Ms. Novak is an Executive Consultant and former President of ERUdyne, LLC international cross-cultural, business management and homeland security training and consulting firm she founded in March 2001. She specializes in helping organizations to leverage culture and turn it into a competitive advantage. Ms. Novak travels extensively across the United States and throughout the world teaching, consulting, and lecturing on global business management, security issues and cross-cultural issues. Since 2003 she also has taught seminars in National Security Studies, Chinese Politics, International Relations and American Politics at Eastern CT State University, the University of Connecticut and at University of New Haven. From 1979 to 1989, Ms. Novak served in career positions and as a presidential appointee under Ronald Reagan at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC and overseas. In 1989, she served as Senior Coordinator for the Secretary of State’s 300-member China Task Force handling the crisis in Tiananmen Square and as a U.S. government spokesperson. She received a Meritorious Honor Award from the Undersecretary of State for her “core leadership role in managing the crisis” in China. Ms. Novak has traveled extensively in Asia and was a member of then-Vice President Bush’s White House Advance Team. Ms. Novak received a Superior Honor Award, the highest given by the State Department, from the Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, for her involvement in saving American lives in Haiti during the fall of Haitian President Duvalier. Secretary of State George Shultz also awarded her a Meritorious Honor Award for her substantive contributions to the August 1982 U.S.-China Joint Communiqué, one of the main documents governing U.S. relations with China.
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