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Curious about how Americans' cherished values are perceived globally? Explore how our culture of individualism, friendliness, optimism, and honesty is interpreted in other nations. Discover contrasting perspectives on self-determination versus group loyalty, the potential misinterpretations of our friendliness, and the varying definitions of 'honesty' across cultures.


Why It's Hard to Move to a New Country

Some answers to this question are obvious - language problems, daily living challenges, culture shock. But is that all? Hardly. In this session, we bring our expertise to go beneath the surface to examine what happens within families, couples, and in individual lives when they move internationally.


Global Women

Rachel and Robert, successful software engineers with families, are eager to pursue international assignments for career advancement. However, their experiences are expected to differ in three key aspects: (1) interactions with colleagues and customers, (2) family roles, and (3) personal and social styles. In this session, we explore these differences and discuss strategies for women to succeed in global careers.


How to use cultural competence to accelerate business results

Practical examples of how understanding cultural differences can have an immediate impact on how productive your teams can be. Save time, increase customer satisfaction and build a better business.


What Corporations and Spouses Can Do to Maximize the Success of International Assignments

Our internationally recognized study of expatriate accompanying spouses led to dozens of practical recommendations for corporations and spouses. Hear about the findings and how they apply to your organization's challenges.


Explaining American Schools to Newcomers

Low math scores and tragic incidents often grab international headlines when it comes to American schools. This poses a challenge for those working with newcomers to the US, as we need to provide explanations. In this session, explore key features of the US school system: parental involvement, decentralized funding and decision-making, the influence of high university enrollment on teaching methods, late specialization, and more.


Parenting in the US

In some ways parents moving to a new country have an easier time than people without children, as their offspring provide them with a natural and interesting entrée into American culture. But there are challenges too. They must cope with a different school system, differing parenting values, and different legal requirements about their responsibilities.


Remote teams: New ways of working - familiar challenges

Hop on a Teams call, schedule a Zoom or join a Google Meet. There are a million great ways in which we can now communicate and collaborate around the globe. This does however bring some familiar challenges when communicating across cultures, which can then be magnified due to the constraints of the technology and the lack of preparation time. Learn practical methods to mitigate these challenges.

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Dr. Tasha Arnold is an experienced leader and researcher in the field of education specializing in cross-cultural training, transition support, and program development for schools, universities, and global teams. She co-founded The Academic Achievement Bureau where she worked with international schools and universities conducting research on their organization and providing services to aid intercultural understanding, transition adjustment, and student achievement. She is currently the Executive Director of The Interchange Institute, a NEASC and CIS school accreditor, and serves on the board of The Namibia Project.  

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Terri McGinnis, M.S.

Senior Trainer​

Terri is an independent cross-cultural trainer specializing in helping families moving overseas, assisting those coming from overseas to live and work in the U.S., and providing group business briefings on China, Brazil and USA. Terri has worked with large automotive companies, automotive suppliers, oil companies, national office supply and furniture companies, the construction industry, electronic companies, IT companies, chemical companies, not to mention many other national and international companies.

A well-read and traveled individual, Terri has lived in and navigated different cultures successfully. Ms. McGinnis lived with her family as an expatriate in Beijing, China. In China, she conducted cross-cultural training programs, studied Mandarin, worked for the International School of Beijing providing classes to their staff, and provided Pilates training to individuals in the expatriate community of Beijing.

In addition to her overseas experience in China, Ms. McGinnis also lived with her family as an expatriate in Brazil for three years where she studied Portuguese. In addition to her language studies, she worked for Fiske School teaching English as a second language to Brazilian nationals. While in Brazil, the International School of Curitiba engaged her services for curriculum and staff development.

Prior to her international assignments, Ms. McGinnis was a high school teacher teaching vocational business skills. She also has eight years of experience in the automotive industry working in various HR positions.

Ms. McGinnis graduated with a Master of Science degree in Instructional Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.

Her experiences in Brazil and China have taught her to appreciate the world’s diversity and to cross cultures successfully. Her hobbies are reading, sea kayaking, paddle boarding and travel. She has two daughters attending university. She actively volunteers for her a local national club swim team.

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Tasha Arnold, Ed.D.

Executive Director

Dr. Tasha Arnold is an experienced leader and researcher in the field of education specializing in cross-cultural training and development for schools, universities, and multicultural teams. As the Executive Director of The Interchange Institute (TII), Tasha is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of TII, while also serving as an evaluator for the Intercultural Training Expertise Certification (ITEC) Board and being actively involved in the training of emerging and experienced interculturalists through the Crossing Cultures with Competence Train the Trainer program.

Tasha is a certified teacher and principal/head of school and accredits schools worldwide with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and Council for International Schools.

Prior to her work at the Interchange Institute, Tasha held positions in both public and private schools and co-founded The Academic Achievement Bureau where she worked with international schools and universities conducting research on their organization and provided services to aid intercultural understanding, transition adjustment, and student and staff well-being.

Tasha has directed several research studies in the UK and Qatar on educators’ experiences and perceived needs with regards to transition at their international school in order to improve the transition experience for educators, students and families in these cultural contexts. These findings have helped her to develop and deliver school-wide transition and intercultural development programs.

Originally from the USA, Tasha relocated in 2011 to the UK and currently resides with her husband near London. She serves on the board of The Namibia Project Charity.

Anne P. Copeland, Ph.D.

Founder of The Interchange Institute

Dr. Copeland is a clinical psychologist with expertise in family and cultural transition. During her tenure as Executive Director of The Interchange Institute, she provided cross-cultural training for individuals and families moving to and from the United States. She also trained almost 500 interculturalists around the world to deliver tailored, individualized cross-cultural orientation programs through the Crossing Cultures with Competence program that she developed.

Dr. Copeland has written several books on families and transition (Studying Families, Sage 1991, Separating Together 1997, and In Their Own Voice 2011), and has authored over 90 research articles, chapters, and professional presentations.

Prior to founding The Interchange Institute in 1997, Dr. Copeland was Associate Professor of Psychology at Boston University, where she conducted research and research supervision in psychological aspects of family process assessment, ethnicity, cultural influences, immigration, development, developmental disabilities and affective development. During her tenure at the University, she relocated with her family to work in London in 1988, where she was the academic advisor for Boston University’s British Programmes.

Dr. Copeland has directed many research studies on expatriate families’ experience, including multinational in-depth analyses of the social, familial, and personal aspects of moving to a new country, including a focus on the personal and family side of international short-term assignments, the role of one’s home – its design and layout – on one’s expatriate experience, on the challenges of moving to a country that is perceived as very similar, the experiences of high school exchange host families, and the ways in which having experienced being different as a child has an impact on the expatriate experience. Recent work focuses on how interculturalists have built and nurtured their careers.

Dr. Copeland lives with her husband in Boston, MA, and Barters Island, ME.