Our Team

We believe that EVERY human being is a work of art with a unique and beautiful message to share with the world.

Mariam Haddad
CEO & Founder

Entrepreneurial leader, motivational speaker, developer of powerful narratives, and creator of transformational, inter-disciplinary learning programs. Passionate about developing people and stories that embrace HQ (heart intelligence) + EQ (emotional intelligence) + IQ (mental intelligence) resulting in heart to heart, human to human connection, inspiring synergy, new possibility, and greater results.

Has performed leading operatic roles and in solo and chamber music recitals as both a classical pianist and singer, nationally and internationally, on stage, television, and radio throughout her career. Sings in 9 different languages.


She has been a featured speaker for TEDx Houston, The Business Maker’s Show, Boeing, NASA, Shell, BP, Chevron, Sinopec, The Asian Chamber of Commerce, Asia Voice Radio, The University of Houston Wolff Center and many other Fortune 500 Companies.

Currently, Mariam serves as the Vice-Chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council for the Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston. 

Doug Robinson
Certified Assessor

With masters in music as well apologetics, Doug Robinson has been a lifelong student of Western classical music, world music, and philosophy. He is a certified vocal delivery assessor and trainer for the program Say It with Power!, an effective vocal delivery program for non-native English speakers.

With this background for hearing and understanding the music and sounds of the language systems of different cultures, Doug contributes to the unique approach of the Performance English curricula. He helps to connect the ears of global listeners to the international musical influence native languages have on the production of speech. 

Shafique Pappa
Advisor, Chief Product Officer – Online Education
Peter Pasman
Consultant & Faculty

Communication champion, global research manager of groups on 3 continents, member of the business team for $300MM business, innovation champion for $1BB company, and key interface for the extremely demanding core of $25MM customers. PhD in Chemistry retired after 30 years at Shell Oil/Kraton Polymers.

Our clients deeply value his experience, deep interest, and understanding of cross-cultural and cross-corporate communication and his passion for talent development which translates into inspired results.

Peter is a key contributor to all curriculum, infusing it with key leadership concepts and communication expertise utilized throughout his career in empowering deep change in the people he has managed, mentored and served.

Natalia Noland

 Dr. Noland has been a faculty member of The Performance Communication Company for 8 years. She has taught English in institutions of higher education to both military and civilian students alike for over 35 years. Additionally, Natalia has performed governmental, technical, and literary translations and has served as an interpreter in technical, business, and governmental arenas.

Her deep understanding of the importance of clear and concise communication as well as her expertise in English composition, grammar, and cross-cultural communications have greatly contributed to the success of our global students.


Dr. Natalia Noland is our Language Specialist for the Beyond English Program with The Performance Communication Company. Dr. Noland is a PhD in Linguistics as well as the Chair for the Translation & Interpretation Program at Houston Community College.

Shafique is a serial entrepreneur and a subject matter expert in data-driven lean startup methodologies, and artificial intelligence.


In his role as Chief Product Officer for Online Education, Shafique’s contributions have helped us to effectively translate live classroom learning into a robust, blended learning experience that our students can carry in their pocket with 24-7 access.


Shafique's relevant background includes lean data-driven innovation methodology; artificial intelligence to improve product adoption, scale instructional resources, and improve student performance.  


Shafique works directly with our clients to understand their challenges while using the Performance English Platform for The Amazing Speaker Series: Say It with Power! online. The direct feedback helps Shafique and his team design a better user experience that can be easily adopted by our clients. 

Shafique's other passions include helping entrepreneurs succeed.