2015 Conference Theme: Expanding Intercultural Horizons -
Competencies for a Diverse and Global Workforce

You don’t want to miss the SIETAR-USA 15th Anniversary Celebration! This is not your average SIETAR-USA conference—from the venue to the value of professional development opportunities—this is the one you won’t want to miss. Register now!

6 Reasons to Come to the SIETAR-USA 2015 Conference

    Come prepared to expand your horizons in many ways: professional and personal development; networking with new and familiar friends, colleagues, and pioneers in the intercultural field; and expanding ideas for new techniques for training, coaching, consulting, educating and influencing. All this can be found in the refreshing, multicultural, entertaining, warm and sunny embrace of the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Orlando, and Florida!

    Come for the learning! The concurrent sessions include a wide range of intercultural topics relevant to many professions and stages of careers. In addition to presentations, workshops and discussions, you’ll learn from poster sessions, renowned keynote speakers from an array of industries, and Master Workshops provided by leaders in the field of intercultural communication and other disciplines. No matter how you design your conference experience, you are bound to leave refreshed and renewed.

    For many, the best part of attending the conference is the chance to network and get to know the individuals who make up our diverse intercultural community. There will be many occasions for mixing and mingling during the conference, including the Opening Ceremony & Welcome Reception, lunches, coffee breaks, Thursday night’s Dine-Around followed by storytelling during Open Mic night, a chance to share our intercultural adventures and insights, and our Friday night SIETAR-USA 15th Anniversary Awards Celebration Party – tickets are included in this year’s registration price so ALL will be there!

    The SIETAR-USA conference is not only an event that allows people to learn about cutting-edge topics but is also a meeting place of people who care about how culture plays a role in daily life. Whether you are a long-time SIETAR-USA member or if this is your first experience with the organization, please plan to join us in sunny, multicultural Orlando, Florida this October!
  2. The Master Workshop selection for 2015 is exceptionally strong, and includes something for everyone. You are sure to find a workshop (or two) that meets your professional development needs. Whether your interests are  the intersection of domestic and global competence, challenges in policing diverse communities, developing your global business, , the spiritual dimensions of intercultural work,  intergenerational understanding, the neuroscience of inclusion, or other topics, we invite you to enroll in a morning and/or afternoon Master Workshop to explore several topics in greater depth.
  3. The Keynote Speakers this year include strong intercultural business leaders and social justice advocates. Whether you need to learn about “Leading Across New Borders” or “Intercultural Social Justice”, our keynote speakers won’t disappoint. This year’s slate of keynote speakers are:

    Thursday, October 15

    El pagnier Hudson
    Title: “Leadership Across Cultural Boundaries”
    Assistant Vice President, Human Resources at
    Florida International University

    Friday, October 16

    Amer F. Ahmed  
    Title: “Intercultural Social Justice”
    Director, Intercultural Center at Swarthmore College

    Saturday, October 17

    Ernest Gundling, Ph.D. Title: "Leading Across New Borders"
    Managing Partner and co-Founder of Aperian Global

  4. Certification Workshops will be offered this year for attendees’ further professional development with some of SIETAR-USA’s well-known sponsors and partners. The workshops will be held immediately before or after the conference at the same venue or nearby. To receive information about certification offerings, click here to sign up to receive conference updates.
  5. Our spectacular setting for this year’s 15th Anniversary Celebration & Annual Conference is the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center. Everything you could want is all in one place – conference sessions and events, beautiful hotel rooms, two pools (water park & adult pool) with poolside SandBar, tropical garden and waterfall in the atrium, six 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, all for an excellent, discounted room rate for  SIETAR-USA attendees who reserve their room and register by the Early Bird Deadline of Sept. 16th. There’s no need to stay anywhere else! Friends and families welcome!
  6. Best Priced Conference
    At a fraction of the cost of other conference options (ATD, NAFSA, SHRM), the SIETAR USA conference provides a great ROI!

We look forward to celebrating SIETAR-USA’s 15th Anniversary with you in Orlando, Florida, October 14-17, 2015. See you there!

Genienne Navarro and Chad Beyer
2015 SIETAR-USA Conference Co-Chairs

The Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR-USA) is an organization that brings together people from many different cultural and professional backgrounds to explore how culture plays a role in their work and daily life. We engage in research related to cultural dimensions of interactions between and among individuals, organizations and political entities; continually search for and provide avenues to effective relations across cultures; and work with students and others to expand worldviews and build skills for successful global citizenship.

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The 2015 conference theme:
Expanding Intercultural Horizons: Competencies for a Diverse and Global Workforce

The Call For Proposals is now closed. Thank you very much for your excellent submissions. Our committee is working hard to review all proposals, and we will be sending out notifications as soon as possible.

Register early to get the SIETAR-USA discount for the conference registration and hotel.

Conference Overview

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Masters Workshops: These are pre-conference intensive 4-hour workshops delivered by master interculturalists. Choose a morning workshop and/or an afternoon workshop.

Newcomer’s Session: If you are new to SIETAR-USA or to our annual conference, or just want to get an introduction and overview of the conference, please join us for our Newcomer’s Session, which will be held before the conference opening event on Wednesday, October 14, from 5:15 to 6:00pm. We look forward to welcoming you!

Conference Kick-off: The official Conference Opening and Welcome Reception will be held Wednesday evening, following a full day of Master Workshops. The evening will begin with the Opening Ceremony for conference introductions and overview, followed by a welcome reception in the tropical garden atrium of the resort, with entertainment by a local multicultural dance group.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Morning wellness events:  Each morning before the conference, yoga class will be offered by a certified instructor for those who enjoy a gentle wake-up, and Zumba Dance will also be available for those attendees who like to hit the ground running, Latin style!

Keynotes, Concurrent Sessions, Workshops, Poster Sessions, coffee breaks and a delicious lunch with lots of variety.

Dine Around: Enjoy dinner and conversation with your fellow conference attendees at your choice of several area restaurants at the hotel or in Downtown Disney. A list of selected restaurants will be available at the conference. To ensure adequate transportation and accurate reservation numbers, please sign up no later than noon on Thursday, Oct. 15.

Open Mic Night - A Story Sharing EventOne of the favorite parts of intercultural gatherings is hearing each other’s adventures, mishaps and subsequent insights - sharing our stories.  Join us for a night of story sharing as we laugh together, get to know each other and expand our horizons.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Morning wellness:  See description above.

Keynotes, Concurrent Sessions, Workshops, Poster Sessions, coffee breaks and a delicious lunch with lots of variety.

Town Hall Meeting with the SIETAR-USA Board of Directors: Here’s your chance to learn more about, and participate in, the work of this dedicated and inclusive intercultural society. Last year featured Chinese Rap with audience participation. What will happen this year?

15th Anniversary Celebration Party: Celebrate 15 years of SIETAR-USA with a night filled with international music and dance, food and fun. Join in the Latin dance steps, with guidance from professional dancers, and world music for all tastes and levels of participation! . Tickets are included in the registration fee!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Morning wellness:  See description above.

Keynotes, Concurrent Sessions, Workshops, Poster Sessions, coffee breaks and a delicious lunch with lots of variety.

Conference Closing Ceremony
Wrap up this transformative event with our final gathering and culmination of learning, acknowledging all who helped make it possible. Leave with your plan to apply the learning in your daily work, and your ideas for continuing the professional growth and relationships you’ve developed during the conference.