Wednesday, October 7

These sessions are open to all conference attendees and are included in your registration!

9:00 am-10:30 am CT

"Mindfulness Practice for Intercultural and DEI Practitioners"
Presenter: Rita Wuebbler, President, Interglobe Cross-Cultural Business Services, Inc.

One of the most important job requirements for interculturalists and DEI practioners is the ability to become aware – of behaviors, attitudes, beliefs, habits and patterns – in oneself and in others. Mindfulness – or “paying attention” - is one of the ways to develop and sharpen this ability. This session will explore the practice of mindfulness as a means to increase awareness of the present moment thus becoming better at what we strive to do, i.e., build bridges and help create a more just and inclusive world.

By participating in this session, attendees will be able to

  • define the concepts of mindfulness and mindfulness practice
  • experience meditation as one way of practicing mindfulness and reflect about others
  • earn about the benefits of mindfulness practice at work and in one’s personal life
  • explore how to start and maintain a sustainable mindfulness practice

About Rita

Rita Wuebbeler, President of Interglobe Cross-Cultural Business Services, Inc. facilitates, trains and coaches individuals and groups in the areas of intercultural competency, DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion), leadership effectiveness, high-performance team development and mindfulness. She teaches Mindfulness at Work programs in-person and online to wide audiences helping participants be more intentional in their approach to work and personal life, stay calm and focused on their task at hand, reduce their stress level and improve their performance.

11:00am-12:30pm CT  

"Identifying & Developing Inclusive Behaviors: A Case Study with Assessments & Learning Interventions"
Chris Cartwright, MPA, Ed.D., associate w/ Aperian Global, CLI, icEdge, and The Kozai Group
Brett Parry, Founder, The Cultural Mentor

Individuals and organizations are faced with need and often even a stated desire to become more inclusive. They want to not only tolerate diverse peoples and perspectives, but fully engage themselves and the complex cultural contexts our interconnected world requires of them. But where to start? Exactly what behaviors and competencies are we looking for? What types of interventions are most impactful? How do we know, they know? These questions and more will be addressed in this workshop.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learners will learn what are inclusive behaviors are.
  • Learners will learn how to identify inclusive behaviors in themselves and others.
  • Learners will learn what intercultural competence is.
  • Learners will learn how to intercultural competence in themselves and others.
  • Learners will understand the essential linkage between inclusive behaviors and intercultural competence.
  • Learners will be able to interpret baseline assessment data to inform their instructional design.
  • Learners will become aware of a selection of intervention strategies, based on their assessment of individuals and organization capacity.

About Chris and Brett

Chris Cartwright is a consultant, supporting individuals and organizations in assessing and developing intercultural competence and global leadership and inclusive leadership capacity. He has over 40 years of experience managing programs in multiple sectors. He recently completed three book chapters, one on intercultural competence in international service-learning, one on inclusive leadership, and another on Global Leadership in Eastern Europe.  

Brett Parry is a cross-cultural consultant and facilitator, speaker, mentor and coach. At the Cultural Mentor, he leads a global network teaching better understand of cultural gaps and how to bridge them. Brett has a deep faith in the ability of the curious mind to navigate expanding global horizons, and believes the skills to do this can be taught with compassion, action and knowledge, all with an intentional plan to achieve high level personal and professional outcomes. Brett is a native of Australia living in the USA.

1:00pm - 2:30pm CT

"Mind, Mindfulness & the 3rd Pandemic of Mental Health"
Presenter: Dr. Mai Nguyen, Associate Professor, Amsterdam University of Applied Science

The COVID19 pandemic is leaving us vulnerable for another kind of pandemic: a mental health pandemic. This crisis is increasing as we are dealing with the consequences of lockdown, isolation, job loss, virtual work, remote schooling and much more. Mindfulness has been increasingly recognized as an effective tool and strategy to build resilience, compassion, open-mindedness, and good decision making – all traits that are needed for personal leadership, especially in a crisis.

This workshop will focus specifically on the neuroscience that underlines the effectiveness of mindfulness, especially in a crisis: why and how mindfulness can change the brain and regulate both its function and structure, and why mindfulness works, from the science point of view.

About Mai

Dr. Mai Nguyen (Mai Nguyen-Phuong-Mai) is Associate Professor at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. She is a teacher, researcher, and corporate trainer in intercultural communication, diversity and bias management, and organizational neuroscience. Dr. Mai Nguyen started her career as a journalist with fellowships at World Press Institute, BBC and Reuters. She now freelances for different media outlets, and is a frequent keynote speaker at major events such as Forbes Women's Summit, SIETAR, Culture and Brain Science, ELLTA, and more.

3:00pm - 4:30pm CT

"Community Organizing, COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter: One Minneapolis Neighborhood's Efforts to Speak Up and Keep the Peace"
Basma Ibrahim DeVries, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, Concordia University
Jon DeVries, Trainer & Consultant in Intercultural Competence, Team Building & Leadership Development

Living in a very social-justice-focused Minneapolis neighborhood, community-organizing efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic began in March. The initial focus: ‘Noon Noise’ ritual, front-porch picnics, email check-ins. Then, George Floyd was murdered 1 mile away, and organizing/support/advocacy efforts took new turns...Within days, our city was burning and the shift in community efforts was extraordinary, with neighbors at various stages in understanding racism/white-privilege/social-justice-activism, trying to help one another manage the anxiety and fear that came with the surrounding chaos - all while still dealing with the global pandemic.

From an intercultural perspective, it has been fascinating to participate and witness. Layers of complexities, simultaneously working through multiple pandemics, and truly challenging the "walk-the-talk" approach we try to follow as interculturalists.

About Basma and Jon

Basma Ibrahim DeVries, Ph. D., is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and conducts intercultural training workshops for educational and community groups.

Jon DeVries is a Trainer and Consultant specializing in Intercultural Competence, Team Building and Leadership Development.

pre-conference workshop - CLOSED!

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
11:00 am-2:00 pm (CT)

"One New Tip Could Make All the Difference: Virtual Training, Teaching & Presenting"
Presenter: Shelley Morrison, Founder-Consultant-Trainer-Facilitator, SMA

After 6 months working remotely, you may feel like a VP (Virtual Pro), but this workshop is even for you.  Whether you are preparing your SIETAR Conference presentation, or want to improve your effectiveness, evaluations and professional opportunities, join us.  It’s free!  Virtual is not going away.  In this session, we will explore the ongoing value of virtual skills as an asset, even when the in-person era returns.

During this 3-hours session, we will share key tools, tips and techniques for effective, engaging virtual training.  It will be hands-on.  We will convert a boring, corporate, in-person training program into a vibrant, interactive virtual one.  We will share triumphs and disasters with various virtual platforms and support each other in our learning.   

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Friends of SIETAR USA

Sandra M. Fowler

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