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Moving Across Cultures: 
Bringing Empathy and Expertise to the Evolving Global Family 

FIGT16 was the first time FIGT travelled outside of the United States for its Annual Conference. It was a challenge, richly rewarded. Our community gained new voices, experience and members. 

The titles of the discussions which took place, the Sponsors which made it possible, as well as the Pollock Scholars who were chosen to attend and the Parfitt-Pascoe Writing Residents (PPWR) are listed below. Want to read beyond the titles? You can find an overview of all the presentations, as captured by the PPWR team in their conference summary 'Insights and Interviews From the 2016 Families in Global Transition Conference', or view some of the videos of FIGT2016 here. Want to know even more? Become a member? Members have access to the past conference material as well as the community which contributed, and continues to contribute to this unique organization. Find out how you can also be a part of the FIGT community.

The Keynotes

Presentations which opened each day of the conference.

Bringing Hope to the World: The Critical Mission of the Expat, Transient and Cross-Cultural Community - Christopher O’Shaughnessy

Enlarging Our Tents: Using Lessons from the Past to Create Space for the New - Ruth Van Reken

Holding Together: The Crucial Role of an Empathetic Community When Loss Strikes the Globally Mobile Family - Melissa Dalton-Bradford

Presentations, or powerpoints available to Members Only.

The Early Bird Forums

Targeting specific audiences within the FIGT Community Early Bird Forums are a unique session type that encourages the building of professional networks. The longer 90-minute format allows for multiple presenters and plenty of discussion.

Research Forum - Sarah Gonzales and Ann Baker Cottrell

Digital Living Forum - Elizabeth Douet

Writers’ Forum - Linda Janssen with Jo Parfitt, Valérie Besanceney, Marilyn Gardner, Jack Scott, Jane Dean and Shirley Agudo

Millennials’ Forum - Amanda Bate and Ellen Mahoney

Plenary Panels

Hour-long expert Panels are an effective way to consolidate knowledge and lead a conversation across sectors and areas of experience/expertise.

Insiders and Outsiders: Is Belonging Overrated? - Trisha Carter with Ryan Haynes and Dr Marian Van Bakel

When Home Spans the Globe: A Look at the Third Culture Family - Marilyn Gardner with Lydia and Elise Foxall and Taylor and Susan Murray

Stories You Need to Tell: How Stories Can Serve Your Long Term Personal and Organizational Goals -Julia Simens with 2016 Pollock Scholars 

The Concurrent Sessions

Hour-long sessions focused on a single topic with one or several presenters, who speak and then engage the audience in an active discussion of the topic. Selected presentations available to FIGT Members Only. 

Pre-empting the Challenges at Critical Ages and Stages for Third Culture Kids and Families - Maryam Afnan Ahmad with Kathleen Swords and Megan Norton

When Love Runs Out: Helping Expats Cope with Relationship Breakdown - Katia Vlachos

TCKs Who Tweet: How Third Culture Kids Around the World Built a More Diverse and Inclusive TCK Community Online - Ellen Mahoney and Amanda Bate

Living Abroad in Sickness and Health: Navigating Language and Cultural Barriers in a Foreign Health System - Julia Puebla Fortier

Growing a Global Business with a Community - Colleen Reichrath-Smith, Jo Parfitt, Jacinta Noonan, Emmy McCarthy, Claudia Landini and Louise Wiles

How to Recruit and Manage Coaches for the Support of Expat Partners of 80 Nationalities in 140 Countries - Jacqueline Van Haaften

The Evolving Third Culture Kid Profile: Research Findings on Identity and Belonging, with Practical Applications in Today’s World - Katia Mace, Janneke Muyselaar-Jellema and Rachel Cason

Supporting the Emotional and Behavioral Needs of Third Culture Kids - Katie Holloran and Tracey Ellis

Managing Dual Careers in Global Transition - Alix Carnot

Mindfulness, Stress and the Global Nomad - Kate Berger and Debby Poort

Leaving the Global Family: Moving Across Homes - Anna Skoulikari and Dalia Abu Yassien

No School is an Island: A Think Tank on Creating a Global Network for Safe Passage Through Schools Worldwide - Doug Ota

Thriving Beyond Cultures - Ilaria Vilkelis

Essential Connections for Cross-Cultural Millennials Through Story - Michael Pollock

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the Relocating Family - Katarina Holm-DiDio

How to be Involved in Caring for Your Ageing Parents When You Live Abroad - Ana McGinley

The Ignites 

Ignite Sessions are engaging, informative, and based on a powerful question or idea. With 20 image-based slides, advancing automatically 18 seconds to accompany, these short presentations, presented in rapid succession, are both fun and inspiring. 

Refugee Crisis Response: An International School Collaboration - Jodie Hopkins

Creating a Global Village - Emmy McCarthy

When Cupid’s Arrow Crosses International Boundaries - Lucy Greenwood

Knocked Up Abroad: How to Cope with Pregnancy, Birth and Raising a Family While Abroad - Lisa Ferland

Moving Across Gender Cultures: The Evolving Role of the Father in the 21st Century - Stephen Davies

Stuck in the 50’s: Addressing Hidden Gender Inequality in Expat Women - Rachel Yates

Stories that Cloud Our Nomadic Realities: A Closer Look at the Stereotypes that Dominate the Globalization Narrative and How We Unknowingly Reinforce Them - Mary Bassey

The Kitchen Table Discussions

Kitchen Table Conversations are informal 45-minute small group discussions around a table, reminiscent of the original discussions around Ruth Van Reken’s kitchen table that led to the founding of FIGT. These are lively, interactive conversations around a focused, practical topic.

Europe’s Migration Crisis as a Chance to Establish a New Concept of the Evolving Global Family - Claudia Koerbler

Living in the Ghetto or True Globalists? - Torben Andersen

Identifying Your Personal Mission While Living Abroad Using Your Nomadic Intelligence - Magdalena Zilveti Chaland and Alix Carnot

What Has Gone Right in 11 Years of Expatclic: How Intercultural Communication, Empathy and Encouragement Can Improve the Global Family Experience - Claudia Landini

7½ Things to do to Keep an Open Mind and an Open Heart When You Move - Carolina Porto

The Value of How to be Sad - Grace Franklin

Memorable Messages with Lasting Impacts: Laying Early Foundations for Long-Term Positive Identity - Amy Jung and Ellen Beard

Cultural Heritage as a Potential Source of Belonging and Wellbeing for Cross-Cultural Residents - Laia Colomer

From Expat Bubble to Integration - Ute Limacher-Riebold

The Pollock Scholars

The David C. Pollock Scholarship Fund pays tribute to international educator, minister, sociologist, and co-author of Third Culture Kids: Growing up Among Worlds, David C. Pollock, whose tireless support, vision and dedication to families in global transition impacted countless people in every corner of the globe. Building on Pollock’s legacy, this Scholarship provides highly motivated individuals working or studying in the intercultural and transnational mobility field the opportunity to attend the FIGT conference.

*  Mary Bassey  *  Pamela Bos Kefi  *  Amy Clare Tasker  *  Eric Larsen  *  Adam Geller  *

The Parfitt-Pascoe Writing Residents
The Parfitt Pascoe Writing Residency began in 2014. It is now wholly supported and funded by Jo Parfitt and Robin Pascoe, themselves regulars at FIGT since the outset and both writers dedicated to creating and promoting content about global families in transition. Jo and Robin want expat writers engaged in the PPWR Program to strive to be agents for social change by writing about issues outside of their own experience concerning the world of serious global dislocation. The results of their writings will be available at FIGT19, and following the conference. 

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The Sponsors

Our speakers, presenters, panel members provide us the content; the FIGT Board and Committee members work tirelessly behind the scenes in the year preceding the conference to make it happen. But, without the support and contribution of our Sponsors, the conference itself would not be possible. In 2016 we welcomed, and thank the following for their support.

Global Connection  *  Culturs Guru  *  International Family Law  *  Amsterdam Expat Center  *  Worldwide Speech Therapy  *  Raptim Humanitarian Travel  *  ACS International Schools  *  Expat Everyday Support Center  *  Building Long Term Expat Security  *  Global Living Magazine  *  RNG International Educational Consultants  *  Paramount Transportation Systems

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