American Leadership & Innovation
Do you have what it takes to be a leader in an increasingly globalized world? How do topics such as global competency, intercultural understanding, diversity, and global awareness impact what we do daily in a multinational work environment?
Why The American Leadership & Innovation program?
Companies value experience abroad. According to the European Commission, people with international experience are more employable, better paid and more responsible.
Exchange programs that focus on cultural diversity, such as this are a way of developing the kind of courage, flexibility, communication and language skills that companies value. Understanding different cultures, values and ways of thinking, and working in different networks, are also useful to succeed in the world of work.
The American Leadership & Innovation program supports globally-minded leaders through leadership development, global competency, and international exchange. The program spans six sessions in October and November 2022, with both synchronous and asynchronous components. Sessions will be held weekly via Zoom. Participants will also complete selected activities on their own time, outside of weekly sessions.
Where: Virtually via Zoom
When: 6 x 2 hour sessions will be held weekly, the first session is on October 25, 2022 from 18.00-20.00.
Group size: Max 20 participants, min 10
Registration ends: September 15, 2022
Price: SAM-members 490 € / non-members 540 €
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Participants who have engaged in the American Leadership & Innovation program will receive a certificate from the Clevelend Council of World Affairs.
Who can join
- Young adults ages 20-35
- Young professionals in any field who are in a professional leadership role or seek to hold a leadership position in the future
- No prior experience with global affairs or international travel necessary
What will you learn
LEADS (Leadership, Exchange and Diplomacy Scholars) for Young Professional Leaders seeks to answer the above questions through a 6-weeks online course designed for young professionals aged 20-35 to explore their own leadership style and how they can become more globally-minded leaders through three program pillars: leadership development, global competency, and international exchange.
The program will span six sessions in October and November 2022, with both synchronous and asynchronous components covering the following topics:
* SESSION 1 – Introduction & Who Am I As a Leader? / Tuesday, October 25 @18.00-20.00
Speaker: Tracey Messer, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior for the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University
Participants will gain a greater understanding of who they are as leaders, including style and type, so that they can better understand their own leadership development journey moving forward. Participants will better understand the importance of emotional intelligence and value alignment in effective leadership.
* SESSION 2 – Cleveland & The Global Economy / Tuesday, November 1 @18.00-20.00
Speakers: Mindy McLaughlin, Managing Director, Global Business Development at Team NEO; Michael Goldberg, Associate Professor of Design & Innovation for the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University
Participants will understand the economic linkages between Cleveland and the world, and how these compare to the sectors driving today’s global economy.
* SESSION 3 – How Culture Affects Worldview I / Tuesday, November 8 @18.00-20.00
Speaker: Nicole Barile, President and Founder of NB Intercultural
Participants will further their understanding of the knowledge & skills necessary for successful cross-cultural interactions. Participants will gain a greater appreciation of cultural diversity and be mindful of how they contribute to an inclusive atmosphere by becoming more self-aware of their own cultural perspective(s).
* SESSION 4 – How Culture Affects Worldview II / Tuesday, November 15 @18.00-20.00
Speaker: Nicole Barile, President and Founder of NB Intercultural
Participants will continue to further their understanding of the knowledge & skills necessary for successful cross-cultural interactions. Participants will gain awareness of the underlying dimensions of culture and learn strategies for cultural interactions that derive from an understanding of the various cultural dimensions.
* SESSION 5 – Building Consensus v. Win-Win Negotiation / Tuesday, November 22 @18.00-20.00
Speakers: Carina Van Vliet, CEO of Cleveland Council on World Affairs and Former Political Affairs Officer at The United Nations; Nicole Barile, President and Founder of NB Intercultural
Participants will reflect upon their conflict management style and consider how this affects the negotiation process as well as consider cultural values, and how these appear in the workplace and the negotiation process.
* SESSION 6 – Conclusion & Assessment / Tuesday, November 29 @18.00-20.00
Speakers: Panel of Business and Civic Leaders in Cleveland
Participants will engage with leaders in Cleveland and gain an appreciation for the innovative projects in Northeast Ohio. Participants will reflect on how the leadership skills acquired through the program will benefit them in the future and can be put into practice.
How much time do I have to commit?
Certificate will be provided to each participant upon completion of the course.
Get to know the speakers
Tracey Messer, PhD, holds a doctorate in organizational behavior and an MBA with a specialty in entrepreneurship and organizational behavior, both from Case Western Reserve University.
Messer teaches courses addressing leadership and individual development, team effectiveness, and emotional intelligence, all with the aim of helping individuals become better leaders and teammates, and therein, building stronger organizations. In addition to Weatherhead’s undergraduate program, Messer teaches in the specialized masters programs in engineering and management, business analytics, and operations and supply chain management.
Messer’s research focuses on dynamics of entrepreneurship, specifically family business and social ventures, like B corps, and how these ventures are extensions and expressions of the values of the leaders. Messer’s interest in this area grew out of experience in her family’s chemical company and her own experience as the founder of a small business. Additionally, before entering academia as a career, Messer was a development officer with the World Wildlife Fund, building a keen sense of how individual values come to play in organizational life, leadership and among team members.
Her scholarship has appeared in textbooks, monographs and academic journals. She regularly presents her research at academic meetings including the Academy of Management and the Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference.
Mindy McLaughlin, Managing Director, Global Business Development at Team NEO
As the Managing Director of Global Business Development, Mindy is focused on the recruitment of new business investment to Northeast Ohio, with a dedicated focus on international businesses.
McLaughlin joined Team NEO from JobsOhio where she served as Senior Manager, Global Sales Operations. Previously, she served as Director of Scheduling in the Office of the Governor, as a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, and as Associate Director at The White House.
McLaughlin is a graduate of Ashland University with a degree in Political Science with minors in Economics and French.
Nicole Barile, President and Founder of NB Intercultural
Nicole Barile is President & Founder of NB Intercultural. She is an Intercultural Consultant and Trainer with over 15 years of experience helping companies and individuals improve business communications across cultures. She works closely with executives at Fortune 500 companies to create globally-minded leaders and organizations, facilitating their success around the globe. Nicole also consults with organizations looking to create, refine, and optimize their cultural diversity programs.
Previously, Nicole worked as Executive Director of an intercultural consulting firm in New York City for 10 years before relocating to Cleveland, Ohio to head up the intercultural training division at another firm.
She has traveled to over 40 countries, has worked with individuals from over 100 nations, and speaks conversational Portuguese and Spanish. Her BA is in Global Economics, and she received her MA in Intercultural Relations. Nicole is a regular presenter, speaker, and writer on the topics of cultural awareness, cultural intelligence, doing business across borders, and working on multicultural teams.
Her passion lies in innovation and problem-solving, focusing on creative ideas and processes that improve communications across the globe.
Carina Van Vliet, CEO of Cleveland Council on World Affairs and Former Political Affairs Officer at The United Nations
Carina Van Vliet joined the Cleveland Council on World Affairs in January 2019 as the Chief Executive Officer.
After moving to Cleveland in 2014, she served as a Senior Advisor to the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Forum. She was most recently a Regional Manager for Business Development and Communications at Jones Day.
Carina Van Vliet served as a Political Affairs Officer at the United Nations from 2006 to 2014, covering Latin American and Middle East issues, disarmament affairs, and women, peace and security issues. Prior to joining the U.N., she was the Director for Policy and Leadership Programs at the French-American Foundation in New York. She also co-authored an economic history textbook in French, and taught international economics in the People’s Republic of China.
Ms. Van Vliet was born and raised in Cannes, France, by American parents. She has a B.A. in Political Science from Bowdoin College, a master’s degree (diplôme) in International Relations from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), and an M.A from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. She was also a Term Member with the Council on Foreign Relations from 2011 to 2016.
About the Partnership
“LEADS” is an international exchange project coordinated in partnership with the Cleveland Council on World Affairs (CCWA) in Cleveland, Ohio, Unites States and Suomi-Amerikka Yhdistysten Liitto (SAM) in Finland. CCWA is a registered 501 ©(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to inspire engagement in international affairs and world cultures. The organization has been recognized as a national leader in coordinating U.S. Department of State-sponsored exchange and has half a century of organizational experience in exchange programming.
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