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Gil Shir

Managing and Programs Director

Gil Shir, PhDc and MA in Education and Technology,  is a program developer, educator, and research authority in innovational social communication.  Lead research on the diffusion of emotion in social networks and his study of collective intelligence led Gil to develop groundbreaking educational programs for fostering positive social relationships. His programs have earned acclaim in organizations and networks worldwide, including UNESCO, The Jewish Agency & Tel Aviv University.  His recent work focuses on the research and development of innovative asynchronous methods of communication, shedding light on how minority groups can change an entire network.  

gil@connectedwisdom.org

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Ellana Burlan

Community Outreach Director

BA, Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Experienced tri-lingual (English-Russian-Hebrew) professional with over 15 years of comprehensive experience in different organizations with people from various countries and traditions in a culturally and socially challenged environment. Ellana is passionate about bringing a power of unity into diverse communities thus creating strong, positive and harmonious environment. ​

ellana@connectedwisdom.org

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Lio Speigler

Public Relations

Lio is a Creative Consultant, writer, editor, and producer, specializing in marketing, branding, and communications in both traditional and emerging media. Having studied the effects of mass communication on communities, Lio works to inspire human connections and explores the potential of collective intelligence through film, circle facilitation, and educational visual design.  Lio collaborated on the award-winning documentary, Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview, which has amassed near one million Youtube views and has been recognized in film festivals internationally.    

lio@connectedwisdom.org

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Angeni Marque

Social Media and Marketing Director

BS in Behavioral Science and Health.  As research analyst in the Data Resources Program at Utah State Department of Health, Marque specialized in program evaluation and development, grant writing, and research presentation.  During three years as Head Administrator for Benjamin Franklin Academy, she engaged in community outreach and marketing, as well as in curriculum development and staff, student, and family relations.  Seven years teaching experience and graduate work in mental health counseling nurtured a sensitivity for optimal methods of interpersonal communication and motivational techniques.      

marque@connectedwisdom.org

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Felecia Rosenberg

Director of International Engagement

MA, Harvard University, MA, Case Western Reserve University, Middle Eastern Studies.  15 years assisting negotiation of trade contracts between American and Arab companies as Vice President of Business Development. Worked on development of the Koranic justification of the Islamic stock market as a graduate researcher at Harvard University. Felecia is passionate about the development of effective modes of consensus building between individuals and communities.  

felecia@connectedwisdom.org


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Sarah Gluck

NY Regional Programs Director

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Emmanuel Rico

FL Regional Programs Director

Emmanuel holds degrees in Business Administration, Web & Graphic Arts, and is currently pursuing a degree in Business Information Management while working as Global Manager of Operations for a software company. Extensive experience as a systems analyst, business manager, and creative director has led to mastery in the development of effective communication interfaces to meet client needs employing an integral method grounded in mutual reciprocity. Ten years with the Thinking Integral program inspiring individuals and groups in self-discovery for optimal growth, equipped Emmanuel with a wide array of tools for eliminating barriers between people in any environment. Emmanuel uses fluency in English, Spanish, and Portuguese and tri-lingual technical translation experience to promote unity between dissimilar people and enhance positive social interaction.  

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Amit Plachinsky

LA Regional Programs Director

Amit is an account executive for an international logistics company and a father of three. Born and raised in Israel, he has made the U.S. his home since age 23.  Amit uses his wisdom in the field of human connection, combined with a joyful and charismatic charm, to guide diverse groups through the discovery and articulation of answers to their most internal and deeply held questions about life. Amit loves family life, hiking, vegan cooking, and traveling, all of which are enhanced by his expertise in the wisdom of human connection.  

AmitP@connectedwisdom.org

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Bella Pisman

TO Regional Programs Director

Studied at Moscow State Forest University, and worked as a paralegal in law firms focused in Family Law. Bella is an innovative participant in Toronto's vibrant Jewish community, having introduced ground-breaking methods in consensus formation and integral education to both English and Russian speaking Jews. Bella applies her expertise in the wisdom of connection to her volunteer work at Associated Hebrew Schools.

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Alycia Leitaert

SF Regional Programs Director

With a BA in Sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a Masters of Social Work from California State University, Chico, Alycia has been working to build stronger, more cohesive societies for the past 10 years. Alycia draws inspiration from the numerous individuals and families she has worked with who not only survive, but thrive through the most difficult circumstances. Through her work with schools, community centers, and local social services, Alycia has seen that the strongest and happiest communities are those that are the most positively connected and interdependent. Knowing this fact, Alycia focuses her efforts on building cohesion and amiability between the individuals, families and communities with which she works.


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Joseph Lores

Lecturer (SF)

Joseph is a support counselor who employs an evidence-based discussion method in his work with troubled youth from diverse backgrounds. Working together under Joseph's guidance, youth and their families reveal untapped stores of strength and fortitude to overcome their life challenges and build the foundation for future success using a unique roundtable technique. By focusing on creating positive connections between people, hidden potential is uncovered and nourished that leads to surprisingly bright outcomes.

yosef@connectedwisdom.org

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Mary Pennock

Lecturer (NY)

MA in English and Communication - SUNY Potsdam, BA in Music Education - Crane School of Music, 15 years as CTE English teacher at Bohlen Technical Center, 4 years as EDGE teacher for Jefferson Community College, JCC Continuing Education, Professional Development Trainer. Mary has expertise teaching collaboration and team building strategies that result in high quality productivity and meaningful working relationships. Having conducted dozens of Connection seminars, Mary has integrated people from diverse ages and backgrounds to a place of mutual respect, understanding and warmhearted friendship.

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Marina Oak Eisen

Lecturer (SF)

B.A. in Mass Communications & Journalism from New York University. Creating unity in community in order to inspire positive social change has been the hallmark of Marina's diverse professional background. She has applied consensus building skills to the gammet of fields ranging from the arts and media, to education and counseling, to small business and marketing. Active in Jewish communities in New York and San Francisco, Marina currently lives in the Bay Area and is the mother of two young children.

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Joseph Ohayon

Lecturer (NY/Israel)

Joseph Ohayon is an acclaimed program developer, public trainer, and writer.  Joseph has used his expertise in the influence of the social environment on personal worldviews and behavior to develop and present training programs to organizations worldwide.  He has lectured and educated diverse audiences on the grassroots application of uniquely tailored techniques from positive psychology and science to address the multifaceted issues the world is facing today.  Joseph won the  2013 Free Speech Award by American Insight for his documentary, Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview.

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Kerri Berkowitz

Community Program Manager & Lecturer (SF)

Social worker by training and educator by profession, Kerri currently consults with and trains educators nationally in effective school discipline processes and in equitable community relationship-building strategies. Continually inspired by the wide-range benefits of creating unity among people through speaking and listening from the heart, Kerri bridges her professional experience with a profound desire to facilitate connection in the American Jewish community as a lecturer for Connected Wisdom. Using an approach rooted in Jewish wisdom and grounded in cutting-edge science, Kerri specializes in problem resolution and positive consensus building among Jewish people of all ages and affiliations.

kerri@connectedwisdom.org


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Emily Feinberg

Lecturer (NY)

B.S. in Music Education, Emily Rose incorporates scientific breakthroughs in positive psychology, social psychology and music education research in her career as an enthusiastic educator. An experienced lecturer, with audiences ranging from prekindergarten to senior citizens, Emily teaches both integral education and music with a special focus on building relationships and connections between classmates, coworkers, family and community members.  

emily@connectedwisdom.org

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Alexander Zusin

Lecturer (NY)

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Laurence Cohen

Lecturer (NY)

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Dina Levin

Lecturer (TO)

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David Graziani

Lecturer (TO)

David is a seasoned educator with 25 years of experience in content development and teaching in both Israel and Canada. As a project manager and convention organizer, he has brought innovations in integral education to audiences in the USA, Israel, and Canada. David has 10 year's experience in the development and presentation of lectures and guided group discussion designed to promote connection and effective communication for businesses, community centers, youth shelters, senior citizen facilities, JCCs, and Jewish organizations.