President's Address

Dear SIETAR USA members, friends, and colleagues,

October is here and in the Northern hemisphere while temperatures remain warm, leaves are beginning to fall. As the weather slowly changes, we think more about the work we do and how to do it. SIETAR USA has a wonderful webinar to offer you on October 10th from Val Bath on "Marketing Your Cross-Cultural Business" to help you think about how you work with others. We also are planning for the first ever Saturday Seminar to be held on Saturday, November 17th in St. Paul, Minnesota. The topic is "Walk the Talk: Achieving Civility and Respect in Times of Polarization." Please plan to join us!

Last but not least, we are seeking energetic people like you to help us do our work! There are many opportunities to give back to the culture-bridging community that is SIETAR USA. The Call for Nominations deadline is October 4th so please send us your recommendations! And please have a wonderful month!

Best regards,

Holly Emert, Ph.D.
SIETAR USA President

Holly Emert
Final Reminder: Call for Nominations

What does SIETAR USA mean to you? Have you ever attended one of the annual conferences? Perhaps more than one? Have you learned anything at the conferences you attended? Did you find a colleague? Did you make a SIETAR USA friend? Do you think SIETAR USA is important to interculturalists and the intercultural field?

SIETAR USA always seeks people on its Board of Directors to infuse new perspectives and energy into our operations and offerings. How can you offer your experience, skills, and passion for all things cultural to the intercultural field? Join SIETAR USA leadership and make your mark! SIETAR USA is particularly looking to instill greater diversity in its leadership and initiatives which, in turn, will make for an even more dynamic and welcoming organization moving forward. Please join us!

You have until October 4th to submit your nomination. Don't miss this opportunity to serve. Click here for more information. 

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Marketing Your Cross-Cultural Business 

Val Bath
SIETAR USA's Fall Webinar Series kicks off on Wednesday, October 10 from 11:00 am to 12:30 PM ET. This virtual seminar provides a forum to discuss how to grow your business and clientele in the cross-cultural field. Valerie Bath of Cultural Business Consulting will provide an overview of her experiences related to the following questions:

  • “Who are our clients?”
  • “Why do they need our services?”
  • “Where are the best places to reach our clients?”
  • “What are effective marketing strategies to promote cross-cultural services?"
  • “What are the best networking and continuing education recommendations?”  

Registration is free for SIETAR USA members and $25 for non-members.
Register now

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Walk the Talk: Saturday Seminar

The inaugural SIETAR USA Saturday Seminar
Organized by SIETAR USA and SIETAR Minnesota

The first in a series of full-day seminars presented by SIETAR USA and SIETAR Minnesota offers exciting speakers on an important topic: Polarization. If you are wondering what they might talk about here are some clues:

Bill DohertyBill Doherty opens the day with his keynote address. He says, "Our growing partisan divide is paralyzing government and dividing families and communities." In his presentation he will describe the sources and scope of polarization and offer lessons from his work with Better Angels, an initiative that is bring together "reds" and "blues" to find new ways to talk to one another, participate in public life and influence the direction of the nation.

Shannon Murphy RobinsonShannon Murphy Robinson who specializes in the neuroscience of diversity & inclusion and cultural agility will build on the role that the brain plays in polarization and how to work with the brain to bridge the us/them divide. She has been a frequent SIETAR USA Conference presenter and recently published a book, The Neuroscience of Inclusion: New Skills for New Times.

Karen LokkesmoeKaren Lokkesmoe will highlight ways that cultural value frameworks can contribute to misunderstandings, conflict, and polarization. How can we seek a deeper understanding of these concepts so that we can utilize them to recognize and circumvent polarizing attitudes from developing? Further, how can we utilize them to defuse polarizing attitudes that do arise?

Nagesh RhoNagesh Rho will draw upon his extensive experience in education, healthcare, and business contexts to share strategies for effectively bridging differences. Knowing they exist and recognizing their potential sources is only part of the issue. The session focuses on what's next.

Saumya PantSaumya Pant will similarly focus on strategies that one can use for diffusing polarization within a social context. She will apply her expertise in interpersonal communication by demonstrating how stories can create dialogue and be powerful agents of change in highly divisive societies.

Holly EmertHolly Emert, President of SIETAR USA, will wrap up the day with a synthesis of key topics and strategies allowing each participant to consider how they might integrate the context of the day in their own lives and work.

In addition to exciting speakers, a dynamic design provides extensive interaction throughout the day. The morning starts with Bill Doherty's keynote address for which everyone is in the same room. This is followed by two plenaries featuring Shannon Murphy Robinson in one room and Karen Lokkesmoe in another. You'll attend one, but will hear what happened in the other plenary in small, mixed groups when everyone gathers in the large room again to review and discuss what each of the plenaries brings to our understanding of polarization. The morning ends with a large group discussion led by Bill Doherty, the keynote speaker. After lunch, the process is repeated with plenaries by Nagesh Rao and Saumya Pant where they will both dig deeper into the practicalities of addressing polarization, followed by small group then large group discussions. The program ends with a wrap up by Holly Emert, the SIETAR USA President. Sound good? We are going to provide a road map of the process so you will always know what comes next.

Registration is $115 for SIETAR USA members, $150 for non-members, and $75 for students.
Register now

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Saturday Seminar Student Scholarships

Saturday, November 17, 2018 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Walk the Talk: Achieving Civility and Respect in Times of Polarization

SIETAR USA and SIETAR Minnesota are happy to announce four full student scholarships for the SIETAR Saturday Seminar to be held on November 17, 2018 at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Two scholarships are provided from the local SIETAR-MN group and two from SIETAR-USA. Each scholarship recipient will be awarded a free registration for the event (a $75 value at the student rate, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch in addition to the day of programming.) If you are curious about how to achieve civility and respect during these times of polarization, we invite you to apply to join us for this full day of professional and personal development.

Click here for more information about the seminar!
Full or part-time students studying in a graduate or undergraduate program with a focus on intercultural communication, international business, global studies, political science, or related field are encouraged to apply for the scholarships.
Application Process
Applying for the student scholarship is easy! Just email the following information to SIETAR Minneapolis at
Cell phone number
In addition to the above, please provide a brief response (about 500 words) to the following questions: 
  • What do you think is the importance of intercultural competence in your field of study and as related to your career goals?
  • How do you think the SIETAR Saturday Seminar will contribute to your professional development?
Important Dates
Deadline for submitting application: October 17, 2018
Notification of scholarship award: November 1, 2018

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News from SIETAR USA Local Groups

Craig StortiSIETAR DC hosted its first event of the fall on Thursday, September 27th on the campus of George Washington University in Washington, DC. Over 50 professionals and students attended to hear intercultural communications expert Craig Storti discuss his new book, Why Travel Matters: A Guide to the Life-Changing Effects of Travel. It was a great success!

SIETAR Minnesota's next meeting is scheduled for October 16. The topic is Five Things You Probably Don't Know About Russia. We will call upon the Cultural Detective framework to explore Russian value lenses and explore an another aspect of facilitating intercultural development with this powerful tool.

For more information on starting or joining a local group, please contact

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Thought You Should Know

October 8 - Columbus Day
October 8 - Thanksgiving [Canada]
October 9 - Navaratri
October 12-13 - SIETAR Polska Congress - Keynote speaker is SIETAR USA's Tatyana Fertelmeyster
October 15 - IAIR Biennial Conference Call for Papers Early Submission
October 16 - Minnesota Local Group Meeting: Five Things You Probably Do Not Know About Russia
October 18 - Dussehra
October 26-28 - SIETAR Russia and SIETAR Europa East and West Bridges Event
November 16 - International Day for Tolerance
November 17 - SIETAR USA Saturday Seminar Series
November 20 - Mawlid Un Nabi
November 22 - Thanksgiving
April 26-28 - Families in Global Transitions Annual Conference
July 7-10 - International Academy for Intercultural Research Biennial Conference
July 10-26 - Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication
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