About the Conference
"If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal."
- John F. Kennedy, Commencement Address at the American University June 10, 1963
For more than 50 years, the Intercultural Management Institute (IMI)--formerly the Business Council for International Understanding Institute (BCIU) --has worked toward promoting cultural understanding through innovative and dynamic intercultural communication training. Never before have the effects of international communication been so far-reaching and immediate. The lesson is clear: in our global community, we tend to ignore the importance of intercultural relations at our own peril. Reciprocally, collectively we have made tremendous strides in the field of intercultural relations, and it is those successes and best practices that we continue to share at our annual conference. Thank you for joining us for the IMI 14th Annual Conference on Intercultural Relations: A Forum for Business, Education and Training Professionals, March 14-15, 2013, in the School of International Service building at American University in Washington, D.C.