Organizational Development Workshops, Events, and Trainings

The ISODC hosts ongoing professional development workshops, online webinars, and conferences. Members receive discounted registration fees and access to webinar archives, and non-members are welcome to attend our events as entrée into the OD field and the organization.

Upcoming events

    • 25 May 2021
    • (MDT)
    • 27 May 2021
    • (MDT)

    • 03 Jul 2021
    • 5:00 PM (UTC+01:00)

    Participants will learn to recognize, respect, reconcile, and realize different cultural values

    About this Event

    “Culture is not a side dish, it is the main course,” – Fons Trompenaars

    The Professional Certificate in Cultural Competence enables educators and professionals to develop essential knowledge and skills for cultural competence, change and development, and leadership in our diverse world. From the classroom to global boardrooms to local communities, the demand for cultural competence is needed today more than ever in education, government, military, healthcare, human services, business, tourism, and hospitality. The class begins in April, 2021. 

    Educators and professionals in our global community need to interact with people from different cultures, regardless of local, regional, national, or international contexts. Participants will learn to recognize, respect, reconcile, and realize different cultural values. They will learn to use their new knowledge to work in diverse workplaces, create culturally-appropriate change and development initiatives, and work internationally. 

    Delivered completely online by the Institute for Culture, Change, and Leadership, the Professional Certificate in Cultural Competence includes two engaging four-week online courses. Each class has a one-hour call scheduled weekly to review its content. The time of the session is determined by the class. 

    Why is Cultural Competence So Important?

    Culture influences everything we do, from the food we eat to how we interact with others. Whether in a classroom, board meeting, customer service interface, or working with persons from different countries for business development, when two or more people from different cultures interact, the chances for misunderstandings, increases significantly. Viewing situations through a cultural lens helps people to interpret and validate the beliefs and values of others. People who are equipped with cultural competency skills are more effective leaders, team members, service providers, and colleagues.

    New and reconciled solutions to common workplace issues are developed through recognition and respect for seemingly opposing cultural values. These approaches enable people with different cultural orientations to work together in cooperation rather than conflict.

    What are the advantages of the Certificate in Cultural Competency?

    The Certificate provides advantages to anyone who wishes to improve how they operate in culturally diverse settings. The courses may be delivered to cohorts of individual professionals, or as in-house continuing education in schools, corporations, communities, and governments.

    The Certificate Advantages...

    Based on the work of Trompenaars, Hampden-Turner, Glover, and Barker - widely recognized authorities in the field of cultural differences and developing cultural competence.

    Content designed to develop more than basic knowledge of one or more specific cultures, providing the learners with cultural competence to apply in a variety of cultural contexts.

    Learners master concepts of culture, a framework, and method, then an operational and applied way to understand and work with culture and different cultural settings.

    Course materials have user-friendly designs, with engaging content and interface. We use two books that will need to be purchased. Stories, cases, simulations, and examples based on actual situations used to illustrated learning.

    Flexible schedules to fit work and family demands.

    Engaging discussions, video calls, and interactive formats.

    Four-week courses in which the learners progressively learn to be more culturally competent.

    Culture, change, development, and leadership are linked.

    Individual Benefits...

    Individuals may use the learning from the certificate to enhance their professional development and daily leadership skills and practices.

    Easy to use online format for course sites.

    No previous experience or credentials needed.

    “This program is great for anyone looking to add to their skill set. The instructors bring with them a wealth of knowledge and practical experiences that really create a dynamic learning environment with exceptional content that takes theory and applies it effectively to real-life cultural dilemmas.” - Leah

    In-House Organizational Training Benefits...

    Custom designed cases, dilemmas to make the learning relevant to the organization.

    Applications to cultural dilemmas in the organization.

    Projects to resolve workplace issues.

    Professional associations may use the Certificate to provide professional development opportunities for their members. One or all courses can be custom designed for association members’ learning needs.

    “Although I have been doing cultural competence work for several years, the certificate is teaching me a framework I did not know. I am being taught by seasoned professionals with solid academic experience and credentials, AND by highly experienced professionals active in the field.” - Regina

    For more information and questions, contact Kimberley Barker at

    The registration fee for course one is $350. The registration fee for course two is $525. Certificate price if classes are taken back to back is $800 USD - that is a $75 savings!!   Here is the link to register for class two:

Past events

18 Feb 2021 Alignment Strong/Strategic & Human-Centric HDBK for Competitive Leadership
01 Feb 2021 Professional Certificate in Cultural Competence - January 2020
21 Jan 2021 Career Strategies for the (OD&C) Scholar Practitioner
10 Dec 2020 Ancient Wisdom for Modern Workplaces
13 Nov 2020 How to Facilitate Interactive Large Group Virtual Sessions
04 Jun 2020 Geopolitics of Strategic Change Workshop
13 May 2020 ISODC 2020 International Conference
02 Apr 2020 How to Have "Conversations Worth Having" Webinar
19 Mar 2020 Leading Global Innovation: Facilitating Multicultural Collaboration
16 Jan 2020 Manage to Lead: 7 Truths to Help You Change the World Webinar w/ Peter DiGiammarino
12 Dec 2019 Webinar with Diana Whitney author of Thriving Women Thriving World
14 Nov 2019 Webinar with Francois Heon author of The Yin and Yang of Leadership
10 Oct 2019 Webinar with Raj Sisodia author of The Healing Organization
15 Aug 2019 Webinar with Richard Sheridan author of Chief Joy Officer
01 Aug 2019 The YIN and YANG of Leadership
29 May 2019 Survey – OD Values for the Future
15 May 2019 2019 ISODC Conference
16 Apr 2019 Practicing Organizational Change and Development in the Global Community
21 Feb 2019 Leading Strategic Innovation and Change Webinar with Al Blixt
24 Jan 2019 TBD - To Be Determined - webinar with Brenda Kline Reynolds
14 Dec 2018 2018 ISODC China's 2nd Global Executive OD Summit
15 Nov 2018 Webinar with Matt Minahan on OD: From the Founders to the Future
30 Oct 2018 Unstoppable Leadership and Exponential Results - Webinar with Bjorn and Victoria Martinoff
18 Sep 2018 Culture, Change, and Leadership Workshop
17 Sep 2018 ISODC International Conference 2018 - Dublin
13 Sep 2018 Webinar with Ed and Peter Schein
03 Aug 2018 Global diversity requires a worldview appropriate for Culture, Change, and Leadership
29 Jun 2018 ISODC CHINA, 1st OD Global Summit Conference
16 May 2018 Workshop on Managing, Measuring & Changing Org. Culture
16 May 2018 May 17-19, 2018: Ohio Information Exchange

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