Cultural Intelligence

Do you want to hire and retain top diverse talent and reach a broader market?

Corporate Workshops

Empowering Partner’s Workshop Series lays the foundation for greater organizational collaboration, productivity and innovation.

Seven Symptoms

Does your organization have any of these 7 symptoms of a mono-cultural mindset?

Talking Turkey

Whether or not you agree or can even imagine what they have gone through, you can affirm another person’s feelings about their experience. Cultural Intelligence allows us to stand in solidarity with another, communicating you are not alone.

How to Hire People on the Spectrum

A CEO asked me, “What do my employees and I need to know to hire and retain people who are on the spectrum?” He has a manufacturing company with highly technical jobs that require precision, repetition and care. The CEO’s question gave me the opportunity to...

A Case of Sexual Harassment

In organizations with Cultural Intelligence, majorities don’t assume that another person’s experience is just like their own. Rather they assume they don’t know, apply curiosity and work to learn the other’s story and experience.

How Middle Managers Can Make a Difference

If we think we know what someone is going to say or do, we’re already near the top of the ladder. Leaders can be aware that embedded assumptions can hinder our ability to connect with people, practices and information and can stifle inquiry.

How to Connect with Your Kid About Tricky Topics

“I don’t know if I did it right,“ Louisa told me. She said she’d overheard her son calling it the “Chinese virus” to a group of friends. She’d pulled him aside and told him, “We don’t call the disease by its country of origin. It could come off as racist. We refer to...

Five Ways Whites Can Effectively Respond in Cross-cultural Conversation

When someone is in crisis or the whole world is exploding in pandemics and protests what do you do? Studies show most of us respond by minimizing our differences trying to rationalize the crisis down to nothing, invalidating (often infuriating) the person(s) in...

There’s a Better Question

Why is Covid-19 hitting some communities harder than others? Who exactly has been hit the hardest? These are the questions my daughter Abby Narishkin, a reporter for Business Insider, was looking into for her research for, “The Real Reasons Coronavirus Hits Some...

What’s In a Name

The other day, my friend James stopped in at the gas station he frequents. He overheard another customer say, “I can’t stand Chinese people. I hate this foreign virus.” “What?!” James said. The customer responded, “Why do you think we’re in this mess? We have this...

What’s the Point of Impact?

“Should I have taken down my Confederate flag?” Bob asked. It was the question Bob, a mid-level retail manager, asked when he called me over to his group during a workshop I was facilitating at his company. Amy: “Where’s the flag?” Bob: “Up on the wall in my garage,”...

What’s in Your Blindspot?

Russ: “Can I tell you what happened?” I nodded so he pulled me aside and said, “I’m only telling you because I know the work you’re in.” Amy: “What happened?” Russ: “I was at a fast food restaurant in town. My wife and I went in for dinner and all the employees—they...
Dr. Amy Narishkin

Dr. Amy Narishkin

Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)

About Dr. Amy Narishkin

“Leaders need to create a culture of safety and belonging for everyone to live their best and most productive life,” says Dr. Amy S. Narishkin. With a PhD in Adult Education and 25+ years of teaching, researching and mentoring, Amy works with CEO’s, management teams and those who take the lead in organizations to effectively implement the tools for cultural intelligence.

Her consulting and workshops help leaders and organizations develop the capacity to value, include and engage the unique strengths present in your workforce to deliver on the high performance promises of diversity.

In addition to her work in corporations, non-profits, schools and churches Amy is also an advocate for cultural intelligence at home with her international CEO husband, four thriving high school to adult children and her passion for church and community volunteering.

To jump start your cultural intelligence check out Amy’s book Awoke in Progress: An Interactive Journal for Developing Intercultural Consciousness.