Dates: September 13-14, 2012
Challenges of Global Leaders
In both the public and private sector, the challenges of leaders are
accelerating as technology helps topple countries, ethics issues are continually
front-page news, and the interdependence of the global economy takes center
stage. Leaders must manage an increasingly diverse and global work force, know
how to lead virtually, accomplish more with fewer resources, and champion
corporate responsibility and sustainability. It is not surprising that the
leaders whom we coach may feel “in over their heads”. In the first day of our
leadership coaching journey together, we will explore these leadership
challenges and how we can serve our clients better as we broaden our body of
distinctions about their leadership challenges. We will project into the future
as we learn about the strengths and uniqueness of the next generation of leaders
and what it will take for them to be the leaders who will save our planet. We
will learn from each other about the leadership challenges we are noticing in
our practice, how we are coaching our clients to become resilient, mindful, and
inspiring leaders, and what we must do to contribute to the leadership
development of “the next great generation.”
Dr. Gerald Suarez
Professor of the Practice
Department of Decision, Operations
& Information Technologies
Robert H. Smith School of Business
Dr. Gerald Suarez, Professor of the Practice; Department of Decision, Operations
& Information Technologies, Robert H. Smith School of Business and Lockheed Martin
Visiting Technical Fellow at the Robert H. Smith School of Business
Dr. Suarez teaches courses at the corporate, executive MBA, full-time MBA, international,
and undergraduate levels. He has served as the Associate Dean of External Strategy
overseeing Smith's Offices of Career Services, Recruiting and Marketing Communications.
He also served as the academic director for executive on-site programs at Lockheed
Martin Corporation and Scientific Applications International Corporation (SAIC).
Prior to joining the Smith School, Dr. Suarez served under two administrations
in the White House as the Director of Presidential Quality -- the first such post
in the institution’s history. In this capacity, he initiated efforts to inculcate
systems thinking and organizational redesign into the White House Communications
Agency, the White House Military Office and the Executive Office of the President
of the United States. He also served as Director of Customer Support and Organizational
Development for the White House Military Office. He received many Presidential awards
and commendations for his work, including the Exceptional Civilian Service Medal,
the White House Distinguished Service Award, the Commander-in-Chief Coin, and the
White House Certificate for Meritorious Service.
Dr. Suarez has produced several publications and instructional videotapes on
teamwork, organizational redesign and managing fear in the workplace. His work has
been showcased in international publications such as the Harvard Deusto Business
Review, as well as in national publications such as the Journal for Quality and
Dr. Cindy Stevens
Associate Professor, Management and Organization
H. Smith School of Business
Dr. Cynthia Kay Stevens is Associate Professor of Human Resource Management and
Organizational Behavior at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of
Maryland. Dr. Stevens teaches MBA and PhD seminars on negotiations, leadership development,
decision-making, and human resource management in the Smith School’s MBA, EMBA,
and PhD programs. She has also conducted training on topics including managing group
processes, salary negotiation, performance review processes, interviewing skills,
and employee development.
Dr. Stevens has taught in numerous corporate development programs. She has also
worked as a consultant and executive coach for organizations, focusing on using
multi-rater assessments and coaching to improve leadership skills, negotiation skill
development, strategic human resource management, designing and implementing effective
performance management systems, and workforce diversity.
Dr. Stevens has written over 25 scholarly articles and book chapters, and her
work has appeared in publications such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel
Psychology, Public Personnel Management, Organizational Behavior & Human Decision
Processes, and the Academy of Management Journal.
Dr. Joseph Thomas
President and CEO
The Student-Leader Seminar
Dr. Joseph Thomas is President and CEO of The Student-Leader Seminar. He
currently also serves as the Class of ’61 Chair and Distinguished Professor of
Leadership Education at the US Naval Academy and instructor for the National
Outdoor Leadership School in Lander, WY. Joe teaches regularly on the topics of
leadership, ethics, and character throughout the US, Europe, Africa, and the
Middle East to a wide range of not-for-profit, public, and private sector
audiences. He has also has taught at Notre Dame and the University of Maryland.
A US Marine Corps officer for over 20 years, he is the past Director of the John
A. Lejeune Leadership Institute at Marine Corps University in Quantico, VA,
responsible for the leadership curriculum development for the Marine Corps. Joe
has a unique perspective on leadership and an active role in developing the next
generation of leaders, as he guides the leadership development for 4,000
students at the US Naval Academy. His research interests include developing
experiential leadership opportunities for adult learners and educating adaptive
thinkers on leadership skills in extreme situations and operating environments.
He has published articles and books on the subjects of character, training
and education, and leadership, including Leadership Embodied (The US Naval
Institute Press, 2005, 2007), Naval Leadership Capstone (McGraw-Hill, 2006),
Leadership Explored (AcademX, 2007), and is co-author of a chapter in the book
Leadership in Dangerous Situations (Potomac Books, 2011). Joe has Masters
Degrees from Syracuse University and the US Army War College as well as a Ph.D.
in Education Leadership from George Mason University and a Certificate in Public
Leadership from the Brookings Institution. Joe and his wife Jackie have three
The Business of Coaching
The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship in the Smith School of Business at the
University of Maryland is known for its research and support of entrepreneurs. We
will explore best practices in entrepreneurship for coaches, and debate the benefits
and impact of social media in our coaching business models. During this module we
will also have a panel of local corporate HR executives who are responsible for
hiring external executive coaches. They will discuss their criteria for selecting
coaches and answer our questions about their processes and their future plans for
coaching, both internally and externally.
Susan Samakow will lead us in a robust discussion of successful business
models for coaching as we share what works, what doesn’t, and what we can do to
grow our business. In addition, a branding expert will provide guidance on how
to develop our personal brands, whether for our coaching business or for
individuals within a corporate setting.
Owner and Principal brandMatters
Karen McSteen, principal of brandMatters and a member of the CLIC Advisory
Council, brings over 25 years of experience helping Fortune 500 companies
identify and develop strategies to maximize emerging opportunities in the areas
of field operations, corporate marketing, executive leadership and brand
management. She also specializes in applying these branding principles to
individuals within organizations and to small businesses and consulting firms.
McSteen focuses on developing brand-centered approach for her clients, a
highly-effective strategy she honed in her leadership roles as AOL's Senior Vice
President of Brand Strategy and Brand Vice President at Marriott International,
and later from multiple strategic assignments at E! Entertainment, The
Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, the National Restaurant Association and many others.
"Living Your Brand" should be a key element of your coaching business strategy.
Susan Samakow, PCC, CPCC
Owner, Susan Samakow Coaching, LLC
Susan Samakow is a Certified Executive, Life and Leadership Coach. She is also
a speaker, trainer and facilitator. She has vast experience in business and leadership,
and career and life transitions. At the foundation of her work is positive self-talk
(our inner dialogue) and resiliency. She believes that what we say to ourselves
is the determining factor for how we live our lives. She supports clients in shifting
and sustaining a positive mindset and breaking through self imposed limits using
her positive self-talk strategies and resiliency techniques. She helps successful
professionals reach new levels of performance in management and leadership positions.
She has conducted executive coaching, individual and team coaching, workshops,
company and board retreats, webinars, tele-seminars, and more. Her clients include
individuals, businesses, government agencies, non-profits, coaches, and entrepreneurs.
She was the 2011 ICF Global Education Committee Chair, a post that followed
an award winning term as the 2010 President of the ICF Metro D.C. Chapter. Under
her direction the award-winning chapter grew to over 700 members (the largest in
North America). She is also a WUSA9 (WCBS) content community producer. Susan is
a graduate of the University of Maryland.
She is living her passion and loves what she does.