t ask any questions prior.

Rachel Smets, Speaker, author & dedicated to help you become the inspired person you want to be.

Rachel Smets is Ed’s very special guest on today’s Global Radio Talk Show episode!
Rachel Smets, Speaker, author & dedicated to help you become the inspired person you want to be.
Create an amazing experience abroad.
Meet people, taste new food, find your way around, settle in and feel at home in a new country.
👉 Are you still dreaming about it and not DOING?
Here’s a free email course to help you getting started. You’ll receive checklists and sheets to create your personalized plan.

👉 Did you make the decision to move? Congrats!
Here’s a free video course to help you settle in, meet people, feel happy and familiar fast!

Who is Rachel?
◾️Expat Coach
◾️ Inter-Cultural trainer
◾️ International Speaker (WEF, ALL, TEDx)
◾️ Bestselling Author of ‘Living Abroad Successfully: What, Where, When, How” &
‘Awaken Your Confidence: 15 share their Journey to success’
◾️ Lecturer International Business
◾️ Multi-linguist,
◾️ Career Coach

Entrepreneur and driven in everything I do.

◾️ As a trainer in cultural diversity and integration, I help people to understand their surroundings and build their confidence level to achieve their dreams and goal and become the person they want to be

◾️ Living/working abroad for 15+ years has broadened my mind, my understanding in cultures, interactions, and enhanced my flexibility towards people and places.
Speaking 6 languages serve greatly when connecting Internationally.

◾️ As a speaker, I help people in reaching their goals and dreams in life to become the person they want to be.

◾️As a teacher, I provide language sessions to students globally, as well as international business courses

***Life changes, and so can you!***

❓Let me know how I can help you.


Michael A Piker, Vice President Total Rewards & Labor Relations, Philip Morris International 

Michael Piker is Ed’s special guest today. This is a fascinating interview featuring a gentleman who has been a world traveler his whole life and made the decision to join Philip Morris because of the big changes PMI is planning and working to achieve!

We are transforming ourselves to build a #smokefree future. Find out how:  A once in a lifetime–transformation at Philip Morris International (PMI).  A transformation that will impact not only the organization but also the shape of our industry. We’re dedicated to doing something very dramatic – to replacing cigarettes with smoke-free products, to create a smoke-free future. It’s the biggest shift in our history.  And it’s the right one for our consumers, our company, our shareholders, and society.

Global Human Resources (HR) leader.  Co-author of the report Talent Mobility Good Practices – Collaboration at the Core of Driving Economic Growth which was produced in collaboration with the World Economic Forum and presented at the World Economic Forum.

Corporate HR experience spanning Naspers, Lenovo, Syngenta, Alcoa, Cisco.

Consulting HR experience spanning Mercer, Buck Consultants (acquired by Xerox), ORC Worldwide (acquired by Mercer).

Global HR expertise encompassing: Mergers & Acquisitions, Workforce Analytics, Total Rewards, Talent Management, Talent Acquisition, Talent Mobility, Organisation Design, Learning & Development, HR Operations, HR Business Partner, People Technology, Transformation Catalyst.

Lived and worked in nine countries (China, Singapore, Japan, Brazil, Switzerland, Germany, U.K., Netherlands, U.S.A)

Authored numerous articles and spoken extensively on Global HR topics.

Former Board Member of Worldwide ERC® and Vice Chair – Talent Community.

Graduated with a BA degree from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and a specialty in Asian Studies from Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan. Attended the Institute of Management Development (IMD) HR Program in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Damien O’Farrell: Global Mobility Expert, Expat Coach

WHAT I DO: I assist C-Suite Executives and other VIP clients to relocate to Italy & Malta by providing bespoke destination and immigration services. In addition to this, I provide cutting-edge spousal support as well as top tier expatriate life, career, and business coaching.

WHO I WORK WITH: I partner with Relocation Management Companies, HR professionals, entrepreneurs, and individuals who are seeking a tailor made solution to their global mobility needs.

WHY IT WORKS: When you partner with Damien O’Farrell Coaching Services, you get the most efficient, effective and focused global mobility and coaching services that Relocation Management Companies, HR, entrepreneurs, and individuals need today.

WHAT MAKES ME DIFFERENT: I have 30+ years of experience of being an entrepreneur and working with expatriates. I am continuously focused on creating and implementing the most dynamic products and services to make sure that my clients achieve higher levels of customer satisfaction, service delivery, and commitment to detail.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Damien is one of the stars in the mobility industry. I enjoy working with Damien because he is one of those people who is dedicated to enriching the industry, helping anyone who needs help. – Natalie Tong (Client Solutions Manager at Airinc)

HOW IT WORKS: I start with a detailed strategy session to find the most appropriate global mobility or coaching solutions to transform your world. This is a powerful opportunity to discover what’s impacting your relocation needs and to propose the best programs for the individual and / or family relocating. I will provide a high-level assessment of what is needed and a recommended blueprint to assist you with achieving your desired results.

Contact me to schedule your strategy session:
Tel: +39.339.3332547

Mona Malone, Deputy Head, Human Resources & Chief Talent Officer; BMO Financial Group

Mona Malone is Deputy Head, Human Resources for BMO Financial Group. She also acts as Chief Talent Officer where she leads the team responsible for talent, learning, diversity & inclusion.

She holds company-wide accountability for organization design, talent  planning and recruitment, diversity, executive succession and leadership development, and she leads BMO’s corporate university – the Institute for Learning (IFL) – and enterprise learning programs such as orientation and risk management.

Mona began her career in 1994 as a consultant at Ernst and Young, where she focused on organizational strategy and human resources. She joined BMO in 1996 to design key learning programs at the IFL. In 1999, she joined ePost (a joint venture between BMO and Canada Post Corporation) and was promoted to VP of Marketing and Product Management in 2001. Mona returned to BMO in 2004 and held a variety of learning and professional development roles. She was appointed to VP, Advanced Leadership and Management Development in 2008 to revitalize BMO’s focus on leadership development, orientation, and risk and regulatory learning.

Mona has worked closely with leaders in every BMO group, to act as a trusted advisor. She has held a range of senior HR roles such as CHRO of Canada’s Personal and Commercial Banking group and was a Retail Banking Sales Leader in the GTA. BMO Financial Group is the 8th largest bank by assets in North America with assets of $744 billion. BMO was the recipient of the Catalyst award in 2017 for innovation in diversity and inclusion, the Gender Equality Award in 2017, Most Admired Corporate Cultures in Canada in 2017, the Best Workplaces in Canada in 2016 and 2017, the Bloomberg Financial Services Gender-Equality Index Award in 2016 and 2017, and the Best Workplaces for Women Award in 2016.

In addition to her leadership experience at BMO, Mona is an author and conference speaker. She was a contributing author for an award-winning business book on strategy execution, Behaviour Breakthrough, and a set of articles in the Ivey Business School Journal on strategy and behavioural leadership.

Mona lives in Toronto with her husband and three children. She is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her community service with youth development organizations. Mona holds an Honours Business Administration degree from Ivey Business School at University of Western Ontario. She is an Advisory Council member for the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership at the Ivey Business School.