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…
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.
Ernie was perfect for our Elders Conference at Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Michigan. We will definitely be using PDA again!
LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
Our speaker was great and the crowd enjoyed her! She was very engaging. Thank you again PDA for the great list of suggestions!
Everything went great! and our speaker was wonderful! Thank you so much for all your help PDA! Looking forward to the next one.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
I hope that this message finds you well. We had a phenomenal time with Atsuko this past Thursday. We wanted to just let you know how amazing she was. All those that were in attendance thoroughly enjoyed her and had nothing but amazing things to say about her. Thank you for working with us to make sure this happened!
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
We had a fantastic day with Inge! She was very engaging with all those that attended. Her personal stories about the holocaust were very special and we were moved that she was willing to share them with everyone. Thank you again, PDA for all your hard work and dedication to make this program such a success!
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dear PDA Group, Thank you so much for your hard work in scheduling our speaker! From the moment we reached out to you the first time, you worked with us on all details and logistics and kept us up-to-date on the progress. Thank you for all your hard work on making our event such a success! We couldn't have done it without you and your team!
Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
Dr. Henry Lee's presentation was entertaining, insightful and wise. I, and everyone at Pfizer, especially appreciate the remarks you directed about following your passion and preparing yourself to excel. Thank you, everyone, at PDA for helping to make this happen!
The event was successful! I received many messages expressing how awesome, outstanding and inspiring Ms. Webb-Christburg's speech was."
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Novello left this morning after a very successful event on our campus! Thank you PDA Group for your help from the first phone to the last you were with us every step of the way.
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
On behalf of myself and my organization Entertainment Unlimited the Campus Programming Board of Ferris State University, we thank you PDA and Dan for a successful event!! Dan was magnificent! Students really enjoyed the presentation. I know I did. Can't wait to bring in more programs with PDA Group.
FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
It was a great pleasure to work with PDA Group! The communication was always prompt, friendly and helpful. We loved the speakers and events we booked through Mr. Peter Walker (PDA Group).
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
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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