“Creative Dissent”

I was reading CNN when a story about a woman who defied the Saudi Arabian ban on women driving caught my eye. I had just come back from taking my daughter shopping…without my husband and I drove myself. A simple act I do numerous times a day. But in some parts of the world, it […]

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Where are the women in the C-suite?

Where are the women in the C-suite? At the current rate, it will be 2082 when women achieve parity in the boardroom Seventy years from now. I calculated that this will not happen until my great-granddaughter’s generation. It’s a sobering thought. An international survey provided the following stats: –          39.8% of companies have NO FEMALE […]

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Burger King and the Goddess

A few people sent me a link to a Burger King ad which recently ran in Spain to ask for my thoughts. The ad depicts the Hindu goddess Lakshmi sitting on top of a burger along with some snacks and features the line, “The snack is sacred”. As an expert on diversity and cross-cultural issues […]

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Relationship Building is Key to Working Across Cultures

“Just like Americans would not want to be judged by the last movie that came out of the U.S., Indians do not want to be judged by Slumdog Millionaire”, stated Mr. Ed Fuller, President & Managing Director Marriott International at the June 26th India Trade Conference in California. Believing that India has tremendous potential, Marriot […]

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Have We Become Too Politically Correct?

Have we become too politically correct? This is a question I am constantly asked. Many people say that they are tired of how “sensitive” people have become and that they are only “kidding”. And that people have “lost their sense of humor”. My mother used to say, “If it hurts someone, it is not funny”. […]

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“Your English is so good” and other things to not say!

I get complimented on my English on a regular basis. Why is that an issue? And why is that not a compliment? Because I grew up in Southern California. So, why do people continue to “compliment” me on my ability to speak English? I think it is because I wear a “racial uniform”. I look […]

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Women First: A Quick Business Etiquette Tip

If you are being introduced to a woman, always let her take the lead in whether or not you shake hands. This tip is for all cultures, even the U.S. A man should always wait to see if the woman extends her hand or simply says “hello”. It is her choice whether she shakes hands […]

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Who are You? Relationship vs. Task Oriented Cultures

It is very common when you are interacting with Asian, Middle Eastern, and Latin cultures for people to ask questions before you conduct business. A typical first meeting will often include questions about your background and sometimes, very little business discussion. They want to know about: your marital status; your education; whether you have children; […]

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Michelle Obama: A Role Model for the Women of the World?

CNN had an interesting story this morning on the impact of our first lady, Michelle Obama on women around the world. Briefly it stated that simply by being who she is, she is inspiring women around the world who are seeing a dark-skinned woman and the mother of daughters being treated as an equal by […]

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2009 PIHRA Diversity & Cross-Cultural Leadership Conference

Mariah Bieber and Sangeeta Gupta will be co-chairs for the 2009 PIHRA Diversity and Cross-Cultural Leadership Conference to be held on October 1, 2009 at the Long Beach Pyramid. Mariah and Sangeeta founded the conference in 2007 to provide a resource for Southern California businesses and organizations.  The conference provides cutting-edge information on a variety of diversity, cross-cultural […]

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