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March 6 at 8:00 am to March 27 at 10:00 am PST


Traditional approaches to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion focus on identifying and remedying problems. While this is necessary for change, it can perpetuate a deficit-based mindset and weaken relationships. Appreciative Inquiry, a successful approach to fostering positive change, expands our focus to identifying, exploring, and amplifying strengths and opportunities in all our relationships, to build bridges across divides (e.g. people, processes, systems of work, communities, and families).

Learn how to build your intercultural competence by applying Appreciative Inquiry’s tools, processes, and principles into your daily practices. Come prepared to collaboratively inquire into what’s working and what’s possible to create the change we want to see in our workplaces, communities and family systems.


Session 1: RENEW

Session 2: RELATE

Session 3: CO-CREATE

Session 4: RESOLVE

March 6, 2024

March 13, 2024

March 20, 2024

March 27, 2024

8:00am-10:00am PST

11:00am-1:00pm EST

6:00pm-8:00pm SAST

8:00am-10:00am PST

11:00am-1:00pm EST

6:00pm-8:00pm SAST

8:00am-10:00am PST

11:00am-1:00pm EST

6:00pm-8:00pm SAST

8:00am-10:00am PST

11:00am-1:00pm EST

6:00pm-8:00pm SAST


Appreciative Leadership Lotus Model consists of a circular process that incorporates the appreciative inquiry principles with the 4-step Appreciative Leadership DEI process. The four steps of the process are 1. co-create possibilities, 2. resolve to action, 3. renew self, and 4) relate to each other.Co-Creating Strength Based Intercultural Relationships in All Spaces will support you in taking intercultural competence, diversity, equity and inclusion actions with Appreciative Inquiry principles, process and tools. This course is not a diversity, equity and inclusion training, an unconscious bias assessment, nor an anti-racism webinar; however, your trainers will share:

  • their expertise in shifting relationships from conflict to collaboration specifically in the field of Organization Development;
  • introduce their theory and change model; and
  • provide valuable resources to increase your resilience and improve your intercultural relationships.

You are encouraged to come with an Intercultural Relationship Project (big or small, personal or professional) that will deepen your learning through immediate application. Together, we will help you identify the individual and collective strengths within your initiative, develop generative questions to engage in listening and storytelling for positive possibilities, and ensure you have an action plan to co-create a more interculturally competent, diverse, equitable, and inclusive destiny.


As a result of participating in this virtual series you will be able to:

  • Actively contribute to a more intercultural competent and compassionate world.
  • Learn bespoke Appreciative Inquiry practices and tools that are interculturally applicable.
  • Develop your own intercultural relationship building project at work, home or in your community using Appreciative Inquiry.
  • Establish a learning and accountability process and community for your strengths based intercultural relationships work.
  • Create an Action Plan to make your intercultural relationship building inevitable.


This virtual series consists of synchronous (live sessions hosted through Zoom) and asynchronous (assigned reading and activities outside of class time) learning over the course of 4 weeks. Each week, participants will meet for two hours to engage in a training session designed to guide you through the full range and depth of what it means to incorporate intercultural competency into your living Appreciative Inquiry practice.

INVITATION: Create a safe container for dialogue and build a community of practice.


  • Build understanding and trust through paired work and group shared agreements.
  • Discuss and identify various diversity markers and explore the term intersectionality, with an Appreciative Inquiry lens.

INVITATION: Introduce “Spaciousness Thinking Partners” peer mentoring and coaching model.


  • Review and integrate Appreciative Inquiry principles, tools, and processes into each participant’s identified Intercultural Relationship Project.
  • Build, brainstorm, and provide feedback using the Spaciousness Thinking Partners model.

INVITATION: Strengthen participants’ intercultural relationships practices by using generative questions to inquire into possibilities.


  • Reflect and explore how to surface and breakthrough hidden biases and limiting beliefs.
  • Craft and use generative questions to center living Appreciative Inquiry and intercultural competency ethos and values in your professional and personal processes.

INVITATION: Solidify participant’s resolve to take strengths based intercultural actions with clear indicators of success.


  • Reflect and converge key insights and emerging wisdom to create a vast toolbox for practical application.
  • Explore into the inner condition and external relationships (with both allies and antagonists) needed for successful action.



The synchronous (live) conversations will be delivered using Zoom. You can participate in these live events using a computer or tablet. You will receive the Zoom meeting information link and password once you are registered. All course materials and activities are located online and can be found on Spaciousness Works online platform.


Prior to the start of this training, participants will:

  • Receive a confirmation email from The Center for Appreciative Inquiry containing event information, including a link to an intake form. Participants are encouraged to complete the form as soon as possible.
  • Log into Spaciousness Works online platform to browse instructional content, familiarize themselves with the platform, post an introductory message, and connect directly with the trainers.


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Co-Creating Strengths Based Intercultural Relationships in All Spaces can be delivered privately to a team, department, organization, or community and can be delivered in-person or virtually. We encourage a minimum of ten (10) members from any organization, group, or community to participate. Please complete the CONTACT US form to learn how to bring a this program to your team, organization, or community.

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Registration Includes

  • Four weekly 2-hour live webinars, plus applied learning and practice each week.
  • Access to Spaciousness Strengths-Based Intercultural Relationships Community of Practice network.
  • Instructional materials (session booklets and slides).
  • Certificate of course completion.


Tanya Cruz Teller (she/ella) is passionate about systems change and applies her 20+ years of experience in international, organizational, and community development to bring to life her principles of personal transformation, collaborative partnerships, and strengths-based solutions. She champions assets-based design in strategic planning, leadership development, & stakeholder engagement. Tanya’s career in the international OD arena includes her role as an expert panelist of the Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks. Tanya enjoys engaging large audiences: in 2019 she co-keynoted at the World Appreciative Inquiry Conference in France on the theme of Thriving Women, Thriving World with Diana Whitney and Marlene Ogawa and presented at the Forum on Workplace Inclusion in the USA.

Tanya was the MC and co-designer of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Futures Project conference in Princeton and the 2017 International OD Association opening plenary interactive visioning session in Cape Town. With the current Covid19 pandemic, Tanya has harnessed her many years of combining participatory convening, coaching and culture work with technology to engage and build inclusive processes for organizations and stakeholders online. Moving in-person conferences, workshops and programs to virtual platforms has proven her tech innovation skills timely. Tanya has a Master of Intercultural & International Management and a Bachelor of Arts: Psychology & Sociology.

Learn more about Tanya by visiting her on the Center for Appreciative Inquiry Directory

Marlene Ogawa (she/her) specializes in designing and facilitating strategic innovative interventions internationally. She has worked with business, NGO and government youth development practitioners in entrepreneurship, mentorship, education policy & design, information technology for development and volunteer initiatives. Over the years Marlene has supported cross and multi-sectoral collaborations, engaging and facilitating gatherings with diverse groups within government, business, civil society and communities.

Marlene is committed to and passionate about supporting global community initiatives that inform policy. She uses Appreciative Inquiry (AI) towards activating and building agency of groups, envisioning and actively changing their systems. Her work in building relational connectedness and collaborative leadership informs the approaches she uses to take participants from individual to collective systems work. She believes that enhancing peoples’ capacity leads to successful program delivery and sustainable change to positively impact systems and society. Learn more about Marlene by visiting her LinkedIn Profile.

Event Cost

Save $160.00 USD per person when you register early!
Early Bird Price: $795.00 USD per person*.

*Early Bird Pricing ends Friday, February 9, 2024.

Registration costs increase starting February 10, 2024.
Standard Price: $955.00 USD per person.

Partial Scholarships may be Available:
To apply, please complete this brief application form to let the facilitators know what inspires you to take this course and how this scholarship would enable you to join. Scholarship applications for the March course will close February 10, 2024. Scholarships will be awarded within 48 hours of approval.

Please note: space in this experiential training is limited to 16 participants. Seats are available on a first come, first serve basis. We encourage you to register early to save money and guarantee your seat in this training.


Kelly Stewart