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Janet Foerster is a cross-cultural training manager with more than twenty-five years experience in education, training, project management, and sustainable community development. Through her company, innerCHANGE associates international, she designs individualized programs in communications, human resource development, and intercultural management for multinational clients.
Janet Foerster is a cross-cultural training manager who brings to her work more than twenty-eight years of experience in education, training, project management and community development. She is the president and founding partner of innerCHANGE associates international, a cross-cultural management and training company focusing on intercultural communication, human resource development, and health education. Through this company she develops, promotes, and presents individualized programs in areas of communication, employee development, and professional and personal growth in multi-cultural and international settings for multinational organizations, government, corporate, and academic clients.
Over many years within innerCHANGE associates international, Janet successfully presented a variety of training programs for numerous United Nations organizations in Vienna, Austria, including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations Organizations of Vienna (UNOV), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the United Nations Welfare and Relief Agency (UNWRA). In addition, she has led major training programs for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) and the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna, and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague.
Janet also worked as a consultant for Webster University’s Professional Development Center, for which she conducted—in Bratislava, Frankfurt, Vienna, and Zagreb—numerous courses and seminars in multicultural management, human relations, and communication skills for the U.S. Department of State and a number of private corporations. She has also worked in Pristina, Kosovo, as a consultant in developing a scholarship program for Kosovars to study in the U.S.
Janet has taught as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and Carnegie Mellon University’s H.J. Heinz III College of Public Policy and Management, as well as at Webster University in Vienna, developing graduate level courses in Intercultural Management. She has also authored textbooks and taught on the faculty of the International College for Hotel Management – MODUL University Vienna, where her work emphasized cross-cultural human resource management and communication and presentation skills for multi-cultural managers. Other academic positions have included serving as a Visiting Senior Research Associate in the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, where her responsibilities included coordinating the development of a new center for global health and designing outreach programs for minority populations on health careers within the Pittsburgh public school system.
Over the past 11 years, Janet has directed several community development projects in Nicaragua, including the Children, Health, Education, and Supporting Services (CHESS) program funded in part by the U.S. Agency for International Development. In 2010, Janet established a new non-profit organization, InnerCHANGE WORKS, to design, develop, and implement culturally congruent, sustainable, and community-based programs that meet the basic human needs of health, education, and economic opportunity, both locally and globally. The principal activities of InnerCHANGE WORKS include the Community Health Improvement Campaigns and Computers for Change programs in Nicaragua, and development of the international program, Global Youth Troupe for Community Transformation.
Janet received her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Texas Austin and her Master of Education degree from Vanderbilt University while living in England. She later completed several courses in continuing education from Harvard University in health services management.
Wil Lowe is the owner of WilLowe Consulting, LLC specializing in Tribal Relations, Event Planning, Fund-raising & Cultural Tourism Development. Wil is from Eufaula, OK and is a nine year veteran of the United States Marine Corps and has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bacone College. Wil is credentialed as a Certified FundRaising Manager and a Certified Travel Industry Specialist.
Shannon Anderson, M.P.A., is an entrepreneur and Social Enterprise development expert. Since graduating as Student of the Year, with honors, from University of Colorado in 2014, she has assisted several for-profit and non-profit entities alike in developing and implementing socially responsible business models, practices and policies that not only aim to generate financial returns, but social and environmental returns as well. As an associate with iCHai, Shannon looks forward to helping others bridge the gap between traditionalism and progressive action.