Seminar to urge self-inspection

Published 9:25 am Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Icebergs, visions and maps.

What do they have to do with cultural identity, diversity and the impact on successful business transactions?

That question will be explored in a workshop next month at Riverland Community College led by Mary Laeger-Hagemeister. The Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Riverland, is presenting the workshop.

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The title? “Icebergs, Visions and Maps,” of course.

“This experiential workshop will be a chance to learn more about one’s own cultural identity while discovering cultural patterns and styles from around the globe and mining gems for working effectively across cultural differences,” states a news release.

Laeger-Hagemeister has spent her career living and working with diverse populations in the United States and recently completed her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. Her dissertation is titled “Social capital networking and immigration populations in rural Minnesota.”

She is a consultant with L-H Consulting. Its mission statement is “Working to build inclusive communities.”

The workshop takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 7. The cost is $149 per person for members of the Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce, or $129 per person with two or more participants from a company. Nonmembers are charged $169, but they get a $20 discount for two or more, too. Contact the chamber to make reservations at 373-3938 or