2014 Conference Theme: Pioneering Intercultural Leadership: From Awareness to Action

Our thanks to those of you who have already registered for the 2014 SIETAR-USA Conference. We will be welcoming walk-in attendees onsite at the conference Registration Desk.

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The Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR-USA) is an organization that brings together people from many different backgrounds to explore how culture plays a role in their work and daily life. The annual conference provides an opportunity for these individuals to learn from, and with, others in a way that increases participants’ understanding, skills, and knowledge of the field of intercultural relations.

The Master Workshop selection for 2014 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 in sustaining intercultural leadership, leading ethically, understanding the neuroscience of inclusion, or how to conduct training, become internal advocates, and leaders in your own organization in the field of diversity and inclusion, to name just a few topics, we invite you to enroll in more than one Master Workshop to explore several topics in greater depth.

The Keynote Speakers this year were selected to provide a diversity of perspectives to conference participants.  Dr. Paula Caligiuri, whose work on Cultural Agility in organizations has been called groundbreaking, will challenge us as interculturalists to “move the organizational needle” by helping our clients develop a pipeline of culturally agile professionals.  Michael Adee—a pioneer in the LGBTQ community--shares his personal story and the source of his personal resilience.  Our last keynote by Valerie Craigwell White will offer us an opportunity to re-consider the consequences of treating everybody the same and living in a “colorblind” society. Each of these speakers is a pioneer in her/his own right, and we are confident you will leave with new awareness, mindful intentions and thoughtful actions.

Come prepared for a fun, educational and thought-provoking experience. The concurrent sessions include a wide range of intercultural topics as well as the newly added interactive poster sessions that allow presenters to try out their “pioneering” ideas before fully developing them. No matter how you design your conference experience, you are bound to leave personally and professionally refreshed and renewed.

For many, the best part of attending the conference is the chance to network with the individuals who make up our diverse intercultural community. There will be many occasions for mixing and mingling during the conference, including the opening reception, coffee breaks and lunches, the special events on Thursday evening, and the Friday evening awards and dinner celebration. The conference hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland, provides space for both intimate discussions and whole-group activities, offering something for everyone during coffee breaks and lunches (all included in the conference registration fee). Please join us! 

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 the beautiful City of Roses, Portland, Oregon! 

We look forward to seeing you in Portland, Oregon, October 22-25, 2014

Donna M. Stringer, Ph.D. and Lillian A. Tsai
2014 SIETAR-USA Conference Co-Chairs

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The 2014 Conference theme: Pioneering Intercultural Leadership: From Awareness to Action


We’d like to thank the over 100 of you who submitted proposals and shared your ideas for pioneering poster sessions, workshops, forums, research presentations, artistic/film performances and more. Over the next few months our reviewers and Program Team, led by Naomi Ludeman Smith, will have some tough decisions to make among many excellent choices. We anticipate that the selection process will be completed by mid-July. Please check back on this website and through our social media sites to find out more about these exciting program developments.

Early Bird Registration Deadline: September 15, 2014. Register early and take advantage of this discount!


Conference Kick-off: The official Grand Opening of the conference will be held Wednesday evening, October 22nd, following a full day of Master Workshops. The evening will include a welcome reception and conference kick-off that you won’t forget, including a welcoming from the Siletz Tribe and dances from both local Hawaiian and African American dance troupes.

Newcomer’s Session: If you are new to SIETAR or to our annual conference, please join us for our Newcomer’s Session which will be held before the conference opening event on Wednesday, October 22, from 5:15 to 6:00pm. Come learn about SIETAR-USA, how to make the most of your conference experience, meet other conference attendees and share your own interests in intercultural relations. We look forward to welcoming you!

Ethics Masterpiece.  Participate in the development of an artistic masterpiece that demonstrates what the Sietar Ethics Living Code means to us personally. The Masterpiece will be in the Ballroom throughout the conference for participants to add to as each person feels inspired to do so.

Health Events:

Thursday 7:00-8:00 a.m. Weidler/Halsey Room


Body Practice led by Antimo Cimino.  Wear workout clothes and bring a mat or towel.

Combining martial arts, yoga, capoeira, and pilates while mindfully being aware of the four neuromuscular energies running through our system, this session will engage you mentally, spiritually, emotionally and physically leaving you invigorated and centered.

Antimo Cimino, originally from Italy, holds an MA in Intercultural Relations. Antimo has been active in wellness and fitness for more than 20 years and is a certified wellness coach for The Body Practice.

Friday 7:00-8:00 a.m.  Weidler/Halsey Room


Pilates with Nora Vitz Harrison.  Wear workout clothes and bring a mat or towel.

Nora Vitz Harrison is a certified (AAFA) fitness instructor. Back problems 10 years ago led her to Pilates, and today, she's standing straighter than ever. She has been a Pilates instructor for six years. She teaches to all levels and delights in helping newbies discover the power of personal fitness.

Saturday 7:00-8:00 a.m. Weidler/Halsey Room


Yoga with Esther Louie.  Wear workout clothes and bring a mat or towel.

Esther Louie, has been an interculturalist for the past 25 years, and has served in a variety of leadership roles including the SIETAR-USA president in 2005-2006, and helped develop the first SIETAR Global Conference in 2008, held in Granada, Spain.  

Esther recently completed her yoga teacher training in Anusara Elements/ RYT-2000, and completed additional certification in therapeutic yoga in August.  Forever inspired by yoga's transformative power, she finds the practice a source of love and strength. Esther delights in making yoga accessible for all ages and brings a playful, open, and kind spirit to her classes. 

Thursday, October 23

6:00-8:00 p.m. Dine Around — sign up for these 3 options next to the registration desk at the conference hotel no later than noon on Thursday, Oct. 23.


Widmer’s Brewery:  Join Adeline Metz for dinner and a tour of this brewery, including tasting of 4-5 beers from one of Oregon’s premier breweries.  Tour $5;  dinner ordered from the menu.  Sign up next to registration at the conference hotel.  Limited to 20 people.

Alberta Food Carts.  Get a taste of Portland’s famous food carts with Allie Magee.  This option includes a variety of food carts accessed by a short bus ride with live music on site.

Take a short 15 minute walk with Antimo Cimino to dine at Blossoming Lotus, a fine vegetarian restaurant.

8:00-10:00 p.m.


Open Mic Night – It Could Have Been Worse! – The Broadway Room
We often learn more from mistakes, mishaps and the unexpected, than flawless execution.  So, this year the SIETAR USA Conference is offering a storytelling night where you can share your greatest training, coaching or research near disasters.   

Event Description:  This event will be an open mic event in the style of a Story Slam, which means quick, focused, intense stories and nice flow.

Hosts are Alex Cleberg and Shelley Morrison. 

Alex has worked with entrepreneurs in Ethiopia and Uganda, placed refugees in career level jobs in Minneapolis, started an educational program in a Sri Lankan village and used roleplaying to teach English to Japanese businessmen in Tokyo. He is an entrepreneurial developer and an intercultural trainer. He has told stories for the Minnesota Fringe Festival, Story Slam-MN, Art a Whirl, and The Moth. 

Shelley, a former radio personality, is a professional trainer and consultant specializing in intercultural and virtual communication, negotiation and presentation skills.  Stories have become an important part of her live in-person and virtual training workshops.   Shelley likes to draw on real experiences and turn those stories into poignant teaching moments of cross cultural insight.