“Expatriates, Immigrants, and Refugees: Women’s Perspective”


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Countries differ wildly in their friendliness to the migrants—and the US, with its very diverse 50 states is no exception: the newcomers feel more accepted on the East and West Coasts. We explore the adjustment-and-integration process and results through the immigrant women’s eyes—because it is always harder for women to become achievers in the new land. We explore “how they made it in America” coming from very different cultures—and what it took to reinvent oneself. Research (interviews, questionnaires, studies of public sources) was conducted on the strong womankind, those whose stunning success in the US put them in the first ranks of American achievers, to become the role models for the rest of us, not only immigrants but achievers at large. Criteria for immigrant success and “success scale” are provided – helping to clearly see/assess one’s current positioning and set the new goals. The speaker gives examples from her upcoming book




A successful immigrant from Ukraine, Dr. Fiona Citkin came to America as a Fulbright Scholar studying languages and cultures. She published two books on language/translation and cultural diversity. Her monthly Huffington Post column explores immigrant women’s success: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/fiona-citkin-phd/. With experience as Director of Berlitz and a personal consulting portfolio, Fiona is an expert diversiculturalist.




“Value and Knowledge Education (VaKE): Using dilemmas for intercultural competence development”


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VaKE is a didactic approach developed by the University of Salzburg in Austria. The approach relies on dilemma stories which initiate discussions toward content learning and ethical decision-making. The process triggers the participants’ motivation to acquire knowledge in order to reach a more appropriate decision than he/she would without it. Based on dialog opportunities, opposing arguments and values, role-taking and critical thinking, instead of imposing ready-made solutions, moral development can thus be stimulated. VaKE is particularly relevant for intercultural competence development thanks to its emphasis on peer collaboration, multiplicity of perspectives, negotiation, self-regulation, self-mediated learning and self-awareness. This webinar is of utter interest for Educators and Professionals dealing with intercultural teams or students/pupils.



Francois Brossard

François Brossard: Halfway in my career, I am happily trying to leverage a 12-year-long experience in International Cultural Cooperation and Training through a project dedicated to the development of intercultural communication competence. Trancultural Agency is encompassing Educational, Health/Social and Corporate dimensions by providing training and support to teachers, educators, healthcare personnel and executives, most especially those dealing with cultures from the Middle East and Africa.
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“Is Self-Awareness a Skill That Can Be Developed?”


Webinar abstract

High self-awareness is essential for leaders to work across cultures and to consistently demonstrate inclusive behaviors. From a brain perspective, however, self-awareness fluctuates and is not always available. How can neuroscience help us? We will explore a case study involving leaders who increased their self-awareness. The leaders took a self-assessment based on seven key neuroscience dimensions and gained insight into their own self-awareness tendencies, and learned brain-based tools and strategies for learning to recognize and re-engage self-awareness – even in challenging situations. With improved self-awareness skills, a majority of leaders reported an increased ability to challenge their own assumptions and biases, see things from others’ perspectives, be open to feedback, and consciously choose behaviors of inclusion. You will gain insight into what improved the leader’s self-awareness and two key strategies you can use to increase self-awareness in yourself and your organization.



Shannon Murphy Robinson

Mary E Casey

Shannon Murphy Robinson, M.A. and Mary E. Casey, M.A.: Shannon and Mary are founders of BrainSkills@Work, a consultancy that applies the latest neuroscience to inclusion, intercultural management and leadership effectiveness. They achieved Advanced Certification as NeuroBusiness coaches at Harvard with Dr. Srini Pillay. They co-authored the BrainStates Management™ Self-Assessment profile, “The Neuroscience of Inclusion: Managing Unconscious Bias” white paper, and upcoming book on the Neuroscience of Inclusion: New Skills for New Times. For more info: www.brainskillsatwork.com.




“What kind of leaders are TCK (3rd Culture Kids)?”


Webinar abstract

Where you born in a different country than your parents? Are you working in an international environment? Or are you an HR manager in charge of filling out vacancies? Or are you a head hunter for international organisations? Then this webinar is for you! During this webinar we are going to explore what is a TCK, their qualities, talents and problem solving abilities, but also the issues they struggle. At the end you will have a clearer picture of why TCK’s will be leading the world biggest organisations and even countries.




Edmée Schalkx: Born in Venezuela, Dutch parents. Lived in about 10 different countries and worked as trainer and consultant in 32 countries. I support leaders to develop the culture competency they need to guide effective teams and organisations. Also I work with coaches supporting them to develop the coaching cultural competency. For more info: www.ande.nl. I work in: Spanish, English and Dutch. Also speak: Italian and French.




Hidden Logics: New Templates for Intercultural Understanding?


Webinar abstract

Advanced practitioners and inquisitive scholars may be interested in an emerging stream of research which suggests a new dimension for developing intercultural understanding. Beneath the observable behavioral preferences (e.g. those identified with the GLOBE dimensions), there are cultural differences based on underlying “causal logics.” For example, citizens in the USA tend to see the world as linear and predictable while Chinese tend to see events unfolding in complex patterns that are subject to unexpected reversals. So, while each might look at the same “data” they may come to different conclusions and take different actions. This has implications for intercultural communication and understanding. In this webinar, we will present five causal logic structures and discuss how differing cultures might use them to see the world in different ways. We will then go on to discuss possibilities for research and practice – with significant time for conversations.



Steven E Wallis

Prof. Dr. Steven E. Wallis, Ph.D. is a thought leader in the cognition sciences sub-field of “conceptual systems” focused on improving the usefulness of theories, policies, and mental models. He is an award winning author with over 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Steve mentors doctoral candidates at Capella University, is a Fulbright Specialist and supports institutions interested in accelerating the advance of theory and practice. http://meaningfulevidence.com/skm