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August 6, 2015
Families in Global Transition is a welcoming forum for globally mobile individuals, families, and those working with them. We promote cross-sector connections for sharing research and developing best practices that support the growth, success and well-being of people crossing cultures around the world.
WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES ON FIGT16NL
Interest and anticipation is high as FIGT continues preparations for our first conference outside the USA.
Our newly selected event manager, Nicole Van Der Valk, is currently partnering with the Board and our community in the Netherlands to select a venue for the conference, provisionally scheduled for March 2016.
Meanwhile, the Board and Program committee are finalizing a theme, so stay tuned to the Newsletter and social media (#FIGT16NL) for updates as they develop.
FIGT NOMINATIONS UPDATE
Curious about the team behind FIGT? Wondering how the team is chosen?
We're currently in the middle of the election process, and members have already received the FIGT 2015-2016 Board Nominees list via email.
If you haven't received your email, check your membership status with Maureen (email@example.com).
THE EXPAT SHOW IN LONDON: ATTEND OR ARRANGE TO SELL YOUR BOOK IN THE THRIVING ABROAD FAMILY ZONE
The Expat Show - Thriving Abroad Family Zone
FIGT will be participating in an exciting new event "The Expat Show - Living and Working Abroad" (www.theexpatshow.co.uk) on the 10th & 11th September 2015 at Olympia in London, organized by FIGT Member World of Expats. We will be ably represented by Board Member/Communications Chair Rachel Yates, so please come along and say hello!
The Expat Show includes The Family Zone to address all aspects of family life abroad: accompanying partners, TCKs, education, language, career management and many other topics. Attendees can meet experts, discuss their challenges and find the support they need. To register for free tickets, click here.
If you are a service provider, it's a great opportunity to meet potential customers and promote your business. Authors can also arrange for their books to be available for sale at The Expat Show. If you would like to know more about promoting your books or services, contact Nigel at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at email@example.com.
Join us in supporting and benefiting from this great new event in person or on Facebook and Twitter.
FIGT IN ACTION: KATIA MACE AND ELLEN MAHONEY
In our ongoing "FIGT in Action" series, FIGT members share their own story -- personal or professional -- of learning or experiencing something from FIGT interactions. To submit an entry, please email Janssenla@gmail.com.
Many thanks to Andrew Kittell of ACS International Schools for allowing FIGT the use of the following video in which Katia Mace and Ellen Mahoney speak about identity and helping global mobile youth in transition:
Katia Mace is working towards a PhD in Psychology and Education at the University of Cambridge. She studies identity and belonging amongst Third Culture and Cross Cultural Kids (CCKs). Katia holds an MPhil in Psychology and Education from Cambridge and a BSc in Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method from the London School of Economics. She is a CCK who grew up between Russia, England, South Africa and Spain. Katia is a beneficiary of the TCKid Research Bridge Sponsorship program (2014) and was a recipient of FIGT's David Pollock Scholarship (2013). Her research is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council.
Ellen Mahoney is the founder of Sea Change Mentoring, an online mentoring program that helps third culture kids, ages 16-23, transition into adulthood and maximize the benefits of having lived abroad. Ellen grew up in Asia before moving back to the US to attend the University of Oregon. She studied counseling at George Washington University and has worked in adolescent development for 17 years. Prior to Sea Change Mentoring, she designed the volunteer management and program strategies for iMentor, the US's leading e-mentoring organization. She is on the board of FIGT and is the co-founder of the bi-weekly Twitter chat, #TCKchat.
CHECKING IN WITH OUR POLLOCK SCHOLARS
The David C. Pollock Scholarship allows emerging interculturalists to attend the FIGT Conference for free, to share their research and experiences with others working with globally mobile individuals, and to make connections to help advance their research and careers.
FIGT15 introduced six new Pollock Scholars, three of whom presented on how to use a Third Culture Kid background to make a difference in the world, on communicating globally with word and art, and transnational identity. Two of the scholars came as ambassadors for immigrant and refugee perspectives. One of our scholars brought tools, resources and principles for holistic care of globally mobile families.
"Being at the FIGT15 was a powerful experience for me as a father to TCKs, leader to employees who are, with clients living among worlds and raising children in transitions. The exposure to the fabulous members and their organizations/companies broadened my horizons and gave exposure to learn from their experiences. I feel that attending the conference was the best industry event that I have attended in some time, and that our company membership as International Care is a vital way we can support and strengthen FIGT. I'm certainly looking forward to being in the Netherlands next year for the conference!"
Andrew Jernigan is a strategic, multidisciplinary networker and creative thinker who has lived on multiple continents while raising three TCKs with his Brazilian wife. He is the founder of International Care, a world traveler strategy firm that exists so people can thrive while crossing cultures. www.facebook.com/intlcare
FIGT AFFILIATE NEWS
FIGT Boston Affiliate
The FIGT Boston Affiliate meets every 6-8 weeks in a member's home on a weekend afternoon for wine, cheese, networking, and a lively discussion around cross-cultural issues that impact our lives or work. If you are in the Boston area and would like to know when our next meeting is, you can email Tina Quick at firstname.lastname@example.org or Anne Copeland at email@example.com.
Also, the FIGT Boston Affiliate has now created a LinkedIn group and welcomes you to join. The FIGT Boston Affiliate LinkedIn Group is a place to share innovations, discuss ideas and develop collaborations amongst professionals in the Greater Boston area and beyond interested in the cross-cultural aspects of global transitions.