Through the use of parables, short stories and narratives, this workshop will explore a variety of ways that interculturalists and cross cultural specialists can use story as a way to connect across cultural difference.
Stories can help to build a bridge between the sociological, abstract dimensions and the individually lived, personal dimensions on which culture functions. Culture can be unpacked through story in ways that are more accessible than abstract analysis alone. “Storytelling is the thread which is woven deep in our lives, our conscious, our humanity. It has the power to bring understanding amongst the peoples of the world. Tell and listen.” — Antonio Rocha
Kelli McLoud-Schingen, M.A., President, KMS Consulting specializes in global diversity and inclusion, storytelling, cross-cultural communication, conflict resolution/mediation and teambuilding. She has facilitated workshops for educational, non-profit, government and corporate institutions in the USA, Canada, and Europe since 1989. Kelli is a certified professional mediator, an administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and currently co-authoring Cultural Detective: African American. She is an accomplished actor and director with several theatrical credits for performances in the US and England. She holds a B.A. in Communications and a M.A. in Cross-Cultural Studies. Kelli’s intercultural storytelling includes her signature dramatic narratives, “Anything but Black”: an examination of internalized racism and “A Letter to a friend” an intimate journey of dating abuse. Kelli’s clients have included Shell Oil, Chevron Phillips, Texas Historical Commission, Texas A&M University, San Francisco State University, National Children’s Advocacy Centers, and the City of Helsinki, Finland. Kelli served as the president for SIETAR USA from 2010-2012 and has been a board member for SIETAR USA since 2002. She currently lives in Tulsa, OK with her husband and two children.