What We're Up To In addition to cross-cultural training and consulting, I really enjoy teaching and doing project-oriented work.
Summer 2009, 2010 and 2011: I serve as the student coordinator / academic director for the contingent of Chinese students studying at Georgetown University. This position is managed by the School of Continuing Studies-Special Programs and the Office of International Programs. In 2010 we had almost 90 students from 7 Chinese universities: Fudan, Renmin, Xi'an Jiaotong, Nanjing, Xiamen, Zhejiang and HUST (Huazhong University of Science and Technology.)
September, 2010: I earned the right and privilege to call myself a Certified Professional Coach! I successfully completed a six-month course offered by Coach Training Alliance, which is accredited by the International Coach Federation to confer such a designation. My cross-cultural training practice incorporates executive and life coaching skills for particular effectiveness with expats, repats and their spouses.
September and November, 2009: I had the pleasure to travel to Hong Kong and teach Intercultural Communications (1 week in September) and Personal Branding as a Communications/Networking Tool (1 week in November.) Both trips were successful and absolutely life-changing...I enjoy an unexplainable affinity for Hong Kong! These activities came to me through my connection with the Fashion Institute of Technology.
August, 2007 - present: I am appointed as an adjunct faculty member at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. I have taught Global Marketing (undergraduate) and Culture and International Business (graduate.) Fall of 2010 saw the course go completely on-line!
September, 2006 - August, 2007: I contracted with the Institute for Global Chinese Affairs at the University of Maryland, In this capacity I assisted in program development, lecture design and delivery to Chinese delegations from various Chinese industries and provinces, conducting day-to-day logistics for area and out-of-town field trips. The most significant project I co-managed was the third 2-month WTO/SPS (Sanitary and Phytosanitary) Leadership Development Training Program for a delegation from China's food safety industry
September, 2005 - May, 2006: Appointed as Assistant Professor in American University's "Washington Semester Program." This program offers 11 separate topics on which upper-level undergraduates from all of the country and the world can concentrate for a true "Washington experience." I taught one section of the International Business and Trade course. In Spring of 2006 I conducted the 3-week China Practicum during which we visited Beijing, Tianjin, Yantai, Penglai, Qingdao, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Ningbo.
February - April, 2005: Director, DC center of International Internship Programs (IIP). This non-profit sponsors J-1 visas under the US State Department's Exchange Visitor Program. With headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, visitors come from all over the world to participate in training and develop skills in their chosen field through participation in training programs at host organizations.
September - November 2004: Co-manager of the first SPS (sanitary and phytosanitary) / WTO Leadership Development Training Program for a delegation from China's food safety industry. Participants came from the Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ); Ministry of Agriculture; Ministry of Health. The project was managed and funded by University of Maryland's Institute for Global Chinese Affairs; Foreign Agricultural Service of the USDA; and the US Trade Representative's office.
January - March 2004: "INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND CULTURE" on-line course, developed by Transition Success Consulting for the World Trade Institute at Pace University, New York. This 10-week course is offered through the World Trade Institute and is delivered on-line. Go to www.wti.pace.edu for a schedule of these and other course offerings.
November 2003: "Women Create New Links to Global Business Success" article published in Par Excellence, the official yearook of the Executive Women's Golf Association
November 2003: "Successful Cross-Berder Interactions: Anytime, Anywhere with Anyone" presentation for the Washington, DC chapter of Women in International Trade (WIIT)
November 2003: "Triad of Influence: Education, Culture and International Business" article published in the November, 2003 issue of "Mobility," the monthly journal of the Employee Relocation Council
October 2003: "Intercultural Communication" presentation for the VA Conference on World Trade in Williamsburg, VA
October 2003: "A National Context Model for Cross-Cultural Trainers and Relocation Professionals" workshop for the Employee Relocation Council's Global Workforce Development Summit in Atlanta, GA
March 2003: "Negotiating AcrossBorders," workshop for the annual conference of the Intercultural Management Institute at American University in Washington, DC
January 2003: "Is Outsourcing Cross-Cultural Competence an Option?" on-line article on Business Process Outsourcing for OutsourcingCentral.com
December 2002: "Did You Eat Yet?" presentation on developing cross-cultrula competence for the University of Maryland University College
November 2002: "Culture and National Innovation Systems" seminar for the US State Department's International Visitors Program
If you'd like to know more... ...contact Vrginia Cutchin at 703-898-7783 or Virginia@TransitionSuccess.net.