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Kitchen Table Conversations (Set One)  Thursday, March 23   3:00-3:30 pm
Kitchen Table Conversations (Set Two)  Friday, March 24  4:45-5:15 pm


Kitchen Table Conversations 
(Set One)
Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 3:00-3:30 pm 

Helping TCKs Develop a True-Self: How Psychoanalysis Can Provide a Framework to Support TCKs' Emotional Development

Gabriela Santacruz   

Gabriela’s presentation will address how key concepts in contemporary psychoanalysis can provide a valuable framework to understand challenges TCKs face and to help children achieve their potential. The audience will hear how psychological processes may hinder or help children achieve a sense of true-self vs a false-self. She will use concepts such as the unconscious and defense mechanisms to think about how we can support TCK parents and school staff deal with emotional pain in the younger population. The kitchen table session will challenge the audience to think about their own unconscious needs and hopefully reach conclusions about our responsibilities to find ways of supporting young people.

Positively Curious

Basma Al-Rawi

During this KTC, Basma will be describing her life in Iraq, with a short insight of the culture there, and comparing it to other societies she has lived in. She will talk about how that very unique mix of experiences has impacted her journey to becoming a more international citizen. She will be introducing positive curiosity as a way of discovering the world and people around us to built a tribe to live with and flourish amongst. Please join her in this lively discussion.

The Mindful TCK: Using Mindfulness to Help Children and Teens Develop a Sense of Groundedness, Self-Compassion, and Authentic Connections in Global Life 

Dana Nelson


Mindfulness is the practice of non-judgmental awareness of our present moment experiences. Practicing mindfulness may be especially beneficial for children and teens growing up abroad. Cultivating self-awareness and attunement to emotions and values may help TCKs feel more grounded in their sense of self -- even as they grow up in and between cultures. These practices can also help TCKs build authentic connections and navigate intercultural relationships, allowing them to feel more at home in their global community. This kitchen table will discuss the benefits of mindfulness for everyone -- but especially adolescent TCKs.

Expanding Our Tribe          

Dr. Cate Brubaker

Dr. Cate Brubaker brings her experiences as coach to ask, ‘Where are we looking for our Tribe?’ Drawing on work with expatriates and adult Third Culture Kids, she ponder the unintended and unexpected limitations of global horizons, and explore ways in which the global and the local can collide to expand our Tribe. This Kitchen Table discussion will explore issues of Belonging in both local and global contexts, and encourage thinking around the following questions: “Are you only global when you’re abroad? How do you (re)define who you are when you’ve defined yourself -- or have been defined -- as an expat for so long? How can you expand your tribe to include people who aren’t expats or global in the way you are? How are we redefining “home”?"

Beyond the Conference: Launching a FIGT Affiliate

Amanda Bate

This discussion will focus on how to expand the conversations beyond the annual conference and bring them to your host community. The focus will be on learning more about the FIGT Affiliate program as well as networking with individuals who have launched affiliate groups in their communities. This geared towards those who are interested in launching affiliates as well as those who have already established one.

Finding your tribe on the move: Creating connections using social media and technology

Alice Wu

"People say, 'Wow, that’s so cool you have friends all over the world!’ but they're not the friends you could call up in the middle of the night. If you've left your friends that many times, you learn not to depend on them.” (1994)

This global nomad describes benefits and challenges of international mobility: friends and family worldwide, and difficulty maintaining connections.

Thankfully, social media tools exist today that help with this. Using video clips of college-age GNs sharing their experiences about advantages and disadvantages of using technology, we will discuss ways to maintain connections with far-flung family and friends.

Lasting Love on the Move: How to bring more resilience, harmony and fun in your relationship when you relocate

Oxana Holtmann      

Your home tribe, your relationship is the foundation of your everyday life wherever you are in the world. If there’s harmony,  connection and joy in your relationship you feel safe and secure to venture into the world and explore the unknown. This fun and interactive presentation is based on the extensive research of the Gottman Institute, the Hendricks Institute on thriving couples, and on the presenter’s personal experience in working with globally mobile professionals. You will be introduced to several practical tools and techniques that are the most effective in strengthening your relationship and creating a tribal-like support to each other.


 Kitchen Table Conversations
(Set Two)
  Friday, March 24, 2017 | 4:45-5:15 pm

Become A Global Entrepreneur: How to Make Money Doing What you Love as an EXPAT and Fit into Your New Country …..FAST!        

Ebere Akadiri           

In this kitchen table talk, Ebere will show you the exact steps she took that helped to integrate fast into the new community and enabled her to launch a thriving business that attracts both expats and locals. She knows how difficult integrating into a new society can be. Having successfully done that through her business, she now helps expat women do the same. She says, "I believe that each and every one of us has visions and dreams for our lives. Sometimes, these dreams and visions are cut short because we find ourselves in a new country.“ 

Military Third Culture Kids: A Unique Perspective on Global Mobility 

Kim Hunt                              

Highly mobile children who straddle multiple cultures experience social as well as educational challenges associated with multiple moves. These children develop coping strategies which can help them traverse the transitions throughout childhood and beyond. This study explores the experiences of highly mobile military children who also identify as Third Culture Kids and seeks to discover the unique strategies developed by these children to overcome challenges of high mobility created through the global identity overlaid by the military culture in which they are raised.

Evaluation of the Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Adjustment of Expatriate Spouses  

Anne Lessle   

The adjustment of expat spouses is the ‘make or break’ of expatriation success. Understanding the development of adjustment over time, and the dimensions in which this adjustment takes place, is critical to accept the challenges as well as to appreciate the benefits of building your tribe on the move. 

How to Build Powerful Strategic Alliance Partnerships on the Move    

Stephanie Ward                   

Marketing one-to-one works and it takes time. If you create Strategic Alliance Partnerships with people in your mobile tribe who serve the same type of client you do, but who offer a different service, you will be able to market one-to-many and grow your business faster with less effort. In this kitchen table session, Stephanie will teach you exactly how to do this.

Tribes: How and Where to Find Them When You Live Abroad?

Olga Mecking            

Many say being an expat is extremely isolating. But if we look close enough, we'll realize that our tribes have been waiting for us to get out there and find them.

This will explain how and where to find your tribes, based on Olga’s own experience as a mother and writer. Family is one of the tribes one can have. Olga found reconnecting with extended family can be one way of finding a tribe. She also reached out to find her community online by starting her own blog, The European Mama. She then became an active member of multiple blogger and writer groups online. These tribes operate at a distance but are no less important. 

The Power of Books for TCKs and Resources for Creating and Spreading Them to Where They Don't Yet Reach

Sara Saunders                                  

This kitchen table will discuss the value of reading stories with which we identify, to help us process and address similar experiences, particularly for children. What is out there for refugee children specifically?  What are the barriers to accessibility to this reading material for the majority of refugee children in the world? Sara will share some resources for adapting, creating and sharing print-ready children's literature online under creative commons licence, so that we can start to fill in this gap.

Who I am Inside; An In-Depth Look at the TCK Identity

Kenady Chisholm

TCKs have found a deep connection and comfort with characters that feel out of place, with transient national identities and evolving cultural influences it's no wonder TCKs often feel out of place. This session will delve into the definitions of the TCK experience, how the TCK background shapes perspectives, and some dynamic examples of the TCK experience.


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