The Artful Communicator

Darin Jones

Whether through traditional, digital or social media – effective marketing campaigns are those that leverage the right channel at the right time to get your brilliant idea to your desired audience. Darin's strengths are in helping organizations connect with their global markets and personnel, providing clients the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to break through today’s communications clutter.

His first company, DRJ Creative Management, provided creative services and staffing for the entertainment and event industries, working on numerous feature films, network television, commercials and corporate events around the country. He also partnered with Crystina Wyler in the startup of Hawkli Productions in 1999 (later to become The Artful Communicator), pairing his marketing and production skills with her talent and creativity.

Since moving to the Washington DC area in late 2007, Darin has headed marketing, communications and business development  efforts for major global technology and consulting firms including Booz Allen Hamilton, CSC, CACI, L-3 Communications, ATPCO and others. As faculty for the University of Phoenix for more than eight years, he also ‘preaches what he practices’, working with individuals and groups to develop and refine the management, communication and team-building skills necessary to succeed in the workplace environment.

Bina Patel, PhD

Dr. Bina Patel graduated from Nova Southeastern University in 2014 with a Doctorate in Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping Analysis with a focus on Islamic fundamentalism, Islamic warfare, global conflict, and suicide terrorism. Dr. Patel recently published, Depicting Female Suicide Bombers: Understanding the Radicalization Process. The content of the book is based on a qualitative study that evaluated the causes and electoral successes of female Islamic fundamentalists and suicide bombers.

Today, Dr. Patel is the Founder & Managing Director of Bina Consulting LLC, an organization that provides global consulting services in conflict management to organizations, businesses, schools, and local communities on topics ranging from female suicide terrorism to bullying in the workplace, at home, and in schools. The organization practices under the trade name, La Vida Conflict Resolution Center in Ruckersville, VA.Dr. Patel graduated with a Master’s in International Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University in 2007. In 2004, she earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Spanish Literature Linguistics from the University of Florida.

Honey Al-Sayed

Ms. Al-Sayed is an accomplished bilingual (English, Arabic) communications, marketing, public relations professional and award-winning journalist with a wide range of expertise in all aspects of media, art and culture, as well as public speaking, coaching and media training. After the outbreak of the Syrian uprising, Ms. Al-Sayed relocated to the United States and co-founded SouriaLi– an independent, nonprofit, online radio network where she worked as a producer, host, and media consultant. 

Ms. Al-Sayed was a Creative Consultant on Red Lines, a new, independent, documentary which has garnered numerous accolades, including: Best Documentary Feature, Peer Gold, Accolade, and Human Rights awards. She is regularly invited by prominent think tanks, organizations, and universities as a keynote speaker/moderator/panelist, to discuss women’s empowerment, and the role of media and the arts in catalyzing social change and peacebuilding. Ms. Al Sayed is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University with a Master of Arts in International Affairs, where she received a full scholarship and was selected to address her graduating class at commencement. She offers a visionary’s perspective, which combined with her entrepreneurial spirit and thought leadership offers distinct benefits to both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, as well as academic institutions and media enterprises.

Suzette Henry-Campbell, MSc HRM

Suzette Henry- Campbell is passionate about developing talent and helping people succeed. This is illustrated in her choice of academic and professional pursuits.

Suzette’s career spans both the public and private sector, which contributed to shaping her interest in diversity and multiculturalism as a critical factor to sustainable development initiatives. Her experience as an Industrial Relations practitioner (Ministry of Labor and Social Security, Jamaica) coupled with her professional background in Human Resource Management (Hilton Worldwide) has created a unique blend of perspectives and supports her primary objective, that of helping people develop competencies that will facilitate their success.

She is currently on assignment in St. Lucia, as an Advisor to the island’s energy utility company (LUCELEC). Without neglecting her own development, Suzette is also a doctoral candidate at Nova Southeastern University.Her rich and diverse experiences have helped to shape and formulate strategies for optimal results. Though her academic and professional pursuit are priority, Suzette carves out time from her schedule to provide pro-bono assistance to marginalized sectors.

Kathleen O'Neill

Kathleen has been working as a director and actor in New York, Boston and Miami.  In 2007 she founded BOO-Arts Productions, with a great deal of help from her friends.  From the first production, The House of Bernarda Alba through Mrs. Warren’s Profession and A Daughter of Israel, the company has delivered passion, laughter and a commitment to dynamic theater to its audiences.  Her directing credits range from Pinero’s Short Eyes and William Wells Gertrude Stein and a Companion to Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward.  She is a proud member of the Estrogenius Festival at Manhattan Theater Source, MTWorks, SDC, SAG-AFTRA and AEA.  Her most recent NYC acting credits include originating the roles of Blue Heron in Dark Water by David Stallings and Nana Joe in Sweet Sweet Spirit by Carol Carpenter as well as playing Lyubov in Cherry Orchard, Clytemnestra in The Greeks and creating the role of Su in A Collapse.  She continues to develop her career in keeping with her social commitments and will be partnering with T.A.C., a dynamic new community of problem solvers being led by Crystina Wyler with whom she has been working for the past twenty-five years.  Shakespeare said it clearly, the purpose of the playing/acting…”is, to hold as 'twere the mirror up to nature…”

Tanya Awad Ghorra

Tanya is a respected journalist, artist and Conflict Management and Mediation trainer using the methods of non-violent communication. Born to a Christian father and a Muslim mother, Tanya grew up in the war-torn Lebanon of the 70s and 80s. During periods where sectarianism and madness took place, she and her mother had to hide away to keep themselves safe so it was early on that Tanya learned the power of the ‘labels’ we impose on each other. Her personal experiences led to her pursuing a career in journalism, becoming a well-known figure on local TV and Arab satellite channels. A leading voiceover artist, she is the voice in many mobile phone companies that operate in the Arab world and Africa as well as the Arabic voice of major international brands.

Following her successful media career, Tanya was part of the first group of Arabs to study non-violence in the MENA region at AUNOHR (Academic University for Nonviolence and Human Rights). She received an MBA in Non-violent Education and Conflict Resolution and went on to become a leading mediator and trainer in the field of Non-violent Communication or NVC. Tanya has since introduced NVC as a subject to be taught at a number of private schools in Lebanon. She now spends much of her time teaching NVC in many local and international NGOs and private sector companies, working with university students, Syrian and Palestinian refugees and schools all over Lebanon. She is a visiting trainer in Egypt, Jordan and Kurdistan, an educational trainer for the Abolition of the Death Penalty, and has also worked with death row inmates in Lebanon. She is based in  Beirut, Lebanon.