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Chris-Kyselka

Chris Kyselka

Speaker on Diversity, Multicultural Communication, American Indian and Navajo Culture

Chris Kyselka brings her unique perspective, experience and value to companies and organizations.  She is an expert in the areas of cultural diversity, American Indian culture, multicultural communication, leadership as well as college success and presentation skills. Her insights come from personal experience, extensive world travel, educational background — and as an accomplished leader and…

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Chris Kyselka brings her unique perspective, experience and value to companies and organizations.  She is an expert in the areas of cultural diversity, American Indian culture, multicultural communication, leadership as well as college success and presentation skills. Her insights come from personal experience, extensive world travel, educational background — and as an accomplished leader and career professional. 

Chris has worked in higher education administration for more than 20 years in several capacities. She mentors college students and young working professionals.  She began her career on the radio in northern Arizona, moved to Phoenix, and expanded her career to work in television and newspapers for more than a decade.

Chris earned a Bachelor of Science in communications and Master of Public Administration from Arizona State University.  Her leadership roles include several municipal and community boards as well as the ASU Alumni Association and National Speakers Association Arizona Chapter. She is a 2014 Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy Fellow and Valley Leadership Class 29 alumna.

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American Indian Realities
The words “Native American” or “American Indian” might automatically bring up mental images for some such as teepees, casinos or scenes from old Westerns.  Most people have had limited personal interaction or opportunities to obtain real information about native peoples and believe what they have learned from television, movies or hearsay.  It is no wonder that inaccuracies and stereotypes tend to dominate the perception of native people considering these sources.  A variety of common misperceptions are addressed related to American Indian culture, population, beliefs, communication style as well as other aspects.

Understanding American Indian Federal Policy
American Indian people often are referred to as the First Americans; it is accepted that they were the first to settle in the area that later became known as the United States.  Many oral histories indicate that native peoples thrived on these lands since the beginning of time.  European settlement encroached on the native way of life, leading to incredible loss – of land, livelihood and identity.  The role of the U.S. government throughout settlement is profound.  This informative overview addresses the history and treatment of American Indians and how extermination, assimilation and paternalism impacted tribal nations.  Today, tribes continue to persevere and change the course of history.

Remembering the Navajo Code Talkers
The story of the Navajo Code Talkers presents a unique kind of heroism during WWII. As Navajo Indians, they were called upon to use their native language as a key part of the strategy in the Pacific Theater. Their service came at a time when the U.S. government also demonstrated intent to subdue the language, culture and tradition of American Indian tribes. This multimedia presentation describes how their efforts were integral to the war’s outcome.

American Indian Culture and End of Life
Health care practitioners, caregivers and family members are critical to a loved one’s final journey.  This subject can be very difficult to discuss with American Indian families, considering their beliefs and perspectives.  Cross-cultural barriers can complicate matters.  What is important when working with American Indian families?  How can healthcare professionals help provide the best care?  This presentation covers American Indian culture, end of life perspective and how to facilitate effective communication with patients and their families.

Presentation Survival Skills
If you’re human, then you dread speaking in public.  Learn time-tested techniques for coming up with a topic, researching and organizing content, preparing visuals, and how to connect with an audience.  Presentations are not easy for most, but they do not have to strike fear and leave you in a cold sweat.  Approach your next presentation with confidence and a relaxed state of mind.

For Real Accessibility
Even with today’s policy re: disability accommodations, Chris’ personal stories demonstrate that implementation of policy illustrate that businesses can be more disabled-friendly.  These scenarios illustrate how even small changes can improve accessible spaces for disabled workers.

Standing Tall: American Indian Leadership
Designed for youth audiences (but adaptable to others), Chris inspires native young people to consider leadership opportunities and to make a difference in their communities.  She outlines a roadmap that leaders can follow to build and enhance leadership skills.

Other Speaking Services …
Chris has emceed numerous events.  She facilitates professional, successful and timely results.

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