SUSA News September 2015: Master Workshops and Conference at a Glance

Dear SIETARIANS, Global Movers and Shakers,

The 2015 SIETAR USA Conference has so much to offer this year.  Amazing Master Workshops are available for you to attend to build and enhance the basket of your skillset.  There are eight workshops to choose from on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 4 in the morning from 8:00 to 12:00 and 4 in the afternoon from 1:00 - 5:00.  Which will you choose?

(Click here for workshop details
and speaker bio)

  Challenge in Policing Diverse  
[AM 1]
  Elmer Dixon, President,
  Executive Diversity Services

  Expanding Happiness: Evidence
  Based Tools for Expanding Well-    being, Vitality and Engagement [AM 2]
  Veronique Killian, Founder,Young SIETAR

  Seamless Facilitation for
  Intercultural Competency
[AM 3]
  Tatyana Fertelmeyster, Founder and
  Principal, Connecting Differences:
  Training, Consulting, Facilitation, Coaching

  The Neuroscience of Inclusion:  
  Expanding Competencies to Work  
  Effectively Across Differences
[AM 4}
  Shannon Murphy Robinson, M.A., Co-  
  Founder, BrainSkills@Work, LLC

  Talkin’ Bout My  
  Generation: The Role
  of Intercultural  
  Competence in the
  Millennial Dialogue

Oana Amaria, Consultant, Language & Culture Worldwide, LLC and Tamara Thorpe, Life Guide, Leadership Expert & Organization Development Consultant, The Millenials Mentor

  The Global Entrepreneur: Boosting
  your Business
[PM 2]
  Patricia Coleman, Founder and Principal
  Consultant, A-Z World Connections, Inc. ,
  and current President, SIETAR- USA

  Building the Intersection between
  Domestic and Global Competence
   [PM 3]
  Janet Bennett, Executive Director,  
  Intercultural Communication Institute

  Religion, Faith, and the Practice of
  Intercultural Communication
[PM 4]
  George Renwick, President, Renwick &

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Conference at a Glance:
Here’s your opportunity to learn, grow and vacation with family at The Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Orlando, Florida for SIETAR-USA’s 15th Anniversary from October 14-17, 2015.

  • Certification Workshop: October 10-11 and October 12. Certification is offered for the IES - Intercultural Effectiveness Scale, and the GCI - Global Competencies Inventory.
  • Concurrent sessions to expand your ideas and network with new and familiar friends, colleagues, and pioneers in the intercultural field.
  • Master Workshops: Oct 14
    Patricia M Coleman, Elmer Dixon, Janet Bennett, George Renwick, PhD,  Veronique Killian, Tatyana Fertelmeyster,  Shannon Murphy Robinson, M.A.,
    Oana Amaria and Tamara Thorpe. 
  • Keynote Speakers:
    El pagnier “EK” Hudson, Amer F. Ahmed, Ernest Gundling, Ph.D
  • Morning Wellness Events: Attend a yoga or Zumba Dance
  • Disney Epcot International Food and Wine Festival: October 17th
  • For Family and Friends accompanying you: Beautiful hotel rooms, 2 pools (water park & adult pool) with poolside SandBar, tropical garden and waterfall in the atrium, 6 restaurants, shopping, an alligator aquarium (you are invited to watch the feedings!), supervised kids’ activities, a luxurious spa, fitness center, shuttle to the nearby Disney Parks 

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While You're Away (at Sessions), Families Will Play
SIETAR-USA's 15th Annual Conference at the magnificent Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center will offer amazing fun opportunities for interculturalists, their families, and little ones alike. While their parents are busy taking advantage of informative sessions and networking activities, their little global citizens can take advantage of the Gaylord Palm's many family friendly amenities.


For more information about the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center family friendly amenities, click here.

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Roommate Connection
For those travelers who need help affording the nightly hotel rate, the conference organizers have arranged for a room-mate connection to help attendees share the costs. To connect you with potential roommate(s) in the conference hotel and shared rides, please send an email to with “Roommate & Ride Connection” in the subject line for further information by September 23, 2015.  


Elsewhere in SIETAR-USA...

Nominations Being Accepted
The 2015 Margaret D. Pusch Founders Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated commitment and service to the intercultural relations field.  (Click here to view the full criteria.)  Nominations will close September 15, 2015 at 11:59 pm eastern standard  time (NYC). Nominations should be emailed to

Members of any SIETAR around the globe are eligible for nomination for the award. Candidates must be nominated by someone other than themselves. The nomination requires support from a minimum of two other individuals who can speak to the individuals intercultural work and service. Nominations and supporting information must be provided in a written format.

The Selection Committee, comprised of Christopher Deal, Tatyana Fertelmeyster, Sandy Fowler and Kelli McLoud-Schingen, will review the nominees and make a decision. The successful nominee will be notified a month prior to the SIETAR Annual Conference that will be held October 14-17, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. 

For questions please contact:


September 15
Nominations due for
Margaret D. Pusch
Founders Award

September 16:   
Early Bird
Discount Ends

September 16:
Hotel Room
Discount Ends

September 16:


September 23

October 10-11
GCI Certification
IES Certification

October 14:

October 14:
Silent Auction 
Items Submitted

October 15
Dine Around

October 15:
El pagnier
Hudson Keynote

October 16:
Amer F. Ahmed

October 17:
Ernest Gundling,
Ph.D. Keynote 


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