Developing Cultural Competence:
Exploring the European Capitol From a
Cross-Cultural Perspective

Medicine Wheel 

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When: Thursday, October 12| 09:00 - 17:00 | FULL DAY
Where: Studio 316 - SQUARE, then off to explore Brussels
Ticket Price: ILA members - $72 | non-members - $96
Thank you to the University of Minnesota – Undergraduate Leadership Minor for being a Bronze Sponsor & sponsoring this event!


Brussels is a fascinating site to study cross-cultural leadership and teaming. As the capitol of Europe and home to NATO, Brussels is a bustling epicenter of many languages, foreign policy, diplomacy, and most of all, cultures. This pre-conference session will require participants to engage in an exploration of this new city as well as learn to work with team members who may not share a common language, area of expertise, or interest. Participants will be briefed on a variety of teaming frameworks and will then head off into Brussels to explore not only the must-sees of the city, but some off-the-beaten-path treasures hidden throughout the city. Session participants will come back together at the end of the day to discuss their experiences with the multi-cultural aspects of their team and of the city itself.

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Workshop Leaders & Presenters

Linda G. Olson Mimi Bau Emily Allen
Linda G. Olson
University of Denver
Mimi Bau
University of Denver
Emily Allen
University of Denver
  Who Should Attend?

Participants who care to develop their own cultural sensitivities, as well as gain new perspectives and teaching tools to help others develop cultural competencies, will enjoy this active session. Participants must be open to an adventurous exploration of Brussels with a diverse team while considering important cultural and team leadership concepts. Participants must be physically able to navigate the city on foot for most of the day.

What Will Attendees Gain?

Attendees will:

  • Develop a shared vision amongst a diverse group
  • Experience the practical application of a variety of teaming frameworks and return home with transferrable concepts and training ideas to use in their own setting
  • Network with other participants, building new friendships
  • Engage with Belgian people and cultures

Track: Leadership Development


Since 2015, Linda G. Olson has served as the Interim Dean of Colorado Women's College. Linda began teaching at the University of Denver in 2000 and has spent the past 14 years as a Teaching Professor, Director of the Pioneer Leadership Program, and Exec. Director of the Learning Communities and Civic Engagement department. Her research interests include collaborative leadership, leadership development, leadership and sustainability, and leadership ethics. Linda brings a vibrant interest in international and intercultural issues to her work, and has taught and led student groups involved in international learning and service throughout the world.



Mimi Bau is an avid adventurer in the outdoor education industry and an experienced staff member in higher education. She has led backpacking trips for five years through the Rocky Mountains and is keenly aware of others' responses to new or different situations. She is excellent at recognizing key learning moments and facilitates discussion around various topics with ease and tact. She regularly leads trips across the country and coordinates multifaceted projects and dynamic teams on a regular basis through her work at the University of Denver with over 300 leadership students and over 1300 alumni.



Throughout her career in education, Emily Allen has always emphasized the importance of immersion in new and diverse experiences. She piloted a program in Florence, Italy has enabled over 150 American students to study abroad for their first semester of college in the spirit of learning to adapt to new situations. Emily has also facilitated three trips for a total of 200 young students who had never left Colorado visit to Washington, D.C. In her time spent abroad, the purposes of Emily's travel centered around gaining a true understanding of the cultures and peoples with whom she is interacting.