Eye on Sun Valley: Hailey Women Make the Saudi Arabian Connection
Kat Vanden Heuvel was easy to pick out of a class in Riyadh.
Sunday, December 15, 2019 Article by Karen Bossick in Eye on Sun Valley
Susan Fierman began to feel butterflies fluttering in her stomach as her plane neared Riyadh–Saudi Arabia’s capital. She had heard stories of women being beaten for not wearing an abaya dress and head scarf there. And the fact that she was Jewish only added to her concern. But Fierman was on a mission–to deliver an Advanced Communication Skills Workshop on behalf of Alan Carroll, author of “The Broadband Connection: The Art of Delivering a Winning IT Presentations.” Carroll has delivered workshops in 55 countries before such clients as Jet Propulsion Laboratories, Cisco Systems, BP Chemical and Digital Equipment Corporation. Susan Fierman, recounted how she kicked her sandals off to run into the ocean while working in the hot, humid United Arab Emirates only to find out the ocean was a scalding 99 degrees. “I ran back to shore—quickly!” And, since signing on several years ago Fierman, and even more recently Hailey’s Kat Vanden Heuvel have delivered two- to five-day workshops in such exotic places as Beirut, Cairo, Dubai, Tunisia, Oman, The Netherlands and Spain.