We Weren’t Born to Be Random: Culture as Comfort

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“Through culture, we become specific people, living in specific times and places. Culture gets under our skin. It becomes comfortable–second nature to us. That specificity makes encounters with other cultures foreign and strange–they don’t eat like us or talk like us. But they too have culture. Culture as Comfort examines this human alchemy, how culture makes us who we are, and how we can harness these insights to become more comfortable not only in our own culture but across the many cultures we encounter in today’s globalized world.” — Daniel Lende, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of South Florida. Click this link to order a copy of the Book: Culture as Comfort.


Do we inherit culture? What role does biology play, if any? What is your comfort zone? Can culture be lost? We use the word so loosely but do we “really” know what it means.

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Following Your Dreams: Botanicals, Being the Change

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There is FOCUS needed to follow through on what you initiate and dream up during your time of breakthroughs and expansion. Even if you can’t quite determine what happened for you in July, everyone was affected by an expansive energy and it just may take time for the understanding to settle in. But that is what August is all about. The support for Following Through gives you an opportunity to participate in what is unfolding in your life and to actually enjoy the more organized and solidly grounded energy.

AWBfinalKim spent 20 years as a nonprofit leader coaching emerging nonprofits and community groups as they’ve formed, developed, and taken action. She co-founded Leading From Within and the Courage to Lead program for nonprofit leaders to nurture other nonprofit leaders in their professional and personal lives so that they can bring the gifts of leadership to whole-hearted service for others and the world. Kim also facilitates the Healing Circle Community and on-line communications for Ancient Ways Botanicals. Kim brings with her 25 years of managing non-profit businesses and supporting non-profit leaders. She is an experienced educator and facilitator, having been trained as a life and professional coach and prepared by the Center for Courage and Renewal as a Circle of Trust facilitator. Kim provides life coaching for those who are on a journey toward greater wholeness and connection in their lives, helping individuals rise to their highest potential and bring their greatest gifts to the world. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz and holds a teaching credential from California State University, Chico.Kim also fulfills orders. http://ancientwaysbotanicals.com/

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Women In Leadership ~ Global Emerging Markets with Ripa Rashid

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“The war for talent is heating up in emerging markets. Without enough “brain power,” multinationals can’t succeed in these markets. Yet they’re approaching the war in the wrong way—bringing in expats and engaging in bidding wars for hotshot local “male” managers. The solution is hiding in plain sight: the millions of highly educated women surging into the labor markets of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and the United Arab Emirates. Increasingly, these women boast better credentials, higher ambitions, and greater loyalty than their male peers.”

But there’s a catch: Attracting and retaining talented women in emerging economies requires different strategies than those used in mature markets. Complex cultural forces – family-related “pulls,” such as daughterly duties to parents and in-laws, and work-related “pushes,” such as extreme hours and dangerous commutes – force women to settle for dead-end jobs, switch to the public sector, or leave the workforce entirely.

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Ripa Rashid is a subject matter expert on global leadership and culture and gender dynamics in the workplace.  As of August 2013, Ripa will join the Malaysian-based international leadership and corporate governance center ICLIF as Director of Research and Curriculum. ICLIF’s mission is to develop a new generation of world-class leaders who are able to effectively manage their organizations in a more challenging and rapidly changing environment. Until earlier this year, Ripa was Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion at Time Warner.  In this capacity, she worked with leadership across the company to create and implement strategies to foster a culture of inclusion across Time Warner. Ripa served as an expert on a wide array of diversity topics, including targeted talent and inclusion strategies for women, multicultural, LGBT and other diverse executives, and on the links between diversity, innovation and corporate performance.

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Diversity: You Must Stand on A Higher Ground

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Emzingo – Transforming Leadership and Social Development

Emzingo logoRamon Marmolejosa, Executive Director and his team aims to change the way people view the world through transformational experiences and doing business and life differently. EMO’s Connections wants to explore the who, what, when, why, where and how of this group that calls themselves Emzingo.emzingo1 Click this link to listen to the show.

Emzingo is a hybrid leadership and social development company that provides participants with a transformational experience through social impact. Emzingo matches graduate students with amazing non-profit consulting/technical assistance projects in emerging markets and reinforce this with an innovative leadership curriculum based on action learning, coaching, and reflective practice.  To inspire responsible leadership, Emzingo prepares individuals to seize global opportunities, and connects business to the citizen sector, maximizing the long-term value for society. Emzingo “We are the personal development company”.

Inspire, Prepare and Connect…let’s talk about how they do it. Bring your questions!!! Click this link to listen to the show. We appreciate your comments