Elkhart Culture Series: Thought Leadership Conference has ended


Registration Directions:  (1) Review the event details, sessions and speaker information; (2) Click "Tickets" or register on Eventbrite HERE; (3) Once you register, your Sched account will be created and you’ll be able to make a personal agenda.

**American Sign Language services available for all general sessions through Goshen College and interpreting services. 
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Tessa R. Sutton, Ph.D. *

South Bend Community School Corporation
Assistant Superintendent, EDI, Conference Executive Producer
South Bend, Indiana

Tessa R. Sutton, Ph.D., is the Assistant Superintendent of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion at the South Bend School Corporation. She has served as a teacher and building and district level administrator. Tessa is the founder and Executive Producer of the Thought Leadership Conference, bringing business, education, and community leaders to one place to build a connected culture. She is also president of Intercultural Relations Group and a Certified Diversity Executive. 

Tessa serves on Elkhart's municipal Sister Cities Association Board and as a member of the International Leadership Association. She holds a Master of Science degree in education from Indiana University and a Master of Arts degree in Intercultural Relations from the University of the Pacific,  in conjunction with Intercultural Communications Institute. She received her Ph.D. in educational leadership from Indiana State University. Before her education career, Tessa worked for Soft Sheen–L'Oreal products, an advertising firm in Chicago, Illinois, in consumer relations. Tessa's travels to seven European countries fueled her passion and goal to serve the global community—promoting, creating, and sustaining an inclusive society through education. 

Tessa's maxims to live by every day are "Increase your capacity to be effective with everyone" and "Don't pledge allegiance to the clique." Her favorite quote is, "Culture hides more than it reveals, especially from its participants. The real challenge is not to understand foreign culture but to understand one's own, to make what we take for granted stand out in perspective. This can be achieved mainly through exposing oneself to foreign ways, through the shock of contrast and difference." ~ Edward T. Hall (1959)."