The Washington DC Metro Area Affiliate was launched in February 2018 with a mission to:
If you would like to learn more about FIGT DC activities or be invited to its events, please connect with us at DC@figt.org.
With almost 10 million people in the D.C. metropolitan area and a range of multinational organizations including the IMF, IFC, World Bank, global companies, international schools, embassies, department of defense, U.S. State Department, three individuals with diverse backgrounds, geographies, and a vision came together in the fall of 2017 to launch this affiliate. Their goal was to provide resources and knowledge sharing opportunities already framed by the FIGT organization to the local community of global nomads.
The first meeting was hosted by the World Bank Family Network (WBFN) on February 12th, 2018 with a resounding 52 participants.
Daniela Draugelis grew up in a Lithuanian family in Argentina, and has lived half her life between the USA, Germany, China and Indonesia. She has an extensive career in International Marketing Communications working for Fortune 500 companies as well as innovative technology startups expanding their business operations across borders. She also helped international educational institutions and businesses in China and Indonesia improve their communications and expand the reach of their programs. Daniela is passionate about developing high-impact solutions and making a difference in this globally connected world.
Hannah Marie Morris, PhD founder of Intercultural Transitions, Inc., is passionate about assisting others as they navigate their own intercultural transitions. Her work is based on her expertise in university transition and success programming along with her research in higher education and intercultural learning. She combines her academic and practical knowledge of cross-cultural transitions to help students, families, and schools around the globe with her colleague and FIGT member, Ms. Megan Norton.
Jody Conibear Tangredi is a dual Canadian-British citizen raised as an “oil brat” in Iran, France, England, Indonesia, Australia and Singapore. She has 20 years of educational and corporate experience in global learning, personnel development and management. With a recent Masters in Intercultural Relations she provides clients with solutions to support cross-cultural work and adjustments, to assess and develop global readiness and skills for international positions, and define effective working behaviors for diverse groups. She works with various programs, creating and bringing together the diversity of people’s skills with her deep passion and knowledge on the impact of working, moving and living multiculturally. After working in Japan and Canada, she has been based in Virginia, USA, and experiences life as a military spouse. She is a certified administrator of the Global Competencies Inventory (GCI), the Intercultural Effectiveness Scale (IES), the GlobeSmart Profile (GSP), and is on the Board for the Families in Global Transition (FIGT) organization.
Sample/Highlight of Past Events/Scheduled Activities
February 12, 2018 - Over 50 participants heard from Ruth Van Reken, FIGT co-founder and co-author of “Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds,” who opened the event with a keynote address on the history of FIGT and the concept of TCKs and CCKs. A panel discussion followed featuring global transition experts and “Kitchen Table Conversations” gave attendees an opportunity to share experiences and reflect on the topics presented. As Ruth said “...some new seeds were planted and watered...It will be fun to watch them grow!”