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Cross Cultural Skills and Competence Workshop/Training

  • 17 Jan 2014
  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Midlands Technical College- Northeast Campus
  • 14


  • ASTD Midlands welcomes first time guests with the offering of a One Time Guest pass. In order to attend, please contact our Membership Director at membership@astdmidlands.org to receive a special code
  • ASTD Midlands welcomes first time National ASTD members to attend our chapter meeting. We offer a One Time Guest pass. In order to attend, please contact our Membership Director at membership@astdmidlands.org to receive a special registration code.
  • Unable to physically attend the meeting? We now offer online access. It is limited to the first 25. Online particpants will receive a separate email with link 2 days prior to the scheduled meeting.
  • This is used for our SHRM guest.

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Presented by:   Annette Merritt Cummings, Cummings and Company, LLC



        “The Best of Times…The Worst of Times”

"Ignorance of foreign languages and cultures costs U.S. companies over fifty billion dollars a year in lost sales."                 

                               U.S. State Department Report, 2010

 As business leaders and trainers we know that many U.S. organizations understand the necessity to “think locally and act globally,” but may not be ready to fully understand the implications for change in behavior required to do business with a multicultural workforce and customer base. The Cross Cultural Skills and Global Competence session will increase awareness of the issues surrounding cross cultural interactions, its dimension, implication and applications.  Attendees will gain an appreciation and acceptance of the practical aspects of cross cultural understanding and collaboration and its benefits to them professionally and personally.


 Learning Objectives:        

1.    Understand the business case for cross cultural skills at work and the impact on the organization as a whole.

2.    A review of the practical skills needed for working, communicating, and collaborating effectively at all levels with people who are from different cultural backgrounds.

3.    Session will cover:

a.    Cultural awareness, insights for understanding culture

b.    Definitions and business case for cultural competency                           

c.    Experiencing cross cultural differences

d.    Understanding Mainstream American culture and American

      Sub-cultures versus Traditional cultures

Speaker Bio:

Ms. Cummings is the Founder and Managing Partner of Cummings and Company, LLC, a public relations, diversity and cross-cultural communications firm. She has over 25 years of experience in marketing and communications with leading U.S. companies and non-profits: DuPont, Gannett, and the Wexner Center for the Arts and the Department of Defense. She currently consults on diversity and inclusion, public relations strategies, communications and management. Over the last 15 years, she has advised clients on diversity branding, communications and developed strategies to help organizations recruit and retain a diverse workforce.

Ms. Cummings retired as a Vice President and National Director of Diversity & Inclusion Solutions, for Bernard Hodes Group, after twelve years of service. She has an M.B.A. from the University of Detroit-Mercy and has completed Diversity Practitioner training at the American Institute for Managing Diversity, the National Multicultural Institute and is a HumaNext certified Global Diversity Trainer. Clients have included Brown-Forman, McGraw-Hill, the F.B.I., Novo Nordisk, Massachusetts Ear and Eye Infirmary, The National Cancer Institute and the National Parks Service. Ms. Cummings is a contributing author to “On Staffing” by Staffing.org and to the “The Census 2000 Toolkit,” Society for Human Resource Management. She also authored articles for Black Professionals and for Black Enterprise.







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ATD South Carolina, P.O. Box 512, Columbia, SC 29202 


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