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10. Enhance your Cultural Intelligence. Interview of Rhonda Singer, Vice President Global Talent at Global Learning

Rhonda SingerA few weeks ago, at the occasion of a diversity conference, I attended a workshop facilitated by Rhonda Singer, Vice President Global Talent at Global Learning. With more than 17 years of experience, Rhonda counts among the trailblazers in the field of Cultural Intelligence. Also called Cultural Quotient (CQ), Cultural intelligence can be understood as the capability to relate and work effectively across cultures, and applies to all contexts (national, ethnic, organizational, generational, and others).

I discovered Cultural Intelligence about a year ago, and I recently had for the first time the opportunity to learn directly from a professional of this field. Being myself passionate of cultures, I was eager to hear more from Rhonda, who enthusiastically accepted to answer my questions.

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7. How to become an expert in Diversity and Inclusion when starting at 35 years old? The example of Cathy Gallagher-Louisy, Director of the CIDI

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Cathy Gallagher-Louisy©2014 C. Gallagher L.

One hour.

In this short period of time, I could learn a lot about Diversity and Inclusion in Canada. But I wasn’t expecting less from this interview with the Director of the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion (CIDI)…

 

Renown for her report report “What Gets Measured Gets Done: Measuring the Return on Investment of Diversity and Inclusion, this Diversity and Inclusion professional cumulates over twenty years of experience in human resources and project management roles within corporate, government, and non-profit organizations.

Cathy and I met in a cosy tea room located downtown, right at the corner of Yonge and College, five minutes away from the CIDI’s premises.

Easy going and spontaneous, Cathy tells me about her unusual personal story…

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6. When multicultural photographers share their work to help promoting Diversity and Inclusion: How I connected with Dietmar Temps

 

Webmasters and bloggers sometimes have a hard time finding the right picture for their work on the Internet. They might either have to subscribe to a yearly membership in a photo bank or be limited by heavy copyright laws. But sometimes artists and bloggers might also share a mutual interest. In that case, they can help each other promote their respective work. This is what happened when I met Dietmar Temps, adventurous multicultural photographer, whose work blew my mind away…

 

Last month, as I was surfing on Flickr Creative Commons to find the best symbolic picture to illustrate the “Race, Nationality, Ethnicity and Religion” part for the website, my attention got caught by a particular photograph.

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© Dietmar Temps

This picture of these two African boys vehicles both depth and sincerity. I found it admirable and perfect for my use. After I downloaded it, I realized that I would not be able to use it without mentioning the copyright of the author. The only problem is that WordPress, which I am using for interculturalconnection, would not allow me to insert a caption on the template.

Therefore, I decided the best thing to do would be to simply contact the author of the photo and ask him for permission to post it as it.

After typing the name of the artist on the internet I could discover the impressive multicultural photos gallery of Dietmar Temps. More than simply obtaining his authorization, I became interested in promoting his work, as such shots definitely deserve to be seen.

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4. Emmanuel Lopez: Movies about Diversity and Inclusion – Part 2

Emmanuel, would you say that movies help people enlarge their consciousness? That they help them becoming more accepting, caring of the other one?

 

Yes, for example on a new social media project on Facebook and Pinterest, I have collected dozens of stories from people around the world of how specific movies inspired them in their life or career. See Inspiring Film recommendations from Movie Lovers Around the World, click here.

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In the workplace, movie examples are also used for showing successful, effective teamwork. I heard that a previous CEO of Telus made sure his employees watched the film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World for building stronger teams and leadership.

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