Posts Tagged ‘Culture’

Invitation: ZOOM meeting August 14, 2020 12pm

Liebe Mitglieder und Gaeste,

Ihr seid wieder herzlich eingeladen zum naechsten Online Treffen am 14. August um 12Uhr mittags.

GPWA Lunch ‘n Zoom:

Cheryl Thompson

How White Women can be Allies: Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in America

  • Understanding Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in the workplace
  • Uncovering and overcoming systemic and individual biases
  • How to be an ally and affect meaningful change

Cheryl Thompson is the CEO and Founder for the Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement (CADIA).  CADIA was founded on the belief that the automotive industry has never reached its potential in innovation and creating value because of its lack of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

CADIA provides a consistent focus and priority on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Automotive Industry. Our mission is to double the number of diverse leaders by 2030. Through CADIA’s 4C Framework, we provide the resources and tools for organizational evolution through:
• Championing diverse talent
• Driving systemic Change
• Creating inclusive cultures
• Supporting leadership Commitment


genauere Details werden demnaechst hier gepostet sowie der Zoom-Link an Eure email verteilt.



08 2020

Invitation Meeting November 16, 2018

Liebe Mitglieder und Gäste,
Wir laden euch herzlich ein zu unserem Monatstreffen am 
Freitag, den 16. November um 18 Uhr
Southfield Marriott Hotel
27033 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield
Wir treffen uns zunächst an der Bar zu einer Stunde Networking und begeben uns gegen 19 Uhr in ein Privatzimmer zum Abendessen mit anschließendem Vortrag und Diskussion.
Verbindliche Reservierung 
bis spätestens 13. November
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Der Vortrag wird in englischer Sprache gehalten.

Speaker: Barbara Boldt

Topic: Networking for Success Across Cultures

Networking in Berlin may not be networking in Munich let alone Detroit. What we consider to be networking, what we expect to get out of it and how we go about it can vary a lot between cultures. In this 45 min. interactive session we will explore how networking varies between Germany and the US and practice some techniques for networking successfully in the US.

About the Speaker:

Barbara Boldt is an international facilitator and coach who specializes in preparing global managers to communicate and interact successfully in the complex and competitive world of global business. An American national, Barbara lived and worked in Europe for 19 years, 11 in Italy and eight in Switzerland.

Barbara has taught in both corporate and academic contexts in more than 15 countries and has interacted with managers and students from more than 35 countries. She has experience working with people from a variety of industries including banking, pharmaceutical, IT, automotive and engineering consultancy. She has designed and delivered courses on topics including International Presentation Skills, International Negotiation, Multicultural/Virtual Team Building, Global Leadership and Intercultural Communication & Competency.

Barbara’s gift is being able to hear what people, especially not native speakers of English, want and need to say in order to accomplish their business goals, and to help them to express that clearly, impactfully and professionally, no matter the situation.

Barbara holds a B.A. in Nutrition from the University of Iowa and a M.A. in International Relations from University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.

Barbara’s Website:

Die Kosten für den Abend betragen $28. In diesem Preis inbegriffen ist ein reichhaltiges Dinner Büffet mit Fisch, Hühnchen, Pasta oder Kartoffeln, Salat, Gemüse und Nachtisch, einschließlich nichtalkoholischer Getränke wie Tee, Kaffee und Decaf, sowie Bedienung und Steuern.
Soft Drinks müssen extra bezahlt werden. 
Bitte möglichst mit Scheck bezahlen ($28, ausgestellt auf GPWA, Inc.), sonst passendes Bargeld bei der Verteilung der Namensschilder überreichen. 
Bei Anfahrt aus südwestlicher Richtung ist es ratsam,  statt I-696 East die I-96 East (Richtung Detroit) oder 8-Mile Road East zu Telegraph North zu nehmen. Das geht meist schneller und ohne Verkehrsstockungen.
Bitte seid rücksichtsvoll und meldet euch rechtzeitig an! Das Hotel muss die Anzahl der Teilnehmer bereits am Mittwochabend von uns erhalten.
Herzliche Grüße  
euer GPWA Team



10 2018

Invitation Meeting May 8, 2015

Liebe Mitglieder und Freunde der GPWA,

 wir laden Euch herzlich ein

zu unserem Treffen am

Freitag, den 8. Mai 2015
  um 18:00 Uhr


Die Renovierung des Marriott hat sich verzoegert deshalb treffen wir uns nochmals im

Ginopolis Restaurant

27815 Middle Belt Road

Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Tel. (248) 851-8222

Anmeldung mit Angabe, ob Chicken Piccata oder gegrillter Weissfisch gewünscht wird, 

 bitte möglichst bis Dienstag, 5. Mai

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Kosten:  $28 pro Person (Mitglieder und Gäste) , warmes Essen, Getränke sowie Dessert sind inbegriffen.

Bezahlung mit Scheck ist erwuenscht.  Scheck ausgestellt auf “GPWA” – Danke!


Sprecherin: Dr. Elisabeth Thoburn

  Instructor, Humanities Department

Washtenaw Community College

Ann Arbor, MI

Thema:  Dialektik des Islam


Hier ein interessanter Artikel  über Frau Thoburn aus der Washtenaw Voice

Seasoned world traveler and WCC instructor takes students on a trip without leaving the classroom

by Erin Fedeson
Staff Writer

Washtenaw Community College instructor Elisabeth Thoburn holds a passion for imparting the significance of other cultures in her students.

“There’s a layer in book learning, but getting the hands-on experience is extremely important,” said Thoburn, a humanities instructor from Pinckney.

Thoburn, a native of Germany, has been traveling for 40 years – since she was 16.

At 19, during summer break, she hitchhiked with a friend from their hometown of Dresden, Germany to Bulgaria – more than a 1,000-mile trek.

Thoburn moved to the United States in 1985 when she married.

When she was younger, she never kept a list of the places she had been, but in 2007, she decided she wanted to start documenting her travels. She started a travel blog, which her son helped her set up, and has documented her travels to North Korea, Japan, Mali, France, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Iran, Dubai, Syria, Lebanon, and Pakistan.

While she travels, Thoburn dedicates four hours to her blog. She takes between 50 and 300 photographs a day, and uses travel guides to help her write.

She enjoys sharing her photos with her students, and they say that they take a lot away from sharing in her experiences.

“It’s never boring,” Emily Freeman, 21, a student studying nutrition, of Blissfield, said. Seeing pictures of Thoburn meant more, Freeman explained, because they were proof she was really there.

Ann Farrah met Thoburn when she took her art history class at WCC after retiring from a career as a psychologist. She still visits Thoburn’s blog frequently.

What impressed Farrah was Thoburn’s ability to tie her personal experience with the culture and people, which adds a dimension to the subject matter in a way Farrah has not seen before.

“Teaching is an art. Few can teach it,” said Farrah.

Next, Thoburn will travel to Indonesia, she said.



05 2015