Professional Women’s Group plans cross-cultural discussion

The Professional Women’s Group is hosting a cross-cultural communication meeting for both business and real life situations called, “Avoiding the potholes” Saturday. The session starts at 9:30 a.m. and goes until noon with an optional lunch to follow, said the organization, which is affiliated with the Women’s Club of Costa Rica.

The workshop will encourage open and honest dialogue on the many challenges encountered when people from different cultures meet and do business, said an announcement. Participants will share dilemmas, find practical solutions to each perceived conflict, and discuss findings with others who are experiencing similar situations, it said. Fee for the workshop is 2,000 colons for club members and 3,000 for non-members, about $4 to $6.. Attendees will pay for their own lunch, said the announcement. The session is at Tin Jo Restaurant in San José.

Ana Hernández, the workshop facilitator, has worked with diversity and cross-cultural issues for over 20 years. In the 90s, she served on the Minority Committee of the National Education Association in Washington D.C. Currently, she
works as a coordinator for Study Abroad programs with college students from the U.S.A. She has been published for 12 years in “El Residente,” the Association of Residents of Costa Rica magazine, on a wide range of topics involving Costa Rican culture.

Ms. Hernández lived for several years in the United States and has experienced her share of culture clashes, said the group.
Also during the meeting, the group scholarship drive will be launched and the Coffee with Strangers program will be announced, said the organization.

The organization is an interest group of Women’s Club of Costa Rica, a social and service organization founded in 1940, supporting public school libraries with books and furniture, selected University students with scholarships, and Libros para todos in conjunction with La Nación. The Women’s Club is an English-language organization and all levels of English skill are welcome, said the group.

For more information about the club and Saturday’s program, those interested can contact Phylliss Crist at 2268-6130, or

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