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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.

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    • 06 Oct 2022
    • 11:00 AM
    • Virtual event

    Participants will learn to recognize, respect, reconcile, and realize different cultural values

    About this event

    “Culture is not a side dish, it is the main course,” – Fons Trompenaars

    The Professional Certificate in Cultural Competence (offered by the Institute for Culture, Change and Leadership) enables educators and professionals to develop essential 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. The class begins in October, 2022. 

    Educators and professionals in our global community need to interact with people from different cultures, regardless of local, regional, national, 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, Change, and Leadership, the Professional Certificate in Cultural Competence includes two engaging four-week online courses. Each class has a one-hour call scheduled weekly to review its content. The time of the session is determined by the class. 

    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 schools, corporations, communities, and governments.

    The Certificate Advantages...

    Based on the work of Trompenaars, Hampden-Turner, Glover, and Barker - 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 materials have user-friendly designs, with engaging content and interface. We use two books that will need to be purchased. Stories, cases, simulations, and examples based on actual situations used to illustrated learning.

    Flexible schedules to fit work and family demands.

    Engaging 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.

    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.

    “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

    In-House Organizational Training Benefits...

    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.

    “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

    For more information and questions, contact Kimberley Barker at culturechangeandleadership@gmail.com

    The registration fee for course one is $350. The registration fee for course two is $525. Certificate price if classes are taken back to back is $800 USD - that is a $75 savings!!   Here is the link to register for class two:

    Class Two Link

    Register Here.

    • 07 Oct 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Online

    About this event

    OD for the Accidental Practitioner provides accidental, emerging, and experienced organization development practitioners with practical tips and insights on implementing any change initiative within an organization. Facilitating and sustaining successful organizational change is a graceful dance between skills and knowledge. One misstep often makes the difference in an otherwise well-planned initiative. This book gives practitioners thought-provoking insights and tools to ensure many successful change initiatives, along with lively discussion questions at the end of each chapter to encourage the application of the contents. 


    • Consulting professionals already in the field 

    • Students in advanced degree programs 

    • International consultants 

    • Organizational leaders and HR professionals 

    • Change management professionals 

    • Organizational Design Consultants 

    • Training and Development Professionals 

    • Coaching Consultants 

    • Management and leadership consultants 


    Lawrence Kokkelenberg and Regan Miller have had the privilege of consulting with hundreds of organizations, looking at their cultures, design, leadership, work processes, success, and failures; providing organizational, cultural, and employee assessments; and making recommendations for organizational improvements. In addition, they have designed, developed, and delivered numerous training programs to over 200,000 individuals in both public and in-house programs. Dr. Kokkelenberg has authored numerous articles, produced an audiotape series on management, and was named one of the top small-business consultants by Independent Business Magazine. Both authors have engaged in speaking events in the OD community, including serving as plenary panel members of the OD Network conference in 2018. The authors can be contacted at accidentalpractitioner@gmail.com. 

    This event is sponsored by the International Society for Organization Development and Change. For more information go to www.isodc.org or click on the following link...International Society for Organization Development & Change 

    Any questions or suggestions prior to the event can be directed to kimjbarker@gmail.com.

    Register here.

    • 15 May 2023
    • 23 May 2023
    • University of South Alabama, Mitchell College of Business

    Save the Date!

    What? ISODC Conference, May 15-23, 2023

    Where? Mobile, Alabama – University of South Alabama, Mitchell College of

    Conference theme: ODC Dynamics, Development and Destiny
    An opportunity to bring your thinking to the rapidly expanding profession of ODC.
    Go deeper into exploring what clients are asking for, what practitioners bring, and
    how to connect the two. 


    Hotel: Hampton Inn Providence Park 
    Address: 525 Providence Park Drive E Mobile, AL 36695
    Phone: (251) 776-5866 ext.0 for Front Desk/Reservations 
    Group Name: ISODC Conference Room Block 
    Dates: May 14-20, 2023 
    Group Code: ISO
    Group Rate: $109/night plus tax 
    Cutoff Date: 4/24/2023
    *No deposit required and guests can cancel without charge anytime until 24hrs prior to arrival. 
    Booking Link: https://www.hilton.com/en/book/reservation/deeplink/?ctyhocn=MOBMCHX&groupCode=CHHISO&a
    *Be sure to copy the hyperlink when posting to another email or website 

    Hotel: Holiday Inn Express
    Address: 109 Long St, Mobile, AL 36608
    Phone: (251) 241-9979
    Web address: https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/mobile/mobhe/hoteldetail


    • Mobile, Alabama Airport (MOB) Distance to University of South Alabama 4 miles
    • Pensacola, Florida Airport (PNS) Distance to University of South Alabama 71 miles
    • New Orleans Airport (MSY) Distance to University of South Alabama 156 miles.
    • Gulfport-Biloxi International, (Mississippi) Airport (GPT) Distance to University of South Alabama 75 miles

Past events

26 Apr 2022 2022 International Conference: Charting the Future: Navigating a World of Continuous Change
11 Feb 2022 Nominations Open for the Leading Edge of Change Award
17 Nov 2021 From the Inside Up: Positive Practices that Elevate You and Your Workplace!
01 Oct 2021 Our next online Professional Certificate of Cultural Competence Course is in October/November 2021!
10 Sep 2021 Breaking into Global Consulting with Joanne Preston
20 Aug 2021 OD & Change Summit 2021 - India Edition
03 Jul 2021 Professional Certificate in Cultural Competence June 2021 class
18 Feb 2021 Alignment Strong/Strategic & Human-Centric HDBK for Competitive Leadership
01 Feb 2021 Professional Certificate in Cultural Competence - January 2020
21 Jan 2021 Career Strategies for the (OD&C) Scholar Practitioner
10 Dec 2020 Ancient Wisdom for Modern Workplaces
13 Nov 2020 How to Facilitate Interactive Large Group Virtual Sessions
04 Jun 2020 Geopolitics of Strategic Change Workshop
13 May 2020 ISODC 2020 International Conference
02 Apr 2020 How to Have "Conversations Worth Having" Webinar
19 Mar 2020 Leading Global Innovation: Facilitating Multicultural Collaboration
16 Jan 2020 Manage to Lead: 7 Truths to Help You Change the World Webinar w/ Peter DiGiammarino
12 Dec 2019 Webinar with Diana Whitney author of Thriving Women Thriving World
14 Nov 2019 Webinar with Francois Heon author of The Yin and Yang of Leadership
10 Oct 2019 Webinar with Raj Sisodia author of The Healing Organization
15 Aug 2019 Webinar with Richard Sheridan author of Chief Joy Officer
01 Aug 2019 The YIN and YANG of Leadership
29 May 2019 Survey – OD Values for the Future
15 May 2019 2019 ISODC Conference
16 Apr 2019 Practicing Organizational Change and Development in the Global Community
21 Feb 2019 Leading Strategic Innovation and Change Webinar with Al Blixt
24 Jan 2019 TBD - To Be Determined - webinar with Brenda Kline Reynolds
14 Dec 2018 2018 ISODC China's 2nd Global Executive OD Summit
15 Nov 2018 Webinar with Matt Minahan on OD: From the Founders to the Future
30 Oct 2018 Unstoppable Leadership and Exponential Results - Webinar with Bjorn and Victoria Martinoff
18 Sep 2018 Culture, Change, and Leadership Workshop
17 Sep 2018 ISODC International Conference 2018 - Dublin
13 Sep 2018 Webinar with Ed and Peter Schein
03 Aug 2018 Global diversity requires a worldview appropriate for Culture, Change, and Leadership
29 Jun 2018 ISODC CHINA, 1st OD Global Summit Conference
16 May 2018 Workshop on Managing, Measuring & Changing Org. Culture
16 May 2018 May 17-19, 2018: Ohio Information Exchange

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