Announcing the SIETAR-USA 15th Annual Conference
Orlando Florida, 
October 14 - 17, 2015

Our theme this year is EXPANDING INTERCULTURAL HORIZONS: Competencies for a Diverse and Global Workforce

Join us in Orlando, Florida, October 14-17, 2015 at the beautiful Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center as we celebrate 15 years of SIETAR-USA  in the multicultural sunshine state.

The conference offers intercultural professional development, networking with old friends and new, & international dance & music, all in the luxurious setting of the breathtaking Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center with its tropical gardens, waterfall, pools, shopping, multiple restaurants and fun supervised kids' activities - bring the family!

We welcome you to come and learn from colleagues and pioneers in the field of intercultural communication, through presentations, poster sessions, master workshops, keynotes, informal discussions, sharing meals, and visiting our exhibitors, advertisers and sponsors tables. Our 15th anniversary celebration will fill all of your senses with sights, sounds and tastes of Florida, our beautiful resort setting, and most importantly, our inclusive and stimulating global learning environment. Your career - and your senses - will thank you! 

The conference website with all the details for registration will be coming soon. Here is the basic information to get your planning started. Mark your calendars and save the date - you don't want to miss this one!

Dates: October 14 - 17, 2015

Wed. Oct. 14 Master Workshops AM and PM, Evening Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception
Thurs., Oct 15 Concurrent Sessions, Evening Dine Around and Open Mic Night
Fri., Oct 16 Concurrent Sessions, Evening 15th Anniversary Celebration Party (tickets included in registration fee so EVERYONE will be there!)
Sat. Oct. 17 Concurrent Session and Closing Events

Location: Orlando, Florida, The Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center 
(see hotel info below)

Registration Information

Full conference fee includes opening reception, coffee breaks and lunches Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and the Friday night 15th Anniversary Celebration Party. One-day pass includes lunch.


Early Bird

September 16th, 2015


Full Conference



One Day Pass

$255 +
Optional Celebration $75

$255 +
Optional Celebration $75


Full Conference



One Day Pass

$275 +
Optional Celebration $75

$275 +
Optional Celebration $75


Full Conference



One Day Pass

$165 +
Optional Celebration $75

$165 +
Optional Celebration $75

Master Workshops

Workshops Offered

  • Challenge in Policing Diverse Communities -
    Elmer Dixon

  • Expanding Happiness:  Evidence Based Tools for Expanding Well-being, Vitality and Engagement - Veronique Killian

  • Seamless Facilitation for Intercultural Competency -
    Tatyana Fertelmeyster        
  • The Neuroscience of Inclusion: Expanding Competencies to Work Effectively Across Differences - Shannon Murphy Robinson

  • Talkin’ Bout My Generation: The role of intercultural competence in the Millennial dialogue Oana Amaria and Tamara Thorpe

  • The Global Entrepreneur:  Boosting your Business - Patricia Coleman

  • Building the Intersection between Domestic and Global Competence - Janet Bennett

  • Religion, Faith, and The Practice of Intercultural Communication -
    George Renwick

Workshop Fees

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Hotel Information

The Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, a Marriott property located in Kissimmee, Florida (Southern Orlando area). The Gaylord Palms Resort is a spectacular hotel with a tropical garden in the courtyard enclosed in an air-conditioned atrium, multiple pools with poolside bar and restaurant, supervised children’s activities, a spa, fitness center, shops, 6 restaurants, and many other amenities. For the discounted SIETAR-USA rate, go to our special link: book your room early. Note that there is a additional $20/day resort fee that includes access to everything throughout the resort (Internet, pools, spa & fitness, Disney transportation service to local activities and more exclusively reserved to guests of the hotel). Furthermore, Marriot Rewards Members, Elite and above, enjoy having a special registration desk and privileges that will heighten an already magical experience. 

We enthusiastically encourage and highly recommend everyone to stay at the Gaylord as it offers our attendees a delightful conference experience at the most competitive fees in a state-of-the-art venue, while helping us stay within budget for our conference fees.  But most importantly it ensures round the clock networking and socializing opportunities under the same roof, and perks only SIETAR-USA attendees and their guests will be entitled to.

Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Advertisers: Many options for sponsorship, exhibiting and advertising! Check back soon for package descriptions and benefits.

Contact Us
P.O. Box 548
Wheaton, IL 60187-4729


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