SUSA News October, 2016

Dear Global Movers and Shakers,

The month of October is the eve of our national conference in Tulsa Ok, November 9th and 12th. It is also the beginning of the count down to the 2016 Presidential Elections, as Super Tuesday is just one day before the launch of the conference.  We encourage all members to exercise their right to vote, as well as to plan accordingly when registering for the conference and planning travel.

Our conference is a wonderful venue for our members and guests to engage in dialogue about topics of interest to the Society, be they political in nature or otherwise. As a non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status, however, SIETAR USA as an organization does not have a political position, and will remain strictly non-partisan. Of course, we understand that the future of our country and global alliances are important to all of us, and so we look forward to discussing issues the context of the election and other settings which fall in the category of intercultural relations.

See you in November!

Patricia M Coleman

SIETAR USA President


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Early Bird Rate Extended


Just in case you're still trying to decide to join us in Tulsa for the SIETAR USA 2016 Conference, there's one last day to take advantage of the lowest possible conference fees.  Register by Thursday, October 6.

Once you Register don't forget to:

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So Much

to Choose From...

As an organization that has been running very successful conferences for the last 15 years, SIETAR USA prides itself on offering a great variety of topics and high quality of presenters. The offering of nearly 70 concurrent sessions for 2016 is no exception. From interactive poster sessions to workshops by leading experts to a new session format of TED style talks, you will be able to actively engage with presenters and other conference attendees.  Just take a look...

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The Fun We'll Have


Wednesday, November 9th - Welcoming Reception with a surprise performance that will speak to one of the many stories of the people of Oklahoma.  With the 2016 theme being, "Intercultural Stories of Disconnection: Insights into the Polarization of People and Places," what better way to start the conference than by sharing a Tulsa story of disconnection in the worse way. Join us for drinks, refreshments and entertainment as we welcome you to the 16th annual SIETAR USA conference.                                           

Thursday, November 10th - A special evening storytelling performance by actor and storyteller, Leila Buck.  Leila will delight us, challenge us, compel us and invite us into her story and facilitate a talk-back following.

Friday, November 11th - "Ain't no party like a SUSA party, 'cause a SUSA party don't stop!" Grab your dancing shoes and limber up because at the Friday evening Gala and Awards Ceremony, after honoring notable SIETARians, we will dance the night away to the finger snapping, toe tapping, rump shaking music of Charlie Redd and the Full Flava Kings.  It's an evening you won't want to miss!

Saturday, November 12th - Just because the conference is over, doesn't mean that the learning stops.  Join us on a walking tour of the Historical Greenwood District, the location of the infamous 1921 Race Riot and the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park.  Greenwood was known as the Black Wall Street, so named by Booker T. Washington, the 35-block Greenwood District became a prosperous center for black commerce in the early 1900s, housing more than 300 black-owned businesses including hotels, theaters, restaurants and much more.  Come and gain insight to this local story of the polarization of people and place.

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in Tulsa

 Immediately following this year's SIETAR USA conference in Tulsa, OK, Cultural Detective will be offering certification for their program. Past President of SIETAR USA, Tatyana Fertelmeyster explains the many benefits of attending the conference and the opportunities that can be realized by taking advantage of Cultural Detective certification. Click here for more information and to register:

Tatyana Fetermeyster, the program facilitator, explains...


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Payment for What?

I have put a significant amount of time into a complicated training program.  After having conducted a needs analysis, many interviews, and written a draft training program, I received an email from the person responsible for hiring me at the client organization saying that his budget had been cut and he would not be able to have me conduct the training or make a payment at the present time.  He nonetheless asked that I provide a draft copy of my training program.

I thought I was clear that the costs of developing the design and materials were part of the total package.

What provision(s) of the Living Code apply in this Incident?:

What should be done?

A.    Withhold the draft of my training program until he can pay for all of my work and expenses to date?
B.    Give it to him this time, and next time ask for partial payment upfront before starting work?
C.    How to maintain a good relationship with this potential client?

To provide feedback and join the discussion, click here.

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Thought You

 Should Know...

"Cultural Heritage:  How Intangible and Tangible Culture
has Created and Shaped Australian and Global Culture"
November 24-25, 2016, Sydney

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"Applying Research to Improve Intercultural Relations"

The International Academy for Intercultural Research Conference
10th Biennial Conference
Staten Island, New York
June 25-29, 2017

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Three brilliant speakers will offer us insights into the disconnection and polarization of people and places.  Their scholarship and lived experiences will enhance our knowledge and encourage our work.

Thursday, November 10

Dr. Shakti Butler


Friday, November 11

Brenda Toineeta Pipestem


Saturday, November 12

John (Jack) Condon

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Master Workshops

Wednesday, November 9

Our 2016 Master Workshops are organized into a 4-track framework.  Each track includes two coordinated workshops.  The 8 workshops relate to 4 themes:  (1) Diversity/Inclusion; (2) Consulting and Coaching:  Best Practices; (3) Trainig Design and Facilitation of Fames and Experiential Exercises; and (4) Insights into Polarization.

Click here to view the Master Workshops being offered.


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Why Tulsa?

Curious about Tulsa and why it was selected
for this year's conference? 
Click below to find out

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Our 2015 Sponsors:


Special Sponsors



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