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15 Mar 2021 4:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Announcing a Correction of Dates for the 2021 Conference. In the switch from 2020 to 2021 contract with the hotel we mistakenly noted the dates of the conference as Oct 7-10, when in actuality the dates are October 8-11, Friday to Monday. The conference will conclude midday on Monday, the 11th to allow time for people to catch return flights if they wish. Please make note of the change. Our apologies for the confusion, but hopefully it is early enough to not cause any disruption in your planning.

The basic conference schedule will be as follows:

  • Friday, October 8: Master Workshops during the day; the Opening Ceremony followed by a Welcome Reception
  • Saturday, October 9: Opening Keynote and concurrent sessions with evening program 
  • Sunday, October 10: Concurrent sessions and Gala Dinner in the evening
  • Monday, October 11: Concurrent sessions and closing session

More details on events taking place during the conference will be forthcoming as planning continues. Stay tuned!

The 2021 SIETAR USA Conference CFP is now OPEN.

You can find all the details and the Guidelines for submitting your proposal on the conference webpage at: https://www.sietarusa.org/2021CFP.

The conference team has been working hard and the plans are really starting to take shape. But, as always, YOU make the conference. Our presenters are the soul of the conference. Take a look at all the exciting ways you can contribute and get your proposal ready to submit by the Priority deadline on April 30th.

We look forward to seeing you in Omaha!!

Meet the Conference Chairs

Introducing the Conference Leadership Team. We are delighted to introduce you to the 2021 SIETAR National Conference Chairs: Dr. Helen Fagan and Thorunn Bjarnadottir.  Both women bring a wealth of experience and expertise as well as passion for SIETAR USA and are working hard with their amazing conference team to bring you a fabulous conference in October.

Dr. Helen Abdali Soosan Fagan

“As an Iranian-born American, I was raised with a strong sense of hospitality. I am excited to welcome you all to Nebraska, and invite you into conversation about the important intersection between DEI and Intercultural work. Additionally, I’m excited to connect with friends who have been singing the praises of SIETAR for as long as I’ve known them.”

Dr. Fagan is a Leadership, Diversity, and Inclusion scholar and practitioner. She is the founder of Global Leadership Group, which provides consulting and leadership coaching to organizations, communities, and executives in the field of Diversity, Inclusion, Cultural Competence and becoming an Inclusive Leader. Since 2018, Fagan has been a faculty member and program lead for the Inclusive Community Leadership Fellows program at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Helen has a passion for inclusiveness and developing the potential in others and is looking forward to putting that expertise to work in designing the 2021 SIETAR USA Conference.

Thorunn Bjarnadottir, M.A.

“As an Icelandic-born American, I grew up in one of the smallest countries in the world and I have been attracted to ideas that help people work across cultures ever since I left my native home. SIETAR is a great place to be with people who both develop theories and those who practice this work daily. You come back from SIETAR with a renewed sense of hope for our world.”

Ms. Bjarnadottir is an experienced cross-cultural trainer with over 20 years’ experience in cultural competency development within higher education, global leadership development, and the facilitation of the Intercultural Development Inventory, Cultural Detective, and Personal Leadership. Intercultural learning and leadership development are her passion; she never tires of teaching people to leverage cultural differences as it truly creates original and creative outcomes. She is the former Director of Intercultural Education at the University of Minnesota, International Student and Scholar Services and has prepared countless University students to work in a more interconnected global world. Thorunn looks forward to bringing all these skills and experiences to her work as Conference Co-Chair to ensure the best possible conference experience for everyone.

Please check out the video interview with Helen and Thorunn here.

You can also find more complete BIOs on the Conference Website under Meet the Conference Co-Chairs.

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