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Founder and Principal, Connecting Differences LLC

Tatyana Fertelmeyster, M.A.

Tatyana Fertelmeyster is an intercultural consultant and trainer with background in journalism, mental health counseling, and refugee services. She grew up in Moscow, Russia, and came to Chicago in January of 1989 as a refugee from the then Soviet Union.

As a consultant and trainer Tatyana is involved in both intercultural and diversity work. She is increasingly interested in exploring what it takes to be effective and resilient professional in the field and providing services to practitioners who are interested in doing their own inner work.

Tatyana is a faculty member at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication where she teaches workshops on facilitation and methods and tools for exploring identity, both of which incorporate Cultural Detective. Tatyana is a passionate practitioner and a teacher of process facilitation. Her unique technique of Spontaneous Facilitation allows her to work with individuals and groups with maximum concentration on the reality of the present moment. Past president of the Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research, Tatyana recently came back to SIETAR-USA leadership team as an Advisory Board member.

Co-author of Cultural Detective Russia and Master Trainer of Facilitators