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Community Service is at the heart of what Armen does as the Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Poland. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in political science and developmental psychology. He completed his Masters in Political Science from the University of Texas, San Antonio (UTSA). Armen worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston for 2 years before moving to Kerrville in 2003 to restart and run operations for Big Brothers Big Sisters serving Kerr County. In 2009, Armen relocated to San Antonio to continue to work with Big Brothers Big Sisters and focus on communications, marketing, partnerships & public relations, as VP of External Communications. In 2014, Armen relocated to Warsaw, Poland to help start and sustain the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Poland affiliate.
Armen has also been a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer, worked for Head Start and has been a Big Brother mentor to Tyler and Jesse. Finally, Armen has been involved with the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador, was on the committee for Kerrville’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and on the Former Texas Rangers Foundation committee. He has served on the Government Affairs committee for the San Antonio Greater Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Rotary Club and actively involved with the American Chamber of Commerce of Poland.
Dynamic thinking is the study of the interconnected relationships on an event and the impact of those interactions upon outcomes. Critical for the development of innovative and creative ideas, Marta Anna Leszczyńska, Ph.D. addresses topics of dynamic thinking. Marta Anna is a graduate the University of Warsaw where she obtained a Ph.D. in Pedagogy. She is now a faculty member of the Pedagogy school at the University of Warsaw. Bringing with her a scientific interest in body issues in modern culture and modern art along and a background in psychology and neuroscience, she will focus on techniques in the development of human potential and in the area of creative thinking and creative problem solving. Her ability to communicate these concepts was honed during her years teaching at the Open University of Warsaw classes in Creative Thinking Techniques.
She is a business coach and trainer at the Institute of Psychoimmunology – Laboratory of Effectiveness of Wojciech Eichelberger where she holds workshops for top company managers in areas such as Creativity for Business and Developing Creative Potential in Leaders.
Marta Anna is also a certified Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Trainer and a Vipassana Meditator.
Peter is a graduate of the George Washington University. He moved to Poland in 1991 with the Polish-American Enterprise Fund (currently Enterprise Investors), a $240 million private equity fund.
Peter was an Advisor to the President of BRE Bank S.A., where he trained hundreds of commercial bankers in credit policy, international trade finance, project finance, loan procedures and corporate credit analysis. He helped to create the first credit analysis software in the Polish language to help bankers understand company’s credit risk. In addition, Peter also taught hundreds of bankers at Polish Development Bank (PBR), The National Economic Bank (BGK), PKO BP and BOŚ Bank.
In 1997, he became the President of TempService Sp. z o.o. (later named Intersource Sp. z o.o.). He built this recruitment company from the ground up, starting out with 7 full-time employees and growing it to over 200 employees in 2004, when the successful business was bought by Randstad.
Since that time, UBD has trained tens of thousands of professionals in Poland and across CEE. While Peter is focused on his role as President, he is also passionate about developing people and occasionally provides training and coaching to selected clients. He is a certified AchieveGloba and Zenger Folkman trainer and also holds the Human Synergistics Organization and Leadership Diagnostics Program Certificate.
Dorothy Dabrowski is an avid networker and relationship developer. She has been the Managing Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Poland since 2002 where she is responsible for keeping the organization active, esteemed, and well-networked. The Chamber focuses on activities that improve the business climate in Poland while fostering a positive relationship with local and national governments. Under her leadership, it has grown into an organization with over 300 members, a league of active working groups, and flagship events like the “AmCham Diner”.
Ms. Dabrowski has served on the Executive Council of AmChams in Europe, is the founder of the Polish Professional Women Network (PWnet) as well as a juror in the “Złote Spinacze” PR awards, for Students in Free Enterprise (now Enactus) and other competitions. She is also a Competent Toastmaster.
Before coming to the Chamber she worked as an accountant at PwC and Shell, a journalist at the Warsaw Business Journal, and ran a cargo company. Ms. Dabrowski graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin in 1992 with a BA in Economics and Slavic Studies. She earned her MBA from the University of Calgary at the Warsaw School of Economics. She is a native of Texas, but has lived and worked in Poland since 1992.
Joanna understands the importance of marketing and brand – whether that is corporate or individual brand as the Director, Head of research & Marketing at CBRE Poland.
Joanna joined CBRE in September 2007 as Head of Research and Consultancy Department. CBRE Group is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm, with 70,000 employees globally and over 650 in Poland. The Company serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers. Joanna has managed a number of advisory projects for local and international investors in different sectors such as office, retail, warehouse, hotel as well as mix-used projects. The research team collects and analyses data relating to all aspects of real estate markets in Poland, providing tailored advisory to various external and internal clients.
She manages a marketing team providing a full range of internal services, promoting the company and supporting the other CBRE departments, contributing to the companies growth and profitability. Previously she worked for a South Korean Investment Agency and JLL.Joanna is also a trained speaker, presenting different aspects of the commercial property market on a number of conferences, seminars or workshops while supporting the development of young professionals in seminars as well. Privately she is a dedicated runner and a road cyclist, she has taken part in a number of organized public runs and relays.
Where better to find someone to mine the source of creative thinking than an artist. Marta Kozińska – Lipińska is a psychologist, a coach, an art-therapist and a painter. Marta completed a degree in clinical psychology at the School of Social Psychology at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts in Łódz. Her Postgraduate Studies in Art Therapy were at the Polish Erickson Institute in Katowice. She also includes in her studies work in Psychological Assistance at the Gestalt Therapy Institute in Krakow.
Currently she is completing a four-year training at the School of Psychotherapy at the Laboratory of Psychoeducation in Warsaw. Marta also works as a psychologist at the Clinical Hospital in Łódz’s Medical University Department of Youth Psychiatry. In addition, she conducts personal development workshops in creativity, painting, art therapy and is a psychological consultant.
Her paintings are exhibited in Poland, Italy, the Vatican, El Salvador, and the Czech Republic. Her paintings are included in the collections at the Polish Embassy in the Vatican as well as in many private collections in Poland, Great Britain, El Salvador, Switzerland, Belgium, United States and Germany. The most predominant theme in her work is portraits of women (http://www.martakozinska.art.pl/).
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