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Harriet Russell      

Cross-Cultural Strategist, Mindfulness Teacher & Author

For over 40 years, Harriet L. Russell has helped people work better together across cultures. From working on Wall Street in NYC, to sole consultant-translator for ABC News at the G7 Tokyo Economic Summit to jetting off to Minsk hosted by the U.S. State Department, she knows the importance of cross-cultural competence.

Russell lived and worked overseas for many years. At 24, she traveled Marco Polo's Silk Route overland for six months through the Middle East to live in Asia. Decades later in her career of multicultural work, Russell was commended by the Fulbright Commission, awarded by Rotary International for "creating friendly relations among peoples of the world", and founded an English language library in Kyrgyzstan.

She has written works in three languages and her book, "Doing Business with Ease Overseas: Building Cross-Cultural Relationships That Last," was selected to be in the U.S. Library of Congress.

Conflict resolution and stress management are key to global business. Russell lived at largest holistic health center in N. America as Program Director. Later, she launched her own school of body-mind wellness, the first in Ohio, certifying hundreds of yoga teachers.

Whether training multicultural teams, coaching executives, keynote speaking at conventions, or teaching at universities, Russell's presentations are interactive, relevant, and impactful.

Speech Topics

International Business

  • Business Ease Overseas: Building Cross-Cultural Relationships That Last
  • Connect, Collaborate, and Celebrate: Global Opportunities
  • Understanding Hidden Cultural Differences: Business Etiquette
  • Noble Directions for Global Connections: Create a Living Legacy
  • Uplifting Women Globally: The Power of Intercultural Awareness
  • Bridging the Gap Overseas & Working With Multicultural Teams

Cross-Cultural Competence and Communications

  • Cross-Cultural Communications: Know Yourself and Grow Yourself
  • Countries Have Borders, People Do Not
  • It’s Not Personal, It’s Cultural: Conscious Communications
  • Dynamic Connections with Diverse Cultures: Deepen Your Approach
  • Hidden Communication: Speaking English to Non-Native Speakers
  • When YES Really Means NO: Meanings Beyond Words

Stress Management and Conflict Resolution

  • Tips for Managing Stress in Multicultural Teams
  • Energy Gains and Energy Drains: Mastering Stress
  • Maintaining Mindfulness and Fearless Authenticity
  • The Compass Within: Reduce Stress, Increase Clarity
  • The Three As: Awareness, Acceptance, Adjustment
  • Entering the Zero Stress Zone: It’s All in Your Mind

International Business Protocols

  • Personal Space: Comfort of Proximity, Eye Contact
  • Greetings: Handshakes, Bows, Business Cards
  • Entertaining Etiquette: Invitations, Seating, Who Pays

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