Interactive Breakout Sessions "The Box Game"
This is an experiential breakout session that has the room moving, laughing and thinking. In the debrief, the group looks at assumptions we make and how these come in the way of our goals. We apply the concepts from the game to cultural competence and learning how to effectively adapt programs to be culturally relevant.
Company Retreats Some folks like to work with me further after a seeing a talk. I am an educator at heart and love to work with companies for training and team retreats. Visit my website for a full description of 2-h trainings and 4-h team retreats.
Core Values & Mission ReFresh’s mission is to inspire people to build trusting connections across differences in nationality, religion, race, status, ethnicity, age and gender. We do this by building self-awareness, compassion, personal accountability, and cultural intelligence. We challenge our clients to question the status quo, guiding them through experiences that ask them to consider their
communication and trust building obstacles through a fresh, new perspective. Through storytelling, interactive experiences, humor and vulnerability, we promote thoughtful reflection, create a shared vocabulary around new ideas, and provide practical application of new concepts. Our trainings promote the values of:
Emotional Intelligence- In the context of cross-cultural work, being emotionally intelligent means having the self-awareness to watch and learn from strong emotions. In particular, it is vital to watch defensiveness and judgment as they are good cues we might be stepping out of our cultural comfort zone and working across difference. If we follow them blindly, we will reliably only want to work with people who look and sound like us.
Self-management- The approach and trainings I offer promote the idea that we are ultimately accountable for our emotions and reactions. Communication workshops encourage participants to vocalize their experience using syntax that reflects ownership. When we can step out of the role of the victim and into empowerment, we become more satisfied at work and feed into the success of the system in which we work.
Critical Thinking- I teach clients new ways to organize and think about the cultural differences around them. When we learn this new vocabulary, we can more readily identify and manage pain points. I have seen that critical thinking about cross-cultural issues using these new conceptual frames help people unlock seemingly illogical behavior and move through obstacles to trust.
Being Our Best- Recent breakthroughs in neuroscience show us that when we feel great, we do great things. This applies in any culture. Empowered staff and volunteers who feel like they belong and are valued are more likely to feed excellence into the organizational system. I strive to create the conditions for this organizational culture.
I LOVE my work Yes, it's true. I love my work and I live the values encourage! Here is a photo of me teaching about change management near a temple in Laos. And yes, that is a table with a garbage bag over it. It works great as a whiteboard! In my keynotes, I weave in stories of trial and error (and sometimes success) from my time living and working in over 30 countries. Participants are swept into their imagination, feeling and experiencing what I am exploring with them. No boring presentations here.
What clients say about a keynote experience with me! Client always come up to me after a keynote to tell me how the stories and content has sparked new ideas. They consistently tell me that my passion made the content come to life. They love the stories I tell from my years of travel and feel like they walk away with concrete ways to start addressing the issues I point out. Sessions are interactive, with people on their feet, talking to others and pin-pointing how the content is relevant to their daily work.