International and Comparative Law

CAIL Global Leadership Institute

Plano, Texas, USA

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The Center for American and International Law
5201 Democracy Drive
Plano, Texas 75024

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Good leadership is a learned trait, with common principles and unique differences among global cultures. This one-day institute will feature experienced leaders from various business settings introducing global attendees to concepts of good leadership, communication, and relationship building. Individuals from over twenty countries will attend the Institute, allowing attendees an opportunity to interact with, learn from, and build relationships with professionals from many different countries and cultures. The Institute will assist attendees to be better leader and to be better prepared to work with customers, employees, and colleagues from around the world.

Schedule and Faculty

9:00 – 9:10 a.m. (Central) - Welcome, Overview and Introductions

9:10 – 10:40 a.m. (Central) - The Leadership Mindset

People describe leadership in differing ways, yet most can agree on some universal themes when they have experienced a great leader. What makes a leader great? How did they become great? How hard is it to maintain and then evolve into even better leadership? Join PJ Dunn CCP as he clarifies leadership as a definition, a role, a mindset and as an inspiring presence. Great leaders inspire growth in others thus leaving motivation to the people who control it, the individual team member. You know when you have been around a great leader. They are extremely hard to forget.

PJ Dunn C.C.P., Behavioral Scientist and Professional Development Coach, Dunn Coaching Dunn Consulting, Dallas, Texas

10:40 – 11:10 a.m. (Central) - BREAK RECEPTION

11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. (Central) - Personal Journeys of Leadership: Insights from Leaders

This panel of accomplished leaders from diverse professional fields will discuss leadership concepts important to them and share insights gleaned from their professional journeys.

Moderator: TBA


  • Curtis Frasier, Former Chairman of the Board, Shell Midstream Partners, GP, Former Head of Legal, Shell Oil Company, former business and legal leaders at Shell companies in Houston, London and The Hague, Houston, Texas
  • Eunice Nakamura, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Susan G. Komen, Dallas, Texas

12:10 – 1:15 p.m. (Central) - LUNCH

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. (Central) - From Transactional to Transformational: Leading in a Global World

Being successful in today’s rapidly changing world starts with the agility to adapt to the ever-changing landscape with confidence, and the skills and capabilities to inspire and influence. Join Disney leader and John Maxwell Team Coach Karlynn Holbrook as she draws upon her 25+ years of global experience, sharing practical tools and strategies to enhance your leadership impact through the power of collaboration and inclusion.

Karlynn Holbrook, MA, SHRM-SCP, Senior Manager, Digital Employee Communications, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products and Certified John Maxwell Team Leadership Coach, Orlando, Florida

2:15 – 2:25 p.m. (Central) - BREAK

2:25 – 3:25 p.m. (Central) - What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate

Effective communication is crucial in professional settings when communicating with clients, customers, employees, team members, or bosses. It can increase engagement and productivity, improve morale and brand loyalty, motivate, solve conflicts, and make change more accepted. Conversely, poor communication can harm careers, destroy business, create conflict and stress, lead to legal disputes, and destroy workplace morale.

This panel will explore communication failures and provide advice on effective communication with groups and individuals in various situations.

Moderator: Vickie Adams, Director and Author, The Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas


  • Brian Bell, Vice President, Global Communications & Social Impact, Strava, Dallas, Texas
  • Karlynn Holbrook, Senior Manager, Digital Employee Communications, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, The Walt Disney Company, Orlando, Florida
  • Patricia Lin, Senior Counsel, Environment and Litigation, Corning Incorporated, Corning, New York

3:25 – 3:40 p.m. (Central) - BREAK

3:40 – 4:25 p.m. (Central) - Authentic Relationship Building

We’re all working at the speed of light. Too often, relationships critical to our growth and development get overlooked. Plus, we all build relationships differently. In this interactive workshop, Gindi will highlight relationships we all need in our careers as well as how to build them authentically.

  • Gindi Eckel Vincent, Author, Speaker, Triplet Mom, Assistant General Counsel, Houston, Texas

4:25 – 5:30 p.m. - NETWORKING RECEPTION

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