Herb Behrstock has held leadership positions related to the United Nations for more than 45 years.
Herb worked for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for 32 years beginning in 1972. For more than half his career, he lived and worked in eight countries (China, Kazakhstan, Haiti, Gaza, Bhutan and three African nations) where he was responsible for management and economic development program activities. With increasing managerial achievements, he was appointed as the UNDP Resident Representative and concurrently as Resident Coordinator of UN development cooperation reporting to the UN Secretary-General. In that latter capacity, he concurrent led responsibilities for UN activities in women’s health, gender equality, population, and refugees. During two extended assignments at UNDP Headquarters in New York, Herb was a senior manager for programs in East and SE Asia, after having had responsibilities for aid policy, coordination and effectiveness in the Africa Bureau.
Following retirement from the UN in 1972, Herb became involved in leadership functions with the United Nations Association-USA. He was elected President of the [San Francisco] East Bay chapter, serving for 11 years until early 2016, after which he was invited to continue as an executive adviser. During his presidency, the chapter – one of the largest and most active in UNA — won national recognition in several categories. Herb is currently serving his second term as President of the Northern California Division that encompasses 13 UNA chapters. Additionally, on the national level of the UNA-USA, Herb was elected to the National Council for six years until termed out in 2016. On the Council, he was chair of the Advocacy Sub-Committee.
Born in Chicago, Herb went to the University of Michigan where he received a BA in economics in 1964. He also has an MA in international economics from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies(SAIS) in Washington, D.C. in 1966.
Immediately after university, Herb was elected for two terms as the national President of AIESEC-US(the International Association of Business and Economic Students) which during his tenure set unsurpassed records for its international educational exchange program. He was elected in 1969 by AIESEC’s national committees to organize and administer in Europe the organization’s first global conference on the development of international management skills, foreshadowing the rise in globalization. Herb also worked for the Chase Manhattan Bank in community development and public affairs, and consulted for a year to establish the World Trade Institute at the World Trade Center in New York City – that was later destroyed on 9/11, 1991.
Herb is married to Dorie Guess Behrstock, whose career included jobs with UN Peacekeeping, commercial banking, and consulting in UN Headquarters and developing countries. Herb and Dorie have lived in Alameda, California, since his retirement from UNDP in 2002. Their two daughters were born in Africa, and currently reside in California.
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Kimchi Chow, Founder & CEO of Asian Women of Power, and Host of Asian Women of Power podcast.
Born and raised in Vietnam, Kimchi is the first generation of immigrants in America.
With a diverse background, from high tech to the service industry to investing to personal growth, Kimchi knows what it took to be successful, happy and fulfilled in life.
Now Kimchi is working as a coach to support her clients, Asian American women, about Life, Relationships and Culture, to help them create the life that they love.
Kimchi started a movement called “Live Life Loud” and a podcast called “Asian Women of Power” in May 2018. Today, this podcast has widely spread to over 22 countries around the world.
Kimchi’s mission is to empower Asian American women to speak their truth, to stand up for their rights, and to show up for what they believe in.
To learn more about her programs, her podcast and her movement, please join her on her Facebook group, or connect with her through LinkedIn.
Kimchi currently lives in San Jose, California with her husband. She is also serving on the Board of Advisors for the AGIF (www.TheAGIF.org) and on the Board of Volunteers for the CASPA organization (www.CASPA.com).
Connect with Kimchi Chow at:
Facebook Group: www.JoinAsianWomenOfPower.com
Personal Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kimchi.Chow
Mrs. Phyllis Johnson is passionate about helping others and making a positive impact in the lives of the disenfranchised and marginalized. She is committed to the development of young people and has spent most of her life serving and mentoring them, through the Girl Guides and The Cat Island Association Juvenile Department in the Bahamas.
A practicing Anglican, she has served as Evangelism and Outreach Director with her husband with responsibility for the Big Brother Big Sister Program.
In 2010, she and her husband founded the New Providence American Youth Football Association, a non-profit organization that mentors young boys from ages 7-17 and provides them with the opportunity to further their education and return to become productive citizens. They have been able to secure over 21 scholarships for this program and the boys are thriving and making the organization proud.
Mrs. Johnson is a retired Senior Public Relations Manager with the National Airline of the Bahamas and is a certified Paralegal. She is the Administrator for Holiday Jet Express, a travel company and she provides consultancy services in Public Relations & Marketing.
Phyllis has contributed her time to the AGIF and will organize NGO training and enrollment in the Bahamas.
She is married to Craig Johnson and they have three children and two grandchildren.
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Jill Lublin is an international speaker on the topics of Radical Influence, Publicity, Networking, Kindness and Referrals. She is the author of 4 Best Selling books including Get Noticed…Get Referrals (McGraw Hill) and co-author of Guerrilla Publicity and Networking Magic. Her latest book, Profit of Kindness went #1 in four categories. Jill is a master strategist on how to position your business for more profitability and more visibility in the marketplace. She is CEO of a strategic consulting firm and has over 20 years experience working with over 100,000 people plus national and international media. Jill teaches Publicity Crash Courses as both live events and live webinars and consults and speaks all over the world. Visit publicitycrashcourse.com/freegift and jilllublin.com
Patty Neil is an entrepreneur, program manager, thought leader, change agent and coach, with extensive experience in consumer-facing industries. She is a trusted advisor, skilled at inspiring others to action with a balance of empathy, analytics and the capacity to understand and synthesize complex business, organizational, social and political landscapes.
With a background in operations and administration, strategic planning and execution, finance and accounting, organizational design and employee relations, she delivers solutions and services with an inclusive, principled and practical approach.
The majority of her career has been with PEMCO Insurance. Starting as an Administrator for Technology and Accounting, she was responsible for upgrading IT and IS quality and efficiency, maintaining QA efficiency, and designing scalable systems and processes. For her achievements, she received the CEO Vision Award. She then became Operations Supervisor, responsible for delivering customer service excellence, P&Ls, vendor management, and talent recruitment and retention.
Earlier in her career she was an agent with Coldwell Banker, the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage, and was awarded Top Producer.
With a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Organizational Leadership, she is now a PhD candidate in Organizational Systems and Transformational Leadership at Saybrook University.
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