The Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) at International House UC Berkeley is a center of excellence for training to advance leadership, understanding, and collaboration across cultures. CIL consultants have decades of experience providing customized training across the public, non-profit, government, education, and corporate sectors. Through expert facilitation, highly participatory workshops, and skilled coaching, we create powerful learning experiences. Our programs equip professionals and students to:

  • Lead inclusively and create a culture of belonging
  • Effectively engage and communicate across cultural difference
  • Build and sustain trust among diverse teams
  • Effectively manage conflict
  • Leverage diversity for optimal organizational outcomes

To learn more about customized training and coaching for your organization, email cil@berkeley.edu.

Our Team

Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership

Jason Patent

Director of the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership

Jason Patent, Ph.D, Director of the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL), is responsible for building International House’s existing training programs and expanding them to meet the needs of increasing numbers of International House residents, UC Berkeley campus units, higher education institutions, corporations and non-profit organizations. With over two decades of experience in training and facilitation, Jason delivers high-quality intercultural consulting and training to individuals and teams across a variety of sectors. Jason has served as American Co-Director of the Hopkins–Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China; Inaugural Director of the Stanford Program in Beijing; Training Consultant at Gap International, Cartus, ITAP International, IOR Associates, Dean Foster Associates; and Vice President, Communications & Marketing at Orchestrall, Inc. Fluent in Mandarin, Jason has a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Harvard, an M.A. in the same field from Stanford, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from U.C. Berkeley. 26 Years of Experience in Training & Facilitation Workshops & Presentations

  • “Leading, Innovating and Crossing Cultures.” Presented to visiting professors from Xi’an Jiaotong University at the Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley, 6 Oct. 2016.
  • “Advancing Equity & Inclusion: Exploring best practices for engaging diversity within teams and groups.” Panel session, Berkeley Facilitator Network, 10 Mar. 2016.
  • What’s Their Problem? An Intercultural Lens on Teaching International Students.” Keynote address for UC Berkeley Extension’s Instructor Day, 11 Dec. 2015.
  • “Culture and Philanthropy: Principles and Practices.” UC Berkeley Fundraising Council. 14 Oct. 2015.
  • “Higher Education in China.” Panel presentation, 3 May 2014. Harvard School of Education, China Education Symposium. Cambridge, MA, USA.
  • “Fostering Intercultural Leaders in Your Organization.” 12 Mar. 2014. European Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Insight, Nanjing. Workshop with senior European executives.
  • “Intercultural Leadership: The Most Critical Skill of the 21st 26 Feb. 2014. European Chamber of Commerce, Nanjing. Workshop with top European and Chinese executives.
  • “How to Save Time and Money: Intercultural Leadership in the Global Marketplace.” 30 Nov. 2013. Keynote address at New York Institute of Technology Nanjing School of Management, Annual Stakeholders’ Conference.

Publications

  • “China.” In Robert Crane ed. Building Bridges Among the BRICs. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 154–192.
  • “Familiarizing and Humanizing an ‘Exotic’ Language.” Review of Perry Link’s An Anatomy of Chinese: Rhythm, Metaphor, Politics. Los Angeles Review of Books, March 1st, 2014.
  • “Mindset and Worldview: Reflections on How Place Shapes the Mind.” In Jia Leilei ed. A Binational Conversation on Bridging Cultures: Place, People, History. Beijing: Culture and Art Publishing House. 261–266.
  • “Supracultural models, universalism and relativism: The language of personhood in Chinese and American cultures.” In Hanna Pishwa ed. Language and Social Cognition: Expression of the Social Mind. Berlin & New York: Mouton de Gruyter. 79-125.
  • “Are These Truths Self-Evident? Language, Culture and Human Rights in the U.S. and China.” D. dissertation, UC Berkeley, 2003.

 

Lauren Moloney-Egnatios

Assistant Director & Intercultural Training Specialist

Lauren Moloney-Egnatios, M.A.,  Assistant Director & Intercultural Training Specialist for the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL). Lauren Moloney-Egnatios, M.A., is the Assistant Director & Intercultural Training Specialist for the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL). She develops CIL’s strategic direction for increasing and enhancing leadership and intercultural training and coaching programs for UC Berkeley staff, faculty, students, and International House residents. Additionally, Lauren designs custom learning and development programs for staff and executive leadership across sectors: higher education institutions, government, non-profit, and corporate organizations. Lauren brings over twelve years of experience as a facilitator, learning strategist, program developer, organizational effectiveness and internationalization consultant. She has lived, worked, and led teams across the U.S. and abroad; primarily in Spain where she lived for four years, and gained fluency in the Spanish language, and also in Lebanon, Costa Rica, and the Netherlands. Lauren received a M.A. in International Communications from the School of International Service at American University in Washington D.C., and a B.A. in Organizational Development and Spanish from the University of Michigan. With a strong academic background and extensive professional experience in the fields of organizational effectiveness, leadership development, intercultural communication, and international education, Lauren has honed technical skills for developing organizational learning solutions that cultivate more effective and inclusive leaders and professionals. 12+ years of Training & Facilitation | 5+ Years of Consulting Experience Key Workshops:

  • Global Leadership in the 21st Century (academic course at UC Berkeley and leadership development program for external clients)
  • Leading and Communicating with Impact
  • Managing Conflict Across Cultures
  • Pre-departure, in-country, and re-entry training for living and working overseas (online module and in-person)
  • Global Leadership and Innovation in the 21st Century
  • High Performing Teams: Thriving in an Intercultural Workplace
  • Building Trust Across Cultures
  • Building a Culture of Belonging and Inclusion
  • Micro-practice for Inclusive Leadership: Practices for Every Day Professionals
  • Leading with Equity
  • International and Multicultural Student Advising: Effective Intercultural Communication
  • A Model for Increasing Student Employability: Career Development for Study Abroad/International Students
  • Cross Cultural Differences: Working in the U.S. and Spain
  • Developing Global Citizens in Educational Institutions (Train the Trainer)
  • Cultural Adjustment in the U.S. workplace and society

Research/Publications: 

  • “Beyond Minimization of Cultural Difference: Modifying the Golden Rule at School.” April 17, 2014. In Intercultural Management Quarterly.
  • “Leveraging Strengths for an Effective Team.”2007. In Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies.

Language(s): Fluent/Proficient in Spanish Conversational in Arabic (Levantine and some classic)

Miranda Loos

Business Development Specialist

Miranda Loos, M.A., is the Business Development Specialist for the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL).   She oversees CIL development and stakeholder engagement strategy and implementation. Prior to joining the CIL team, she worked as the University Relations Manager at the Global Internship Program in San Francisco. A New York native, she was the ESL School Director for Kaplan International Centers in New York City. She also spent 2 years teaching English in Japan, which ignited her passion and interest to pursue an industry that facilitates intercultural engagement and understanding. Miranda received a Master of Arts in International Education and Development from New York University and studied Psychology as an undergraduate at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Grace Michel

Intercultural Training Specialist

Grace Michel, M.A. is an Intercultural Training Specialist for the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL). She is an experienced facilitator and educator with a deep commitment to building a more inclusive, just, and peaceful world. She has extensive experience in intercultural education, leadership development, and peacebuilding and has worked primarily as a trainer/facilitator, program director, and consultant. Prior to joining CIL, Grace worked in Myanmar where she designed teacher-training and curriculum to promote peaceful coexistence and conducted education policy research. Previously, she served as the Assistant Director of the Center for Peace and Commerce at the University of San Diego, encouraging social entrepreneurship and responsible business as a force for positive social impact. Grace also worked for three years in Peru as a community educator and international service learning program director. Grace received an M.A. in Peace and Justice Studies and a Certificate in Peace and Global Education from the University of San Diego, and a B.A. in International Relations from Claremont McKenna College.

Zaidat Ibrahim

Program Advisor

My name is Zaidat Ibrahim. I’m the Program Advisor at CIL and a graduate student in Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy & Management. Prior to my experience at Cal, I worked at Massachusetts General Hospital as a Pulmonary Technologist. This clinical experience sparked my interest in advancing my career in policy, management and financing within the health system.In addition, this clinical experience also inspired my curiosity in technology as a tool for enhancing healthcare and improving the lives and well-being of individuals. In the future, I hope to become an innovator to solve complex problems within the health system, and a key decision maker in defining health systems. In my work at CIL, I’m honing my leadership skills and improving my competency in intercultural relations while preparing to become an effective global leader, one who is able to collaborate with other health leaders and professionals globally.