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Keynote 1: Re-Imagining the Future of the Workplace-Constructing Interculturally Viable Organizations (May 24, 8-9:30AM, EST)

This keynote is about how to make organizations more adaptive to future international development and work environment. Those organizations that develop the collective intercultural competence to deal with known and unknown changes will remain viable in the future; others will probably not. The presentation will review a well-researched and coherent model of intercultural competence development and a new measurement of collective intercultural competence in organization based on quantum principles – the Intercultural Viability™ Indicator.

Key Takeaways:

  • A vision of the future possibilities that can become realities by choice
  • A view of organizations as potentiators (or de-potentiators) of individual competence
  • An understanding of how organizations with intercultural viability™ (IV) are more likely to thrive in new social environments
  • Some examples of how high IV organizations build climates of respect for diversity, both contributing to equity and deriving value from difference.

Presenter Resources

About the Presenters

Geremie Sawadogo(Moderator), Manager HRDC4 and Published Author in Intercultural Competencies

Geremie Sawadogo joined the World Bank Group in April 2004 as Program Manager for Global Mobility. Prior to joining the Bank, Geremie was the Country Director for the US Peace Corps in Benin where he managed a development assistance program in teacher training; HIV/AIDS education; environmental education; and small business development. Geremie Sawadogo is a published author in intercultural competencies and international education. His AfricanXculture assessment tool allows individuals to assess themselves against an African cultural values benchmark

Milton Bennett

Dr. Milton J. Bennett is a Ph.D. researcher in intercultural communication and sociology (  He originated the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS), a grounded theory that has been widely used for over 30 years in intercultural training and education design for both global and domestic multicultural contexts. Dr. Bennett publishes extensively in journals and encyclopedias on cutting-edge intercultural concepts Dr. Bennett’s academic career has spanned decades. He was a professor of intercultural communication at Portland State University and he has served on the executive development faculty of Dartmouth’s School of Business, Motorola University, and the Stockholm School of Economics. He currently works with the European Centre for Executive Development, the University of Milano and the Intercultural Development Research Institute. Most of his recent consulting has been with large organizations applying an intercultural approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in multicultural workforces.

Milton has spent much of his life in a cross-cultural context, starting as a US Peace Corps volunteer in Micronesia and has traveled extensively globally. He currently divides his time between Milan and Seattle.

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- Jul 20, 2022

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