Julia Gaspar-Bates, M.A., is a certified cross-cultural trainer and consultant who works with individuals and groups from the U.S. and abroad to facilitate the challenges of working and communicating across cultures. She has trained thousands of executives, entrepreneurs, educators, and governmental and non-governmental employees on four continents and in multiple languages focusing on global leadership, intercultural communication, cultural agility, global virtual and multicultural teams, unconscious bias, and expatriation. She also contributed to a large-scale initiative launched by the U.S. Air Force to teach culture to service members stationed around the world and subsequently contributed to the re-design of the course curriculum.
Julia is also able to share her insights and expertise from a personal perspective. A bi-cultural British-American, she was born in London and grew up in the United States. Julia is fluent in French, Spanish, and Italian and is able to incorporate a deep understanding of the complexities of communicating across linguistic barriers into her work. She lived and worked in Paris, France for over seven years, and has also lived for shorter periods in Mexico, Italy, and Switzerland. Julia has traveled to more than 45 countries on five continents in both a personal and professional context. Julia has been an Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University since 2007. She writes a bi monthly column for a local newspaper entitled “Cultural Connections” and is frequently invited to speak on intercultural topics at conferences and for professional groups. Julia holds a B.A. in Romance Languages from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a M.A. in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University. Based on her global background, Julia has been immersed in cross-cultural interactions her entire life which fosters the passion she brings to her work. As a yoga instructor, she constantly strives to integrate mindfulness-based practices into her workshops thereby helping clients develop a deeper awareness of self and their cultural behaviors.