Livingstone Thompson, Ph.D.
Janet Bennett, PhD is executive director of the Intercultural Communication Institute and chair of the ICI Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations program. She designs and conducts intercultural competence and diversity training for colleges and universities, corporations, NGO’s, governments, and social service agencies. While teaching short courses around the globe, she appreciates the many ways of seeing the world through the eyes of other cultures. Janet focuses on her particular interest in uniting the goals of intercultural and diversity and inclusion; training design; and leadership. She recently finished editing the SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence.
Diversity/Inclusion: Strengthening Our Capacity to Engage
AM: Neuroscience of Appreciation: Breaking Through the Brain’s Base Instincts
Shannon Murphy Robinson, M.A., Co-Founder BrainSkills@Work, LLC, brings over 15 years of expertise in global diversity and inclusion, and intercultural management working with a wide range of Fortune 500 companies and organizations. She’s combined her expertise in leadership development, intercultural management and inclusion training with neuroscience, and in May 2012 achieved Advanced Certification as a NeuroBusiness coach at Harvard with Dr. Srini Pillay. Shannon is co-author of the BrainStates Management™ Self-Assessment profile, The Neuroscience of Inclusion: Managing Unconscious Bias white paper, an upcoming book.
She has successfully created and implemented large-scale diversity and inclusion training initiatives (20,000+ employees) with clients such as Deloitte, Deluxe, American Express, Cargill, and AT&T. Formerly a Vice President for ProGroup, a leader in providing diversity and inclusion programs globally, Shannon designed multi-year strategic global training initiatives, launched and managed affiliates across three continents, and lead many client engagement teams.
PM: Synthesizing Intercultural, Diversity and Social Justice Approaches to Address Modern Global Challenges
Amer F. Ahmed, Ed.D, serves as Director of Intercultural Teaching and Faculty Development at University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Faculty at the Summer and Winter Institutes for Intercultural Communication and a member of SpeakOut: Institute for Democratic Leadership and Culture. He has been featured on MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris Perry” show and in Dr. Shakti Butler’s film on racism entitled “Cracking the Codes.” An individual with eclectic personal and professional experience, he is a Hip Hop activist, spoken word poet, diversity consultant and college administrator, channeling his diverse experiences into work geared towards facilitating effective intercultural development. Amer’s education in Anthropology and Black Studies, professional experience in Higher Education and extensive global experiences support his efforts to address issues of social justice that continue to face traditionally marginalized communities. He is also engaged in the field of Intercultural Communication with a focus on a developmental approach to Intercultural competency. Such approaches have been useful in his work in Organizational Assessment and Development, Inclusive Human Resource Management, Workshop facilitation, Public Speaking, Leadership Development and Student Support.
Best Practices for Developing and Sustaining an IC Practice
AM: Business Skills for Independent Interculturalists and Small Business Owners
Monica Francois Marcel co-founded LCW in 2000 with Randall Stieghorst and a mission of inspiring professionals to connect across cultures. To every LCW client engagement, Monica brings a perspective that is rooted in experience on-the-ground in over 45 countries and work with dozens more, as well as 20+ years' of leading communication, learning, and organizational development projects. Her primary role today is serving as LCW's Master Consultant and Chief Engagement Leader for clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to world class universities and the U.S. Peace Corps; she helps them achieve cultural transformations, develop cultural competence, engage global talent, and better connect to the local contexts in all the locations where they operate. A particular specialty lies in interrupting unconscious bias in the STEM fields.
Monica's passion for cross-cultural work was awakened in the late 1990s while living in Eastern Europe (Latvia) as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Early in her career she was a research engineer with the National Academies of Science and Engineering and U.S. Department of Transportation. She earned her Master's degree in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, her undergraduate degree from NC State University, and a fellowship in Sustainable Development Studies at the Institute for Future Studies in Stockholm. She serves on several advisory boards, was Adjunct Faculty at the Loyola University Chicago Graduate School of Business, and was a board member of SIETAR-USA for five years.
Randall Stieghorst is a partner at Language & Culture Worldwide where he brings more than 20 years of personal and professional cross-cultural experience—including living, working, and studying for extended periods in Eastern and Western Europe, South America, and the Caribbean. His focus at LCW is on finance and operations. For clients, he focuses on training design, development, and delivery (for classroom, virtual, and eLearning audiences) as well as large scale project management, the creation of educational multimedia, and executive coaching using the IDI®.
Born in the U.S., Randall is proud to speak several languages (the strongest of which include Spanish, Portuguese, Latvian, and French), and has delivered culture and diversity training in North America, Latin America, Asia, and Europe. Randall an AFS returnee, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, and has an MBA from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business in Strategy and Economics.
Most coaching conducted in the USA by Americans is, understandably, done in American ways. Increasingly, however, given the globalization of education and business, coaches are called upon to work with individuals and teams from other countries. Serious disconnection can then occur between coach and client.
During recent years, George has been experimenting with a variety of new ways of coaching, ways that are situation specific and culturally intelligent. The results of these experiments have sometimes been surprising (and usually very positive).
During this workshop, George will explain actual situations where he has used new coaching methods that seemed exactly appropriate and uniquely effective. Countries in which these challenging situations have occurred include the U.S., China, Korea, India and Saudi Arabia.
Before coming to this workshop, participants are asked to visualize one challenging coaching situation they themselves have been in, or would like to be in. During the closing phase of the workshop, participants will have an opportunity to describe their situation. The other participants and George will suggest creative, uniquely effective, ways to conduct their coaching.
George Renwick, Ph.D., is the president of Renwick and Associates, an international consulting firm. He has completed consulting assignments in 26 countries for 40 multinational corporations. George has taught Master Classes on coaching at the University of London and the Birla Institute of Management Learning in Mumbai, India. He has coached, in person, more than 500 men and women in management positions. They represent 28 nationalities. In addition, George has been responsible for training programs on cultural awareness, pre-departure preparation, in-country orientation, technology transfer, reentry, training of trainers, multicultural team building, supervision, negotiation, and international executive development.
Training Design and Facilitation of Games and Experiential Exercises
AM: Facilitating Interactive Sessions to Explore Disconnection, Controversy, and Polarization
Sivisailam Thiagarajan (“Thiagi”) for the past 50 years, has been making a decent living by playing games and helping others play games. He is currently the Resident Mad Scientist at the Thiagi Group. He has lived in three countries (India, Liberia, and the USA) and has conducted training workshops in 26 other countries. Author of the popular Barnga, a simulation game on cultural clashes, Thiagi has published 40 books, 90 games and simulations, and more than 200 articles. He currently writes an online newsletter, Thiagi GameLetter.
PM: Adapting and Designing Experiential Intercultural Activities for Bridge-Building and Inclusion
Basma Ibrahim DeVries, Ph.D. is a professor of Communication Studies at Concordia University in Minnesota, and faculty member at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication. Basma also provides intercultural and diversity training and consultation to corporate clients, educational institutions, and community organizations. Basma co-authored Communication Highwire: Leveraging the Power of Diverse Communication Styles and Cultural Detective® Egypt. She served on the national board of SIETAR-USA. Currently, Basma is Board Vice President of GiGi’s Playhouse – Twin Cities, Down Syndrome Achievement Center.
Jon DeVries is an intercultural trainer and consultant specializing in Intercultural Competence Development, Leadership Development, Team Building and Training Design with a background in Experiential Education and Adult Learning Theories. Prior to working for himself and their two energetic young boys, Jon held positions at the University of Minnesota, including Short-Term and Custom Programs Director in the International Student and Scholar Services Office. He has worked with large and small businesses, K-12 and higher education institutions, government agencies and non-profit organizations. He is also a Music Teacher through the nationally accredited Music Together Program and on Basma’s Facebook page is known as “super-daddy.” Basma and Jon enjoy leading student travel and service-learning groups abroad and were faculty members and Intercultural Learning Circle Coordinators aboard the inaugural semester-long voyage of The Scholar Ship. They significantly enhanced their own intercultural competence practices while living together in a 12’ by 9’ cabin for four months at sea, while facilitating the intercultural competence development of student, staff and faculty from over 50 countries. They are also founders and planning board members of SIETAR-Minnesota. They have recently expanded their practice with deeper examination of the role differing abilities play in intercultural communication.
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