Mentors

Neal Duckworth

Neal Duckworth is a Senior Director with Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government where he oversees more than 50 security, development, and executive leadership programs for international governments, non-governmental organizations, and non-profit organizations. He is a former Managing Director of an intelligence consulting firm supporting the Department of Homeland Security; as well as a senior policy officer with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Neal has extensive training, coaching and mentoring experience with more than one thousand people in a variety of areas. He trained and mentored hundreds of foreign military forces from NATO, Moldova, and Iraq in leadership, intelligence operations, and combat tactics.  He also trained hundreds of US government personnel in security operations.
Neal served 23 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring as head of Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence. He twice served as a NATO Peacekeeper in Bosnia-Herzegovina; he directed and led military intelligence operations to secure the reopening of the US embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan; and he mentored and led Iraqi Army forces during the retaking of Ramadi during the Al Anbar awakening, where due to his leadership during combat he was decorated with the Bronze Star Medal for Valor.

 

Bob Van Wicklin

Bob Van Wicklin

Bob is currently Assistant Dean for Development at the State University of New York at Buffalo and serves an officer in the United States Navy.
Prior to the University at Buffalo, Bob was Vice President for Advancement at Houghton College and before that spent 17 years working for two members of the United States Congress, serving in various positions to include foreign relations advisor, press secretary and chief of staff.
He serves as a member of several volunteer boards and raises money for cancer research at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York.

 

Jacqueline Whitmore

Jacqueline Whitmore

Jacqueline is an etiquette expert, book author and a certified speaking professional. She is the founder of The Protocol School of Palm Beach, a premier business etiquette consulting firm dedicated to helping executives enhance their interpersonal skills, and improve their personal brand. For more than a decade she has provided communication and leadership training programs, keynotes, and executive coaching to Fortune 500 companies such as Ernst & Young, Deloitte, Sprint, Caterpillar, Bloomingdale’s, the US Department of Defense and many others. Regarded as one of the foremost authorities on business etiquette in the world, Jacqueline has appeared on a variety of US television shows including ABC’s 20/20, The Fox Report with Shepard Smith, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and FoxBusiness.com.  She has been featured or quoted in hundreds of national and international newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Financial Times, Fortune, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Time, and O: The Oprah Magazine, among others. She is a regular contributor to Entrepreneur.com. Jacqueline is the author of Poised for Success and Business Class: Etiquette Essentials for Success at Work. More about Jacqueline: http://www.etiquetteexpert.com/bio.htm.

Since the first time I worked with Jacqueline in 2012, she has been a role model and a true inspiration to me. Since the very first contact we had she has consistently impressed me with her professional attitude, her vast knowledge and her kindness. She has been unfailingly supportive and approachable in spite of her busy schedule and many important projects. When I took a seminar with her in 2012 on how to become an etiquette expert I learnt much more than just the requirements, rules and ethics of this profession. She was the first person who alerted me to the necessity of having and maintaining a personal brand and the first person who made it clear to me how important it is to know and observe international business etiquette. This awareness and the practical knowledge of etiquette and netiquette has been a great springboard of my own success, and have enabled me to help many of my clients improve their own personal brand and give them competitive edge.   I am truly grateful to Jacqueline for sharing her expertise with me and for generously offering her suggestions and her practical wisdom. She is a remarkable person and a businesswoman who does everything with integrity and class. Through being such a wonderful role model she has inspired me to be the best version of myself and encouraged me to inspire others to do the same. By doing this, she has helped me develop the concept of New Global Elite, and for this I am for ever grateful to her.

 

Desiree Steinmann

Désirée Steinmann

Désirée is a professional coach and workshop leader, founder of Steinmann International based in Zurich, Switzerland.

She is a professionally trained coach a with a strong background in expatriate issues. Her expertise is life, career and leadership coaching which she enhances with tools like the Personal Profile Analysis (DISC) and others.

Marni Johnson

Marni Johnson

Marni has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Education Degree along with a certificate in Diversity Training from the American Institute for Managing Diversity in Chicago where she studied with Dr. Roosevelt Thomas Jr. Over years she has been a speaker at several Canadian and international conferences including the Human Resources Professionals Association, Toronto; The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) New York; The 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, 11th, 15th, 16th and 17th Annual Diversity Conferences and Maximizing Communication and Conflict Management Skills, Toronto. She also was selected to speak at the “International Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations” conference in Amsterdam. In 2010, Marni was a guest lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her topic was “The Impact of Culture on the North American Workplace.” Recently, Marni completed a course on Cross Cultural Communication in the Executive Program at Harvard University. For 13 years, Marni was a member of the Board of Directors for the Halo Foundation, a corporation supporting charities that assist youth.