Regional Initiative, Global Network.
By reading this website you have learned a great deal about the CELA network, which is one of four sister networks around the world with over 1000 members. The parent network is the Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF) in North America, which has just finished its first Leadership Academy, NALA, for mid-career professionals in that region. In 2011 the Middle East Leadership Academy (MELA) was inaugurated in Jordan and has now finished six programs, with about 200 graduate members of that network. In 2014 the first Southeast Asia Leadership Academy (SEALA) was held and a second just completed in Malaysia with about 55 members of the network. So in the four networks there are over 600 mid-career professionals as well as 400 senior professionals in four regions.
These networks mix through a combination of events and electronic tools. The Global Network Summit was held in August of 2014, spanning 10 days with sequential meetings in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. Nearly 100 members of the CELA network and 60 members of the MELA, SEALA, NALA and SIBF networks attended the proceedings. Additionally, the annual Summits of these other networks are open to CELA members and over 50 have attended Summits held by other networks in the past three years. The second Global Network Summit will be held in Santa Fe, NM with SIBF as host October 8-11, 2015 and the third will be held in the Middle East in 2016. All events in any network are open to members of any other networks. The member web sites of all of these organizations are linked so that all member information is visible and searchable across the networks. Being a part of any of the 5 networks whenever you travel to the country which is part of coverage, do not hesitate to contact local fellows. Let them know that you are coming and you will be surprised by how well you will be treated and guided there. Most probably you will acquire great new friends and that country suddenly will become special for you.
Members of the five networks do business across the networks. There are many examples of business transactions across country and continental borders as the networks provide a trusted source for guidance on transactions away from home. They also serve as an enhanced source of expertise, fellows talk to each other on business opportunities, challenges, share thoughts on market growth potential, regional expansion, local professional habits, cultural differences and most importantly they build personal trust among themselves that one rarely can build anywhere else.