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    Cross-Cultural Leadership

    Date: October 17, 2019, 11:30am – 1:30pm
    Holiday Inn - Christiansburg
    99 Bradley Drive
    Christiansburg, VA 24073
    Premium Members - Free, Basic Members - $30, Guests - $30, VT & RU SHRM Students - $10
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    Speaker: Baraka Kasongo


    This thought-provoking session will shed light on the key elements of effective cultural leadership. The discussion will focus on the impact of intentional cultural leadership. The admonition to empower one another will be echoed throughout the presentation. This discussion can be of benefit in all aspects of life but is primly intended for individuals in existing supervisory roles and those aspiring to acquire positional leadership positions.


    Baraka is a transformational leader who has achieved a tremendous record of success in various aspects of his life. He demonstrates an exceptional ability to lead, innovate, and pioneer new paths through his collaborative nature. His passion for bridging language and cultural barriers is fueled by his experience of being a refugee in five different countries for a period of seven years. Baraka founded VOLATIA to be the means through which he can mitigate linguistic and cultural disparities that exist in every community throughout the United States and around the world. He serves on numerous boards that focus on creating and fostering diversity and inclusion at every point of contact.

    Baraka holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management & Leadership from Bluefield College, an associate of applied science in Emergency Management from Frederick Community College, and is certified as a Green Belt Lean Six Sigma practitioner through Virginia Tech.