Making a World of Difference:
A Foundations Seminar

Presented by Personal Leadership Seminars
in cooperation with The Intercultural Communication Institute


March 18-21, 2013 | Portland, Oregon, USA


Today’s realities demand that more of us learn to interact effectively with people who are different from ourselves and within situations that are not at all what we expect. We are called to form dynamic healthy personal and professional relationships as well as to harness the inherent innovation and creativity offered when differing ideas come together.

Leadership across difference is a critical skill for navigating a globalized world and for working effectively in our local communities.

It is our time to take this lead as never before; we can:

In whatever situations we find ourselves needing to lead across difference, the challenge is in HOW we lead. We ultimately have two broad choices:

  1. move from habit, the way we always have done, letting our automatic assumptions and emotional reactions (however seemingly justified) rule , or
  2. move forward from purpose, using a process of self-reflection and self-reflexivity to act with full intelligence from present-centered awareness - responsing to the unique dynamics of any given situation.

This program is grounded in the Personal Leadership™ methodology of two principles, six practices, and the process technology called the Critical Moment Dialogue. As a tool, it offers a

process for determining the best way to move forward (now, and now, and now) with confidence and ease. It is designed to help people stay connected to their internal wisdom and creativity and to discern right action at all times, especially when faced with change, the unfamiliar, and in times of personal or professional transition.

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Seminar Objectives

The seminar will help you:

What to Expect:


Logistics for this seminar are being managed by the Intercultural Communications Institute (ICI). Please direct all questions about logistics to ICI at +1 503 297 4622 or via email. Please direct questions about the seminar purpose, outcomes and curriculum to PLSeminars.

Dates/Times: The seminar begins Monday, March 18, 2013 at 6:30pm (with an opening reception) and ends Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 6:00pm (with a celebratory closing).

Fee: $1675. Click here for registration information!

Meals: Conference fees include a welcome reception and two lunches. Otherwise, you will be on your own for food. Downtown Portland has a vibrant food truck scene as well as excellent restaurants and nearby groceries.

Seminar Site: The seminar itself will be conducted at the Mark Spencer Hotel, 409 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR, 97205, USA.

Lodging: Rooms are being held aside at the Mark Spencer Hotel in downtown Portland, where the seminar itself is being hosted. All rooms have kitchen facilities. You are responsible for booking your own hotel room whether at the Mark Spencer or other location; ICI is available to facilitate room-mate matching for those who prefer double occupancy rates.

Travel Considerations: Portland offers an international airport with excellent public transportation to downtown. The Mark Spencer Hotel offers a parking garage for guests at an additional fee.

Location:Portland, Oregon – Approaching Portland from the air, you can’t help but notice the abundance of green. Portland is often awarded Portland Skyline the "Greenest City in America", and ranks among the world's top 10 greenest cities.

But, Portland isn’t only green on the surface. City planners are committed to preserving natural wonders that ring the metropolitan area. The benefits of Portland’s passion for all things green take many forms: one of the world’s best culinary scenes, bursting with fresh, locally grown ingredients; verdant parks and gardens in the city, and majestic mountains, rivers and wilderness all around; clean, accessible public transport; and ample trails for hiking and cycling.

Portlanders are proud of Portland's parks and its legacy of preserving open spaces. Mount Tabor Park is known for its scenic views and historic reservoirs. Forest Park is the largest wilderness park within city limits in the United States. Washington Park is just west of downtown, and is home to the Oregon Zoo, the Portland Japanese Garden, and the International Rose Test Garden.

Portland has a growing restaurant scene and was recognized by the Food Network Awards as their "Delicious Destination of the Year" for 2007. The city is also known for being the most vegetarian-friendly city in America. Portland has been named the best city in the world for street food by several publications. Food cart pods spread throughout the city appear frequently on television programs. The city has also become known as a premier coffee destination with dozens of micro-roasters and cafes.

The Mark Spencer Hotel, located within the Pearl District of dowtown, gives a close proximity to an abundance of activities and food choices that Portland has to offer.

Downtown Portland


Registration will be available through the Intercultural Communication Institute. Please express interest or send questions to

You are also welcome to contact PL Seminars for content specific questions.