IMI Conference on Intercultural Relations (Washington, DC)

“If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”

– John F. Kennedy, Commencement Address at the American University June 10, 1963
For more than 50 years, the Intercultural Management Institute (IMI)–formerly the Business Council for International Understanding Institute (BCIU) –has worked toward promoting cultural understanding through innovative and dynamic intercultural communication training. Never before have the effects of international communication been so far-reaching and immediate. The lesson is clear: in our global community, we tend to ignore the importance of intercultural relations at our own peril. Reciprocally, collectively we have made tremendous strides in the field of intercultural relations, and it is those successes and best practices that we continue to share at our annual conference. Join us for the IMI 16th Annual Conference on Intercultural Relations: A Forum for Business, Education and Training Professionals, March 12-13, 2015, in the School of International Service building at American University in Washington, D.C.Located in the nation’s capital, the Annual IMI Conference on Intercultural Relations is an accessible, affordable, professional development opportunity for those in the field of intercultural relations, cross-cultural & diversity training and education.Since the Annual Conference launch in 2000, IMI has worked to bring together a niche audience of intercultural relations professionals from various sectors to share their knowledge and best practices with colleagues and like-minded individuals in the field. Combined with our focus on experiential learning, participants leave with a toolkit of resources to bring back and apply to their own work. The IMI conference combines a focus on dialogue and learning with networking opportunities in an open, community atmosphere.
*Cross-cultural and Intercultural Training Professionals and Consultants
*International Development Professionals
*International Diplomats
*Government and Military Personnel
*Human Resources Professionals and International Recruiters
*International Education and Exchange Administrators
*Scholars, Academics, and Researchers
*Clinic and Hospital Administrators
*Social and Community Service Workers


American U Intercultural Relations conference


Located within American University’s School of International Service, the Intercultural Management Institute (IMI) is a non-profit organization, focusing on intercultural and cross-cultural training, and research. IMI was founded to foster the development of intercultural knowledge and understanding both domestically and abroad. We are dedicated to inspiring future diplomats, leaders in diversity, and those dedicated to effective communication globally.


Our annual conference is held in the School of International Service and provides a forum to bring together 200 of top scholars, educators, researchers, trainers, and representatives of various government and international agencies in effort to discuss key issues in intercultural relations. The IMI conference combines a focus on dialogue and learning with networking opportunities in an open, community atmosphere. Participants will choose from more than 30 sessions with over 50 domestically & globally distinguished presenters. This year’s program will also feature the following keynote speakers: Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and Dr. Janet Bennett, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Intercultural Communication Institute. Mr. Stevenson received a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award and he successfully argued Miller v. Alabama at the Supreme Court, banning life-without-parole sentences for children. Ms. Bennett chairs the ICI/University of the Pacific Masters of Arts in Intercultural Relations program and she co-edited the 3rd edition of the Handbook of Intercultural Training.


·        Cross-sector representation spans professional backgrounds such as government, academia, law, military, NGO, corporate, consulting, training and more.
·        Experts in intercultural relations and students from the top international relations programs in the nation
·        Individuals from more than 80 organizations and higher education institutions

To register, click here.  

For more information, visit the conference website or contact Mary Margaret Herman via  email at mmherman AT  

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