Swain, as Director of the Institute for Global Leadership, provides
consultation and training to develop and support the personal and
professional goals of existing and emerging leaders. Its purpose
is to mentor leaders who act from their gifts and special calling;
guide people and teams who lead others; provide consultation and
training for leaders committed to a just, sustainable, intercultural
and multiethnic global peace; provide dispute resolution services
for family community, institutional, national and global challenges.
counsels, mentors and consults to individuals, families, organizations,
institutions, communities, nations and international organizations
on vocation, small and large system and culture change management,
conflict transformation, gender and diversity issues management,
cross-cultural and environmental sensitivity training, and engendering
ethical business practices and social responsibility in the global
marketplace. The Institute for Global Leadership provides resources
for people who are committed to make a difference in themselves,
their professions and work, their organizations, their relationships,
and their world by providing ombudsperson counseling and mentoring
services for harmonious, respectful, just and sustainable multiethnic
community and institutional learning environments.
is an educator, ombudsperson, mentor and facilitator. She has training
in spiritual direction and is a certified professional holistic
counselor, manager, consultant, vocational counselor, and trainer.
Virginia has advanced training in ethnic identity conflict, reconciliation,
training in conflict transformation and advanced skills for the
peacebuilder. Her 25 years of work experience include being a human
resources and marketing manager for a multinational corporation.
Virginia began her work as an external consultant in 1986 in San
Francisco, moved her practice to Connecticut and now works in New
York and Worcester. Virginia has custom-designed over 250 consultations
and trainings for business and global education. Their mission is
to engender a cross-sectoral approach to partnering for the common
good — bringing business, society, philanthropists, and politics
together by strategizing outreaches for social and economic development
in local and international settings.
has taught Managing in a Global Economy and Negotiation and Mediation
in Global and Organizational Settings from her holistic perspective
and experience as adjunct faculty at Lesley College School of Management,
Leadership for the United Nations and the Harmonization of Nations
and Designing and Implementing Interventions for Global Change at
Salve Regina University in Newport, RI, and Change Management, Cross-Cultural
Conflict Resolution and Leadership at Clark University in Worcester,
a former executive committee member of the Boston-based Coalition
for a Strong United Nations since its founding in 1993, which offers
public education through 12 conferences to Greater Boston citizens
in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Library, Virginia co-chaired
the International Business Task Force. In 1996 Virginia co-facilitated
a working group through the UN Secretary-Generals Office on industry-specific
codes of conduct for business practices in 1996.
Master’s Thesis Project at the United Nations, Celebration
of the Children of the World: A Model for Building Global Community™,
was a pilot project of a cross-sectoral global mediation and reconciliation
service developed over fourteen years. The work has evolved to address
post-conflict peacebuilding and to provide a cross-cultural and
interdisciplinary approach to global challenges.
co-facilitated workshops at the Global Forum, the parallel conference
for the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and the UN Social
Development Summit in Copenhagen conference in 1995, The World Social
Summit. Additionally, Virginia has served as a United Nations NGO
representative and citizen diplomat since 1991 and she co-convened
an NGO working group on financing Agenda 21 at the Commission of
Sustainable Development follow up to the Earth Summit in 1993. Virginia
also works globally for women's issues and has been a member of
the UN women's caucus since 1992. Virginia has been an NGO delegate
to the Commission on the Status of Women (UN) and the last preparation
conference for the 1996 Beijing Women's Conference.
articles include Coexistence and Reconciliation Leaders in a Global
Economy; "A Vision for a 21st Century Leadership" (Breakthrough
Magazine, Global Education Associates (1998), "The United Nations,
Servant Leadership and a Peacebuilding Institute" (Abolishing
War, 1998), "Re-Imagining the Urban Environment: Strengthening
Collaborative Relationships in the Inner City, 1997), "The
Interrelationship of Individual and State Cooperation for Peacebuilding.
The International Institute for Peace Agenda for Peace and NGOs
Conference, Vienna (1994), "International Cooperation: Its
Roots in Individual Responsibility" Global Ascendancy: Local
and Global Challenges in Education and Development Conference at
the Comparative and International Education Society (1995), with
Dr. Joseph Baratta (1995).
as co-founder of the Center for Global Community and World Law,
has expertise in global governance, the process and structure by
which humanity is evolving to political union and world peace in
a global economy. The Center provides research, education and publications
in a think tank to support the goals of the United Nations Charter
through the harmonization of nations.
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