Wednesday, July 29, 2009

New Globonders

Barbara Joyce Frank

Great Falls, VA Globonder Barbara Joyce Frank, Ph.D., has been a trailblazer and advocate of humanity’s profound connection to Nature and the Earth, for the past 40 years. Today she is Grandma Rocks.

Barbara considers herself lucky to have been raised near the Atlantic Ocean and at a very early age felt a mixture of joy and awe, and a deep sense of connection to the Natural World. Throughout her life, she has personally derived inspiration, guidance and comfort from Nature, and found ways to share it with others worldwide.

In her career, Barbara has encouraged people to embrace the great outdoors, and to bring Nature into their workplaces, schools and homes. She is dedicated to using her special knack to help people to see the Earth in new and exciting ways, with strong and multifaceted relevance for their everyday lives. Her mission is to weave Nature’s wisdom into everyone’s life.
Barbara was green decades before it was cool: In the late '60s and early '70s, her academic studies led to the first green Environmental Geology doctorate. In the '70s-‘80s, her pioneering work in experiential green learning helped thousands of students, teachers and military personnel to develop a green awareness. In the early 90s, she championed federal government efforts to promote green partnerships with academic institutions, industry, nonprofits and local governments. In the late 90s, she established a green meeting center in Great Falls, VA, for nonprofit, government and corporate teams to tap into the calming and creative benefits of training in a richly natural setting. Since ‘00, she has facilitated innovative green team-building exercises to foster green leadership, green workplace and green teams, in order to promote the sustainability of organizations.

At a time when men considered the study of the Great Outdoors their realm, Barbara took her first Geology course. She loved the study of the science and wonders of the Earth, and immediately switched majors to become the first female geology major at Binghamton University, completing her undergraduate degree in just three years. She discovered the Earth during this first Geology course – amazed at how streams carve their valleys, glaciers dumped Long Island, and gigantic tectonic plates moving Los Angeles north toward San Francisco. What began as a way to fulfill a science requirement became her life’s passion, especially when she took field trips to sites of incredible natural beauty, as part of the Geology curriculum.

The Geology Department at the University of Arizona encouraged Barbara in her studies and arranged for her to receive a National Defense Education Act Title IV Fellowship to complete a doctorate in only three years, bypassing the master’s degree. Also, she was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship to attend the Juneau Icefield Research Project in Alaska. In 1968, as the sole female participant with 39 male participants, she found the two-month field experience to be life changing. Her fellow graduate students insisted that the great outdoors belonged to men, and she had no right to be there. Their words’ effect was to make her even more determined to be a geologist. She considered it absurd to believe that only one gender should be allowed to study the Earth. On this field course, she found herself surrounded by the most beautiful scenery. She loved learning experientially on a glacier about its power to sculpture the landscape. Since then, she has inserted an active experiential component in all her academic and training courses.

When determining her doctoral dissertation research focus, Barbara forged into areas where no geologist has gone before. She conducted an interdisciplinary environmental project on the effects of urbanization on the stream flow of a river in South Carolina; this was when environmental geology was not yet a specialization in Geology. While researching the river system, she became more intimately connected to Nature. While the river struggled with the impact of the urbanization of its drainage basin, at the same time she found herself in a bad marriage with two small children. She turned to the river for help in deciding whether or not to divorce. From the river’s edge, she saw how it handled the construction material: The river moved the added load as best it could, picked it up when it had the energy, and let it sit until a stronger flow moved the material. She felt that she could do the same, and decided to raise her children on her own, carrying her load the best she could.

After completion of her doctorate at the age of 26 in 1973, Barbara received a National Science Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship to study glacial melt-water streams in Norway.
University of Maryland University College hired Barbara as a faculty member to develop a Geology program for its Munich, Germany Campus. Her 15 years of teaching was marked by the unprecedented attendance of 25% of the student body in her classes and on her study tours (field trips). She led experiential learning courses throughout the year to Italy to explore active volcanoes, Yugoslavia for its extensive cave system, and Austria and Switzerland for glaciers. These courses attracted undergraduate and graduate students, and U.S. Department of Defense Dependent School teachers. Her undergraduate students gave her the nickname of Doc Rock, which accurately reflected her intimate knowledge of earth systems, deep love of the Earth as a living organism, and appreciation of the need for humankind to stay closely connected to Nature.
Since returning to the United States on a American Academy for the Advancement of Science Congressional Fellowship in 1989, Barbara has worked on the international science and technology initiatives of the U. S. House of Representatives Science and Space and Technology Committee, environmental education initiatives at the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, and nuclear waste clean-up for the U. S. Department of Energy.

In the course of her work as a senior manager for the Federal Government, she earned a Masters of Science at American University in Organizational Development to best facilitate the major change management initiatives required so that more people could deal more harmoniously, responsibly and creatively with the pressing issues affecting the Earth as the only home of humanity.

Convinced that better decision making with regard to the Environment will only come from an awareness and appreciation of the fact that we are part of Nature, Barbara has undertaken the responsibility of teaching people to experience the joy of natural connection through teaching, writing books, giving speeches, leading tours, and developing a line of natural products for homes, schools and offices.

When training teams, Barbara provides natural supportive environments and engages team members in low-impact and creative natural experiential learning activities. She gets great satisfaction from helping teams to work more effectively by understanding the natural personality preferences within their group and learning to honor the differences between individuals. She takes pride in helping organizations to deal more effectively with chaos, change and creativity with her approach based on organizational principles active in the Natural World.
Barbara helps individuals, groups and organizations to deal innovatively with change in their professional and personal lives. She draws on her uniquely sensitive understanding of the way the Earth has responded to change throughout its 4.6 billion years of history. Her current concern is for the rapid disintegration of family bonds and the estrangement of many children from their parents and grandparents, which results in alienation, which in turn undermines the quality of our society and planet.

Barbara has recently changed her nickname to Grandma Rocks to better articulate her current mission to teach grandparents around the world to connect with their grandchildren through the sharing of Nature. Being a grandmother of five grandkids, she is discovering the joy of introducing them to the Earth’s fascinating and intimate story. In the process, she is developing her knowledge base and teaching approaches to be used in a variety of old and new media to inform and inspire grandparents worldwide to show and explain Nature to their grandkids, who are the future stewards of our precious planet.

With plans and passion to connect grandparents and grandkids with each other and to Nature and Earth, Barbara is contributing to solving these problems: (1) Loneliness and isolation among baby boomers and empty nesters, (2) shortage and lack of emphasis in our hurried society of role models and mentors for children, and (3) the increased distance between modern humankind and Nature, because the spread of new technologies is eroding social behavior. She contends that we need to incorporate the Nature Factor in all that we do in order to lead genuinely balanced and healthy personal and professional lives.

Barbara points to an opportunity for grandparents to help their grandkids’ overall health. She observes how young people are getting more and more caught up in using the new electronic technologies. She believes that life is too precious to waste huge amounts of one’s time on Planet Earth staying indoors or getting lost in cyberspace and thus separated from Nature. It is now known that many people are suffering from Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD), with diminished use of senses, and attention difficulties, and elevated rates of physical and emotional illnesses. In leading her Connecting with Nature workshop, she sees NDD’s symptoms replaced with curiosity, creativity and overall wellness.

Keep your eyes open and you will start to see Barbara’s dream of a Grandma Rocks TV show to help grandparents and grandchildren tune into Nature, around them and within them.

Brooks Greene-Barton, Los Angeles

"I love to be at home in the forests and the mountains though recently I realized that I had to be further inside the jungles of cities to help Earth open to being natural."

Brooks grew up in Los Angeles where his father was a professor of surgery at UCLA with a private practice in Beverly Hills, California. At the age of 17, he was introduced to a life changing opportunity as a Congressional Intern for the number two leader of the Ways and Means Committee for the House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. and also became a close friend of the Turkish Ambassador's family.

"I attended events at the Turkish Embassy, where the wife of the Czechoslovakian Ambassador to the US, who was well known for her daily regime of eating one orange a day as her only meal for thirty-eight years, would walk into formal gatherings with a radiant energy that had the effect of opening everyone to physically feel why they were on Earth at that time. All of the invited world leaders who met this unusual woman would talk about how important that experience was for them, again, again and again. That was a beautiful gift of life opportunity for me. Also, I was introduced to several uniquely integrated world leaders of that time period. One was when I was in New York City. I connected to a real estate broker who sold large properties for corporations, non-profits and governments and he never allowed money to be paid to him. He lived in a multi million dollar apartment, always had limousines and private jets organized for him, none of which he owned, and had whatever supported him paid for directly by foundations, board of directors and private banks, at their insistence."

When Brooks was in the US Military Intelligence, during the Vietnam War, he was Liaison Officer between the Turkish General Staff and the Pentagon (American Generals). He was appointed this position by interview with a US Army General at the age of 19. During this time, having previously been declared "legally blind" by the State of California, he took full responsibility for why his eyes could not see and now has not worn glasses for over forty years.
“ I had to learn to take responsibility for my reality even when I was only 1 year 4 months old. My mother had to pull me out of my crib when I was yelling at two evil eyes forcing energy out of my body one evening. Because she and my grandparents denied my reality experience, even though I offered five times what actually happened to me, I honored that I had to adopt them by my becoming their parent. I related with them only as I felt they would be able to receive. I became autonomous to honor relationship itself.”

After receiving an MBA (USC) and before the age of 30, Brooks married, was Managing Publisher of The Hollywood Reporter and then reorganized what today is Washington Mutual as a principal of the largest retirement investment program of any bank in the US. After that, he became First Vice President of Coldwell Banker Real Estate and completed transactions of some of the most expensive real estate in the world, as well as representing billionaire clients (Sir James Goldsmith, Johnny Carson, etc.) and governments (US, UK, CA, NY, etc.).

"Relating with world leaders as a peer invited prominence for me to become a principal beyond how middle class society structures."

Since the age of 41, Brooks has been an international teacher helping to raise the opportunity of life for people in many ways. He began as a shaman leader, bought a public park and transformed it into a retreat sanctuary. He invited people to come into their authority as a spiritual presence in nature, through an orientation called "Wizardry". When 9/11 happened in New York, he reorganized his direction for leaders of the world to own their authority by his founding and creating "Art of God". Full alliance with his daughter Riven and his wife/ally Alison has opened and inspired Brooks to organize "Guide of Society", as an opportunity to advance strong leaders into their full capacity, as well as, to encourage human society into sovereignty with Mother Nature and God.

"The 21st century is the opportunity for relationship for everyone to change. Having been raised by daughters, I deeply appreciate the reflection that women can give to men. Ladies organize how Lords prioritize and Lords support the authority of Ladies. It is said in Africa that at least six lionesses are needed to raise a lion king, though what is not honored is that the lionesses are in general more advanced than the lion king simply to hold space for him."

Brooks is now reorienting his direction and focus with government leaders and industry innovators as a way to organize growth in society from the inside out. He supports a new world of Earth to become authentic in making leadership in the world available to everyone.
"I am here with Mother Earth to help her open her future, for who she is to be unlimited and for her humanity to become her ally. When she is so honored, she will be unique in leadership beyond the universe".


Scott Hamlin

Portland, Oregon Globonder Scott Hamlin was born and raised in that city where he has always been a big lover and enthusiastic participant in outdoor sports. He managed to find a way to make a living from his passion: 15 years ago, after retiring his spikes from track and field at Cal Poly Pomona, University of Oregon and the Nike Oregon International Track Club, he launched his business career at Adidas International.

Along the way, Scott married Lisa Creamer, and they had two sons, Flynn Hamlin, now seven, and Liam Hamlin, now five.

During his time at Adidas, Scott acquired skills in a wide range of areas, from product research and innovation to overall business management. In his 10 years with the company, he served in roles overseas as the Director of Sales and Marketing at Adidas Argentina and the President and Managing Director of Adidas Brazil. In both countries, he oversaw all operations and realized more than a 60% increase in revenue and a return to profitability.

He continued his career at Jockey International as the Global Director of Design, before moving to Royal Robbins as the Global Director of Product, responsible for the design, development, product marketing and sourcing of the 40-year-old outdoor apparel brand, which experienced significant growth during his time with the company.

Scott joined Globond in 2002, shortly after the sudden birth of his oldest son in a Brazilian beach house during a weekend get-away (learn more about this amazing story in a separate article in this Globonder Journal). While he was active with Globond in its early days, Globond was new and not yet large enough to help him. In the past seven years, Globond has expanded and reached critical mass, so he has eagerly returned to the fold. Currently, Scott is the Founding Partner of Looptworks, a company that creates meaningful products from upcycled materials. It is an innovative business that repurposes abandoned materials into meaningful, long-lasting and limited-edition products. The company is re-imagining product creation with the groundbreaking upcycling process, creating limited-edition clothing and accessories from excess materials. Its socially responsible designs are made from pre-consumer excess materials. By re-using the world's pre-consumer excess, the U.S.-based company aims to rid the world of waste, while inspiring a generation to reduce their impact on the planet.

Looptworks will target an active lifestyle that brings together elements of board sports (surf, skate and snowboard) and outdoor activities (hiking, climbing, mountain biking, etc.), while adding a sophisticated, urban flair for style. Initially, its products will be sold exclusively online at, starting in August 2009. The intent is to expand into specialty retailers in the future.

In addition to running a new company, Scott is involved in his Portland, OR community, serving on the Surfrider Foundation as a Chapter Volunteer, Bicycle Transportation Alliance, and Board of Trustees of Cedarwood Waldorf School. He is a Volunteer Track and Field Coach in Pole Vault.

Deborah Kearney

Deborah Kearney, Ed.D., is a Globonder who is based between Pittsburgh, PA, and South Hadley, MA, and wherever speaking engagements take her. As the founder and CEO of Job Smart Enterprise (JSE), she is committed to changing the way the world works. As a management innovation that builds data into decisions, JSE has the power to transform the effectiveness of health care, service and manufacturing, on a global scale.

The foundation of this world-at-work change is competency-based job descriptions, which assures what employees need to know: Through JSE, Deborah has innovated an elaborate and powerful consultative software strategy that substantially increases productivity, safety and international quality for organizations that want to achieve their mission and numbers. Rather than seeing employees as a sunk cost, she views them an organization’s best source of yielding an impressive return on investment (ROI).

The Job Smart System (JSS), which Deborah developed, is a new means to raise the ROI of organizations by recruiting, selecting, and retaining only its valued employees. Job Smart Recruiting (JSR) focuses on recruitment by competence, and reflects the seven domains of highly successful people. JSR enables the resume to rise from the ashes in the form of competency-based summaries of candidates’ genuine expertise. From the boiler room to the boardroom, JSR provides organizations with candidates defined and compared on this set of competency dimensions: knowledge, psychology, biomechanics, sensory, strength and stamina, safety and quality. Higher ROI is achieved when firms hire people who can become team members, and apply their education and experience. At the same time, the organization realizes a lowered risk of worker compensation outlays, and higher work productivity, safety and quality outcomes.

JSS supports the selection of candidates using a quantifiable interview process. Rather than used to discriminate, the process supports organizations and individuals from the world over and is well matched to the mission. With built-in training and accommodation plans that meet all fair employment law-based practices, more talent becomes available that is fit for duty.

Deborah was the first to realize that the most frequently used documents in business – job decryptions, resumes and strategic plans – were poor predictors of business success. Also, she was the first to recognize that job descriptions could serve as the foundation for continuous improvement – if there was a sequential synergy between a competency-based resume and a competency-based strategic plan. Thus, she has demonstrated that there can be a cooperative compact between labor and management to attain mutually beneficial goals.

JSS can increase ROI and contribute to corporate growth. Its competency management system is a manager’s personal human resource assistant. Performance appraisals can be quantified for comparison to organizational values and goals. Pay for performance is fully unbiased. Corrective actions plans build on employee strengths and take them from good performance to great potential.

Deborah’s JSS was the first technological strategy to quantify the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990), enabling employers to realistically accommodate without undue hardship to their organizations. She adapted JSE to respond to the powerful efficiencies of Information Technology (IT). As a statistician, she believed that IT could improve ROI to a dramatic level.
Work for Deborah began at age nine. She is the oldest child in an Irish-American family, where her hands made light work. She relates that being responsible for babies builds many skills when little people are depending on you. She has been an entrepreneur since age 11. Her first sales job was selling fresh eggs to her neighbors. Baby sitting and cleaning came easy to her. These revenues paid for her education at University of Massachusetts at Amherst, which was her home from the bachelors to doctorate degrees. She also is Board Certified in Rehabilitation Engineering.

As an avid student of psychology, Deborah studied the entire mental health spectrum, which includes the special needs and circumstances of what people are born to and about which they can learn to adapt. While not believing in labeling people, she sees learning from their perspective. Her entire career has been devoted to helping people who have disabilities, physical and mental, to be contributors, especially through employment. She was affected by her father’s death of alcoholic malnutrition, brilliant and battered by self-destructive depression. By contrast, thanks to her efforts, her adopted daughter with dyslexic triumphed to graduate from college with a 3.2 average. Having lost a sister to leukemia and herself having recovered from cancer, she has developed an astounding sensitivity to people, dignity and health care that have propelled her professional path.

Deborah learned in her graduate clinical career that asking people in therapy to “say more about that” rarely resulted in improvement. In her view, people need structured guidance to find their way, as do organizations. She formulated this process: understand their perception of the problem, next set a goal, and then provide the means to create progress through clear objectives. Even successes in small increments, as defined by either a person or an organization, eventually build into increasing successes.

Deborah has been a consultant with a mirror, but without the smoke. She focuses on problems and uses a solution to success approach with clear plans for achievable increments. Her clients have included organizations in all areas, especially manufacturing, healthcare and government. Her short list includes Yankee Candle, Raytheon, Polaroid, State of Massachusetts, State of Pennsylvania, SEB (producers of AllClad Pans), Mon Valley Hospital, Greenville Hospital in North Carolina, Berkshire Medical Center, and Physician and Therapeutic Practices. She is an expert witness for litigation involving the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Deborah’s passion is to develop and disseminate best practices for efficient, effective, timely, safe work. It is not enough to be good enough. There is an ethic to having the means to being the best. In this context, she filed a lawsuit holding the State of Massachusetts accountable for the education of special needs children in licensed private schools. In winning the case, she set a legal precedent that private schools should be held accountable to individual educational plans as a contract of service.

Deborah developed and patented one of the first height-adjustable workstations for people with wheelchairs. She has invented more than 20 products for people with disabilities. For 20 years, she has engineered out the risks to safety for employees in many industries.

Deborah has written reference/solution texts on Ergonomics and the Americans with Disabilities Act. In her public speaking, she tells a good story and interacts with audiences to evoke the wow factor of learning through participation. She addresses a variety of topics, such as robots, healthcare quality, manufacturing process control, safety, ergonomics, and, of course, competency-based job descriptions.

Deborah is patriotic for peace, and committed to not just watching the world, but being a working part of changing the world. Her current initiative with the World Health Organization is to support the growth of competence in all cultures and deliver health care where needed and with nurturance.

Deborah has created opportunities for leaders to launch new businesses innovations, managers to maximize the value of existing businesses, and change-adept leaders to rescue businesses that have fallen into decline. She seeks ways to optimize cooperation across cultures. Her commitment is to globalize JSE to give organizations a greater sense of opportunities, and capitalize on them by harnessing the power to combine innovation and labor. She understands the pressing need for innovations in healthcare, education, service and manufacturing. She is determined to apply what she knows to profoundly influence world health and world economic leadership.

Deborah is a hiker who loves the White Mountains, NH. She practices Bikrams (Hot) Yoga. She loves to write; she has created 11 plays, a novel and several screen plays for the independent audience that wants to feel deeply. In tribute to her dear friend Peter Viereck, acclaimed historian and poet, she wrote The Poet, interweaving his complex poetry and the lives of four exceptional persons.

Kenan Saatcioglu

Turkey Globonder Kenan Saatcioglu was born in Istanbul, the only city between two continents Europe-Asia and the capital of three Empires: Roman, Byzantine & Ottoman. Shortly after graduating from Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul with a degree in Civil Engineering, (1995), he began his career as a professional tour guide. This position allowed him to indulge his passion for world travel. Since he had graduated from an Italian high school, he led various groups between Turkey and Italy, providing information about life, culture, history and archaeological sites. At the same time, he was a simultaneous translator for businesspeople during their conventions and meetings.

After leaving the tourism industry, Kenan’s next ventured into the world of innovation and inventions, becoming the R&D Assistant Manager at Atasay Kuyumculuk San. ve Tic. A.S, in Istanbul. His role was to search for new technologies and improvements in various countries, and then propose the best ones to the management who then applied the project to production.
Atasay recognized Kenan’s contribution and he was continually promoted to various positions within that jewelry company. Reporting to the CEO, he set up the Los Angeles office, established new relationships with Atasay’s US customers in the wholesale and retail market, increased the customer base and added catalogue companies to the portfolio. As a result, sales increased by 450%.

Kenan spent seven years in operations and sales/marketing management positions with electronic retailers, department stores and mall stores, and importers and wholesalers. He worked with management to develop action plans and recommend new trendy product development. He organized new divisions and worked closely with various manufacturers overseas, with additional responsibility for the control and logistics to the customers. Always an innovator, hr developed an application for consumer-based quality assurance and application. Kenan has been given an award from Sears known as Partners in Progress.

He is currently the Executive Director of the Turkish-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the leading Turkish-American independent business support and networking organization in the U.S. TACCI functions to help its members improve their success, gain business expertise, and introduce them to potential customers and suppliers.

The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) and Under Secretariat of the Turkish Prime Ministry for Foreign Trade (DTM) are both represented on TACCI's Board of Directors and are the strongest supporters of the organization. TACCI has over 100 established companies in its membership body. Kenan has always dreamed of globetrotting and exploring history. He likes to approach people strategically; chess has been his passion for more than 10 years. He loves innovation and creativity, especially when they help people to reach their business goals. His biggest goal is to help the 1.3 million Turkish companies become big and respected brands, as well as profitable.

Kenan’s personal interests are reading, travel, chess, and electronic gadgets. He is fluent in English, Italian and Turkish, and a beginner in Latin. He is married and has a five-year-old daughter.


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