Meet Our Instructors

All of our Continuing Education Guild instructors are college-educated working professionals.

Kim Burkhardt, MBA

Ms. Burkhardt is a market research consultant at Burkhardt & Co., aka “The Jigsaw Puzzle Folks” (formerly, Burkhardt Research Services), an educator., and author of Competitive Intelligence Workbook (2001). Read more about her here.

Alison Granger-Brown, Ph.D.

Dr. Granger-Brown of Holding Hope has a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems, founded on Master’s degrees in Leadership and Training, and Human Development. For the last nineteen years she has been specializing in the transformational learning, growth and development of people in provincial and federal prison. The construct she has been exploring in connection to transformational learning and transformative change is HOPE. Read more about her here.

Kim Reed, Esq.

Kim Reed started practicing law in litigation at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles and later at Howrey & Simon in Washington, DC. She worked in the Offices of Communications and Presidential Correspondence for President Bill Clinton at the White House before becoming Assistant Dean and Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina Law School.  In 2001, she joined Hogan Lovells, one of the world’s largest law firms, in Warsaw, Poland in the International Business Transactions group. She then moved to Hogan Lovells’ Moscow, Russia office, where she worked on several of the largest corporate transactions in Russia at that time. In 2008, she served as Senior Advisor and Director of International Operations on Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign. After Obama’s victory, Kim returned to Hogan Lovells before striking out on her own at Reed International Law & Consulting to represent US and foreign clients on corporate transactions, contracts and governance matters. In April 2019, she became Partner and Chair of the International Practice at Shulman, Rogers, a mid-sized law firm in the Washington, DC area.  She returned to solo practice in April 2020, specializing in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracts and transactions, joint ventures, corporate governance, venture capital/private equity, and complex financing arrangements, as well as advising many foundations and nonprofit organizations.   Ms. Reed has worked on deals and other matters in over 70 countries around the world, and is an expert on emerging markets such as Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, India, and Africa. She has experience in sectors including technology, energy, banking, hotels, telecommunications, insurance, import/export, cosmetics, mining and metals, restaurants, medical equipment, and consulting. She has worked with many entrepreneurs and start-ups, and she offers special pricing for such clients.  Ms. Reed graduated with honors from Duke University and from the University of Virginia School of Law. She has also earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University.

Touss Sepher, Ph.D. candidate

Mr. Sepehr has taught media relations, communications, business, diplomacy, organizational development, and international development in Tehran, Vienna, and Vancouver. Background as a media correspondent in Tehran and Vienna. OPEC Diplomat, 1990 – 1998, Austria. Currently developing curriculum and testing as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in Vancouver, Canada. See an example of his presentations here.