“Our success is entirely dependent on how much success we bring to your organization.”-Don Zillioux, Ph.D.
For more than two decades, Strategic Development Worldwide, (SDW Companies), has promoted organizational excellence, outputs and effectiveness at all levels. We have successfully worked with clients large and small and in a wide variety of industries Our success has come through our expertise in management science in all its facets and our advocacy for the potential of every person in an organization. We provide solutions with a focused, proven approach, built around our clients’ needs.
Each of our solution groups is related to and supports the others with specific competencies, profound experience, proven assessments and training designed to work together. Organizational intervention strategies, assessments, analytics and workshops are interwoven to complement and strengthen your organization.
The SDW Value Proposition
- We are structured to help you achieve individual and organizational excellence
- We will accelerate and strengthen the growth of your business, ensuring a viable and predictably profitable enterprise
- We are ever mindful of the economic, organizational and cultural elements of your enterprise
- We seek to create value by helping our clients become more competitive as a result of our engagements.
- Look to SDW Companies and its Professionals for a well-rounded and proven team that truly understands “The science of change, the business of success.”
Mission and Values
To unleash the power and potential of people and organizations for the common good, helping individuals and organizations achieve their full potential. From your most simple request for knowledge and development to complete organizational change, we are structured to help you achieve individual and organizational excellence. Our mission is not complete until the customer says “wow”.
To be the advocate and the preferred choice for the development of human worth and excellence in organizations.
Our Core Values Core Values-rules of engagement for how to achieve your mission and vision!
Do the right thing
Know yourself and seek continual improvement
Passion, optimism and hard work = fun
- FOCUS and CLARITY
We set clear goals and we act with purpose and intention to achieve them
Make a positive (the) difference, be impactful, promote success in ourselves and others
We specialize in assisting organizational leaders in their effort to create results-focused organizations and sustainable cultures of excellence. We work as a team with Ph.D.’s, former CEOs, COOs and CFOs, Practicing Attorneys, and Chief People Officers, each of whom have extensive experience advising business owners, and mentoring senior executives through complex change and development challenges. We analyze your business, present our findings and implement the solutions.
We believe in a simple approach to business: “Improve profits with development and advisory services that work the first time.” We do such an effective job training you that when we implement a planned program, we leave you with a complete set of tools and the knowledge necessary to keep systems running smoothly and efficiently.
We are advisors to leaders and managers of companies, governmental organizations and institutions in many regions of the world. Since 1980 our mission has been to help our clients liberate themselves from the ineffective, frozen and restrictive structures that have hobbled their ability to innovate, be creative, grow and realize their potential to their stakeholders, employees and communities. We have helped them address their most critical problems and exciting opportunities. We keep the interests of our clients first and foremost. We work objectively and respectfully and are not afraid to challenge clients to help them get results. We are a network of passionate management advisors with deep and profound expertise. We flourish on the challenges our clients present to us. We thrive in working with leaders and managers in their organizations by helping them recognize opportunities and realize their own potential. We support each other around the globe serving as mentors, mirroring good ideas and always challenging ourselves to stretch and grow. We work as a team. By leveraging our collective expertise and practical knowledge, we strengthen the solutions we bring to our clients. Our backgrounds are as diverse as that of the clients we serve. Our professional advisors and change agents come from academic, professional, legal, social, and national experiences and many have fluency in diverse languages. We are now represented in North America, Europe, and the Near East and Asia.
DON ZILLIOUX, Ph.D
CEO and Chief Scientist
For more than 20 years Don has advised a diverse variety of businesses, large and small, throughout North and Central America, Europe and Russia. He is a recognized thought leader and senior advisor in effective change management and the senior leader and chief scientist to SDW’s Worldwide Organization Effectiveness practice.
Don has worked with various Native American government and business organizations including the Seneca Tribe of New York, Gila River Community, Fort Sill Apache Tribe, Snoqualmie Tribe of Washington State and more recently with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the Oneida Tribe of Indians of New York and Wisconsin, the Comanche Gaming Enterprises in Oklahoma.
Along with an extensive business within the Native American communities, SDW clients have also included SKF-West Germany, US State Department, University of Rochester Medical School, National Training Institute for the Deaf, NCR, Mexicana Airlines, Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort, PURE Canadian Gaming and Advanced Tissue Sciences along with many others.
Don is the author of The Results-Focused Organization, the soon to be published series of Field Guides to Organizational Effectiveness and Instrument Based Training: A Guide to Increased Effectiveness in Training. Don’s writings and consulting/advisory work focus on planned change, organizational development, managerial effectiveness, sustainable performance, effective leadership and managing change with measurable results. He has been visiting professor and lecturer at the University of Rochester, National University, USIU in San Diego and is regularly featured at the National Indian Gaming Conferences. Don has authored over 30 assessment and training instruments and over 40 specific competency focused trainings.
SAM KHOURY, PH.D.
President, Inavisis, Inc.
SDW Strategic Partner
Dr. Sam Khoury is the president of Inavisis, Inc. He has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin and an M.B.A. in Finance from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He was a key member of the team that developed and implemented the Intellectual Asset Management program within The Dow Chemical Company.
Dr. Khoury has extensive expertise in licensing his clients’ Intellectual property to the fortune hundred companies. He has been successful through creating a win-win atmosphere between the licensees and the licensors.
By specializing in the valuations of advanced and novel intellectual properties in several business sectors, Dr. Khoury is expert in determining the appropriate royalty rates and the pricing of technologies. This serves to produce a workable negotiation process among sellers and buyers of technology.
Dr. Khoury served on the board of the Licensing Executive Society and established a global network and contacts that helps in marketing new technologies to companies on a global basis.
Chief Administrative Officer
Victoria Zillioux, as Chief Administrative Officer, manages key administrative functions for Strategic Development Worldwide. Her background provides the ability to design and manage the various functions and processes responsible for business continuity in an operationally sound manner. Her extensive experience in executive level banking and mortgage lending, software production, statistical model development and marketing and data management gives her a combined background that provides an understanding of the business needed for long-term strategic planning.
Victoria has previously held senior positions in Business Development at CMDC and TransAmericaIntellitech and Product Management at HNC Software, each of these positions involving direct merger and acquisition activities both with individual products and complete businesses. Her background includes working in senior level management positions with TRW, American Savings Bank, as well as independent management consulting with large lending institutions and financial/government regulatory agencies as well as politically positioned nonprofit collations. This breadth of experience both in the U.S. and several European countries gives her a keen insight into global business and financial industries.
Victoria holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance with an emphasis in real estate from San Diego State University. She has been a guest speaker with a variety of professional organizations, speaking at conferences and seminars in the U.S., United Kingdom, Germany and Poland.
ARTHUR NATHAN, SPHR
Academic in Residence and HR Thought Leader
Arthur (Arte) Nathan served as Chief Human Resources Officer for Steve Wynn’s gaming companies from 1983 – 2006 and opened all of Wynn’s casinos in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Mississippi and China. He retired from the gaming industry in November 2006 and moved to Southern California where he worked with the Irvine Company opening “The Resort at Pelican Hill,” an ultra luxury resort in Newport Beach. He then served as President/COO of Strategic Development Worldwide. Arte took a sabbatical from SDW and accepted several long-term assignments during the past three years helping to start or turnaround several companies in New York City. He is now, once again, affiliated with SDW as a Senior Advisor specializing in Human Resources programing and planning, Organizational Development and Executive Coaching.
Throughout his career, Arte was responsible for Employment, Compensation, Employee Relations, Labor Relations, Employee Education and Development, Employee Services, Employee Communications, Human Resources Information Systems and Safety. He is a recognized innovator in high-volume recruitment and hiring, labor relations, employee relations, training and development, and technology related to applicant tracking and the use of business intelligence applications for employee relationship management. His expertise with startup companies and opening hotels has been the subject of many articles in professional and academic publications.
Arte chaired the Nevada Governor’s Workforce Investment Board, served on the Board of the Society of Human Resources (and its affiliates, the Human Resource Certification Institute and the SHRM Foundation) and is past chair of the Southern Nevada Culinary & Bartenders Training Trust. He has served on the Advisory Boards of the UNLV School of Hotel Administration, The Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona and the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
Mr. Nathan graduated from Cornell University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations. He has been the recipient of many awards for his work in Human Resources, community affairs and education. He is a frequent guest lecturer at colleges and universities and has addressed numerous professional associations and conferences on the subject of human resource management. Currently, he teaches, writes and consults and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada and the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. Arte is an avid musician, hiker, canoeist and book enthusiast.
Nazim’s lifelong career has revolved around bringing qualitative change in human and organizational performances with a focus on Life, Learning, and Leadership. He has worked for over 20 years at various technical and administrative levels in the private business sector of Pakistan, including organizing meetings and seminars at the strategy and policy levels within Pakistan and abroad.
Besides interacting within the business community, Nazim has also volunteered in the NGO sector at both national and international levels, traveling widely to participate in environmental dialogues at the global level. This work has included writing project papers for program and project activities, particularly in health education and environmental sectors.
Nazim holds a Master of Science degree in Management and is a Faculty member of the Academy of Leadership Sciences Switzerland. He has taught, trained, and counseled for 18 years in the business schools of Pakistan
Becoming a part of the SDW team, he brings forth his multidimensional experience to help facilitate clients’increasedeffectiveness and to managing change in work/life balance.
Prof. Dr. FADIL ÇITAKU,
PhD, CEO (Switzerland)
Prof. Dr. Fadil Çitaku is a professor of Leadership and Emotional Intelligence at the Academy of Leadership Sciences Switzerland (ALSS). He is the founder and CEO of the ALSS, founder and director of the graduate program Doctorate in Medical Education (DME) and professor of PHD program in Medical Education at the International Graduate Medical Education (IGME) Calgary and University Ambrosiana, Milan. Prof. Çitaku earned his Master and PHD degrees in Medical Education at: University of Bern (CH), University of California Los Angeles (USA), University of Illinois Chicago (USA), and University of Ambrosiana (I) in collaboration with the University of Calgary (Ca). Prof. Çitaku has been teaching in graduate and postgraduate programs for more than 18 years and has experience in developing curricula and projects in Switzerland and abroad. He is a supervisor for trainee teachers at the prestigious ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich) Switzerland.
His research and teaching focus on Leadership and Management, Leadership and Quality Management, Leadership and Organizational Theory, Leadership Competencies and Emotional Intelligence. Recently he has published in the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ) a populated based study, investigating population from three English- and three German-speaking countries, providing for the very first time worldwide an empirical model of Leadership Competencies for Medical Education and Health Professions.
Managing Director, Southwest
Charlie is a Certified Executive Leadership Coach and focuses on Executive Development, Leadership Development, Performance Management, Workforce Engagement, Individual Change and Culture Transition.
He has over 14 years of coaching experience. His coaching experience has included executive leadership coaching for business owners, CEO’s and senior executives as well as functional performance related coaching for individuals in various periods of growth and transition to leadership positions. He is also an experienced senior executive with over 35 years of successful experience leading and developing teams to achieve results through employee groups as large as 8,000, dispersed globally, to a few located locally. He has held CEO, COO, Sr. VP, and VP positions in a variety of functions and industries throughout the U.S. and globally.
Charlie holds a MA and BS from the University of Central Missouri, is certified as an Executive Leadership coach by Georgetown University (2002) and is certified as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by the International Coach Federation (ICF). He is the author of “From OK to Excellence, 7 Steps to a productive and engaged workforce”.
COLONEL MARIANNE S. WALDROP, USMC (Ret.), Ph.D.
Senior Advisor and Thought Leader
Marianne Waldrop is the youngest of four children from a U.S. Marine Corps family and was born and raised on the east coast. In 1987, she graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics, supported by a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (Marine Corps option) scholarship.
Upon graduation, she was commissioned as a Marine Corps second lieutenant. In 1989, she became qualified as a signals intelligence officer and received assignments worldwide, including: Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Misawa, Japan; Tampa, Florida; Camp Pendleton, California; and finally Miramar, California. Mid-career, Marianne was selected to attend Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where she would earn a Master of Science in Computer Science.
Subsequent to graduation, she served as a project manager for Marine Corps signals intelligence systems. After this tour, Marianne resigned her commission to work in the information technology industry in San Diego; however, this venture in “corporate America” was short-lived (2 years) due to her recall from the reserves for post-9-11 intelligence operations in support of U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida.
Throughout her career, she led hundreds of Marines in a variety of environments; however, the most challenging were those leadership assignments while deployed in support of four combat operations in Saudi Arabia, Africa, and Iraq. Marianne’s military career spanned over 24 years, serving from 1987-2011, when she retired in San Diego, California.
Upon her retirement in 2011, Marianne attended the University of San Diego and earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Leadership Studies in May, 2016. Her research investigated formative experiences and factors influencing highly successful women military leaders. In over a two year period, with a generous research grant from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, Marianne ultimately completed her dissertation entitled: Understanding Women Leaders in a Male-Dominated Profession: A Study of the United States Marine Corps’ Women Generals