Over the years I have worked with a number of professionals that provide diversity training and/or intercultural coaching. Through these experiences I have gained some perspective that helps me distinguish high quality performers from average performers in this field. The best demonstrate exceptionally strong content expertise combined with highly adaptable process skills in order to meet the needs of their clients. More specifically they understand that interpreting assessments, conducting training and providing coaching each have a different purpose and that each require different skill sets and approaches. This is how I would assess my experience with Akiko Maeker. She is among the best. I would recommend her with complete confidence. She will not disappoint you.
Osseo Area Schools
I have had the privilege of working with Akiko Maeker at Interculturalist (LLC) in my personal development. My role as EVP/President Construction Systems and Solutions required her area of expertise in order to learn and develop my intercultural competency skills. I found my sessions with Akiko to be very worthwhile and insightful. Her approach is one of openness and in the true spirit of growth and development. Akiko has contributed nicely to my executive growth. The coaching approach that Akiko uses was truly eye opening and relevant.
Executive Vice President, Construction Systems & Solutions
It has been a pleasure partnering with Interculturalist to help deliver our intercultural programming. They have a deep knowledge of the IDI and can tailor their feedback to the diverse roles, backgrounds and context of our employees. They are flexible, professional and embody intercultural competence in all they do.
Manager of Training and Development
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
Interculturalist has been working with our institution to facilitate an intercultural transformation process. By working with our faculty leadership, as well as with students, we are preparing our graduates to become effective and powerful leaders in a culturally diverse society. Interculturalist is trustworthy, has expertise, and has shown vision in redefining what could be seen as the daunting task of organizational change into a well-strategized and positively viewed journey. I would wholeheartedly recommend Interculturalist, LLC for other organizations.
Roland D. Martinson