Genesis at the Crossroads Board of Directors

Jean AbiNader

Owner/Principal, Jean AbiNader International Advisory Services
Executive Director, Moroccan American Trade & Investment Center

Jean AbiNader is a management consultant, cross-cultural trainer, trade association and corporate executive, and human resources professional with more than three decades of experience in policy analysis and development, international business, intercultural training, and public affairs. He is a proven leader and communicator who has enabled corporate and government clients from the US, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East to define strategic options for growth and development and achieve results through integrated management and communications strategies.

As a management consultant, Jean focuses on strategies for companies, associations, and organizations in challenging domestic and international environments. His training/coaching programs include: leadership and innovative management, dynamics of managing change, and strategic planning. Professional interpersonal skills mentoring includes: negotiating across cultures, cross-cultural management, global project management, and a variety of communication skills.

Mr. AbiNader has a master’s degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh where he also completed post-graduate study in Organizational Communications.

Jean AbiNader renowned for his weekly blog, Morocco on the Move, is a well-known speaker, university lecturer, and specialist on international policy issues, who advises clients on strategic growth strategies, international marketing business development, and project implementation strategies. He has lead a graduate seminar on US-Arab marketing issues at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and a senior level negotiations course for the Executive MBA program of Al-Akhawayn University’s campus in Casablanca. He lives in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area.

Larry Lifson

COO, Culture Exchange Academy

Larry creates strategic partnerships for Culture Exchange Academy with educational communities across the US for Chinese student private high-school placement. He works with colleagues throughout China for countrywide student recruitment.

Larry is a business-development executive with a track record of growing businesses, establishing strategic partnerships, culture change, and overcoming perceived insurmountable obstacles.  He has over 30 years of experience in the retail, wholesale, and promotional-products industries.  He developed and implemented multimillion-dollar cost-savings programs and operational efficiencies, resulting in significant productivity and process improvement.  He has experience in branding and licensing, and his supply-chain background enabled him to travel internationally and work with people of many cultures, always establishing tremendous mutual respect and rapport.  He works with executives at all levels of corporations such as Macy’s, 1-800FLOWERS, Live Nation, and Disney, and is effective at getting potential partners to see the benefits of a relationship.  He delivered multimillion-dollar programs for Fortune 500 retailers such as Walmart, Staples, Target, and Office Depot, resulting in a turn-around wherein large customers went from potentially ceasing all business with the supplying company to naming the company Supplier of the Year. This transformation not only played a significant role in the billion-dollar-plus company’s survival, but also resulted in tens of millions of dollars of additional business.  Larry changed the culture and expectations of the company, and significantly strengthened customer and supplier relationships.

Larry was a founding member, board member, and officer of a major industry trade association. He holds a Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.  He is a member of the Kellogg Innovation Network Global community.

Carlos Paret

Senior Manager, Transcatheter Heart Valves, Edwards Lifesciences

Carlos is a globally experienced marketing executive with more than 15 years of experience developing creative solutions in numerous, diverse industries including transcatheter heart valves, molecular companion diagnostics, global nutritionals, industrial chemicals, and specialty agricultural products.

As a strategic marketer, Carlos currently manages international healthcare initiatives for Edwards Lifesciences – a Global Leader in the Science of Heart Valves and Hemodynamic Monitoring. In this role, he is dedicated to the Japan market, expanding the SAPIEN XT portfolio and is preparing the market to introduce a next generation valve – SAPIEN 3. His leadership responsibilities include challenging hospital and physician economics, increasing therapy awareness, product positioning and service offering differentiation.

Carlos serves on the Board of Directors for Heartland Human Care Services, the leading direct service human rights organization developing and implementing solutions to the toughest societal challenges in metropolitan Chicago, the Midwest and, on select issues, the nation. He formerly served on both the Heartland Health Outreach Board and Cradle Associates Board for The Cradle Adoption Agency. Carlos holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, from Aurora University. He earned his MBA at Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management in June 2013.

Wendy Sternberg, MD

GATC Founder & Executive Director

Wendy is the founder and creative engine behind GATC’s mission and vision. She designed all programs to date and oversees production and implementation of performance/artistic programs, arts-education and humanitarian initiatives worldwide. She forged national/international partnerships with well over 35 institutions on four continents and founded Saffron Caravan, uniting musicians from Iran, Afghanistan, Cuba, Morocco, Israel, India and the United States for cross-cultural collaborative performance and educational programs. She masterminds the creative development/management of the future Genesis Academy for Global Leadership, an academically-rigorous boarding high-school, which embeds art throughout an inter-disciplinary curriculum to foster humanism and deepen critical thinking. (Opening slated for 2017-18.) Towards that end, she has created a body of inquiry-based salon programs on the intersection of human rights/development and the role of the arts to help shape and inform a humanistic society.

Under her leadership, Genesis boasts over 100 award-winning programs, internationally-acclaimed by the United Nations, The Kennedy Center, Rotary International, The King of Morocco, the British Council, the US Institute of Peace and the US State Department. She was featured as a Woman to Watch in Today’s Chicago Woman Magazine, named one of the 10 Jewish Chicagoans of the Year and was a 2011 Charles Bronfman Prize Nominee. Rotary International selected her as one of 22 world leaders for their 2009 Peace Fellowship at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2014, marking the 100th anniversary of World War I, she was selected along with 59 other global activists, to be a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow and participate in an international consortium on the power of arts and culture to transform our world.

A participant in the Clinton Global Initiative, she configured the Genesis Academy for Global Leadership as a scalable global model for peace education (her CGI commitment.)

Her medical career informs the healing aspects at the heart of Genesis at the Crossroads.

Terra Tolley, PhD

Terra Tolley is an instructor for New Century College at George Mason University; she recently completed her PhD at George Mason’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Tolley is an avid environmentalist, field anthropologist, and HIV/AIDS activist. She has worked in the areas of anti-human trafficking, refugee rights, health education, outdoor experiential learning, environmental peace building, and is currently the Business Development Coordinator at OZ Systems International. She spent much of 2005-2010 conducting damage evaluations in the Gulf of Mexico assessing the social and economic impacts associated with Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita and the BP oil spill.  She is a co-founder of the Balkans Peace Park Photography Project and a Shinnyo Peace Fellow. Tolley is currently working on the fifth volume of Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace and leading conflict resolution and leadership programs internationally. Her regions of expertise include Central and Eastern Europe, East Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and natural resource conflict in the US. Her PhD research/thesis addresses Genesis’ work in the Bedouin community

2018 Genesis at the Crossroads Rising Board Members

Denis Brown, Senior Vice President of Imagineering, SAP Labs

Liz Pampel Willock, Co-Founder, Healthstring

Mohamed Bah, Project Manager, Supply Chain Strategy, Network Design and Optimization, Walgreens

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