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The SIETAR USA 2019 Master Workshops!

10 Jun 2019 7:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Have you checked out the Master Workshops for the 2019 conference? Registration is opening soon so be prepared to reserve your spot in your top-choice workshop!

Presenting: The SIETAR USA 2019 Master Workshops!

Master Workshops have been a highlight of the SIETAR USA conferences since the beginning. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from leaders in the intercultural and diversity and inclusion fields who have special expertise in their topic and represent the best for their subject—who also run a very fine workshop. This is your chance to experience these experts in action, up close, and personal! You will have direct access to respected leaders—professionals in the field. The workshops offer an intensive learning experience, focused on compelling topics. These workshops provide professional development opportunities for interculturalists of all levels of experience and they connect you with people who share your passion right from the start.

These pre-conference workshops are all on Wednesday, 30 October. The 2019 list of Master Workshops is especially impressive. To get the full flavor of the Master Workshops, you can see pictures of the presenters and read the descriptions of the workshops and bios of the workshop leaders, by going to the SIETAR USA website conference page. When you hover over information, Master Workshops come up as an option. Click there! Here is a taste of what you will find in the list:


1. Daniel Yalowitz: The Game’s the Thing and It’s Meaning is in The Debriefing. In this highly experiential master workshop, we’ll focus on the two primary aspects of play as a form and forum for community and teambuilding: the game and the debrief.  Both are ideal and essential as elements of bringing groups of people together to enable greater cooperation, collaboration, and deeper connection with one another and their respective organizations, teams, and work units. 

2. Farzana Nayani: Going Beyond Intercultural Awareness: Making Deep Impact in Your IC Practice and D&I Practice through an Equity Lens. Are you a diversity educator, intercultural trainer, cross-cultural consultant, or a leader within an organization, and are wondering if you are making a real difference beyond cultural awareness? Through self-reflection exercises, discussion, and a sharing of best practices, this session will allow you to explore your vision for your work, address challenges, and advance a path forward utilizing an equity lens.

3. Randy Stieghorst: Business Skills for Independent Interculturalists and Small Business Owners.  This master workshop will focus on developing the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully manage the business side of (a) being a self-employed interculturalist and/or (b) running a small business that provides professional services. The facilitator, Randall Stieghorst, will leverage his 18 years of experience managing Language & Culture Worldwide (LCW) to explore such topics as: marketing, pricing, contracts, collaboration, technology, and strategy.

4. George Renwick: Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King:  Outstanding Examples of Intercultural Competence. What enabled each of them to be uniquely effective? What were the sources of their courage, commitment, creativity, and profound impact? In this workshop you will watch Mother Teresa and Dr. King, listen to them, learn from them, and learn from each other. We will discuss and clarify the personal qualities and professional capabilities that were essential to their extraordinary effectiveness. Then we will consider the most important implications for our own professional development and intercultural practice.


5. Basma Ibrahim DeVries & Jon DeVries:  Interactions and Intersections: Experiential Activities for Intercultural and Inclusion Work. In these polarized times, interculturalists need to expand their toolkits to assist participants in understanding, truly appreciating, actively engaging, and ultimately, bridging and leveraging their differences. Fostering equity and inclusion requires heightened identity awareness, greater cultural sensitivities, and refined skills to bridge differences. This highly interactive session will engage you in several unique intercultural learning activities (related to diverse communication styles, cultural values and dimensions, barriers to inclusion) including discussion of adaptations for specific training goals.

6. Soumaya Khalifa: Growing and Developing Diverse Leaders: Practical Model for Companies, Organizations and Communities. Empowering is a very popular idea and it is a tricky one. How do you do it in a way that does not feel like a top-down action done from a position of a well-meaning but unexamined privilege?    Developing leadership skills within underprivileged or marginalized populations has been a challenge for many groups and organizations.  This workshop will introduce you to a tried and true model of leadership development that can be immediately applied in diverse environments and communities, while engaging diverse participants in building their leadership capacity together.  Using the model developed and perfected by the extremely successful Islamic Speakers Bureau Leadership Institute (ISBLI) of Atlanta, GA, the workshop will explore how leadership programs are created, implemented and evaluated. 

7. Mary Meares: Developing Your Intercultural Career. What skills do you have, what skills do you want to develop, and how does that fit within the range of intercultural work? What about your knowledge, needs, passions, complications, and constraints? This workshop will help both beginning and more experienced interculturalists think about how to move forward in public, nonprofit, and private sector contexts, as an employee or as an independent consultant. This workshop is NOT a comprehensive overview of all options of intercultural work, although many options will be discussed (and handouts will describe many of the “typical” options), but rather a chance to interactively assess your current self, build a set of goals, and strategically develop plans for reaching your short-term and long-term goals.

8. George Renwick: Creative Coaching: An Advanced Workshop. Globalization has changed dramatically many organizations. The consequences: Many key people in these organizations must now communicate and collaborate every day with colleagues whose priorities, expectations and ways of interacting are deeply different from their own.  These cultural divides in organizations now can cost people their jobs. These cultural divides can destroy the organization. New interventions are necessary and coaching is one. But standard ways of coaching, often, are no longer effective.

During recent years, George has been experimenting with a variety of new ways of coaching, ways that are situation specific and culturally competent.  The results of these experiments have sometimes been surprising (and usually very positive). In 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. During the workshop, the participants can consider creative, uniquely effective ways to conduct their coaching in their own challenging situation.

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