About Us

Who is Elaina Zuker Associates?

We are a management training and organizational development company in the U.S, Canada, Europe and Asia.

We are dedicated to assisting individuals, groups and organizations in achieving results.

We focus on helping our clients put vision into action by:

  • assisting individuals and organizations to be innovative in their thinking and actions
  • creating more challenging and cooperative work cultures
  • developing dynamic and useful programs that are effective in business and personal situations

Our products and services draw from state-of-the-art research and bring fresh, new approaches to our client systems. We offer these innovative approaches as catalysts for growth of both the individual and the organization.

Our professional consultants and staff draw from a variety of disciplines — organization development, psychology, adult education, management.

Elaina Zuker, Founder and President


Human Capital Development, Management Consulting

Elaina Zuker, President

Delray Beach, Florida :: Montreal, Canada

A seasoned businesswoman, educator, author and consultant, Ms.

Zuker has held executive positions in publishing, higher education and communications. As a keynote speaker, she has addressed meetings and conferences in industry, government and professional associations.

Her bestselling book, The Seven Secrets of Influence® (McGraw-Hill), was the Main Selection for the Business Week Book Club and has been translated into four languages. A revised edition was published by Penguin India last year.

The author of Mastering Assertiveness Skills, The Assertive Manager, Creating Rapport, Career Success Series and the Day Timers Success Tapes, she has been featured on numerous radio and television talk shows and in many newspaper and magazine articles..

Ms. Zuker holds a B.A. in Psychology, an M.A. in Management/Organizational Development and is the 2004 recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award from New York Polytechnic University.

She has served on the faculties of Montclair State College (Division of Business), Mercy College, Pace University, and Marymount College.

Ms. Zuker holds a B.A. in Psychology, an M.A. in Management/Organizational Development and is the 2004 recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award from New York Polytechnic University.

Professional Consultant Network

The professional consultants that make up our Influence Affiliate Network draw from a comprehensive range of disciplines with experience in organization development, psychology, adult education, and management.

Molly Sutherland - Influence Network Partner

Molly Sutherland, President: Sutherland & Associates

As an entrepreneur and business professional for more than 30 years, Molly Sutherland’s strengths include understanding people and team dynamics, Lean business principles, urgency, influence and the value of discovery.  These strengths have helped Molly create extraordinary results through ordinary people.

She is a 2008 Bingham Fellow and an Adjunct Professor with Bellarmine University in the MBA program teaching Entrepreneurial Strategy and serves on the Board of Directors for Women Leading Kentucky, Bellarmine University Executive Advisory Board, Rubel School of Business, Kentucky Council on Economic Education, and Lexington Forum.

Molly’s professional development includes participation in Vistage, the world’s largest CEO/COO organization, Enlightened Leadership, LEAN Manufacturing Leadership Institute, and the Economic Development Institute.

A resident of Lexington, Kentucky, Molly holds an MBA from Bellarmine University, Louisville.

Sutherland & Associates develops “Partnerships for Success3sm.” A team of professional business designers and performance coaches, Sutherland & Associates has extensive experience in the United States and Europe.


Michelle Cubas - Influence Network PartnerMichelle Cubas is a certified enterprise coach; published business author, business publisher and blogger; and national public speaker and seminar leader. Her advanced business practice focuses on contemporary business issues like the “Currency of the New Economy™,” its impact on job creation and hiring, and how to make it serve the company and the individuals who are the company. Collectively, she calls it Business Literacy™.

As an enterprise business coach hired by corporations and business owners, Michelle’s expertise brings a real world, real-time perspective, operations and know-how applications using fact-based management methods and Baldrige Quality Principles.

In the process, Michelle’s coaching peels away years of ineffective behavior and habits and forges new pathways to professional and personal effectiveness and fulfillment. Her methods produce results and effective actions that relate to management styles, multi-generational communications, and the renewed role of personal responsibility and self-reliance in today’s global, volatile business climate. The systems work because self-referred fulfillment generates renewed energy. In the demands and extended hours of contemporary business, this energy is vital to sustain a leadership position.

As a consultant with fledgling and international corporations, her coaching method inspires business leaders to manage by values-driven principles, and serves the clients like the City of Phoenix and Scottsdale as a marketing consultant. She lives and practices in Peoria, Arizona. Michelle’s passion is travel and strives to deliver her messages and services internationally.

She grew up in Michigan, attended Michigan State University then graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit. She moved to California in 1982 and began training and teaching at a private business college in Burbank. Later she earned a professional Corporate Communication Certificate from USC.

In 1995, Michelle and family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona. She opened her business in downtown Scottsdale. A frequent contributor to the Business Journal, speaker for organizations and companies, Michelle is passionate about her work with corporate managers, entrepreneurs and small business owners, raising Business Literacy™ and advancing communications with her clients from the lunchroom to the boardroom.

Niela Miller - Influence Network PartnerNiela Miller is a skilled coach, therapist, trainer, and educator. She has offered workshops, coaching, consulting and training to the public and to corporate, non-profit and other entities in many other areas of personal and professional development. Niela trains trainers, coaches, managers, consultants and educators to develop their creative and emotional intelligences in their work and their lives. She has employed many innovative tools from her background in the arts and humanistic education to help organizations and people professionals with skills such as team building, giving and receiving feedback, doing peer reviews, recognizing learning and teaching styles, conflict resolution, and stress management in rapid change environments.

She has written two manuals as resources for trainers and educational designers: Workshop Design (McGraw Hill 1998 Sourcebook and a self-published version) and Being Alive! Creative and Emotional Intelligence Tools for People Professionals (PeopleSystems Potential, 2001). She is also the author of a book on counseling (Different Path Press, 1995).

Niela has a BA in Creative Arts from Antioch College and an MS in Education and Communications from Yeshiva University. Her post-graduate training was in the field of humanistic psychology, notably Gestalt therapy and Jungian process psychology.

Don Wigal’s doctoral degree (from Columbia Pacific University) is in the psychology of adult education. He taught adult education at Mary Rogers College, as well as academic topics at Antioch College and the University of Dayton. His undergraduate degree was from U. of Dayton. His Masters is from Notre Dame, and doctorate from Columbia Pacific. He has adult education certifications from other academic schools. From the U. of Dayton he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Don has designed many interactive questionnaires and training programs for a variety of populations. He is certified in the use of of the Myers Briggs instrument, and has used and interpreted it in many major corporations, including General Motors, Allied Signal and others.

Don Wigal has written several books in various fields, including four titles in theology for Herder & Herder and over forty encyclopedia articles for HarperCollins. His short works on popular psychology have been published by Simon & Schuster, Doran and Sadlier. He edited for the latter Drug Education for Parents and Teachers. His most recent book, published by Random House, profiles a dozen innovative personalities.

Rajib Majumdar .ROM Technologies New Delhi / NCR

Rajib Majumdar is an inspiring motivational speaker and a corporate trainer with more than 20  years of experience in sales, building, heading businesses and training sales people in IT ,Telecom and IT enabled services  industry at National and Regional levels with specific experience in IT, Manufacturing, Process and Government Verticals.

  Rajib started his career as a sales professional with HCL Computer Division and has a successful track record of unparalleled success as a seller of myriad products and services representing companies like IBM, Tata Indicom, and Monster.com amongst others which enables him to blend theory with real life practical examples in his training programs. A recipient of multiple times Extraordinary Contribution Award in organisations like IBM and Tata Indicom, Rajib is an astute sales professional who specialises in handling large complex sales situations in corporate and government verticals.

In a career spanning over 20 years, starting as a Sales Executive with HCl and rising to the position of Vice President – Strategic Accounts in Manipal Education Group, Rajib has trained sales people in selling skills and techniques, Large Account Management, Strategic Selling and Negotiation skills.

Trained and Certified at IBM, US on Large Systems technology and sales, he is a dedicated and passionate trainer who believes that delight of participants and clients is of paramount importance. He cajoles, entertains and enlightens his audience with a fast moving combination of stories, examples, humour, activities and quotations.

An experienced public speaker in various higher education forums, as panel member at CII seminar and at Ministerial forums for industry representatives, Rajib is also passionate about teaching French language.

Rajib is currently based in Faridabad – Delhi / NCR.

Joey Pengson has spent over 30 years in various ICT Management roles and responsibilities interfacing with every level of the corporate structure delivering large systems integration projects to private and public sector customers in the Philippines. After accepting early retirement from the corporate world in 2008, he adventured into consulting and entrepreneurial activities. Today, he provides organizational development, business process improvement and ICT management in both private industry and the public sector. Joey is now the exclusive licensee for “Secrets of Influence” in The Philippines

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