SIETAR USA Webinar Series

Dedicated to providing continuing professional education opportunities, the Webinar Series from SIETAR USA features leading practitioners working in key areas of intercultural and DEIB theory and practice.

The depth and diversity of the webinars is designed to grow your knowledge base and to provide a positive impact on your work in the ever-evolving professional landscape. The Webinar Series is just one example of  SIETAR USA’s commitment to support transformational growth and intercultural understanding through professional interchange with a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and social justice.


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WEBINAR: Intercultural Pendulum: A Practical Model for Turbulent Times

September 14, 2022 - 11:30 am-1:00 pm (US Eastern)


Sundae Schneider Bean, Intercultural Strategist, Transformation Facilitator, and Solution-Oriented Coach

Dr. Kris Acheson-Clair, Director of Purdue University’s Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research (CILMAR)

Several years ago, Kris and Sundae proposed that mapping the orientations of the Intercultural Development Continuum onto a pendulum would address many of the critiques aimed at the model by scholars and practitioners (Acheson & Schneider-Bean, 2019).

They illustrated how external forces (magnets) pull us towards too much focus on difference and too much focus on similarities in various contexts and how intentional strategies (anchors) can help us resist those pulls to develop and maintain intercultural competence.

In this session, Sundae and Kris will explicate the intercultural pendulum, providing opportunities for applications to participants’ experiences.

The focus will then shift to insights the pendulum offers to life in a pandemic era and politically polarized time.

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About the Presenters

Sundae Schneider-Bean

Sundae Schneider-Bean is an intercultural strategist and multi-certified coach. For almost a decade, her location-independent business has served individuals and world-class organizations from over 60 countries across six continents. Sundae’s mission is to help clients achieve ambitious goals while navigating transition. She leads several online groups with thousands of members and hosts the popular weekly podcast IN TRANSIT with Sundae Bean. Formerly known as Expat Happy Hour, it has enjoyed a top 5% global rank for five years straight. Sundae is also the founder of Wisdom Fusion and Expat Coach Coalition. Find out more here:

Kris Acheson-Clair

Kris Acheson-Clair earned her PhD in Intercultural Communication from Arizona State University. At Purdue University, Dr. Acheson directs the Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research (CILMAR) and holds a courtesy faculty position in the Brian Lamb School of Communication. Led by Dr. Acheson, CILMAR's staff works with faculty and staff at Purdue to embed intercultural learning across the curriculum and to produce cutting-edge intercultural research. CILMAR’s flagship program is the open access science gateway of resources for interculturalists, the Intercultural Learning Hub (

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