Programs, events and activities - glimpses from whatever CultureCatch is currently up to!
March 2022, Kuwait City
I count my blessings for being so privileged. Imagine spending a week in Kuwait for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), on this purposeful assignment. Jerome Lhost and I have been teaching and discussing gender equality, women’s leadership roles and challenges, cultural differences and key leadership skills with wonderful female leaders from Kuwaits government bodies. Even a couple of brave men respectfully joined the lioness' cave, taking part in shaping the future work life for new generations. Events like this is the reason why my work is my life. And Kuwait City is so worth experiencing!
March 2022, Oslo
What could be better than starting the week off by talking about the importance of cultural competence in Inclusion at work? Not much, in my view.....
Coming home from a great congress and sunny Algarve could have been hard....but I was lucky to get invited by Kimiya Sajjadi from Big Enough Global, to talk about multiculturalist and diversity in the workplace! Lovely people, giving great feedback after the session.
March 2022, Helsinki
360 session in the workplace,
a daring and rewarding exercise!
Another fruitful, challenging - yet incredibly full of laughter and humour - team work session with my dear Finnish, brilliant Herantis Pharma team in Helsinki!
Aspects of Indian, Dutch, Norwegian and Russian cultures spice up the Finnish gems :-)
A great pleasure to be "back at a university"! I haven't lectured students live for a while, and luckily I got this wonderful group of interested and interesting, humorous and smart students at the University of SouthEast Norway, doing their master in Strategy and Leadership. Always a win and competitive advantage when people develop cultural reflections and competence as early as possible in their work and leadership careers!
«En utrolig spennende samling. Må si du er en utrolig engasjerende og flink formidler!"
Madeleine Gundersen, masterstudent
Dec. 2-3, 2021:
Thrilled to work with this international company headquartered in Oslo, ELOPAK!
Had the honour of training the new Integration Team for their acquisition of the MENA company Naturepak, with production sites in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Morocco.
Lovely and wise when companies are focussed on conducting mergers with the utmost respect, curiosity and determination to learn - about the new cultures being included in the company as well as for how to make the integration as successful as possible! Marvellous team.
"Intercultural Business Competence with an
in-depth analysis of Saudi and Moroccan cultures"
Nov. 2021, Århus:
A pleasure to be part of Arla's internal training offers and record a video lecture available to young leaders across Europe!
Feedback in Teams Chat:
"Thank you, brilliant lecture"
"Very interesting and motivating!"
"The session was absolutely fantastic, I truly loved it!"
Nov.-21: Teambuilding with a a wonderful group of brilliant post doc researchers from the highly renowned Denmark Technical University (DTU) Compute!
Great venue: Konventum Højrisgård in Elsinore Denmark, and with the training program title:
"Building Cultural Understanding for Optimal Team Cooperation"
"I very much enjoyed the cultural training event in Helsingør. I have to say that the model you are teaching is brilliant and your approach of conveying it is superb!"
(participant Amal's feedback)
Oct. 2021: It's simply a marvellous feeling to be back in the Danish conference centres I have always loved, and have so many good memories from! Autumn vibes with 60 brilliant Danish and French listeners in KolleKolle Conference Hotel outside Copenhagen, speaking about my passion "Culture, Cooperation and Motivation".
HR, management and participants feedback: "A great presentation that pinpointed our challenges", "Excellent speech!", "You were referred to all through our strategy day", "I could hear your points being discussed all around in the breaks the rest of the day". Mission completed!
And again - an Award,
what a pleasure!
Excited about meeting old and new contacts from Switzerland and the Nordic clubs there, for a webinar introducing the cross-cultural field and how to benefit from it!
August 2021: Finally out of covid travel lockdown - and started with the best possible biotech team and job, in Helsinki! Great people and brilliant venue in the Finnish archipelago. CEO Craig Cook's feedback after 2 days workshop on Culture, Communication and Collaboration:
"Thank you for superb team cross-cultural training and coaching event last week! It hit all the high points and sweet spots we needed it to; and nailed what we set out to do (and more)! Big kudos to you, well prepared and superbly executed! 👌👍🥇"
June 17th, 2021:
Well, look at that!
CultureCatch awarded by EU Business News, as
Best Global Cross-Cultural Business Training Specialists 2021!
And we will proudly live up to that, securing the best results for you!
Training studio in the living room! Sad to miss out on travels to lovely destinations, but it IS possible to build real rapport virtually! "Women's Leadership" e-workshop, May 18-20, 2020 organised by the UN (Unitar), with some really great women from around the world. Here concludes participant Janis Underwood, USA/Spain, a few days after the e-workshop:
"I had the pleasure of attending a 3-day online e-workshop on women’s leadership with Marit. Marit has a great way of creating an environment of trust within an intercultural setting and I found her use of break out sessions extremely useful in helping us learn the material. Marit as a presenter/trainer is extremely professional, very engaging and naturally generates a high level of interest in her material. I am very impressed with her ability to create an in-person classroom-like experience online. Being able to do that is a special talent that not many trainers have".
A new challenge in these Covid-19 times with cancellations of all f2f meetings and training events:
Going online with teaching and team development!
Several upcoming events in May-20 to be done over Zoom, starting with leadership teaching for master students at Stirling University, organised by the UN (Unitar). Exciting!
And speaking at Convene Baltic Travel congress was a wonderful experience! Says the organiser Galina Bukowska after the event: "We had the pleasure of having Marit for our international event Convene 2020 Educational Academy (www.convene.lt) which took place in Vilnius, Lithuania during February 12-13, 2020. 45 exiting minutes was not enough, the audience was full and many people asked about the contacts. The topic is very actual in our industry and in today’s globalization world. I hope we will have the chance to invite Marit again!"
Happily preparing for going to beautiful Vilnius, treasuring the opportunity to speak to 100+ congress delegates from the travel & tourism industry. Looking much forward to the networking and exchanges and to spread the message of the importance of cultural competence!
BUSINET 33rd Conference,
Belgrade, Serbia, November 2019
CrossCulture on the agenda!
and lots of fruitful networking and
brainstorming for future projects with various international business schools.
JT Foxx Event.....
A very intense, inspiring and useful day -
CultureCatch "sharpening the axe"
in order to be an even
better speaker and partner to clients!
Sept. 12, 2019: and after a very long and creative summer, the business rose again like a Phenix from the ashes and companies came back to "normal life"! Great to kick off with meeting sharp research project leaders from the biotech industry (Zealand Pharma), and great being back for work in Copenhagen - again. A day in the heading of Leadership and Change, where I trained the crucial factors Cultural influence (values, behaviour, communication style, leadership style, creating inspiring meetings) and Motivational Engine - how to know your own and others and by this create optimal results! We were so motivated that we forgot to take photos .-)
Shortly after ended training day, this message ticked in from one of the participants, a medical project director:
"Thank you very much for an extraordinary
educational, fun and productive day!"
Which is the exact and precise description of CultureCatch' aim for each and every delivery. "Tick"! Mission completed!
June 14, 2019:
What a day! With great people from Denmark and Germany, merging into a new and stronger KLIFO. An honour to be the only external guest, speaking about cultural differences and how to bridge dem and create success from diversity!
Lots of laughter, and tips for how to build the future.
Says Alejandra Mørk, Owner and CEO:
"Thanks to Marit for an excellent presentation of cultural differences at the KLIFO Day 2019!"
June 3, 2019:
It has been an exciting and interesting congress week in Leuven, Belgium with "the intercultural tribe"; SIETAR (Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research. CultureCatch designed and facilitated a session highly popular among the participants: A storytelling "Campfire Session", where four of the most prominent leading interculturalists of today agreed to join, and in each their corner had groups they shared their life story, experience, ideas, challenges and thoughts with. The four mentors were Prof. Dr. Milton Bennett, Diversophy-founder Dr. George Simons, author, speaker and Lewis Model-developer Richard D. Lewis and Prof. Dr. Marie-Therese Claes. What a team!
June 2019: ICCA (The global International Congress and Convention Association) publishes a video of glimpses from CultureCatch interview and speaking session as their promotion for their next congress in Houston, Nov.2019. The session was held at the 57th ICCA congress in Dubai, Nov.2018, and the video is promoted on all social media channels ICCA uses.
Such a pleasure to speak at ICCA!