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Navigating Cultural Diversity in Pursuit of Collective Wellness

Our ability to create and sustain individual and collective wellness is deeply connected to how we engage with the “other”. Whether these “others” are people, animals, or our physical environment. Our ability to leverage the diversity and complexity that exists in the planet is a critical skill needed for anyone working in the space of systems change.

In this webinar, Andres Marquez-Lara, Founder and CEO of UFacilitate, and host and CoCreative team member Luzette Jaimes, focus on our relationship with other humans and in and in particular how our cultural values and backgrounds influence these interactions often in ways we often don't realize. Through a series of highly interactive and introspective activities participants are invited to reflect on their own culture and stories, as well as introduce a performance framework to help transcend the dominant narratives that often prevent us from connecting and tapping into our collective strengths.

By the end of the webinar participants:

  • Learn the importance of building mutual cultural understanding in connecting deeply with your stakeholders

  • Reflect on how your identity, values, and beliefs impact how you show up in your professional life

  • Explore a performance framework to help us engage with others in new, powerful ways

We have immense gratitude for Andres for leading this important, playful, creative conversation and to UFacilitate for passionately and generously offering capacity building opportunities for leaders and trainers to align toward joyful, powerful action.

Speaker: Andres Marquez-Lara

Host: Luzette Jaimes

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Andres Marquez-Lara Founder and CEO,

UFacilitate is a leadership development and facilitation training company. They help groups align toward joyful, powerful action. They help them taste the possibility of a new future. Andres has personally designed and facilitated hundreds of events with thousands of participants. The methodology he developed is dynamic and inclusive blending approaches from design thinking, improv theater, and systems thinking. All of these workshops help groups connect, collaborate, create and complete their projects. Past clients include multiple national and international organizations that include the Inter-American Development Bank, Operation Smile, Easterseals, The Nature Conservancy, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Stanford University, and many others.

Andres is also Faculty at the Executive Master in Policy Leadership at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy, Adjunct Faculty at Georgetown University Institute for Transformative Leadership and a Guest Lecturer at the Georgetown University’s Latin America Leadership Program (LALP). He is also an Industry Advisor to the Emergence Program for Purposeful Entrepreneurship at Stanford University.

He was named one of the emerging social innovators of the year in North America by Ashoka and American Express in 2014. He also received the George C. Askew Award from the American Academy of Certified Public Managers for his exceptional curriculum when he worked at the DC Department of Behavioral Health. He earned a BA in psychology from Duke University, and a graduate degree in clinical community psychology from the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in Caracas, Venezuela. He lives in the triangle area in North Carolina with his wife and two young children.



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