Laurette Bennhold-Samaan has worked in the cross-cultural field since 1985. As the first lbennholdCross-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’s 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).