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SIETAR Europa Congress in Leuven

The 2019 SIETAR Europa Congress will take place in Leuven, Belgium, from the 27th of May to the 2nd of June 2019. The theme is Building Dialogues on Diversity and one congress track will focus on Migration. This also builds on the work that SIETAR's special interest group "Interculturalists and Migration" has been doing since its inception in 2015. If you are interested in collaborating or joining our international group, please let me know.


SIETAR Switzerland - Pre-Congress Workshop on Migration

Together with my fellow SIETAR Europa members Joe Kearns, Anne-Claude Lambelet, Catherine Roignan and Alex Frame, I will be facilitating a Pre-Congress Workshop on Migration on May 25 at SIETAR Switzerland's Congress in Lugano. We want to share what SIETAR's Special Interest Group "Interculturalists and Migration" has worked on since its inception in May 2016 in Brussels and serve as a platform to discuss key challenges and share best practices from different European countries.


The 19th CPC National Congress - Why it matters!

The 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party is underway in Beijing, an event that takes place every five years. In his report to around 2,300 party delegates, President Xi Jinping has reiterated his plans for a modern socialist country with "Chinese characteristics". In a 14-point roadmap, Xi defines official party policies to modernize the economy, strengthen the socialist democracy, build cultural confidence and improve the people's wellbeing.


SIETAR Europa Congress 2017 - Dublin

European interculturalists will be meeting in Dublin, Ireland, from May 22 to May 27 for the SIETAR Europa Congress 2017. I am looking forward to sharing experiences, learning about the latest intercultural research, discussing developments in society and business and meeting dear colleagues and friends from around the world.


HFU Teaching Award 2016 for Heike Stengel

HFU Lehrpreis.jpgI am honored to receive the 2016 HFU Teaching Award for my class Intercultural Managment. Nominated and evaluated first by HFU's students, an expert jury assessed the quality of teaching and the effectiveness of methods.


Executive MBA Best Practices Lecture Series - by Heike Stengel

I have been invited to deliver this year's first Executive MBA "Best Practices" Lecture at the HFU Business School. The talk "War for Talents - Best Practices for Integrating and Retaining Foreign Employees" will commence at 5.30 pm on January 22, 2016 at Furtwangen University's Schwenningen Campus, Room E 0.04. I look forward to an interesting discussion and all guests are welcome.

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InterChange 2015 - a great success

Interchange 2015 - Foto.jpgInterChange 2015 - ti communication's Gerhard Hain and Susanna Bezzel  have put together a wonderful event on October 2, 2015 in the historic Salzstadel in Regensburg. It was a privilege to be part of this event as a presenter and the feedback from participants was encouraging and rewarding.


Understanding Germans - My talk at the WelcomeCenter

They came from India and Peru, Egypt and Iran, Afghanistan, Spain and Brazil. M261115_Seminar_Interkulturelles kompr.jpgy evening talk "Understanding Germans" on November 26, 2015 at the WelcomeCenter in Schwenningen was well received by foreign employees and their partners, international students, and even long-time residents with a foreign background.


INTERCHANGE 2015 in Regensburg - HR corner

Our partner ti communication's 15th anniversary celebration takes place on 2 October 2015 in Regensburg. Gerhard Hain and Susanna Bezzel are inviting clients, partners and friends to INTERCHANGE '15, a day of interactive workshops, exchange of ideas and an opportunity to discuss trends in global business. I am proud to be part of this exciting event by facilitating one of the .HR corner sessions on "Integrating foreign employees". You can check out my blog article on this topic.

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