8 Ways to Celebrate International World Happiness Day

By |2019-03-21T13:19:25-05:00March 20th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, International Holidays, Travel|

Access to Asia Signing by Sharon Schweitzer Happiness is a fabulous state of mind - many of us can remember the days and times that have brought us the happiest memories. Wouldn’t it be amazing to be happy for the majority of your life? Believe it or not, happiness can be influenced [...]

10 Tips for Home Organization for Spring Equinox

By |2019-03-05T10:44:35-05:00March 19th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural|

Spring Greetings by Pexels As the first crocuses and daffodils begin to peek out of the ground and the days grow warmer, it’s important to prepare for the coming summer months ahead. March 20-21st marks spring equinox in the northern hemisphere. On this day, the sun shines directly onto the equator, and the length [...]

10 Tips for Successfully Handling the Cultural Implications of Smartphones

By |2019-03-19T12:15:10-05:00March 18th, 2019|avoiding international blunders, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, Business Etiquette, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, Lifestyle, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette|

Forced Perspective by Pexels A recent study by the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology found that smartphone use undermines the benefits and enjoyment of real world, face-to-face interactions. In an age of all things digital, how do we balance the utility of technology with real life engagement? We dove into the research [...]

Tips on How to Crush any SXSW Mentoring Session

By |2019-02-26T14:51:53-05:00March 7th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business and the Environment, SXSW, Women in Business|

Sharon Schweitzer and Kristen Eggars SXSW 2018 “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.”                                                                                            ~Isaac Newton Mentorship involves acting as a trusted advisor to provide insight, wisdom and advice to help others succeed personally and professionally. A mentor may be a colleague, coach, [...]

5 Things to Know About Women on Corporate Boards

By |2019-03-06T11:48:32-05:00March 6th, 2019|Business and the Environment, Career Tips, Goals, Women in Business|

2020 Meeting Are you ready to discover if board service is right for you? Are you ready to commit to taking steps to make that a reality? In January 2019, twelve women started Austin's first Board Readiness Mastermind: A 12-month program for taking concrete steps toward board service. This Mastermind is organized [...]

International Women’s Day 2019

By |2019-02-26T14:11:46-05:00March 5th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business and the Environment, Cross-Cultural, Intercultural, International History, International Observances, US Observances|

Empowered by Pexels   March is a month that is jam-packed with appreciation for women, both nationally and internationally. Friday March 8, 2019 is the internationally recognized holiday known as Women’s Day. Despite what some may think, this holiday is no fad; in fact, Women’s Day is a globally recognized holiday that [...]

3 Ways to Participate in Women’s History Month

By |2019-02-26T13:20:21-05:00March 1st, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business and the Environment, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, International History, US Observances, Women in Business, Women in the Workforce|

Athena40 by Athena Global Thinkers Forum by Athena                       As a board member of both the Global Thinkers Forum and Athena40, I am passionate about sharing the message of accountable leadership, women’s empowerment, and youth development. In light of the [...]

Understanding Intercultural Competence and Uncertainty Reduction

By |2019-03-04T12:04:50-05:00February 28th, 2019|Business and the Environment, Career Tips, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Self-Awareness|

Alex Matveev This 3-part blog series is a book review of Dr. Alex Matveev’s excellent book  Intercultural Competence in Organizations. Alex and I met during SIETAR USA in 2017 where we were featured as published authors. We immediately felt a Central-Eastern European bond since he is Russian and I’m part Czech. I [...]

4 Tips on Mastering Neighborly Etiquette in a Tech Society

By |2019-01-10T13:07:38-05:00February 26th, 2019|Cross-Cultural, Culture, Lifestyle, Relationship Building, Relationships, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette|

Home by Pexels  Every society sets expectations and has “social norms.” In society, can chose to follow certain rules or guidelines if we seek to enjoy a positive and comfortable relationship with others. These societal rules are absorbed and learned almost naturally from the people who surround us. In the 21st century, [...]

Introducing Intercultural Competence

By |2019-02-21T10:18:05-05:00February 20th, 2019|Author Reviews and Profiles, book recommendations, Business and the Environment, Cross-Cultural, Culture, global competency, intercultural competence, Lifestyle, Relationship Building, Self-Awareness, Travel, Travel Book Recommendations|

Craig Storti, Sharon Schweitzer, and Alex Matveev by Sietar USA This 3-part blog series is a book review of Dr. Alex Matveev’s excellent book  Intercultural Competence in Organizations. Alex and I met during SIETAR USA in 2017 where we were featured as published authors. We immediately felt a Central-Eastern European bond since he [...]

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