Laurette Bennhold-Samaan has worked in the cross-cultural field since 1985. As the first Cross-Cultural Specialist with the Peace Corps (1996-2001), she managed strategic cross-cultural initiatives and co-authored their first cross-cultural workbook: Culture Matters/Culture Matters Trainer‚Äôs Guide and has consulted and delivered more than 50 workshops in over 45 countries. She recently joined Accenture as their Sr. Manager of Global Mobility setting global mobility strategy and policy. Prior to her current position, she co-created the Global Mobility department at The World Bank supporting staff and families departing to over 100 countries. She holds an MA in International Affairs focusing on cross-cultural communications and international business and has been an international elected board member of The International Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research (SIETAR) and currently on the board of directors with Ten Thousand Villages (fair trade non-profit organization).
About Laurette Bennhold-Samaan
About Crossing Cultures: The New You
When you went on your Peace Corps assignment you brought with you much more than just your baggage. You brought along your culture. Remember those aspects of your new place that made you feel uncomfortable - something ordinary that you did that may have angered or annoyed others. It might not have been until much later that you realized what had really happened and were able to make some sense out of it. And then there were those moments that you will never forget, those simple moments of magic - a moment of true understanding, a shared laugh or point of view, communication understood, a connection. We want to hear your stories, the moments of discomfort and then insight, or of magic.
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