Helen Jameson is the founder and manager of Culture Friendly Consulting, LLC. She holds a Master's degree in Intercultural Administration from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont as well as a Master's of Arts in Counselor Education from the University of Iowa. She further honed her intercultural communication skills during her 25 years of experience working with international students studying at colleges and universities in the USA. During the past 8 years her career has focused on facilitating intercultural training sessions for a variety of audiences (businesses, non-profits and campus communities). Her mission is not only to assist people with learning across nationality groups, but also to advocate for and provide training on domestic issue of inequity. Helen’s work was recognized when she received the 2009-10 Catalyst Individual Diversity Practitioners Award from the University of Iowa, and again in 2011 upon receiving a Fulbright Award for International Education Administrators (for study of post-secondary education in Japan).
Helen believes in giving to the communities that have given so much to her and to her family. Currently, Helen serves on the Advisory Council for CARTHA , and is a member of the following organizations: Council on International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC), Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC), Iowa Sister States, Rotary International, and the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy.
Awards, Certifications and Grants
- Culture Friendly Consulting is certified as a Targeted Small Business by the State of Iowa (Sept. 2013-Sept. 2015)
- Trainer for the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI affiliate, 2012)
- Received a Fulbright International Education Administrator Award for Japan (2011)
- Co-directed a Fulbright Gateway grant (2011) received by the University of Iowa to provide Fulbright students with an in-depth orientation program prior to studying at Universities across the country
- Awarded the Individual Diversity Practitioner Catalyst Award, University of Iowa (2009-10)
- Completed the Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory Seminar (2007)
- Received a University of Iowa Catalyst seed grant (2007) to design and implement a program titled, “Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity: A Training Program for Student Leaders." This innovative project represents an on-going collaboration between various campus units with the goal of bringing international students, U.S. racially underrepresented students, as well as majority students together to learn from each other
- Received a University of Iowa Year of Public Engagement seed grant (2006) to develop, implement and evaluate “Going Global in Iowa” program, which offers cross-cultural consultation and training to Iowa businesses, colleges, and community organizations
- Certified to administer the Intercultural Development Inventory (2005)
- Received an Improving Our Workplace Award (IOWA) from the University of Iowa along with her colleagues in the Office of International Students and Scholars (2004)
- Assisted in the administration of United States Information Agency (1986-88), NAFSA: Association of International Educators (1987) and Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education (1992) grants.
- Master of Arts in Education (1993) Counselor Education/College Student Development, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
- Masters in Intercultural Administration (1985) School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT
- Bachelor of Arts in International Relations (1983) Hamline University, St. Paul, MN
- Founder, Culture Friendly Consulting, LLC (2013 - present)
- Manager, Intercultural Training and Programs (2001 - 13) The University of Iowa
- Director, International Student Office (1998 -2001) Edgewood College
- Advisor (1997-98) Madison English as a Second Language School (MESLS)
- Program Coordinator, Office of International Students and Scholars (1989-91) University of Arizona
- Study Abroad Coordinator/Foreign Student Advisor (1986-88) Murray State University