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Our 2019 Cross-Cultural Symposium will be held at the
Connecticut Convention Center on Thursday, June 6th, 2019.

Please check back for more details. Below, you can find information from last year's symposium. 


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Cross-Cultural Communications Symposium: Telling Your Story
A statewide one-day symposium for anyone seeking to communicate more effectively.

Thursday, June 21 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

Connecticut Convention Center


Presentations from 2018


“Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world.”
Robert McKee

Being able to tell an effective story helps an organization increase its influence with policy makers, more successfully fundraise, provide the public with truthful and relevant information, unify internal operations, and more effectively identify and address the needs of underserved and diverse communities.

Come learn how to tell the right stories to the right audiences at the right time – using national, community, ethnic, and traditional media, expanding digital and mobile platforms, and old-fashioned human interaction.

Learn from subject matter experts about using storytelling to educate, motivate and mobilize.


Greetings: Michelle Seagull, Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Protection

Welcome: Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman

Welcome: Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin

Senator Chris Murphy/ Senator Richard Blumenthal (via video greetings)

Agenda Review and Housekeeping: Catherine Blinder, Chief Education and Outreach Officer, DCP


Keynote Speaker: Doug Glanville

Introduction: Representative Matthew Ritter


AM Workshops: 10:30am– 12:00pm

Is it Newsworthy? How to Recognize a Story, and Pitch it to News and Editorial

Digital Equity: Reaching the Under Served and Under Connected

Speak the Language? Listening to Underserved Communities


Lunch Speaker:

Will Everyone Be Counted?  The 2020 Census and Vulnerable Populations

Terri Ann Lowenthal


PM workshops: 1:45pm- 3:15pm

Before the Ask:  Developing the Perfect Balance of Story, Numbers and Metrics

When Social Media is Your Job, But Not Your Expertise: Social Media for Intermediate Users

How to Cultivate Authentic Board Diversity and Why it Makes a Difference

Digital Storytelling: Say it Out Loud, Organizing and Mobilizing Using Community Storytelling


Sponsored by the State of Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.
For more information contact Catherine Blinder at