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C3 Consulting LLC - Cross-Cultural Competence
Local Address: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
C3 Consulting LLC
625 W. St. Clair
Almont, Michigan 48003
United States

Company Description: C3 Consulting is dedicated to providing outstanding professional and technical services. We have system engineers, technicians, and project managers, available for...   more
Background

Employment History

Education

  • master's degree , Teaching English
    Michigan State University
  • bachelor's degree , Spanish and Linguistics
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Ten years after graduating from Calvin College, Kristin Ekkens founded C3 Consulting LLC to help businesses raise their CQ.
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Kristin Ekkens Kristin Ekkens says companies sometimes make the mistake of thinking that being diverse and being inclusive are the same thing.
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"I had a different experience from my friends," said Ekkens.
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"Inclusive" took on a deeper meaning when, in 2012, Ekkens, a certified cultural intelligence facilitator, founded C3 Consulting LLC, which is dedicated to developing a culturally competent workforce by bridging cultural and linguistic gaps, developing inclusive leaders, uniting global teams, and retaining diverse talent via online or in-person cultural awareness workshops.
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CQ takes time and a concerted effort to think outside one's comfort zone and culture, according to Ekkens.
"We have stereotypes and make judgments," said Ekkens.
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Local clients of Ekkens include Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, Spectrum Health, Ferris State University, Coldwell Banker Schmidt, National Nail Corp., Lacks Enterprises, The Right Place Inc., Fifth Reformed Church and Dan Vos Construction.
In April 2013, Ekkens traveled to Liverpool, England, for the British Council-sponsored International Association for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language to instruct teachers and administrators from around the world.
"The demand is there - especially in Europe - for business English," said Ekkens. "I have a high level of respect for people who are learning English as their sixth or seventh language. If we can become more culturally intelligent and reach out and bridge the gap, it would solve a lot of the challenges we have."
The payoff of having a workforce with a higher cultural intelligence includes employees who are better negotiators, networkers, innovators and effective leaders of multicultural teams.
"My focus, more now than before, has been on leadership development," said Ekkens. "Research shows that leaders who are culturally intelligent are able to really hone in and include others to be culturally intelligent. It's about seeing multiple perspectives and being more globally minded, and being able to help others do the same thing to help drive new business initiatives."
How do companies get there?
According to the Cultural Intelligence Center in East Lansing, where Ekkens received her CQ facilitator certification, the answer, in part, includes a four-step model:
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Ekkens earned a double major in Spanish and applied linguistics at Calvin College in 2002 and a master's degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages in 2007 at Michigan State University, where she earned a 4.0 grade point average while holding down a full-time job. In addition to being certified by the Cultural Intelligence Center, she holds certifications from Third Wave Workforce and Learning for Results.
During her freshman and sophomore years at Calvin, Ekkens chose to live on the "Mosaic Floor," a multi-cultural experience that included Cambodians, African-Americans, Koreans and Latinas.
"It was a group of individuals who were international students different than myself," Ekkens said. "They're still my closest friends."
Ekkens credits her globally minded parents for planting the seeds of CQ early in her life. She also credits an open mind and studying abroad in Costa Rica, Mexico and Spain, which achieved much more than just learning to speak more fluent Spanish.
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Ekkens said her work is about diversity and inclusion: "You can be a very diverse company, but if you don't have inclusiveness, it will be more of a challenge. That's a mistake I think many companies make. Inclusion is when you have individuals working as a team who are able to see different styles of communication and perceptions and come up with a solution in making innovative products and services."
Growing up, Ekkens had her sights set on becoming a missionary in Africa.
"I had a very strong passion for that," she said. "It was connecting with different people. I'm passionate about being a Christian, as well."
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Kristin Ekkens, Executive Director National CRC Advocates kristin.ekkens@ncrcadvocates.org 616.299.9690 About the Blogger:  Kristin Ekkens is the Executive Director of National CRC Advocates, a national not-for-profit that is dedicated to closing the workforce skills gap in America using the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) and related competency-based credentials. Previously, Ekkens was a program director and national consultant in workforce education, providing essential workplace skills training to managers, incumbent workers, and job seekers. The program she directed received multiple awards for quality and innovation and has received international exposure including a 2008 broadcast of ABC World News Tonight with Charles Gibson and recognition in 2011 as a best practice by Singapore Workforce Development Agency.  Kristin is an author and presenter in the field of basic skills training, workforce education,  language learning, and cultural diversity.  She holds a master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Michigan State University and a bachelor's degree with a dual major in Spanish and Linguistics from Calvin College in Michigan.
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Contact Us? to arrange for a speaker or to book the Advocates' Executive Director, Kristin Ekkens, to rally the troops and encourage raving fans of the certificate. 
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Kristin EkkensCustomized Workplace English DirectorE-mail: kekkens@kentliteracy.orgPhone: 616-459-5151 x12Fax: 616.245.8069
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