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Culture and Communication

  • 07 Jan 2016
  • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Slaughter & May, 47th Floor Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong
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Culture and Communication 

Lunch Presentation

The HKCCA’s Executive Committee invites you to the following presentation, hosted by Culture3Counsel and Slaughter and May.

What is Culture?  

Hong Kong is a multi-cultural city and its workforce is also multi-cultural. Everyday multi-national companies are confronted with unexpected problems, which arise as a result of cross-cultural misunderstandings.

This workshop will introduce you to the realities that different cultures perceive things in different ways. It will also provide an introduction into how understanding these differences can make you work more effectively in a cross-cultural group. 

The seminar will give a brief introduction to how communication across cultures can create misunderstandings within the workplace.  There will be a brief discussion of the definition of culture and then we will look at communication from a High and Low Context culture point of view.  

SPEAKER: Kate Lorenz, Culturalist Associate

Established entrepreneur and businesswomen with over ten years’ experience in the relocation industry in mainland China.

Having spent her entire life aboard Kate is part of the 3rd Culture Kid phenomenon. Originally born in the UK she moved to Saudi Arabia at 6 weeks old and then Malawi before spending her formative teenage years in Bahrain. After A-Levels Kate relocated to England to study and completed her BA in history and politics at Warwick University. Upon graduation she moved with her now husband to Shanghai to pursue a career in corporate HR training.

In 2005 Kate used her experience as an “expat for life” to set up a relocation and housing agency in Shanghai to assist other expatriates with their relocation to China. Ark Relocation now has offices in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong and overseas the assignments of over 350 expatriates per year to over 15 destinations in the mainland. Kate manages a team of 22 full-time staff and over 30 part-time expatriate counselors across the country.

Kate’s cross-cultural training programs are based on her own experience as an expat and profit from her in-depth knowledge of managing and leading a mixed team of Chinese and expatriate staff. Examples and case studies are based on real life experience and assist to create a very hands-on training approach.

Kate Lorenz is British and spends her time between Shanghai and Hong Kong with her German husband and 2 young daughters.

Corporate Clients

Corporate Clients: Morgan Stanley, Proctor & Gamble, Microsoft, Merrill Lynch and Bennett Associates, 3M Honeywell, Deloitte Touche, Standard Chartered Bank, ING, Swiss Reinsurance, Royal Bank of Scotland, UBS, Price Waterhouse Cooper, Nortel, Santa Fe Relocation, McKinsey & Company, Sterling Relocation, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan.

VENUE: The offices of Slaughter and May -  47th Floor, Jardine House, One Connaught Place, Central.

DATE: Thursday 07 January, 2016

TIME: 12.30 for registration and lunch 1.00 -2.00 for presentation

RSVP: Please register your attendance online no later than Thursday 31st December, 2015. If you register but are then unable to attend, please email events@hkcca.net so that other members on any waitlist may attend. If you have any suggestions for topics or speakers for future HKCCA events, please let us know at events@hkcca.net.

Please note this event is exclusively for HKCCA members. If you are not an HKCCA member but you wish to attend this presentation, you need to successfully apply for membership at www.hkcca.net and pay the membership fee before registering for the event. If you have any membership queries, please contact HKCCA Secretariat on events@hkcca.net or (852) 2516 7007.           

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