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About GLDev

We are a multi-national organization which exists to transform lives through developing tomorrow’s leaders.

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Helping potential
meet opportunity.

OUR VISION

Global Leadership Development's vision is to help potential meet opportunity by engaging students in learning and discovery about best practices in leadership, transforming individuals and communities.

OUR STORY

World affairs are complex. Learning of them from the news or social media is one thing, but seeing, feeling, and experiencing reality up close and personal leads to action.
Following a trip to the war torn country of Afghanistan in 2001, GLDev staff began to recognize the limitations placed on people’s potential by conflict. GLDev began its journey of developing a cross-cultural platform that could bring the best practices of leadership development into the most challenging of circumstances.
GLDev staff have been helping young Afghans cultivate their potential for opportunity since 2007. Locations currently include Kabul, Afghanistan and Northern Iraq, with other locations in the region in development.
GLDev offers curriculum in several disciplines but emphasizes leadership development. Leaders create space for others to use their skills in a variety of fields to improve the circumstances around them, helping potential meet opportunity.

OUR STORY

World affairs are complex. Learning of them from the news or social media is one thing, but seeing, feeling and experiencing reality up close and personal leads to action.
Following a trip to the war torn country of Afghanistan in 2001, GLDev staff began to recognize the limitations placed on people’s potential by conflict. GLDev began its journey of developing a cross-cultural platform that could bring the best practices of leadership development into the most challenging of circumstances.
GLDev staff have been helping young Afghans cultivate their potential for opportunity since 2007. Locations currently include Kabul, Afghanistan and Northern Iraq, with other locations in the region in development.
GLDev offers curriculum in several disciplines but emphasizes leadership development. Leaders create space for others to use their skills in a variety of fields to improve the circumstances around them, helping potential meet opportunity.

CORE VALUES

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Transformation

One leader can improve and enhance the globe in a dramatic way, driving peace and innovation forward for a changed future. We believe education exists to create real-world impact.

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Integrity

As leaders and examples, we seek to live to the highest level of honesty and transparency in all private and public engagements.

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Innovation

We believe limitless potential already exists in our students. We provide the necessary tools to help them engage in novel growth within themselves and throughout their communities.

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Teamwork

We know that there is no single “right way.” Our team brings together people and ideas to create an open environment of learning and progress, capitalizing on the strengths of each individual.

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Trust

You invest your time and energy in things that you trust. The ability to build and gain mutual trust for the betterment of all people is a core teaching principle in GLDev.

OUR TEAM

GROWTH

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J. Scott Broome, MHA, MAIS, FACHE

CEO, Global Leadership Development

Scott serves as a full-time hospital CEO in the United States. He oversees overall operations, advises on curriculum development, and serves as an instructor in the organization’s institutes. Scott has a BS in chemistry from Wingate University, a Master of Health Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a M.A. in intercultural studies. He is also a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Jeff Woods

COO & International Director, Global
Leadership Development

Jeff has been teaching leadership development in Central Asia for over a decade. He has extensive background in Central Asian language and culture, and directs all GLDev operations. In addition to his administrative duties, Jeff serves as a frequent instructor in the organization’s Global Leadership Institute. Jeff has a BS in political science and a Master of Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina and a M.A. in intercultural studies.

Lori A. Woods

CFO, Global Leadership Development

Lori has worked in a number of roles over the last decade in Central Asia. She has extensive background in Central Asian language and culture, and has been a champion for a number of community development-related causes in various locations within Central Asia. Lori has a B.S. in mathematics from Lenoir-Rhyne University and a master’s in statistics from University of South Carolina. Lori will support GLDev as Chief Financial Officer, working directly with Scott, Jeff and the board in bookkeeping and financial advising for the organization.

John Ravan

CIO, Global Leadership Development

John works as a full-time software engineer while teaching as an adjunct professor of computer science. He oversees the use and direction of information technology (IT) within GLDev. John has a B.S. in computer science and a M.S. in computer science with concentrations in both software engineering and information systems from The Citadel. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in computer science at the University of South Carolina.

Matt Oshel

Iraq Country Director

Matt has lived and worked in Iraqi Kurdistan since 2014. His work there has included coordinating and executing professional development training seminars for teachers and school administrators, as well as teaching English as a Second Language courses. Before moving to Kurdistan, Matt was a lawyer in Illinois specializing in civil litigation. Prior to beginning his legal career, Matt completed his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics at Union University and earned his Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University.

David Bruner

Board of Directors, Global Leadership Development

Dave served for 20 years as a navy civil engineer corps officer. During this time, he was trained in total quality management and also served extensively outside of the continental United States. Today he continues to serve by preparing leaders to live with purpose, integrity and passion for the benefit of peoples all over the world. Dave has a B.S.in civil engineering from Tennessee Technological University and a M.S. in management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. He is also a registered professional engineer.

John Johnston

Board of Directors, Global Leadership Development

John is an attorney in Charleston, South Carolina where he practices in the areas of corporate litigation, structure and finance, as well as intellectual property. He is also an entrepreneur starting several companies which he runs as a member of the Board of Directors. Prior to starting his own law practice, John obtained degrees in biochemistry, molecular biology, biology and chemistry from the College of Charleston. It was his extensive research background that lead him to open his own research laboratory that has developed cutting-edge waste-to-energy technologies. These technologies are currently being deployed in several countries around the world. In his spare time, John volunteers his legal expertise to Native Hawaiian organizations, providing financial literacy and environmental awareness to Native Hawaiian communities.

Jake Belue

Board of Directors, Global Leadership Developement

Jake is an attorney for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has been working for the Virginia Office of the Attorney General for over 13 years representing colleges and universities. He currently represents Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He serves on the board of a faith-based nonprofit and is active in his community. Jake lives with his wife, Rose, and two kids just outside of Richmond. Jake holds a B.S. in communications and a Juris Doctor Degree.