Insight_2nd Edition

Susan Aurelia Gitelson, PhD President and CEO MTIICCorporation New York, NY san-a-gitelson Dr. Gitelson began her professional career as a trainee with the Rockefeller Foundation, which promotes the well-being of humanity throughout the world. She then joined the HebrewUniversity of Jerusalem in Israel as an assistant professor of international relations and later became a research associate at Columbia University in New York. She went on to direct the international affairs and the Third World section of the World Jewish Congress. Amajor portion of her professional career has been as president of International Consultants, Inc. and MTIIC Corporation. She has developed business opportunities around the world in the housewares and scientific laboratory supplies industries, as well as in educational consulting. How have you navigated disruptions in your industry to remain a top professional? When things go well, it feels wonderful and you want to make contacts, build new accounts and get new orders, but when things go wrong, that’s when one needs strength of character and a broad perspective. Rather than blaming people unless they are really at fault, the general emphasis should be on inspiring others to work together to build new enterprises. What are two key behaviors/personality traits that allow you to be effective in your role? Being positive and not complaining. Also, listening to other people and trying to find ways to help them advance and cooperate with each other is important. What is the most important issue/challenge you are dealing with in your industry right now? The most important thing is for people to use their imag- inations and become entrepreneurial to start or build new enterprises or figure out how they can be useful to existing corporations that are expanding. We have to be resilient and we have to adapt to changing circumstanc- es and not be afraid. This is a challenge for many, many people. Those who are patient and positive, who don’t