Organizational Development Workshops, Events, and Trainings

The ISODC hosts ongoing professional development workshops, online webinars, and conferences. Members receive discounted registration fees and access to webinar archives, and non-members are welcome to attend our events as entrée into the OD field and the organization.

Upcoming events

    • 04 Sep 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • 30 Sep 2019
    • 11:55 AM
    • Online - Course Attend from Anywhere

         "Culture is not a side dish, it is the main course."  - Fons Trompenaars

    The Professional Certificate in Cultural Competence enables educators and professionals to develop essential knowledge and skills for cultural competence, change and development, and leadership in our diverse knowledge and skills for cultural competence, change and development, and leadership in our diverse world. From the classroom to global boardrooms to local communities, the demand for cultural competence is needed today more than ever in education, government, military, healthcare, human services, business, tourism, and hospitality.

    Professionals in our global community need to interact with people from different cultures, regardless of local or international contexts. Participants will learn to recognize, respect, reconcile, and realize different cultural values. They will learn to use their new knowledge to work in diverse workplaces, create culturally-appropriate change and development initiatives, and work internationally. 

    Delivered completely online by the Institute for Culture and Adaptive Leadership, the Professional Certificate in Cultural Competence includes two engaging four-week online courses. 

    What is Cultural Competence?

    Cultural competence is a learned skill set enabling professionals to lead and adapt in any setting, and in some cases, without prior knowledge of the specific cultures involved. The skilled culturally competent leader operates effectively in diverse workplaces, on global teams or international assignments.

    Our approach to cultural competence includes a fundamental knowledge of cultural dynamics, using a framework to understand and analyze cultural differences, and an approach to reconcile cultural dilemmas. 

    Why is Cultural Competence So Important?

    Culture influences everything we do, from the food we eat to how we interact with others. Whether in a classroom, board meeting, customer service interface, or working with persons from different countries for business development, when two or more people from different cultures interact, the chances for misunderstandings, increases significantly. Viewing situations through a cultural lens helps people to interpret and validate the beliefs and values of others. People who are equipped with cultural competency skills are more effective leaders, team members, service providers, and colleagues.

    New and reconciled solutions to common workplace issues are developed through recognition and respect for seemingly opposing cultural values. These approaches enable people with different cultural orientations to work together in cooperation rather than conflict.

    What are the advantages of the Certificate in Cultural Competency?

    The Certificate provides advantages to anyone who wishes to improve how they operate in culturally diverse settings. The courses may be delivered to cohorts of individual professionals, or as in-house continuing education in corporations, communities, and governments.

    The Certificate Advantages...

    • Based on the work of Trompenaars, Hampden-Turner, and Glover - widely recognized authorities in the 
      field of cultural differences and developing cultural competence.

    • Content designed to develop more than basic knowledge of one or more specific cultures, providing 
      the learners with cultural competence to apply in a variety of cultural contexts.

    • Learners master concepts of culture, a framework, and method, then an operational and applied way 
      to understand and work with culture and different cultural settings.

    • Course sites have user-friendly designs, with engaging content and interface.

    • Stories, cases, simulations, and examples based on actual situations used to illustrated learning.

    • Flexible schedules to fit work and family demands.

    • Engaging threaded discussions, video calls, and interactive formats.

    • Four-week courses in which the learners progressively learn to be more culturally competent.

    • Culture, change, development, and leadership are linked.


         "This program is great for anyone looking to add to their skill set. 
    The instructors bring with them a wealth of knowledge and practical experiences that really create a dynamic learning environment with exceptional content that takes theory 
    and applies it effectively to real-life cultural dilemmas." 

    - Leah Taylor-Best, MA, Chief Executive Officer, The Bridging Principles


    Individual Benefits...

    • Individuals may use the learning from the certificate to enhance their professional development and daily leadership skills and practices.

    • Easy to use online format for course sites.

    • No previous experience or credentials needed.

    • Low tuition cost.

    In-House Organizational Training Benefits...

    • Group rates.

    • Custom designed cases, dilemmas to make the learning relevant to the organization.

    • Applications to cultural dilemmas in the organization.

    • Projects to resolve workplace issues.

    Professional associations may use the Certificate to provide professional development opportunities for their members. One or all courses can be custom designed for association members’ learning needs.

    For more information and questions, contact Kimberley Barker at The registration fee for course one is $350. The registration fee for course two is $525. 
    Certificate price if paid in advance - $800 USD - that is a $75 savings!! 


         "Although I have been doing cultural competence work for several years, the certificate is teaching me a framework I did not know. I am being taught by seasoned professionals with solid academic experience and credentials, AND by highly experienced professionals active in the field.”

    - Regina McClinton, Ph.D. Chief Officer for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Michigan


    Register Here


    • 10 Oct 2019

    Book Review and Webinar Invitation for The Healing Organization: Awakening the Conscious of Business to Help Save the World by Raj Sisodia and Michael J. Gelb  

    Invitation by: Kimberley Barker

    Register for the event here

    The image of modern corporations has been shaped by a focus on profits over people and the environment, but this approach to capitalism is no longer viable.  We are at an inflection point where business must take the lead in healing the crises of our time. The Healing Organization shows how corporations can become healing forces.

    Conscious Capitalism pioneer Raj Sisodia and organizational innovation expert Michael J. Gelb were inspired to write The Healing Organization because of the epidemic of unnecessary suffering connected with business, including the destruction of the environment; increasing numbers living paycheck-to-paycheck and barely surviving (despite working full-time or even multiple jobs); rising rates of depression and stress leading to chronic health problems; and because the enmity and dividedness between those who champion unfettered capitalism and those who advocate socialism is exacerbating rather than solving our problems.

    Based on extensive in-depth interviews and inspiring case studies, the authors show how companies such as Shake Shack, Hyatt, KIND Healthy Snacks, Eileen Fisher, H-E-B, FIFCO, Jaipur Rugs and DTE Energy are healing their employees, customers, communities and other stakeholders. They represent a diverse sampling of industries and geographies, but they all have significant elements in common, besides being profitable enterprises:

    • Their employees love coming to work.

    • They have passionately loyal customers.

    • They make a significant positive difference to the communities they serve.

    • They preserve and restore the ecosystems in which they operate.

    In a world that urgently needs healing on many levels, this is a movement whose time has come,. This book shows how it can be done, how it is being done, and how you can begin to do it too. (Publisher's Description).

    Please join us for a webinar/conversation on October 10 at noon ET on this very topic! You can register for the (free) webinar right here...

    Author Bios

    Raj Sisodia is the FW Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business and Whole Foods Market Research Scholar in Conscious Capitalism at Babson College. He is also Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Conscious Capitalism Inc. Raj has published ten books, including Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business, Firms of Endearment: How World Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose, and Everybody Matters.

    Michael J. Gelb is the world’s leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development, and the author of 16 books, including the bestseller How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci. A pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, innovation literacy and conscious leadership, he helps organizations around the world develop more creative, innovative and conscious cultures.

    Please see Raj Sisodia's latest TED talk at:

    This book becomes available -- September 17, 2019. Pre-order yours today!!! 

    (Kimberley Barker with Raj Sisodia)

    Kimberley Barker, Ph.D. received her doctorate in Organization Development from Benedictine University. She also has her MBA and BSBA from Hawai’i Pacific University. She has taught at Eastern Michigan University, Management Department, since 2015. Kimberley is a Scholar-Practitioner who wants to assist you in ‘living your best life at work’! She has spent five years in Human Resources... and over 15 years in Hospital Administration. Kimberley serves as Vice President for the International Society for Organization Development and Change (ISODC). Her research interests include Global Organization Development, the Upside of Change, Cultural Competence and Dilemma Reconciliation, Conflict Resolution, Gender Equality and Inclusion, Business Communication, and Compassionate-Lean-Servant Leadership. Dr. Barker can be reached at and you can follow her on YouTube at

    Register for the event here

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