Interviews

Here are just some of the over 150 interviews Sidd has conducted:

Domain experts

Government

  • Steven Cooper, Special assistant to the President, First CIO Department of Homeland Security
  • Leigh Haymen, Director of New Media Technologies Office of the President, The White House
  • Walter Dalton, JD, Lt. Governor, State of NC
  • Martin Lancaster President, NC Community College System US Congressman, Asst. Secretary of the Army Special Advisor to the President of U.S.
  • Dr. Robin Dorff, professor, Army War College Executive Director, Inst. of Political Leadership
  • Charles Meeker, Mayor, City of Raleigh

Military

  • General Hugh Shelton, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Chairman of the Board, RedHat
  • Brigadier General Chris Ford, International President, Toastmasters
  • Major General Ronald Sneed PhD, 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training)
  • Bob and Nancy, Central Intelligence Agency
  • Cmdr N.A. Mohan, Aide de Campe to President of India

Engineering

  • Dr. Vint Cerf, Senior VP, Google, Considered as the “father” of the Internet
  • Steve Wozniak, Cofounder, Apple Inc., Inventor of the personal computer
  • Dr. Alfred Aho, Former VP Bell Labs Former, chair of Computer Science Dept at Columbia University, John Van Neumann Award winner
  • C.M. Malik, General Manager, Indian Railways

Law

Educators

  • Dr. Kevin Lee, Campbell Law
  • Prof Woody Woodruff, Campbell Law

Judges

  • Chief Justice Sara Parker, JD, NC Supreme Court
  • Justice Paul Newby, JD, NC Supreme Court
  • Justice Michael Morgan, JD, NC Supreme Court
  • Judge Bob Hunter, JD, North Carolina Court of Appeals
  • Judge Douglas Albright, JD Senior Resident, Guilford County Superior Court
  • Judge Abe Jones, Wake County Superior Court

Practitioners

  • Joseph Mitchner, JD, Mitchner Law
  • Norman B. Smith, JD, Smith, James, Rowlett & Cohen
  • Ajay Gohil, JD, Asst. Attorney General, District of Columbia
  • James Dorsett, JD, Former President, NC Bar Association

Consultants

  • David Ball, PhD, Trial Consultant
  • Dr. David A. Sousa, Education and neuroscience
  • Amy Singer, PhD, Trial Consultant
  • Sonia Chopra, PhD, Senior litigation consultant National Jury Project
  • Susan MacPherson, Senior litigation consultant National Jury Project
  • Dr. Leslie Ellis, Trialgraphix

Medicine

  • Professor Robert Lawrence, MD, Founding Director, Center for a Livable Future, Johns Hopkins University, Co-founder of Nobel Prize winning Physicians for Human Rights organization, Albert Schweitzer Humanitarianism Prize Winner.
  • Dr. Ashok Chopra, Former Chief of Uro-Gynocology Kaiser Perminente
  • Dr. Hersh Chopra, President Georgia Eye Specialists
  • Dr. Rakesh Alva, MD Pulmonologist Critical Care LeBauer Health Care

Sales

  • Barrett Joyner, President, SAS
  • Jeffrey Gitomer
  • Bill Brooks
  • Tim Ohai
  • Brian Lambert, PhD

Business leaders

  • Sandy Costa, JD President, Quintiles Transnational
  • PK Agarwal, CEO, TiE Global, CTO, State of California
  • Dr. David Pulman, President, GlaxoSmithKline GSM
  • Juhi Jotwani, Vice President, IBM

Funding agents

  • Deborah Jackson, PhD, Program Director, National Science Foundation
  • Rabin Madan, PhD, Program Director, Office of Naval Research
  • Paul Domanico, PhD, Sr. Director R&D, Clinton Health Access Initiative

Entertainers

  • Dan Ninan, Speechwriter for Intel CEO, Andy Grove, Professional Comedian
  • Naveen, Hollywood acting coach
  • Tim Gard, Professional speaker

Lobbyists

  • Elise Rhodes, Senior Director, Government Affairs Cubist Pharmaceuticals

Research grants

  • Jacob Levin, PhD, President, National Organization of Research Development Professionals, Asst. Vice Chancellor of Research, UC Irvine
  • Dr. Mladen Vouk, Interim Vice Chancellor of Research,  NCSU
  • Dr. Jonathan Horowitz, Vice Chancellor of Research Infrastructure, NCSU
  • Sanjiv Sarin, PhD, Vice Provost of Research,  NC A&T
  • Pradip Pramanik, Interim Director, Proposal Development Unit, NCSU

Human Resources

  • Fred Emmert, Speakers Bureau Manager, Society of Human Resource Managers
  • Teri Harrell, President, Raleigh-Wake HR Management Association

Television

  • Charlie Gaddy, Anchor, WRAL
  • Rick Aimee, Anchor, WFMY
  • Scot Dunlap, Cameraman
  • Renee McCoy, Anchor, WRAL
  • Suchita Vadlamani, Anchor, Good Day Atlanta

Speechwriters

  • William Rawson, Smith Leadership Communications Director, Coca-Cola, WHQ
  • Pete Weissman, Former Speechwriter to US Senate and CEO of Coca-Cola, Intern at the White House

Meeting planners

  • Lindsey Martin-Bilbrey, Director of Learning Experiences, National Speakers Association
  • Natasha Nicholson, Director of Content, International Association of Business Communicators
  • Wendy Kavanaugh, President, Georgia Society of Association Executives
  • Eric Gregg, Executive Director, TechMedia
  • Lawrence Harte, Co-founder, Digital Marketing For Business Conferences

Education

  • Dr. Tom Miller, Senior Vice Provost, NCSU
  • Dr. Mike Davis, Asst. Vice Chancellor, NCSU
  • Dr. Annie Anton, Dir. of interactive computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Kennon Briggs, Vice President, NC Community College System
  • Capt. Russell Shilling, PhD, Executive Director of STEM, U.S. Dept of Education

Finance

  • William Sewell, Senior Vice President, Robert W. Baird

Aviation

  • Capt. John Cox, Commercial pilot, aviation safety expert, President of Safety Operating Systems
  • Bob Cortelyou, Senior VP of Networks, Delta Airlines

Diplomats

  • Roop Anand, India’s Ambassador to Norway
  • T.P. Sreenivasan, India’s Ambassador to Austria


Scientists

Communication scientists

  • Linda McCroskey, PhD, California State Univ. Long Beach, Expert on Organizational communication
  • Michael Beatty, PhD, Univ. Of Miami, Expert on Communibiology
  • James McCroskey, PhD, Univ. of Alabama, Expert on Communication apprehension
  • Paul Ekman, PhD, Expert on Micro gestures
  • James Chesebro, PhD, Ball State Univ., National Communication Assoc, President, Expert on Digital Story Telling

Neuroscientists

  • Scott Heuttel, PhD, Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University, Expert on Cognitive Neuroscience and Decision Making
  • Elizabeth Johnson, PhD, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, Expert on Visual systems
  • German Garcia-Fresco, PhD
  • Murali Doriswamy, MD, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, Expert on Memory

Cognitive psychologists

  • Dr. Jose Picart, Vice Provost, NCSU, Director of Psychology Studies United States Military Academy, West Point Expert in Experimental Cognitive Psychology
  • Manuel Aparicio, PhD, CEO, Saffron Technology Expert in associative memory systems and experimental psychology

Pharmacologist

  • Allyn Howlett, PhD, Wake Forest Univ.

Interpersonal neurobiology

  • Amie Sharrits, MD, Psychiatrist, Medical Director, Easter Seals, UCP

Professional speakers

  • Rick Jakle, National Speakers Association
  • Jock Elliott, World Champion of Public Speaking, Record 6 time world finalist
  • Nido Qubein, President, High Point University, Former President of National Speakers Assoc.
  • Ryan Avery, 2012 World Champion of Public Speaking, Youngest World Champion
  • Randy Harvey, JD, World Champion Public Speaking
  • Judge Dana Lamon, JD, World Champion Public Speaking

Training

Presentation experts

  • Dianne Chase, International Chairperson, International Association of Business Communicators
  • Dilip Abayasekara, PhD, International President, Toastmasters
  • Jan D’Arcy, Author
  • Jana Barnhill, International President, Toastmasters

Online Education

  • Harvey Singh, CEO, Instancy
  • Martin Dulberg, Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications, NCSU

Executive Education

  • Jennifer Martineau, Vice President of Research, Innovation, and Product Development, Center for Creative Leadership
  • Nancy Keeshan, Executive Director, Duke Corporate Education
  • Patrick Casseday, Director, Leadership & Executive Development, Schneider Electric
  • Dan McGurrin, Director, Executive Education, NCSU
  • Patricia Fripp, Leading Executive Speaking Coach
  • John Mansour, Managing Partner, Proficientz
  • Rich Kristof, Former VP Global Knowledge

Health Care

  • Monique Washington, Senior training manager, Kaiser Perminente
  • Marisol Romany, HR corporate manager, Orlando Health

Hospitality

  • Adrilla Horton, Learning and Development Director, Kerzner International, Atlantis
  • Himmat Rathore, Guest Experience Manager, Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India
  • Jose Curci, Director of Food and Beverage,
    The Umstead
  • Karl Swink, General Manager, Embassy Suites RDU
  • Angela Reardon, Director of Human Resources at The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
  • Manav Goyal, Director, Adyar Gate Hotels Ltd
  • Vijay Bahl, Asst. Manager, Hilton Atlanta

Presentation Technology

Security

  • Jerry Fralick, Chief Security Officer, Lenovo
  • Christopher Akil, US Defense information Systems Agency

Projection

  • Paul Brundage, NASA HQ

Staging

  • Bill Marriott, VP Video Productions, SAS Institute

Design UX

  • Celia Hodent, PhD, Director of User Experience, Epic Games

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