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This is a story about three little girls that have been trafficked – a story I wish did not need telling.  Unfortunately, however, in today’s world it does need to be told – and heard – by those of us fortunate enough to be able to make a difference. For nearly four years now we’ve been working in support of the Good Shepherd Sisters Girls School in Phan, a small town just a bit south of Chiang Rai ,Thailand.  This is a boarding school for approximately 60 hill tribe girls attending junior and senior high school – with three of...[ Read More ]
I've just returned from another most interesting and highly productive trip to SE Asia.  I'll share some of the highlights with you in this newsletter. Work began this time at the Fountain of Life Women’s Centerin Pattaya where my partner,Peter Scontrino, and I conducted a weeklong workshop on Leadership, Management, and Supervision for the Good Shepherd Sisters and their invited guests. A total of 17 people from four different service organizations attended.  In our ten-module format we covered: Vision, Values, Mission Leadership Essentials, including Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Successful People Effective Communications Employee Motivation Performance Management Finance, Budget, & Sustainability Employee Involvement,...[ Read More ]
But first I’ll report an important new development.  Finally, after 13 months of waiting, the IRS has granted us Public Charity 501(c)(3) status.  So, we now have a new non-profit called the SE Asia Foundation.  (I’ll have a website up for it soon.)  That Foundation will now be the home for all three of our active funds, namely the Bali Fund, the SE Asia Children’s Fund, and the Together We Can Change The World (TWCCTW) Fund.  Contributions to all three of these funds will be tax deductible to the maximum extent allowed by current U. S. laws and regulations. Okay, on with the trip report. ...[ Read More ]
This trip began in Singapore where my partner, Scott Friedman, and I were offered an opportunity to speak at the nearly 4,200 attendee 2014 HR Summit.  Needless to say, this was a huge gathering of interesting people from around the SE Asian region. Our talk, entitled:  “The Secret to Employee Retention -- Corporate Social Responsibility” was well received.  Our unique approach to the subject was to suggest that the key element of an effective CSR program was actually PSR – Personal Social Responsibility.  Citing first-hand experiences from highly respected organizations like Microsoft, Starbucks, Softchoice and others, we demonstrated how successful programs were grounded in a clearly...[ Read More ]