Olivia McIvor, Director, CEI Education Advisor
Olivia is an international social researcher, author and people advocate with 3 decades in human resource management and organizational development. Throughout her career her work has played a critical role in influencing change with corporate clients across a wide spectrum of industries. Known as a ‘people champion’ since early in her career, Olivia was told she would never be successful if she continued to “wear her heart on her sleeve”; today this proclamation has become her trademark. As the author of three best-selling books, The Business of Kindness, Four Generations, One Workplace, and Turning Compassion into Action, Olivia serves on the Board as a Director of the Kindness Foundation of Canada and is an education advisor to the Global Charter for Compassion movement. She also teaches in the business faculty at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Nancy Rushlow Bray, CEI Education Advisor
Nancy Rushlow Bray is an Emmy award wining producer and recipient of several Clio Awards for excellence in advertising. She excels in her ability to combine business prowess and the creative experience. She began her career producing visual effects for the acclaimed PBS series Cosmos and continued on as the executive producer/producer for academy-award winner, Robert Blalack, (Star Wars) also becoming the studio’s vice-president of operations & business development. She has produced for such notable companies as Praxis Films, 20th Century Fox, and ABC as well as advertisers such as Coca-cola, Kodak, Panasonic, Chevrolet, and Toyota.
To say Nancy is a “people person” is an understatement. She is an enthusiastic and compassionate champion for the human spirit and contributes her success to her insatiable appetite to engage. Recognizing each person’s inherent worth and appreciating their individuality is her trademark.
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Ellen (Hoffenberg) Serfaty, CEI Education Advisor
Ellen (Hoffenberg) Serfaty is a retired American-Israeli, currently living in Jerusalem, Israel, who spent 45 years as a public service lawyer, developing and leading public human service organizations, and teaching people of all ages and teachers who work with special needs students. Born in NYC, raised in rural upstate NY, she began her career as a Florida public criminal defense lawyer, and soon thereafter began creating and leading programs for abused and neglected children in the court systems, including creation of the first state-wide volunteer-based guardian ad litem program, and directing then Governor Bob Graham’s statewide Constituency for Children, a grass-roots lobbying and advocating effort in communities throughout Florida. She created curriculum and trained judges, lawyers, advocates, doctors and other medical personnel, social workers and others, as well as lobbying on behalf of children and families.
Ellen made aliya (immigrated) to Israel, married her husband Dany and raised her daughter Mya, while exploring new careers as Development Officer for a non-profit international children’s rights organization, and becoming a teacher, teacher-trainer and curriculum developer for students with special needs, including blind, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, cognitive and emotional impairments. She has taught and trained teachers and others throughout Israel on assistive technology and special needs curriculum, as well as web accessibility, in all levels of K12 system, Hebrew University and a Jerusalem-based Armenian School, where she helped design a curriculum and train teachers on all subjects.