Jaroslav B. Tusek is President & CEO and co-founder of the International Leadership Institute. Jarda holds a Master's Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University Graduate School of Public and International Affairs in New York City, and was awarded a postgraduate fellowship in international economics at the Institute of European Studies of the University of Geneva in Switzerland. There he also worked as a consultant to the World Council of Churches.
In addition, Jarda attended the Charles University School of Law Doctor of Jurisprudence program and the University of Oslo in Norway. Fluent in six languages (English, French, German, Czech, Russian and Norwegian), he is a long-time student of political, economic, social and religious developments in Central and Eastern Europe. He has written, lectured, and taught university courses and has worked at St. Lawrence University, Covenant College and the New York Institute of Technology in faculty and administrative roles.
Jarda inaugurated the Business Leadership Forum: USA executive education programs in 1990 to assist professional leaders and top executives in post-communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe in their transition to free-market economies operating in democratic societies. Partners in these programs include the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade, The World Trade Center-Chattanooga, Covenant College, the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, the University of North Florida, Jacksonville University, and more than 600 American and European businesses. Participants in the programs increase their ability to anticipate and deal effectively with change in the business environment, and to successfully conduct business activities in the U.S. or in other free-market economies.
Under Jarda's leadership, the International Leadership Institute has served as a training provider for the US Department of State in its Agency for International Development programs in Eastern Europe. Jarda has written books, articles and reports on international economics, leadership and career development, and the need for strong spiritual and moral values in effective leaders.
Jarda lives in Seminole County, outside of Orlando, Florida. He is an ordained minister, and works with groups and individuals to develop their leadership abilities in their career, educational, and spiritual lives, and is writing a handbook based on his career in leadership development.
Sara Tusek has served as Managing Director of the International Leadership Institute since 1990. Her lifelong interest in helping people reach their full potential is expressed in her work as a writer, program administrator, and teacher.
At ILI, Sara organizes, administers and evaluates ILI programs. She also serves as Executive Editor of International Leadership Institute Publications (ILIP). She is the author and editor of ILI newsletters (Leaders to Follow, Servant Leaders, continuous conversion, A Lesson on English and Careers) and has served as contributing and assistant editor for various business and educational periodicals. Sara has written and published books, articles, newsletters, and reports on topics in leadership and career development. Through MRP (Making Resources Productive), Sara offers consulting services to writers.
Sara holds a Master's degree in Education in Human Resource Development from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the State University of New York at Potsdam and has completed post-baccalaureate courses on the undergraduate and graduate levels in English at the University of North Florida.
Over her 32-year career, Sara has worked at The University of the South, Sewanee, TN, as Director of Career Services; at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, as a Career Counselor; and at Seminole State College in Lake Mary, FL as an Adjunct Professor of English teaching writing and writing tutor in the Academic Success Center. Sara was awarded three Summer Institute fellowships in literature and history from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She taught Writing, English Literature, and Journalism for 12 years at a private high school in Florida.
Sara lives in Seminole County, just outside of Orlando, Florida, where she writes novels (Prague for Beginners) and short stories ("Like a Subaru in Colorado"). She offers writing consulting services through MRP and directs the American English Language Institute, a provider of courses and program that help students develop skills in reading and writing, as well as TOEFL and SAT exam preparation. Sara and Jarda offer "21st Century Jobs" career development seminars to selected clients.
Jarda and Sara at Zell am See, Austria
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