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A Warm Welcome and a Fond Farewell: Leadership Changes at ISS

Bruce McWilliams, ISS Executive Vice President

erin-1.jpgIn a true example of the old adage “one organization’s loss is another’s gain,” we are sad to report that Erin Uritus, Director of Business Development, Marketing & Communications, will be leaving ISS to assume the position of CEO at Out and Equal. Out and Equal is a San Francisco-based non-profit organization that advocates for the rights of the LGBTQ community in the work place, supports the professional development of LGBTQ professionals, and collaborates with organizations’ Diversity offices to help ensure their HR policies and practices are inclusive.

Erin displays an unparalleled passion for people, communications and engagement. After several years of executing change management work in the Gulf, she joined ISS in 2011. Erin played a significant role in the ISS World Language Initiative (WLI), a pioneer program designed to improve Arabic language instruction. She also spearheaded efforts to pursue business development opportunities with local business partners and supported numerous feasibility studies in the Middle East.

In 2016, ISS President Liz Duffy and EVP Bruce McWilliams asked Erin to come back to the United States and help lead an inclusive process to re-establish ISS as a thought leader in international education, plus launch new, dynamic channels to reach a more diverse set of global educators.

Erin states, “ISS and I found each other at the exact moment it mattered most to me in my personal life: after the birth of my two little girls, and during a time in history when the growth in International Schools was exploding. I am not an educator, but witnessed first-hand the power of international schools to create the next generation’s global citizens and leaders who will go on to create peace in their communities and build bridges across difference. I am deeply grateful for what I have learned from my colleagues at ISS, who are some of the kindest, smartest and most collaborative people I have ever met, and who exemplify the highest values we hope for in our students. I also carry with me what I have learned from Liz Duffy and Bruce McWilliams as leaders, and I know this experience will serve me well in my new role. I cannot express how proud I am of having been involved with ISS at such an important point in time, and will always consider myself part of the ISS community!”

Erin will remain involved with the ISS-led Diversity Collaborative as a member of the committee focused on “Best Practices,” where she hopes to connect ISS and international schools to the ever-evolving work of structured diversity and inclusion in organizations. We wish her well in her new journey and look forward to keeping in touch both personally and professionally!


Introducing Our New Chief Marketing Officer


ISS is pleased to announce the appointment of Sharon Lawler-Sudell to the position of Chief Marketing Officer. Sharon brings more than 25 years of experience in brand building and direct marketing leadership to her role. Prior to joining ISS, Sharon held a senior leadership position at a home products company and led global multi-channel marketing and communication efforts in the higher education sector at Educational Testing Service, which supported the academic pursuits of 800,000 prospective graduate students around the world each year. She has also held key marketing roles at premier marketing-driven organizations in publishing, consumer goods and membership subscriptions.

Sharon states, “Education has the power to change lives and can create unlimited opportunities. I found my work in global higher education especially rewarding and am so thrilled to now be part of the K-12 experience. I am absolutely delighted to join ISS and support the mission of global education.”

Sharon holds her M.B.A. in Marketing from Fox School of Business, Temple University and a B.A. in Communication/Marketing from La Salle University. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children and actively participates in volunteer work in hospitals and educational programs with her certified therapy dog, Nilla. We greatly look forward to the contribution Sharon will make to the international school community through her work at ISS.

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