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Vanessa Andris
Based on 27 years of success in her own international consulting practice and her commitment to improve the lives of global citizens, Vanessa Andris founded The Prosfos Institute to bring together multiple supports for increasing leadership effectiveness in a complex world.

She is a highly-trusted consultant, advisor, and coach dedicated to helping leaders manage their organizations, stakeholders, and themselves to achieve desired results.

Vanessa is frequently called upon to design and facilitate discussion and decision-making events for world-class global leaders addressing multifaceted challenges and demanding opportunities. Senior leadership also depends on her to evaluate innovative initiatives and make recommendations in the context of organizational strategy, current and future effectiveness.

She works with the World Bank Group designing interventions for improving organizational effectiveness and leadership development at both senior levels and with staff. Other clients include the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Pan-American Health Organization, Brookings Institution, American University, National Institute of Health, MITRE, Homeland Security, Café Milano, and numerous private individuals.

A first-generation American of European descent, Vanessa is fluid in large-scale multi-cultural environments. She is adept at tailoring her own style with respect to the client’s cultural preferences and cited for the insight, authenticity, flexibility, and commitment she brings to her work.

Through partnerships and operation of her own businesses including restaurant franchises, a real estate project built in partnership with local and national government, leadership of major philanthropic initiatives, and her own consulting practice, Vanessa incorporates real time start-up to bottom-line experience into helping clients to develop new enterprises from mission planning through implementation.

She is an accomplished writer frequently published in the Huffington Post World section, and currently completing a memoir, “Thank You for Saying Good-Bye,” making sense of the life of a Ukrainian WWII Displaced Persons Camp survivor. Vanessa is an evocative motivational speaker who has addressed 400 person member audiences.

She is a graduate of Cornell University, B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations, and American University/National Training Labs, M.S.O.D., Master of Science in Organizational Development. Vanessa is a certified Executive Coach with expertise in Intercultural Conflict Styles, Action Learning, and Myers-Briggs.

She lives in Washington, D.C., travels internationally, and whenever possible reenergizes in the mountains and beaches of Greece, her ancestral home.

Entries by Vanessa Andris

Obama/McCain Poker Plays: The Wisdom of Leaders Suspending Certainty

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 10:27 AM

Obama and McCain, two poker players. McCain playing poker during Senate hearings because he's so sure he knows it all, that he doesn't need to pay attention. Obama leveraging his poker face to intimidate Syria and give everyone time to count the cards.

The result?...

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Spending Your Vacation Worried About Work?

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 9:47 PM

Finally, vacation time. Rest, relaxation... or time off when worries about work drive you even crazier than usual? In this economy, with so much uncertainty, a vacation can be torture.

Enjoying a vacation may seem impossible when you're worried. But you can do it. And your success depends on...

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Success: Ready to Become Your Own Authority?

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 6:11 PM

In my one ear, a 26-year-old demoralized by prestigious MBA school rejections. In the other, a 52-year-old terrified by unemployment yet thinking about rejecting a great job... because it lacks status. Makes me wonder, when does it end? When do we stop needing society's stamp of approval? When do we...

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A Baklava Republic: Greece Regressing From EU Into Recklessness Of Turkey And Beyond

(7) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 10:32 AM

It is not at all unreasonable that any intelligent person trying to make sense of Greece's recent maniacal antics is now desperately asking, "What is this, a banana republic?"

Well my friend, no, not exactly. This is a Baklava Republic.

Welcome to a country stuck in its own syrup....

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Courting Disaster: Eight Addictions Preventing Greece's Economic Recovery

(7) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 4:27 PM

There comes a time in every potentially fatal crisis when diplomacy becomes a criminal disservice and people who really care need to speak the unvarnished truth.

For the leadership of Greece, the EU, IMF and ministers who met at last week's Annual Meetings that time is, as my...

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Growth Reigniting in Greece: Enterprising Youth Refuse to Accept Defeat

(1) Comments | Posted August 31, 2011 | 4:37 PM

In an inspiring defiance of defeat, young Greeks are taking their economy into their own hands and rebuilding its backbone in record numbers. Regional Development Ministry data released last week showed that during the first half of this year, 28,603 new businesses opened in Greece. That's over 3,000...

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Anne in Tanglewood With DSK: Preparing a Man for Prison

(7) Comments | Posted July 20, 2011 | 10:33 AM

If you've never had your man indicted for a major crime, you may not understand what Anne Sinclair is doing by accompanying her husband to a summer symphony as he awaits trial.

But I do. If it's anything like what the photo of them at Tanglewood made me...

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Greek Youth Realize Their Power: Most Important Stakeholders Finally Enagage

(6) Comments | Posted June 6, 2011 | 9:43 AM

After a year of watching their present and future swirl ever more furiously down the drain, and wondering what they can possibly do, Greek youth have finally found the courage to exercise their power. The most important and largest block of stakeholders in Greece, seem to have decided that...

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Greece: Never on a Sunday But Bail Us Out on Monday? Defeat or Development

(18) Comments | Posted March 31, 2011 | 1:51 PM

While the IMF and European Union may now have to focus on Portugal, Greece is still trying to keep her head above water and banking on the upcoming tourist season to help keep her afloat.

So if you're a vacationer with tons of money you would like to spend...

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What Greece Needs Now Is a New Hero

(38) Comments | Posted February 28, 2011 | 10:14 AM

Greece is getting a lot of attention and a lot of assistance. A 110 billion Euro bailout from the IMF and European Central Bank along with lots of advice on tough tactics for resolving her economic crisis and limiting negative impact on the Euro and global economy beyond.

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