The Critical Role of Having Cultural Mindset™ – Lunch and Learn

In this zoom conversation Dr. Afsaneh Nahavandi will discuss the role culture plays in how we interpret situations

What: Zoom Conversation with Dr. Afsaneh Nahavandi

When: Friday Nov 19th, 2021 – Noon Eastern

How: Zoom Conference call – details upon registration.

Cost: Free.

Topic: The Critical Role of Having Cultural Mindset™ (CM)

In this Webinar Professor Afsaneh Nahavandi will explore how our culture(s), whether national, regional or group-based, form the meta-context that provides us with the perspective and lens through which we perceive and interpret ourselves and others and acts as a guide for our actions. The essence of having a Cultural Mindset is to be aware of the role culture plays and be able to use that knowledge when interpreting situations, making decisions and interacting with people from diverse cultures. Developing a Cultural Mindset™ is a transformational journey – once undertaken, we cannot “unsee” the role, impact and power of culture and, as a result, we cross cultural boundaries with more ease and success.

Our Guest: Dr. Afsaneh Nahavandi

Dr. Afsaneh Nahavandi is professor of Management at the University of San Diego, and professor Emerita at Arizona State University. She is the founder and principal of the Cultural Mindset Project and the Individual Cultural Mindset Inventory (ICMI). Originally from Iran, Dr. Nahavandi is multi-lingual and has a broad and diverse cross-cultural background. Her expertise and experience have made her a sought-after speaker, consultant, and trainer in the areas of culture and leadership development to public and nonprofit organizations and private companies.

Dr. Nahavandi’s book The Art and Science of Leadership, published by Pearson and currently in its 7th edition, is one of the best-setting leadership textbooks in the U.S. Her newest book, The Cultural Mindset: Managing People Across Cultures, was published by Sage Publications in 2021. She has several additional books including Ancient Leadership Wisdom, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Behavior: The Person-Organization Fit, Organizational Culture in the Management of Mergers, as well as numerous other publications about leadership, culture, teams and ethics.

She has a BA in psychology and French from the University of Denver, an MA and PhD in social psychology from the University of Utah. Prior to joining the University of San Diego 2013, she taught at Arizona State University for 26 years in the Business School and the School of Public Administration. While at ASU, she was director of the MBA program at the West Campus, director of the University College, associate dean of the University College and the College of Public Programs. Most recently, she was chair of the Department of Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego. She was ASU’s 2004 Professor of the year and the winner of several additional teaching awards. Prior to joining ASU, she taught at Northeastern University in Boston.


Jennifer Hancock is the author of several award winning books and the founder of Humanist Learning Systems. Jennifer is considered one of the top speakers and writers in the world of Humanism today. Her professional background is varied including stints in both the for profit and non-profit sectors. She has served as Director of Volunteer Services for the Los Angeles SPCA, sold international franchise licenses for a biotech firm, was the Manager of Acquisition Group Information for a ½ billion dollar company and served as the executive director for the Humanists of Florida before founding her own company. She is a board member for the USA Chapter of the International Humanistic Management Association. (

Elizabeth Castillo is an associate professor at CISA – Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies at Arizona State University and affiliated faculty at the Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment. Castillo’s scholarship is focused on how we can create a sustainable economy that works for everyone. Dr. Castillo addresses this problem by investigating capitalization of organizations, particularly the role that intangible assets (e.g., social, cultural, and political capital) play in producing social, financial, and environmental returns (the triple bottom line). Her interdisciplinary research is inspired by two decades of management experience in the nonprofit sector, including the San Diego Natural History Museum and Balboa Park Cultural Partnership. She is a board member for the USA Chapter of the International Humanistic Management Association. You can find her at:

Continuing Education:

Humanist Learning Systems is our learning partner for this series. This program has been submitted to HRCI and approved by SHRM for 1 hour continuing education credits and participants will be able to receive certificates of completion at the end of the session. To learn more about Humanist Learning Systems visit: