A special feature of SEALA leadership workshops is the facilitators. At SEALA you work in small breakout groups with accomplished executives from the Society of International Business Fellows whose business and community experience spans the globe.
Not only in the classroom, but at breakfasts, lunches, dinners and long into the evenings, instructors and facilitators are ready and eager to dig into the details of leadership with you and share everything they know – every single day of the Academy.
Business skills and business-like thinking are critical regardless of the organization you lead. Discover their secrets, seek their advice, test out your ideas on them – learn the mistakes they made when they were your age – and ask them to share their business strategies. And add them to your most select list of people whom you can call upon for ideas, help, mentoring, connections – because after the Academy is over, instructors and facilitators make a long-term commitment to continue to coach and support you on your career trajectory over the course of your life.
Anu Sharma is President and CEO of Galleria Lagniappe, a LLC corporation for managing family investments. She is active in her community, working with the elderly, and has visited 90 countries traveling on business and pleasure with her husband Anand.
Ms. Sharma was born in Hissar, India and graduated in 1972 with a degree in Home Economics from The Home Science College in Chandigarh, India. Her hobbies include cooking and traveling extensively to new destinations across the globe.
Anu and Anand Sharma reside in Durham, North Carolina and Singer Island, Florida when not traveling.
Ashok Mittal serves as a mentor to second-generation entrepreneurs and as a management advisor to several companies. He is also a co-investor in India Quotient, an angel investment group. Previously he was co-founder and managing director of Semco Electric and Ultratech Metals (I) Ltd, manufacturers of precision metal and plastic products, parts and sub-assemblies, 100% for a US market.
Ashok is also a certified facilitator for Personalysis (a personality assessment tool) where he provides employee assessment and coaching for the creation of high-performing teams, change and transition management, and personal development to a wide range of clients.
Ashok received his Bachelors in Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences Pilani, India. Along with other activities, he loves to travel, Scuba dives in various destinations around the world, and is a hobbyist photographer.
Dan White is currently CEO of Norwalk Furniture, a manufacturer of custom, bespoke furniture based in Norwalk Ohio, USA, selling to a national and increasingly international market. He led an investor group to purchase Norwalk Furniture out of bankruptcy in 2008, returning the company to profitability in 2010 and doubling sales by 2012.
Mr. White was formerly president of Geotrac, one of the largest flood zone mapping companies in the U.S. and the first in its industry to open and Indian operations center. Concurrent with his Geotrac tenure, Mr. White, along with local partners, founded SLK Software Services, a 5,000 engineer firm in Bangalore, India, designing custom software solutions for clients worldwide.
Mr. White also owns and oversees the operations of Villa des Parfums, a restored perfumers mansion in Grasse, France operating as a vacation rental home and The Potomac Bead Company in Medina OH, USA.
Mr. White's education includes both and Bachelors and Masters degree in Geography from Bowling Green State University. Mr. White is married to Traci (McGinnis) White and they have five children.
Ginny Jackson is the vice president and significant shareholder of Statement Systems Inc., an 18-year-old company in Dallas, Texas. SSI specializes in performing highly complex data parsing/processing and printing/distribution of complex, highly-personalized variable communications for clients such as Federal Express, JPMorgan Chase, Dell and many other Fortune 1000 companies.
Ms. Jackson is active in the SMU Tower Center Forum, World Affairs Council, CELA (Central Eurasia Leadership Academy), the Society of International Business Fellows, Dallas Social Venture Partners, Dallas Women in Philanthropy and is on the Board of the Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas. She graduated from Occidental College in Pasadena, CA, with a BA in languages.
Her hobbies include cooking (as much as possible, as often as possible, for as many people as possible), reading and all sorts of sports and outdoor activities. She enjoys attending a wide range of arts and cultural events, especially dance and literary events. Mr. Jackson and her husband, Steven Raab, share their home with their three golden retrievers - Hudson, Cooper and Bo - and two cats.
Ismaa Khan is the founder and owner of Safarnama, an online gift and craft store carrying one of a kind collectibles from around the world. Previously she headed the Department of Human Resources at United Bank Limited (UBL) Fund Managers, Abudawood Distributors and Engro Polymer & Chemicals Ltd. Her experience also includes Marketing Manager for American Management Association, Coordination for Pakistan Retinitis and Pigmentosa Society and Reporting for The Daily Pakistan Observer, a local .newspaper.
Ismaa has an MBA degree and is a trained Therapist in Humanistic Counseling. She is an avid traveler, reader and researcher.
C. Meade Sutterfield is a private equity investor primarily in emerging telecommunications and wireless communications entities with 35 investments over his career. He currently serves on the CEO Council of Counsel Ventures and on the Advisory Board of Antares Capital, as well as a director on the board of two companies among those in which he currently is an angel investor.
From 1985-1993 he was concurrently a founder and President of PowerFone, Inc., Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR) carrier in the major markets in Michigan and Ohio, and Johnson Communications Corporation SMR carrier in the southeastern United States. These companies were merged into the rollup which created Nextel Communications as a nationwide company.
He was previously President of AllianceWall Corporation in 1984 and at Kimberly-Clark, where from 1980-1984 he had held several positions leading to Vice-President and General Manager of the Service and Industrial Division. His initial career was Scientific-Atlanta, where he held a number of sales, marketing, operations and general management positions in Europe and America during his tenure from 1974-1980.
Meade's education includes a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1972 and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University in 1974, both with honors. In 1986, he was the President of the Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta. He is a past Chair of the Alumni Association of the Georgia Institute of Technology and currently serves on the Institute's Foundation Board and the Research Corporation Board as well as the Advisory Board for the College of Engineering and the Flashpoint Incubator.
He is a past Chair of the Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF) and is the Past Chair of the Global Network Foundation of SIBF. In 2002, he was one of the founders of the Central Eurasian Leadership Academy (CELA) and has participated in all none academies and attended almost every reunion, resulting in travel to every country in the region. He is also involved through SIBF in the Middle East Leadership Academy (MELA) which is beginning a parallel organization to CELA and SIBF for young leaders from the 13 Arabic states in the Levant, Arabian Peninsula and Egypt and has participated in all five of those programs. He also has participated as a facilitator in the parallel programs for the Southeast Asia Leadership Academy (SEALA).
He is married to Susan; they have four married children and seven young grandchildren.
Paulette Carnicelli Pidcock
Paulette Carnicelli Pidcock is a certified executive leadership coach and founding President of Pidcock Coaching Partners, LLC. Drawing on her decades as a successful corporate lobbyist and leader in Washington, DC, Paulette has created her coaching business to make a difference in the lives of her clients.
Paulette has created and delivered transformational leadership programs for mid-level career professionals, specializing in government affairs – in the Washington, DC area.
Paulette spent her corporate career as a government relations executive for three multi-billion dollar energy and utility holding companies. She earned her Leadership Coaching Certificate from Georgetown University and is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ACC). She holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Maryland.
Paulette has lived her interest and passion in travel and experiencing other cultures through her trips to many regions of the world. Served as facilitator at SEALA/CELA and SIBF LAs.
Saad Amanullah Khan
Saad Amanullah Khan's focus and passion has always been to be a mentor, teach and groom young aspiring professionals. He spent over two decades in Procter & Gamble in senior management and seven years as Chief Executive Officer of Gillette Pakistan. He has actively groomed a host of professionals who are currently running both P&G and Gillette in Pakistan. Currently he has 3 start-ups including a social development consultancy, an e-commerce software house as well as a fast-food restaurant chain with two outlets in Karachi.
Mr. Khan is actively involved with youth development and empowerment with activities ranging from driving entrepreneurship (VP of National Entrepreneurship Working Group) to Innovation (Chairman of Pakistan Innovation Foundation). He is active in mentoring young professionals at universities as well as at WomenX, a World Bank program for women entrepreneurs. Currently he serves as the Chairman of South East Asia Leadership Academy (SEALA) as well as founder member and General Secretary of I Am Karachi Consortium. In addition, he holds the positions of President of Public Interest Law Association of Pakistan (PILAP) and Director on board of a dozen social enterprises and helping with their governance and sustainability challenges.
Steven Raab is the Chairman of The In-Source Group which provides a variety of information technology services and highly qualified information technology professionals to its commercial and federal government clients on a contract basis. As Chairman and one of the founders of The InSource Group, he is responsible for management of the board and governance.
The In-Source Group with offices in Dallas and Houston, was a three time qualifier in the SMU Cox Business School of BusinessDallas 100, has received numerous other awards, and was recognized as one of Texas’ fastest growing women owned businesses.
Mr. Raab began his technical career at IBM, where he held various line and staff management positions in sales and vertical industry markets over a period of 17 years.
He was also the founder and president of his own custom home building company, executive vice president of real estate and real estate lending for Champion Savings& Loan, and EVP of Real Time Financial Systems, Inc.
He is the past president and current member of the the board of The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, past board chair and board member of Dallas Social Venture Partners, board member of Social Venture Partners International and board member of the Central Eurasia Leadership Alliance (CELA).
Susan Simons' focus is creating environments for leaders to foster ongoing self-understanding, learning, and growth. As a certified leadership coach she facilitates board and executive leadership development world wide. When not facilitating Ms Simons studies and develops transformational leadership programming. Susan Simons consults with corporate, nonprofit and government leaders to identify strategic opportunities for their enterprise. Some of her favorite projects have involved designing and implementing community engagement campaigns for government entities, businesses and nonprofits (NGOs).
Ms. Simons began her career developing Internet business and marketing strategies for regional and mid-size companies. She then co-founded and was CEO of Clinetic, a technology company that was a pioneer in the electronic medical record field. She served in government as an elected member of the Charleston County School Board. She has worked on multiple political campaigns, focused on strategy and fundraising. In the public sector, Susan has consulted with and served on the boards of numerous nonprofits. Ms. Simons received her BA from Brown University and her MA in International Affairs from The Fletcher School, Tufts University. She resides in Charleston, SC with her husband, John Hagerty, and their three children. She and John have participated in SIBF since 1987.
Susan Sutterfield has 20 years’ experience as a hospital nurse with a focus on physical rehabilitation and pulmonary medicine. She has a BS in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She continues her medical work part-time on an international research study which focuses on Type 1 diabetes development in children.
Mrs. Sutterfield’s other main interests are international travel, history and politics. She also enjoys cooking and regular exercise. In addition to living in France, she has traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America. Through the Central Eurasia Leadership Academy (CELA), she has participated in all of the Academies, 12 of the 15 reunions and, as a result, visited all of the nine member countries from the South Caucasus through Central Asia.
She and her husband, Meade, have four adult married children and are the proud grandparents of seven grandchildren.
Susmita Malik was recently named HR Leader for the Industrial Manufacturing Services Vertical of Genpact Kolkata. Since 2013, Mrs. Malik has been Global CSR Leader for Genpact, responsible for setting up and driving the company’s CSR strategy and programs across all regions where Genpact has a global footprint.
She joined Genpact in 2005 as Hiring Leader for Kolkata when the site was starting up and in addition to her other roles, continued to support the site in that capacity till 2012, helping to take it to 2000+ people.
In her last 10 years at Genpact, she has held leadership roles in various aspects of Genpact’s People Function - Hiring, Learning & Development, Corporate Communications & Employee Engagement as well as led projects in HR Reengineering. Prior to Genpact, Mrs. Malik worked with NIIT Ltd. for 15 years in leadership roles across sales & marketing, profit center management, channel development and industry collaboration and was Regional Head Kolkata for NIIT’s Education Business before moving to Genpact.
Susmita Malik is an MA in English Literature from Jadavpur University, Kolkata and develops her own line of modern Indian women’s clothing designs.
Vickie Cox Neighbour
Vickie Cox Neighbour retired from day to day responsibilities in 2008, when the company successfully transitioned to the 3rd generation of leadership, Vickie Cox Neighbour served as Corporate Secretary for Cox Industries, Inc. (www.coxwood.com), a privately held holding company founded by her father, William B. Cox, in Orangeburg, S.C. in 1954.
Her responsibilities included board, corporate and shareholder communications, matters concerning family governance issues, generational transition of leadership issues, leadership training and strategic planning. Before her departure, Vickie also took the responsibility of developing an ambitious business plan to increase Cox’s presence and future viability in the international market. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina (Golden Key National Honor Society) and recently earned her MBA from
Kennesaw State University (Beta Gamma Sigma.) She is an active member of the Society of International Business Fellows Class of ’96. Vickie is married to a professional jazz musician, Pete Neighbour, and has two grown sons. She lives in Columbia, SC.