The International Center’s cross-cultural workshop series will prepare you to succeed in engaging across cultures – whether you’re a seasoned global professional or new to intercultural interactions.

Each workshop complements the others but offers unique perspectives and tools that help you to be more effective in intercultural encounters. Sign up for all four or select à la carte.

Session 1: Cultural Intelligence (CQ®)

Friday, April 22, 2022

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is a person’s capability to function effectively in a variety of cultural contexts – both international and domestically.

This interactive workshop will introduce you to Cultural Intelligence, an innovative approach to working and relating across cultures.

“As more companies go global, we need a better understanding of how to function as leaders across cultural boundaries. The four-step process can help you develop your “CQ” and improve your cross-cultural leadership technique. Now more than ever, our shrinking world needs this work!” — Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and Leading at a Higher Level

CQ® is a registered trademark of the Cultural Intelligence Center and is used with permission.

Session 2: Story Circles

Friday, June 24, 2022

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Story Circles focus on fundamental elements of intercultural competencies development, including respect, listening, curiosity, awareness of self and others, reflection, sharing, empathy, and relationship building.

Story Circles allows participants to practice intercultural competencies and allows for emotional connections that may not occur through more traditional intercultural training. Because of participants’ emotional connection, this methodology tends to be more transformative than traditional training.

Story Circles is a UNESCO project that contributes to the Sustainable Development Goal 16 of the 2030 Agenda, that covers the pillars of peace, justice, and responsive institutions as participation in the social, economic, political and cultural life of the community is essential to enabling changes in social structures, institutions and relations – including patterns of inequalities related to income, gender, ethnicity, religion or geography that may lock people into positions of disadvantage.

Session 3: Values Differences

Friday, August 5, 2022

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Values Differences focus on aspects of culture and values dimensions and how to improve effectiveness across differences.

When terminal (the goal) or instrumental (the behavior used to get to the goal) values differ between two people, the result can be misperceptions or conflict if we don’t explore the differences and listen carefully.

This workshop will explore values differences and values continuum for dimensions of culture.

Session 4: Fundamentals of Protocol

Friday, September 30, 2022

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Fundamentals of Protocol focuses on ensuring that official and unofficial occasions, visits, meetings, and functions are planned and conducted in accordance with a set of rules that are formally, socially and culturally accepted and expected by the parties involved.

Since 2009, The International Center’s Office of Protocol has informed, convened and connected the objectives of clients and partners in state and local government, academia, business, economic development, agriculture, and non-profit organizations by providing expert advice, consultation, and service to successfully host over 100 dignitaries consisting of royalty, former heads of state, diplomats, clergy, Nobel Laureates, business executives, and provincial and municipal leaders.

“Protocol is the art of creating a distraction-free environment that permits the free and open exchange of information to resolve issues and build relationships in international business and global diplomacy.”—Robert W. Frye, CPP, Director and Chief of Protocol, International Business Protocol, LLC

participants in cross-cultural workshop


  • Develop self-awareness of how culture influences your interactions with others
  • Understand how to develop and apply intercultural competency in yourself and others
  • Increase your effectiveness working with multicultural colleagues and customers
  • Gain new strategies to enhance your cultural intelligence


  • Better understand and communicate with customers, coworkers, and clients from around the world
  • Network with other globally-minded professionals
  • Meet with culture experts from The International Center and beyond

Ask us about cross-cultural workshops:

Contact Peter Kirkwood, Chief of Protocol
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