Caught Doing Cross-Cultural Hand Gestures at School: Proud or Punish?

Technically this could be construed as my fault, after Lucca went with me to a client’s art opening a few years ago.  The central piece of the exhibit was a beautiful, supersized hand, making the “okay” sign, the ultimate symbol of peace and spirituality in the artist’s native India. Except that I had to laugh. …

Death or Luxury? Or Why You Should Know a Target Country’s History in Multicultural Marketing

With a beautiful woman lying on a bed of rose petals, Air France’s ad in the November 17 Wall Street Journal promises to “surround you with thoughtful details throughout your flight:  considerate, personalized service, Champagne, unlimited beverages, newspapers, magazines, and varied appetizing menus.” Sounds inviting, right?  Except that the rose petals are in the shape…

Being White in a Black Majority and Calling Out Unconscious Bias

This post has been brewing in me ever since I spoke at the kick-off meeting for the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of African American Human Resources Professionals last month, entitled “Let the Power of Diversity Work for Your Business,” that talked about diversity and inclusion as a competitive advantage in a global economy,…

Best of Brazilian Cinema Back In Chicago November 9-16, 2011

The Illinois and Sao Paulo Chapters of Partners of the Americas are proud to present MOSTRA II, the second Brazilian Film Series in Chicago. The event will take place November 9 – 16 at Columbia College,  School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Brazil in Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University, Northwestern University, and University of Illinois…