Cultural Vistas Blog

Women Leaders from Central Europe and USA to Meet at Transatlantic Summit

Polish American Women Entrepreneurs (PAWE) is working with Cultural Vistas to make the voices of women in business across Central Europe strong enough to reach across the Atlantic with the USA-Central Europe Women in Business Summit taking place October 17 at the Tribeca Rooftop in New York City.

We are eager to cultivate opportunities for women in business across all of Central Europe and the USA and have established an Honorary Committee to help organize this important event, including the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Washington, D.C. as well as the Consulates General of Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Hungary in New York.

By convening over 350 individuals representing governments, international associations supporting women in business, and business leaders from Fortune 500 companies to startups, the USA-Central Europe Women in Business Summit promises to be the largest and most important event of its kind.

Public Speaker at a Conference
Early-bird Summit tickets are now available for a limited time. Click here to join us on Thursday, October 17.

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Muskie Alum Introduces Modern Education to Ancient City of Bukhara

Schools in Uzbekistan didn’t teach English until around age 10, and little Firdavs Navruzov simply couldn’t wait that long. Whenever his classmates in primary school were at the playground, he could be found in the library hunting for books to learn English. Even at an early age, in a city where few spoke the language, he understood that learning English would open a whole new world for him, one that he was eager to explore.

Two decades later, Firdavs is enabling others to follow in his footsteps by running both an English language training center and an independent primary school in Bukhara, Uzbekistan.

English language students at Firdavs’ LTC Leader language school.

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6 Myths About Learning a Second Language

From the internet to the classroom, we’re bombarded with reasons as to why learning a second language is anywhere from challenging to impossible. You’re old or you’re too young; you’re too close to the language or you’re too far away. But is there scientific evidence for any of these claims? Here are some of the most common myths about second language learning.

The number of places to explore and people to meet throughout the world is greatly greater with more than one language.

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Experiencing the America Which Eludes Most Americans Through CBYX

We’ve all heard the American truisms before. The place is a “land of opportunity” for a “nation of immigrants” constituting a “melting pot” where anyone can experience “the American dream.” Even the currency contains statements about unity in Latin!

But as a German taking part in the 35th Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals program, I frequently find myself feeling very fortunate at the opportunities I have in the U.S. which the regular inhabitants of this country ironically do not, as is the case in the small town of Andalusia, Alabama—where I am staying with my 67 year-old retired host Charlotte.

Living in Alabama means driving. Having a car is essential where I live in Andalusia.

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Looking Forward to a Friendly Future Thanks to TOMODACHI

History is filled with the stories of men who had enough power to dare call themselves “Great” and tyrants who were so proud of the fear they spread that they adopted monikers like “the Terrible.”

But the leaders of the future are unlike the leaders of the past. And thanks to a week I recently spent with the participants of the TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program, which has the Japanese word for “friendship” in its name, I am confident that we can look forward to a far friendlier future.

The word tomodachi suits the TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program perfectly. Here I am (center) with some of the new tomodachi I met during the U.S. study tour.

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