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

October 9, is the final day for on-line registrations. The 2015 SIETAR-USA Conference registration table will be open starting at 4:00 PM, Tuesday, October 13 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Conference Center, Orlando, Florida. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

For the 2015 SIETAR-USA Conference Booklet with the latest information on the session schedule, conference highlights, and much more, CLICK HERE

For detailed decriptions of the sessions and presenters' bios, CLICK HERE

Our 15th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Conference offers over 100 intercultural presentations, workshops, panels, poster sessions, experiential learning activities, and Master Workshops, as well professional networking opportunities, Wednesday night Welcome Ceremony and Reception, exhibition hall including materials and services, Thursday evening Corporate HR Dialog, Dine Around, Open Mic Night, Friday night Anniversary Celebration (ticket included in registration!), and a SIETAR savings for the Disney Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Saturday night! Don't miss this great opportunity to learn, share and enjoy! Bring the family and make it a vacation - there's so much to enjoy in Orlando for the whole family!

Hotel rooms at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center at our special SIETAR-USA discounted rate are going fast! Reserve your room today.

The Concurrent and Poster Session Schedule is now available!

The Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR) is the premier intercultural professional development association. SIETAR-USA is an affiliate of a network of SIETARs around the globe. Our conference in Orlando FL, October 14-17, 2015 brings together professionals from many countries, ethnicities and industries for collaborative learning and stimulating exchange of ideas to contribute to our own intercultural competency, and to support our clients, trainees, and students as they forward in their intercultural skills, awareness and knowledge. Through presentations, poster sessions, master workshops, keynotes, informal discussions, sharing meals, and visiting our exhibitors, advertisers and sponsors tables, (as well as luxuriating by the pool!) we explore topics such as Global Leadership, Talent Development & Retention, Diversity and Inclusion, Social Justice, Interfaith Dialogue, Study Abroad, International Exchange, Internationalization of Curriculum in Higher Education, Conflict Resolution, and Cultural Identity. We welcome you to be a part of this fascinating exchange, and bring back valuable ideas, strategies and techniques to expand the intercultural horizons of you and your associates!

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 "EK" Hudson
    Title: “Tendaji:  Making Things Happen Where YOU Are!”
    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: The Intercultural Communication Institute and the Kozai Group will hold two certification workshops on October 10-11 and October 12, just before the conference, at the same venue as the conference. Certification is offered for the IES - Intercultural Effectiveness Scale, and the GCI - Global Competencies Inventory. For further information, please click this link: Kozai IES and GCI Certification Program
  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

Genienne Navarro   Chad Beyer

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.

For a schedule and detailed descriptions of our Featured Panels, Interactive Poster Sessions, Concurrent Sessions, Artistic and Film Sessions, and for information about our session presenters, click here.

Pre-Conference Event: Certification Workshop
The Intercultural Communication Institute and the Kozai Group will hold two certification workshops on October 10-11 and October 12, just before the conference, at Gaylord Palms Hotel and Convention Center (the same venue as the conference). Certification is offered for the IES - Intercultural Effectiveness Scale, and the GCI - Global Competencies Inventory. For further information, including how to register for this certification workshop (registration for this Certification Workshop is SEPARATE from the conference registration), please click this link: Kozai IES and GCI  Certification Program

Corporate HR Dialog: The Bigger Picture - Interculturalists, Diversity & Inclusion Practioners and HR Professionals Share their Perspectives
As Interculturalists and Diversity and Inclusion Practioners we work with global and local HR partners on an ongoing basis. They are our main point of contact in many of the organizations we serve. However, in our daily interactions with our HR partners, we hardly ever have time to sit down and reflect on “bigger picture” questions. This dialog is an opportunity to step back and have a conversation about the challenges both sides face with regard to building competencies for a diverse and global workforce. Facilitated by Rita Wuebbeler.
WHEN: Thursday, October 15, 2015 – TIME: 6:30 to 8 pm
WHO: Corporate HR, Global Mobility and Diversity & Inclusion Practioners and attendees of the 15th Annual Sietar USA Conference
For more information, please contact: rwuebbeler@interglobeweb.net

Post Conference Event: Disney Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
Come for the meeting - stay for the Magic! When the conference ends at 4 PM Saturday, stay one more night so you can Taste Your Way Around The World! Enjoy an evening with your friends and colleagues at the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival. SIETAR-USA offers you a 40% discount on the tickets to Epcot for this fantastic international food festival and IllumiNations: Laser-Music-Fireworks extravaganza. Click here for more information.

Silvia Pangano Headshots by appointment Thursday and Friday
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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 or Zumba Dance will help you get your day off to a great start!

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.