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Signature Speaker Series

April 10 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

$35.00 – $50.00

Turning Awkward into Opportunity:
Boost Diversity, Collaboration, and Innovation with Cultural Intelligence

Amy Narishkin, PhD
Empowering Partners, LLC

Research has found that diverse teams typically perform worse than homogenous teams do. (Maznevski & DiStefano, 2002) Why? Because it’s harder to get things done when people don’t see eye-to-eye. Thankfully, this same body of research found there’s more to the story. Diverse teams with moderate to high levels of Cultural Intelligence outperform homogenous teams on productivity, cost-savings, collaboration, and safety!

Key Take-A-Ways

  • Discover the value of a diverse organization where everyone feels valued, seen & heard.
  • Identify the stages of cultural intelligence and what blocks productive conversations.
  • Learn three tools that increase colleague and client engagement and what you can do today to feel confident working with anyone who seems different!



11:00 am – 12:15 pm – Networking, Welcome, and Lunch
12:15 pm – 1:00 pm – Presentation and Final Announcements


More about Amy:

Retention and engagement are at an all-time low, and leaders are finding they must create a culture of safety and belonging. With a PhD in adult education and 30 years’ experience, Dr. Amy provides training, coaching, and strategic guidance to help organizations across multiple industries, including financial, healthcare, construction and manufacturing, make the shift to Cultural Intelligence. As CEO of Empowering Partners, LLC, she has worked with more than 400 leaders—CEOs, Executive Directors, and management teams in the U.S. and internationally—to effectively increase their ability to lead, retain, and engage people who have different perspectives and backgrounds. Dr. Amy leverages a globally recognized tool for measuring ability to navigate cross-cultural conversations—the Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®)—as a certified administrator. In program evaluations, she regularly receives over 90% “exceeds expectations” from participants. As a cross-cultural thought leader and successful entrepreneur, Dr. Amy empowers leaders to create an environment where everyone feels valued, heard, seen and engaged. To jump start your organization’s Cultural Intelligence and feel confident working with anyone who seems different, contact Dr. Amy & read her blog: https://www.EmpoweringPartners.com/.

You have the choice of: 

Pasta Alfredo with Grilled Chicken
Pork Ragu*
Short Ribs*

*served with Chef’s choice of starch and vegetable

Your meal will also include:

Caesar Salad
Dinner Rolls/Butter
Amy’s Gooey Butter Cake

coffee, tea, water, and soft drinks

Please advise us of any food allergies at checkout.  Thank you.

Disclaimer:  Photos and videos of all members, guests, speakers, and affiliates may be used in any and all publications and materials promoted by PWA.

The Professional Women’s Alliance is an organization of women supporting one another for personal and professional development.  We strive to keep the annual membership cost affordable to encourage participation.  We also believe in “try it before you buy it” which is the reason we offer potential members the opportunity to attend two events before deciding to join.


April 10
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
$35.00 – $50.00


Missouri Athletic Club – West
1777 Des Peres Rd
Des Peres, MO 63131
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