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Fiona Citkin

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“We at UBS tried and tested some of TD programs within our Diversity Today and The Diversity Experience series. Transformational Diversity extends traditional Diversity efforts shifting the focus to Inclusive Leadership, putting interpersonal and intercultural business competencies on center stage – and maintaining that when tolerance-development and workplace relationships are taken a good care of, this results in productivity and performance improvement—and then ROI takes care of itself."

Ci Ci Holloway, Chief Human Resources Executive, Lincoln Financial Media See all references
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Dr. Fiona Citkin, a former Fulbright Scholar from Ukraine, is a renowned intercultural consultant, HuffPost blogger and author of the award-winning books “Transformational Diversity” and “How They Made It in America,” featuring 18 immigrant women distilling the strategies and values that helped them rise to the top and achieve success in America.

Why book speaker Dr. Fiona Citkin?

  • She has a global business perspective. With experience as a director of Berlitz, and a personal consulting portfolio that includes UBS, DuPont, Estée Lauder, Bayer, Dewberry, Hershey and the US Department of Defense, speaker Dr. Fiona Citkin’s presentations actualize success from a global perspective.
  • She shares in the immigrant experience. After Dr. Fiona’s family relocated to New York, she put her education on pause for her family. She worked for the global computer company CSI (Complex Systems Inc.), Berlitz, and similar culture-language-oriented organizations, until she accumulated enough experience to start her own consultancy, Expert MS Inc. Now as a naturalized citizen, she not only relates to that fish-out-of-water feeling from being immigrant, she can guide your audience to a way forward.
  • She is the queen of reinvention. And she can show you how to pave your own path forward! Since moving to America, Dr. Fiona’s education and experience has led her to careers in college teaching, PR, sales, marketing, course design, training, and HR consulting. Change can be good if you embrace it, Dr. Fiona likes to say. As your keynote speaker, she will give your audience the tools and knowledge they change their lives for the better.

After completing her Ph.D., Dr. Fiona became a professor and chair of the English Department of Uzhgorod National University in Ukraine. Her first book, Terminology and Translation was a hit in European academia and her expertise has led to many speaking engagements, conferences, visiting professorships and consulting opportunities on cultures, gender, diversity, and inclusion around the world.

Dr. Fiona’s first book written in the United States, Transformational Diversity: Why and How Intercultural Competencies Can Help Organizations to Survive and Thrive, is rooted in her consulting practice. It explores inclusive leadership practices of today and the how-to of implementation. The book’s success also led to Dr. Fiona’s recognition as diversity thought-leader by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

At the request of the Diversity and Inclusion division of the SHRM, Fiona designed and facilitated an innovative course, Global Cultural Competence for Business Leaders, that became a staple for leadership education in a multicultural world. For her book Transformational Diversity, keynote speaking and consulting work, Dr. Fiona was awarded named Top Champion of Diversity.

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Immigrants’ Success in the US: Common Denominators to Discover and Apply

Based on Dr. Fiona Citkin’s book, How They Made It in America, this session focuses on how to achieve success and transfer that success to an inner circle. Hear the success stories of prominent American immigrant women, including celebrities such as Isabel Allende and Ivana Trump. Then go beyond the success stories and apply proven success strategies to daily life, integrating the Seven Success Values.

By the end of this session, your audience will:

  • Understand the rules of American success, clustered around the Seven Success Values: character building, the american mindset; emotional intelligence; communication skills and creativity; strategic thinking; inclusive leadership and perseverance
  • Know how to select role models for success in the US from the acting contemporary entrepreneurs, educators, or artists
  • Learn the blueprints of how to make it in America
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Top Successful Women: The Why, the What, and The How

Keynote speaker Dr. Fiona Citkin presents the top successful American women from all walks of life then distills their stories into a set of values that build success. This strategy can be applied to any person in a new environment, not necessarily an immigrant person. The presentation also demonstrates the way for people at large, and especially the young aspiring achievers, to use the blueprints of success in the US as a shortcut for their personal success.

Key audience takeaways will come from discussions on:

  • Possible additional success values that can help the aspiring achievers to be a success in the US
  • American cultural identity/DNA in a flux, possibly because of the “new blood” from immigration
  • Our role as citizens: Shall we push for the “melting pot” or the “salad bowl”?
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Perspectives on Gender and Global Diversity

Dr. Fiona Citkin, who immigrated from Ukraine to America, examines the individual perspectives and experiences of 18 immigrant women from around the world and from all walks of life. These women serve as models of today’s success and by sharing their unique and complex stories, Citkin also captures their collective wisdom and explores the values that drive them to action, success and presents specific advice that will inspire other success seekers to follow in their footsteps.

Key audience takeaways include:

  • Learning from a gender-based approach to Diversity and Inclusion
  • Learning diverse coping strategies for women and men under stress
  • Understanding multicultural challenges of immigrant women as a subset of American women

    Thinking of Revolutionary 2017: Lessons Learned

    Revolutionary Past

    2017 has been a revolutionary year in many ways—and by “revolutionary” I mean bringing about fundamental changes.

    First, we’ve had some outstanding anniversaries, such as:

    – One hundred years of the Bolsheviks’ takeover in Russia—or, as they call it in my birth country, a centenary of the Great October Socialist Revolution

    – 150 years of Karl Marx’ Capital (where he concluded that no matter what you do, capitalism is not sustainable and inevitably ends in a catastrophe).

    – 50 years since the death of Che Guevara, the face of revolutions in Latin America

    – 500 years anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Thesis, nailed to the church door—which ultimately led to the Protestant revolution.

    These events are nothing short of revolutionary, leaving human society with significant consequences, ideas, values, and costs. What’s the echo in 2017?

     

    Near-Revolutionary Present

    This year showed the real rebellious spirit on the rise, for instance:

    1. The Americans saw the game-changing president Donald Trump occupy the White House and trump-quake at work.

    2. Britain launched its divorce with the EU.

    3. Both Russia and China started to challenge the US influence worldwide.

    4. The forces of change promoted more women into the top positions, and we saw fresh feminist wave opposing sexual harassment, with #MeToo sweeping many predatory bosses off their chairs. This does resemble a mini-revolution when something’s gotta give.

    5. Anti-globalization forces proved strong but not all-mighty because of the young leadership of France’s president Emmanuel Macron and Canada’s prime-minister Justin Trudeau. Many centrists in Germany, Netherlands, and even Austria also embraced the world, remaining open to trade and diverse cultures—which, at this day and time, sounds revolutionary enough.

    6. Diversity and Inclusion have been inching forward, despite a flurry of provoked racist and anti-Semitic activities—which served as wake-up calls for all people who always believed that the USA is a true democracy. The counter-revolution of the alt-right met a strong opposition of the united left and middle/center progressivists and conservatives alike. When united, this front can do even better in 2018 and beyond, and the battle to sustain the original American Revolution will be won, again.

     

    Do I Measure Up?

    I did my best to measure up to our eventful time, and my ups and downs alternated throughout 2017. Here’s how.

    First, the good part. I do count my blessings for my good family and ability to enjoy nature; I prepared and performed the second ever best-attended webinar for SIETAR-Europa (Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research) which is now on YouTube; my presentations at SIETAR-Italia in Milan and SIETAR-USA in San Diego brought me new friends and followers; invited to contribute to a post-conference volume in Italy I did so. Not bad, right?

    Second, my personal “downs” were not too dramatic—may be because America turned me into a thicker-skinned individual than I’ve been in my youth ?. Indeed, my progressive publisher returned my book with instructions how to elaborate it, and it took me half a year. There was no way of expressing my stress with tears—because who am I, a crybaby? No way! I did what’s necessary and moved on and felt much better ever since: my new book (about outstanding American immigrant women) will now be better suited for a mass market. This came at a cost but who cares?

    Third comes my detached “down-point” – regarding some politicians who make everyday news while dismantling the prowess of the US both on the international arena and at home. This, of course, is a distant, public stress—but it has a way of accumulating and weighing me down. I keep thinking about how to deal with that. Do you?

     

    Let’s tie it all together.

     

    Lessons Learned

    Ours is an exciting time to live – and we owe it to ourselves to:

    1. Recognize the recurrent revolutionary spirit of our time and attempt to measure up, in our personal and professional lives.

    2. Step out of our virtual ivory towers, our closed like-minded communities, and get accustomed to living in a real, broader world.

    3. On a personal level, my best to-do is to practice what my father used to say, “Tunnels end with light, prepare for that.” True to this spirit, I keep summing up the lessons of tougher times—to move on, in 2018. Even though the light may be effectively disguised, it is there! I am a believer that light and openness and speaking up are my top choices to move on.

    Follow me if you can at http://fionacitkin.com/blog/.

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    5 out of 5 stars

    “We at UBS tried and tested some of TD programs within our Diversity Today and The Diversity Experience series. Transformational Diversity extends traditional Diversity efforts shifting the focus to Inclusive Leadership, putting interpersonal and intercultural business competencies on center stage – and maintaining that when tolerance-development and workplace relationships are taken a good care of, this results in productivity and performance improvement—and then ROI takes care of itself."

    Ci Ci Holloway, Chief Human Resources Executive, Lincoln Financial Media See all references

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