The 2019 National Conference of SIETAR USA is now history. For this conference we used a banner that showed people’s hands reaching for the sky and the quotation that accompanied it was from Nelson Mandela: “It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it.” When the conference started, it had a structure, a platform that we put in the hands of the 167 participants. They made it sing—lots of energy and exciting sessions, inspiring speakers, new ideas as a result of coming together in Atlanta.
Matt Hogan, martial arts instructor and founder of MoveMe Quotes, has written that “one of our basic desires as humans is the desire to feel as though we are a part of something greater than ourselves. It’s our desire to feel as though we have contributed, that we have given back, and that we have made a difference in the world – so that we may find comfort in the way we have lived our life.”
I think that the success of every SIETAR USA conference is based on connection. Connecting with like-minded people who understand without explanation, are truly interested in what you have to say. We have all chosen the intercultural path in our work and there are times when it is a lonely one as we are challenged by clients, students