Archived Webinar

Panel 2: Intercultural Learning Initiatives, Cutting-edge Knowledge, Tools, and Strategies – Enhancing Organizational Viability for Inclusion, Openness, Psychological Safety, and Impact (May 25, 10-11:30AM, EST)

Key discussions:

  • What are some of the top intercultural initiatives and strategies implemented in enhancing DEI, Respectful Work environment, anti-racism discussions, workplace culture, hybrid work, staff engagement and team effectiveness at different organizations?
  • What are the cutting-edge intercultural research, tools, learning platforms and models used to help strategize and enhance intercultural viability for the challenging context and organizational effectiveness
  • How can we better align different learning initiatives and intercultural solutions between and across DEI, Respectful Work environment, anti-racism discussions, workplace culture, hybrid work and staff engagement to help staff feel safe and empowered to learn, to speak up, to challenge and to contribute their best

About the Presenters

Ria Jordan(Moderator), Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisor, Inter-American Development Bank Group

Ria Jordan is a Certified Diversity Professional and a seasoned HR Professional with more than 20 years working with international organizations. She is passionate about all themes related to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, leadership development, performance management and productivity and competitiveness. A native of the twin-island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, she has an MBA from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business with a specialization in Entrepreneurship and a Bachelor of Arts in Language and Linguistics from the University of the West Indies. Ria Jordan is also GPHR and SHRM-SCP certified as well as holding certifications as a Workplace Conflict Mediator, a Strategic HR Business Partner and a Leadership Development & Succession Strategist. Before moving to Washington D.C., Ria Jordan worked at the Bank’s Office in Trinidad & Tobago and was responsible for the Offices in Bahamas, Barbados and Jamaica. She had also been previously temporarily assigned to Offices in Peru and Suriname.

Kristen Day

Kristen Day is a Training and Communications Senior Specialist in the Office of Ethics at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). She first joined the IDB as a consultant in late 2012, when she was engaged in the design and implementation of the Bank's flagship employee ethics training program. Kristen has over 20 years of experience in assisting global organizations in establishing and strengthening their ethics and compliance programs. Previously, she served as a Senior Ethics Officer at the World Bank Group; founded and was President of a business ethics consulting firm; and worked as the Director of U.S. and Asia Operations for the nonprofit International Business Ethics Institute. Prior to specializing in ethics, Kristen was engaged in international business on behalf of U.S. and Philippine multinational corporations, while based in Hong Kong. She holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BA from Wellesley College.

Dr. Darla K. Deardorff

Dr. Darla K. Deardorff is Founding President of the World Council on Intercultural and Global Competence (  She is also Executive Director of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) and a research scholar at Duke University's Social Science Research Institute. She has served as faculty for Harvard University’s Global Education Think Tank for a number of years and holds faculty positions at universities in several countries, including in South Africa, China, Canada, and Japan.  Author/editor of 11 books and over 60 book chapters and articles, one of her most recent publications is an open access book entitled Manual for Developing Intercultural Competencies: Story Circles (Routledge/UNESCO, 2020) available in 6+ languages. She regularly gives invited talks, trainings and workshops around the world on intercultural competence, international education assessment, and global leadership and serves as a consultant and trainer on these topics, including with UNESCO and OECD. She can be reached through LinkedIn.  

Cristina (Tina) Cruz-Hubbard

Cristina is a mission-driven and values-focused strategist, intercultural competence, diversity, equity and inclusion (ICDEI) practitioner, and leadership coach. For over 25 years, her passion has been cultivating environments that enable deep and transformational learning across differences and empower and inspire leaders at all levels to create equitable systems and access for all.

She currently serves as the Chief Diversity Officer for Peace Corps. Her portfolio includes developing a global strategy to integrate intercultural competence, diversity, equity and inclusion across core business functions in support of the agency’s three goals and mission to promote world peace and friendship. Prior to this role she led the efforts to define the intersection between culture, diversity, equity and inclusion and build capacity of staff and volunteers in over 60 countries to work in partnership to effectively and appropriately achieve shared goals and realize the potential of individuals and communities across the globe.

Myriam Peltier-Thiberge

Myriam Peltier-Thiberge is Manager for Leadership and Staff Development for the World Bank Group. She and her team support staff and leaders develop the leadership and business “power skills” needed to reduce poverty and build shared prosperity in developing countries. Through her 20+-year long career in the economics and financial services area as an HR professional in France and the US, she has built an extensive experience in identifying, onboarding and developing leaders at various levels, designing and facilitating a wide range of leadership development and onboarding programs. Her interest is about supporting leaders growing a mutual intercultural understanding during critical transitions while instilling a human-centered, growth-mindset culture.

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