Speaker Biographies

Presenters for WISE 2018

[ Keynote Speaker ]

Farzana Nayani, Diversity & Inclusion and Intercultural Specialist

Farzana is a nationally-recognized leader in diversity & inclusion and intercultural consulting with more than 15 years of experience supporting Fortune 500 companies, startups, higher education institutions and public sector organizations. Farzana frequently speaks on cultural awareness, employee engagement and intergroup relations in the U.S. and global workplace. A former advisor for the U.S. Small Business Administration, she has been invited to the White House on several occasions to represent the voice of diverse entrepreneurs at discussions on national business initiatives and government policy. Her global background with professional and lived experience in Canada, the U.S., South and Southeast Asia affords her a keen perspective on understanding and working with stakeholders from populations from around the world.

Farzana Nayani serves as National Director of ERG Relations for the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) and Board Director for the Society of Intercultural Education, Training, and Research (SIETAR) USA. Farzana’s expertise has been featured in media outlets such as Forbes, Diversity Inc, NPR and the LA Times. She holds a Master’s Degree in Communication and Management from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa and the East-West Center. Farzana is a qualified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory ®, an executive coach/trainer and adjunct faculty with the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Intercultural Communication, a role she has served in for more than 10 years.


[ Pre-Conference Workshop Facilitator ]

Dr. Tara Harvey, True North Intercultural

Tara is passionate about helping people learn and grow through international and intercultural experiences. She has been in the international/intercultural education field for more than 15 years — teaching English abroad, advising international students, researching international education, facilitating intercultural training, teaching experience-based intercultural courses, designing curriculum and training fellow educators. Tara has worked at Texas A&M, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and as Academic Director of Intercultural Learning at the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). As founder of True North Intercultural, Tara provides intercultural consulting, training and coaching services to help educators and institutions of higher education facilitate transformative intercultural learning.

In addition to consulting work, Tara presents on relevant topics at international education and intercultural conferences, and is an Adjunct Faculty in Intercultural Competence at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey and an Associate Faculty at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication (SIIC). She is an experienced Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), one of the most well-known and widely-used tools for assessing and building intercultural competence. In addition, she is a Senior Facilitator of the Personal Leadership methodology, a holistic approach to maximizing the learning potential inherent in intercultural experiences, improving one’s ability to work across cultural difference, and taking leadership of oneself.


[ Pre-Conference Workshop Facilitator ]

Dr. Eric Hartman, Executive Director of the Center for Peace & Global Citizenship at Haverford College

Through Eric’s role with the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, he advances a critical understanding of global citizenship through research and practice with global learning and community development. He has written for several peer-reviewed and popular publications including The Stanford Social Innovation Review, International Educator, Tourism and Hospitality Research and The Michigan Journal of Community Service-Learning. Eric has served as executive director of a community-driven global nonprofit organization, Amizade Global Service-Learning, and taught on human rights, transdisciplinary research methods and globalization in global studies programs at Arizona State University and Providence College. He co-founded both globalsl.org and the global engagement survey, initiatives that advance best practices in global learning and cooperative development within community-campus partnerships.


Session Presenters for WISE 2018 will be posted when finalized.