CEO at Interaction Associates Named to Board of Directors for World Centers of Compassion for Children International

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Linda Dunkel joins international children's advocacy organization founded by Nobel Laureate Betty Williams.

Linda Dunkel, President and CEO of Interaction Associates, has been named to the Board of Directors for the international advocacy organization, World Centers of Compassion for Children International.

Dunkel joins an impressive roster of advocates for the protection of children around the world, including several Nobel Peace Prize winners and select global business, government, and spiritual leaders.

Nobel Peace Price winner Betty Williams founded World Centers of Compassion for Children International as a way to realize her vision for peaceful havens to nurture the children of the world.

"Linda is a strong asset to our organization and she's been instrumental in facilitating our strategy focused on creating safe havens for refugee children from around the world," said Betty Williams. "Each day upwards of 30,000 children die from hunger, while thousands more die in war and from preventable diseases. We are addressing this crisis and now count Linda Dunkel as an important ally in this effort," said Williams.

World Centers of Compassion for Children's International is headquartered in County Galway, Ireland The organization is working with the Italian government to build the first safe haven village for refugee children in Bascilicata, Italy by 2008. More information is available at:

About Interaction Associates

Interaction Associates, Inc. is a leader in learning, leadership development, and performance improvement solutions for Fortune 1000 companies. The firm serves global clients and has offices in Cambridge, MA and San Francisco. For nearly 40 years, IA has helped clients build collaborative capability to produce extraordinary results, improve critical business processes, and create and maintain productive work relationships. Interaction Associates' work benefits hundreds of organizations and hundreds of thousands of individuals around the world. More information at:

About Linda Dunkel

Linda Dunkel is President and Chief Executive Officer of Interaction Associates, Inc. and a past Chair of the company's Board of Directors. She also serves as a senior consultant for the firm, with 25 years' experience designing and developing change and learning strategies for organizations and improving the effectiveness of the human assets of corporations. Linda has served in senior level positions in two start-up companies and was vice-president of a Fortune 100 company.

Prior to Interaction Associates, Linda was vice-president of the AMR Training and Consulting Group, where she helped the company successfully launch a global subsidiary: a transportation-focused training and consulting organization. Her expertise in strategic planning, business development, and re-engineering proved useful in establishing this company as a viable global competitor.

As a skilled senior consultant at Interaction Associates and advisor to the Interaction Institute for Social Change, Linda works with clients in designing strategies and programs that foster results-oriented gains in performance while promoting social justice and responsibility throughout the world. She facilitates Board retreats and strategy sessions for senior level teams, coaches executives, and speaks throughout the country on collaboration in action as a winning strategy. She consults with clients in strategy development, collaborative systems design, teams, and change management. Some past clients have included Allstate, American Airlines, Centex Homes, Fidelity, PepsiCo, Comcast, and Harvard Business School Publishing.

Linda is a native of Texas and currently commutes between Dallas and Cambridge, Massachusetts. She received a B.S. in Education from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. in International Business from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Linda is a regular presenter at The Conference Board's Leadership Development Conference and at many executive retreats and conferences. She has served as a board member of The Information and Referral Center of Collin County, a United Way agency, and the University of Texas at Dallas's Alumni Board. Linda recently was invited to the Board of Directors of the World Centers of Compassion for Children International, formed and led by Nobel Peace Laureate, Betty Williams. She has been an active volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and the Wadley Cancer Research Organization, as well as a reader for North Texas Taping for the Blind.

Linda now devotes most of her volunteer time to the Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC), Interaction Associates' affiliated nonprofit organization.

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