Paula Caligiuri is a D’Amore-McKim School of Business Distinguished Professor in International Business at Northeastern University. She researches, consults and has authored and co-authored several award-winning articles and books in the area of expatriate management, global leadership development, and cultural agility, including Cultural Agility: Building a Pipeline of Successful Global Professionals (Jossey-Bass, 2012), Managing the Global Workforce (Wiley, 2010), and Get a Life, Not a Job: Do What You Love and Let Your Talents Work for You (FT Press, 2010). Paula is currently serving as an Area Editor for the Journal of International Business Studies, the leading academic journal in the field of international business.

Paula was a semi-finalist for the 2021 Forbes “50 over 50” for co-founding a public benefit corporation, Skiilify, to improve cultural understanding.

Paula holds an M.S. and Ph.D. from Penn State University in industrial and organizational psychology.

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Maximizing Team Effectiveness While Working Remotely – Webinar

To limit the possibility of COVID-19 transmission, your organization is likely limiting travel and encouraging your employees to work from home. As most employees work in teams, their work will now need to rely on synchronous and asynchronous technology. In this webinar, Dr. Paula Caligiuri provides practical tips for maximizing team effectiveness through remote collaboration, especially when colleagues are located across time zones and cultures. She explains how team member differences can affect technology use, acceptance and engagement while providing remote, team-level practices to promote trust, facilitate collaboration and create effective communication.

Demystifying Difference: The science of cross-cultural connections

With the rise of nationalism around the world, it is important to understand the science of how demographically different people become attached to each other. How do humans identify those in their “tribe” and those who are outsiders? Using the foundations of psychology, Paula Caligiuri, Ph.D., will share how we can form cross-cultural connections and why expanding our tribes will improve our lives.

In Pieces or In Peace: The science of trust across cultures

Trust is critical for all the relationships in our lives — both at home and at work. Did you notice how some people seem to garner your trust quickly while others need to prove themselves over time? Gaining trust is easier with those who we perceive to be similar but can be more difficult when we perceive differences, especially differences across cultures. Using the foundations of psychology, Paula Caligiuri PhD will share ways to build trust across-cultures to strength our relationships in our personal and professional lives.

Technology and Cultural Differences: Amplifier or Neutralizer?

Neutralizing Cultural Differences through Technology

For many, technology eliminates the challenges when working with people from different cultures. It reduces work travel, improves information flow, and replaces hard-to-understand accents with written words. While technology has made working across cultures easier, it has also lulled us into believing that cultural differences can be neutralized. This is a myth – and a costly one at that. This keynote reveals the many critical ways cultural differences affect technology use, acceptance, and engagement and provides strategies to succeed.

What people are saying…

CEO at TPG HR Services USA

Paula is an amazing speaker.. She is an amazing combination: smart, knowledgeable, attractive, caring and dynamic. I would highly recommend her.

Executive Succession Planning

Paula is an amazing speaker, researcher and educator. For those at the recent SHRM Thought Leaders Conference her presentation was really insightful and useful.

Foundation Director

Paula gave a lively and energetic presentation that really engaged our audience.  When we asked attendees later about the most valuable insights they had gained from the event, many of them mentioned the concepts of cultural agility she had discussed.


“Culture is to a society what memory is to an individual.”


The investment in global collaboration technology now exceeds US$45 billion. Professionals who work across cultures face some of the most cognitively, psychologically and emotionally difficult challenges, regardless of whether they work virtually or in person. And they often face these challenges without the help of a corporate guide.

HR professionals’ guide to creating a culturally agile talent pipeline

Succeeding in today’s global economy requires organizations to acquire, develop, and retain professionals who can operate effectively around the world, irrespective of country or culture. More than ever before, organizations need a pipeline of professionals who possess cultural agility, the ability to quickly, comfortably, and successfully work in cross-cultural and international environments.

Human resource management (HRM) is the strategic and coherent approach to the management of an organization’s employees. As the need for effective and top staff rises, Managing the Global Workforce provides the most up to date and topical information on accessing human resource management. Written by Paula Caligiuri, an author recognized as one of the most prolific authors in the field of international business for her work in global careers, this book covers the full range of strategic, comparative, and cross-cultural issues affecting the way a workforce is managed globally.

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Technology - 100%
Relationships - 100%
Leadership - 100%

Paula is an amazing speaker.. She is an amazing combination: smart, knowledgeable, attractive, caring and dynamic. I would highly recommend her.

CEO at TPG HR Services USA


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