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October 31, 2016

SIETAR USA Welcomes Mercedes Martin and Tatyana Fertelmeyster as Conference Speakers in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Posted 3 years 35 days ago by Gretchen Hirsch

The Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research in the United States of America (SIETAR USA) is a membership organization for professionals who are concerned with the challenges and rewards of intercultural relations and diversity. Their members work within many environments and professions—business and industry, consulting, training, K-12 and higher education, to name a few. SIETAR USA members bring a vast array of experience and perspectives to the field of intercultural relations, both in the USA and around the world.


At this year’s conference—Intercultural Stories of Disconnection: Insights into the Polarization of People and PlacesMercedes E. Martin, Ashton212’s Executive Vice President, Business Transformation & Innovation, and Tatyana Fertelmeyster, Founder and Principal, Connecting Differences and SIETAR Advisory Board Member will facilitate a session. Their dialogue forum titled Election Night is Over. Do We Have a Morning After Pill? will serve to open the conversation about politics and the impact of our current political climate on the workplace. The unprecedented level of anger and animosity countered by equal levels of hope and excitement have generated considerable angst and anxiety that spill over from home to work—the place where we are not supposed to invite these types of conversations.


Mercedes and Tatyana are both honored and excited to speak on a relatively new issue in our country: the impact of political identity on our relationships and performance in the workplace. Self-identified Cuban and Russian refugee/immigrants, the presenters look forward to opening dialogues they grew up hearing around their dinner tables and breaking through both real and artificial barriers to intercultural success.


Of this opportunity, Mercedes says, “Politics, the once undiscussable topic along with religion, raised its ugly head during this presidential election. As intercultural professionals, we are faced  with an emphatic call for empathy and understanding. The forum offers professionals in the intercultural and diversity fields the opportunity to explore how to reconcile personal views with those of the majority, and how we can motivate engagement and empathy in these complex times.”


SIETAR USA’s 16th Annual Conference will be held from November 9 – 12, 2016 at The Hyatt Regency in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Keynote speakers include:


SIETAR USA is also excited to offer a post-conference Cultural Detective Facilitator Certification Workshop in conjunction with Cultural Detective, from November 12 - 14, 2016, facilitated by Tatyana Fertelmeyster.


For more information on the 2016 Annual Conference and to register, click here.



SIETAR USA, a member of a network of similar SIETAR societies that span the globe, is a point of connection for people from many cultural and professional backgrounds who explore differences on many levels; engage in cutting-edge 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 interactions in intercultural arenas. These activities take place in multicultural or cross-cultural situations within national borders or around the world.


Society members connect by attending conferences at home and abroad, by networking, and by sharing information and resources. SIETAR holds Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status with the United Nations and the Council of Europe. Its members initiate joint projects, consulting and training assignments; foster personal and professional growth; develop national and international friendships; and work to model what we say we believe.


Click here to learn more about SIETAR USA and its 2016 Annual Conference or become a member.

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