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2014 Conference Sponsors
|November 18, 2014
Families in Global Transition leads the worldwide community in empowering families and those who serve them in global transition. FIGT is the premier advocate and educational resource for families, organizations and service providers.
|REGISTRATION FOR FIGT 2015 CONFERENCE NOW OPEN!
Registration for the FIGT Conference March 6-8, 2015 is now open!
Early Bird Registration Rates available now!
We are pleased to announce that Early Bird Registration is now open for the Families in Global Transition Conference (FIGT15) in Tysons Corner, Virginia, USA scheduled for March 6-8, 2015. We have a host of excellent keynote speakers and workshop presenters. Our Keynote Speakers are: Teja Arboleda and Dr. Douglas Ota.
Over an inspiring and engaging two days you will be able to attend Concurrent Sessions, Kitchen Table Talks, and Panel Discussions on Finding "Home" Amidst Global Change. We will have the popular Ignite talks, a fun, fast-paced, selection of presentations where speakers gather to share their knowledge and passion.
Bringing innovative minds from around the world with the Pollock Scholars and the Parfitt Pascoe Writing Residency members will add excitement to FIGT15. We know the conference will prove to be stimulating and provide significant opportunities for personal and professional growth, networking and building camaraderie.
Take advantage of the Early Bird Registration savings AND the specially-arranged reduced hotel rates by registering for the conference and booking your room before January 25, 2015!
To register or to learn more about the 2015 FIGT Conference, please click here.
|DAVID C. POLLOCK SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN!
Our key question this year on the Scholarship Committee is "Who is missing at the FIGT table?"
Help us invite the missing sectors into our conversation.
We are looking for a diverse field of applicants from each of our traditional sectors: corporate, diplomatic, academic, military, mission, arts and entrepreneurial, plus voices not well represented such as those involved in immigration and refugee work, an increase in male voices, and participants from all parts of the globe.
Excellent Scholarship applicant profiles include:
- Researchers in the field of global mobility;
- Entrepreneurs in fields contributing towards the needs of globally mobile families and individuals;
- Service providers/practitioners to global nomads;
- Writers and thinkers with cross-cultural perspectives; contributing to the expat community understanding and practice
- Artists and creatives who speak from and to a cross-cultural and mobile mindset.
Pollock Scholarship applicants:
- Must be first time conference attendees;
- Must apply before December 15th;
- Must commit to the full conference (March 6-8);
Pollock Scholarship recipients:
- Will attend the conference for free;
- Will receive a small stipend for travel expenses;
- Will have the opportunity to contribute to families in transition and those who serve them;
- Will benefit immediately and in the long term from contacts, networks, ideas, resources, and friendships garnered at FIGT Conference!
Pollock Scholarship - Information and Application
Application Deadline: December 15th, 2014.
Think about and share this opportunity with individuals who can contribute to our conversation and community!
David C. Pollock Scholarship Chair
|BOOK TRAILER & INTERVIEW FOR 'THE WORLDS WITHIN: AN ANTHOLOGY OF TCK ART AND WRITING'
The Interview with Jo Parfitt: http://www.figt.org/blog/3134058
We are excitedly looking forward to the imminent publication of "The Worlds Within - an Anthology of TCK Art and Writing: Young, Global and Between Cultures!"
Painstakingly compiled by longtime FIGT members Jo Parfitt and Eva Laszlo Herbert, this unique TCK anthology has been two years in the making.
The project has benefited from the generous support of many people, from all over the world including FIGT champions: Peggy Love, Julia Simens, Tina Quick, Josh Stephens and Becky Grappo.
To enjoy a sneak preview of this anthology of writings and artwork from kids under the age of 27 who have grown up globally, check out the book trailer: http://youtu.be/5W8XhA67Dlo
Thanks to the generosity of the sponsors, 15 percent of the profits from the sale of The Worlds Within will be donated to The FIGT Dave Pollock Scholarship Fund.
You can hear more about the anthology in an interview with Jo Parfitt on the FIGT blog.
|FIGT 2015 CONFERENCE: HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!
Help Us Spread the Word about the 2015 FIGT Conference!
An exciting program schedule with valuable, insightful content and dynamic presenters is being finalized for the FIGT Conference to be held March 6-8, 2015 in Tysons Corner, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC. This year's theme is Finding "Home": Amidst Global Change, and promises to be informative and thought provoking.
We also have great opportunities to get involved, such as the Parfitt-Pascoe Writers Residency and the aforementioned David C. Pollock Scholarship.
Help spread the word: please blog about the conference, the theme and upcoming program, and these opportunities.
|UPDATE FROM FIGT'S BOSTON AFFILIATE!
FIGT Boston got off to an enthusiastic start in September, meeting in members' homes with networking over drinks and snacks, and professional presentations and ensuing discussions. One of the members, a psychologist working for one of the Greater Boston area universities, shared her latest work and asked the group for suggestions on how she might effectively obtain her goal. She was asked by the Student Mental Health Services Department to put together a "Homesickness Group" for the school's international students. The discussion ended up being effective for all as we shared various activities and strategies she could use in her (and our work).
At October's meeting one member asked us to use our professional and personal experiences to help her with two topics she will be focusing on in her new book, a guide for curious pre-adolescents to help them identify their cultural identity and empathize with each other's differences in the classroom and on the road. We discussed cultural values, beliefs and assumptions relevant to this age group as well as brainstormed the kind of engaging activities/classroom workshop ideas the group has come across that help develop cultural awareness.
We will continue on the theme of assisting members with their current professional projects when we meet in December to discuss the topic of another book one of our members wants to write on the Russian diaspora.