In 2019 Families in Global Transition (FIGT) took a big step forward by moving to Southeast Asia for the first time ever. We were excited to welcome new and old experts and professionals to the conference from all over the world by inviting globally mobile individuals as well as those who sponsor, support, and study them, to share their perspectives on connection, leadership, and change related to this lifestyle.
The titles of the discussions which took place, the Presenters and Sponsors who made it possible, as well as the Pollock Scholars who were chosen to attend aare listed below. Want to read beyond the titles? Visit the FIGT2019 Conference page for presentation extracts and presenter bios. Want to know even more? Become a member? Members have access to the past conference material as well as the community which contributed, and continues to contribute to this unique organization. Find out how you can also be a part of the FIGT community.
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Presentations which opened each day of the conference, reflecting the conference theme.
Stories Connect Us - Jo Parfit
Lead with a Global Soul - Anita Kapoor
You Can Change the World - Caleb Meakins
Presentations, or powerpoints available to Members Only.
Expert Panels are an effective way to consolidate knowledge and lead a conversation across sectors and areas of experience/expertise.
Samakee, All Together - Denise Granai, Randy Wallis and Justin West
Targeting specific audiences within the FIGT Community Early Bird Forums are a unique session type that encourages the building of professional networks. The longer 90-minute format allows for multiple presenters and plenty of discussion.
Maximize the Positive Power of Social Media BEFORE, DURING, and AFTER Your Move: How to use technology to keep connected and avoid the negative aspects throughout your global journey - Laura Anderson, Nicole Blyth, Amber Folkman and Sundae Schneider Bean
Meeting of the FIGT Counseling and Coaching Affiliate - Daniela Tomer and Shellee Burroughs
Research Forum: Dialog Between Researchers and Research Consumers - Sarah Gonzales
The Glocal Challenge: Using Your Global Skills in Your Local Community to Find Career Fulfillment - Laura Sheehan and Jody Conibear Tangredi
Counseling and Coaching Early Bird Forum on Emotional Support - Pascale Paradis, Sonia Jaeger and Vivian Chiona
Current Research on Expat Adjustment Abroad and Repatriating (FIGT Research Network) - Anastasia Lijadi, Lauren Power and Neta Barel
David C Pollock Scholars - Florence Chabert D'Hieres, Matilda Criel-Ewoldt, Mishell Hernandez, Saeko Mizuta, Jessica Sanfilippo-Schulz and Karen Tan
Hope and Heartache in Cross Cultural Schooling: An Interactive Session for Parents and Educators - Tanya Crossman and Debbie Kramlich
How to Help You and Your Business Thrive Financially Through Good Times and Bad - Lucy Greenwood, David Hodson, Jennifer Patterson, Edward Cole and David Sandison
Concurrent Sessions are hour-long sessions focused on a single topic with one or several presenters, who will speak and then engage the audience in an active discussion of the topic.
Current Research on Asian TCKs and CCKs (FIGT Research Network) - Aiko Minematsu, Kyoung Mi Choi and Sookyoung Lee
Empathy Can Be a Double-Edged Sword: Focusing the Globally Mobile Community to Use Empathy to Heal Rather Than Divide - Christopher O'Shaughnessy
Growth of CCK Transition Programs at Universities - Megan Norton
How To Prevent Your Relationship From Being Put to the Test When Your Life Is in Transition - Sundae Schneider Bean
Lead the Way into Transitions by Working Together as a Family - Diana Rongen and Gerda van Loon
Prevention is Always Better Than Cure: How This Applies to International Family Law Issues - Lucy Greenwood and David Hodson
Create an Island: A Hands-On Workshop Using This Art-Based Tool for Working with Globally Mobile Children, Adults and Professionals - Shellee Burroughs
Early-life Transitions’ Influence on Social Connectedness, Spiritual Well-being, Emotional Stability, and Perfectionism of Cross-Cultural People - Esther Tan
Heart Connections: Mining TCKs' Potential as Global Leaders - Isabelle Min
HELP, I’m Living With an Addict in a Foreign Country! Where Do I Find Support? - Mark Burdick and Ian Young
How To Grow a Portable Business That Will Create the Impact You Want To Make! - Amel Derragui
Making Your ‘MOLA’ on the Move: The One Tool You Need to Navigate Your Globally Mobile Life - Mariam Ottimofiore
Surveying the Landscape: Common Practices, Challenges, and Opportunities in International School Transition Support - Ellen Mahoney
The Assumption of Privilege? Experiences of Growing Up in the Norwegian Foreign Service - Ragnhild Bjørnsen
Cultivating Stillness in a Fast Moving World - Jodi Harris
Decision Making and Global Relocation: It’s Not Simple but Is It Complicated or Complex – and How Does That Change What We Do? - Trisha Carter
Energy Leadership: How to Change the Way You Influence and Lead Those Around You - Alison Goldstein
EY & NetExpat Global Relocating Partner Survey Results - Jackie Tisapramotkul
Finding Their Wings: Coaching Facilitates TCK Metamorphosis - Peter Ransom
Research Forum: FIGT Research Network Annual Meeting - Ann Baker Cottrell, FIGT Research co-chair
The Benefits of Diversity on Staffing and Recruiting in International Schools: Implications for TCKs and Stakeholders - Jonathan Condo
The Mobile Life and the Child with Special Needs - Erin Long
A Critical Review of TCK Terminology in the Context of 'Thirdness' - Tabassim Ali and Anna Dillon
Insights into Navigating Global Mobility: What You Can Do - Darlene Fisher and Sue Richards
Measuring Change: Multiple Moves and How They Influence Cultural Adaptability - Laurie Shapiro
Self-Leadership in the Times of Change - Oxana Holtmann
The Universal Language of Music and its Role in Fostering Identity, Understanding and Connection - Melissa Indot
Lightning Sessions are engaging, informative, and based on a powerful question or idea. With 20 image-based slides, advancing automatically every 18 seconds to accompany, these short presentations, presented in rapid succession, are both fun and inspiring.
Falling in Love, Breaking Up, and Everything in Between: Our Relationships with Place - Tanya Crossman
Family Connections: Impact on Values, Identities, Traditions and Career Decisions for Dads - Ian Moody
Growing Up in Transit: The Politics of Belonging at an International School - Danau Tanu
Health, Leadership and Organizational Performance: The Expatriate Manager and the Relationship between Relocation Stress, Wellbeing and Performance - Katarina Holm-DiDio
Helping Our Global Kids to Thrive in a Changing World by Identifying Strengths and Building Resilience - Anisha Abraham
Survive or Thrive? How to Use Your Differences to Create A Happy Cross-Cultural Relationship - Kyoung Mi Choi and Christel van der Boom
Unlikely Connections - Jerry Jones and Cath Brew
Kitchen Table Conversations are informal 45-minute small group discussions around a table, reminiscent of the original discussions around Ruth Van Reken’s kitchen table that led to the founding of FIGT. These are lively, interactive conversations around a focused, practical topic.
Bangkok 101: A Mother’s View vs Her High School Child’s View - Julia Simens
Finding Home: Change, Connect and Lead for a Successful Transition “Home” - Lindy Chapman
How to Support a Family That Moves Globally with Internationally Adopted Kids: Challenges and Resources - Eunice Ra
Reinvention Testing Room: How Being Abroad and Jobless Can Become an Enriching Opportunity to Rethink Our Personal Life or Career - Sara Coggiola
Self-Leadership for Expat Partners: Making The Most of Your Time Abroad - Margot Stroeken
The Empty Nest Expat: One Year of Traveling, International Relocation and Learning how Different Cultures Experience Joy - Sandra Bissell
Being an International and Understood - Veronique Vranken
Connecting To the Local Culture Through Language - Trisha Smith-Pierce
International Moves Impacting Young People with Developmental Disability: Opportunity for Growth or a Full Stop in Life? - Rubina Anis
Strategies to Support Families in Global Transition with Gender Expansive and LGBTQ Youth - Laura Anderson
The Expat Mother Raising TCKs - Jacqui Brelsford and Janelle Grier
Unleash the Secrets of Influential Leaders: Empathy and Giving as the Power of Living - Dana Bachar
Volunteering: How Do We Make a Meaningful Impact, Identify Opportunities and Manage Challenges? - Ginny Philps
What Expat Partners Can Learn from Digital Nomads - Katharina von Knobloch
When in Rome Do As the Romans Do? What Expatriates Need to Successfully Adjust, Who’s responsible For That and How To Best Support Them - Laura Brescia
Building the Bridges for Chinese Speaking Communities - Ai Jun Liu
Connection, Leadership and Change in Mission - Stephanie Schwarz
Doing Well While Doing Good: How to Drive Business Growth While Changing the World - Sarah Black
Expat vs Immigrant: Similar Challenges, Different Perspectives - Adrian Jefferson Chofor
How Can FIGT Best Serve Its Members? - Deborah Valentine
Setting Yourself Up For Success in Managing Emotions in High Mobility Families - Mishell Hernandez
The Importance of Highlighting International Adoptees and Blended Families in Global Transition and in Repatriation - Florence Chabert D'Hieres
Transition for Success - Stephen Toole
What TCK Metaphors Reveal About Underlying Perceptions of Mobility, Identity, Relationships, and Agency - Amy Jung
Posters are designed to display ideas worth spreading. They were displayed during all three days, with time set aside for the presenter to be in attendance for questions and discussion.
ATCKs and Their Reactions to Daily Events - Matilda Criel-Ewoldt
Change & Connect - Moving Childhoods and Shifting Studies: Expanding the World of CCKs to the Literary World - Jessica Sanfilippo-Schulz
Current research on Expat Spouse Adjustment Over Time: A Multiple Case Study - Anne Lessle
From Adoptee to Expat to Raising TCKs: How to Find Your Identity and the Keys to Happiness with a Burger - Florence Chabert D'Hieres
South American Families with Kids in Transit: Connections Through Life Histories - Griselda Späth
The David C Pollock Scholarship Fund pays tribute to international educator, minister, sociologist, and co-author of Third Culture Kids: Growing up Among Worlds, David C. Pollock, whose tireless support, vision and dedication to families in global transition impacted countless people in every corner of the globe. Building on Pollock’s legacy, this Scholarship provides highly motivated individuals working or studying in the intercultural and transnational mobility field the opportunity to attend the FIGT conference.
* Florence Chabert D'Hieres * Matilda Criel-Ewoldt * Mishell Hernandez * Saeko Mizuta * Jessica Sanfilippo-Schulz * Karen Tan *
Our speakers, presenters, panel members provide us the content; the FIGT Board and Committee members work tirelessly behind the scenes in the year preceding the conference to make it happen. But, without the support and contribution of our Sponsors, the conference itself would not be possible. In 2019 we welcomed, and thank the following for their support.
* BAMBI (Bangkok Mothers and Babies International) * Crossborder Living * International Family Law Group LLP * Worldwide Speech * American Psychologist.nl * Expatriate Archive Centre * Solebury School * Expat Journals * Expat Nest * International Therapists Directory * Multilingual Parenting * Resilient Global Transitions * RNG International Educational Consultants * Sarah Whyte Consulting * Stanford Online High School * Sundae Bean *
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