26th Global

Mentoring, Coaching and Supervision Conference

1-3 June 2020

26th Global

Mentoring, Coaching and Supervision Conference

1-3 June 2020


Jennifer Plaister & Carol Whitaker

Anthropologists looking for gold: a supervision model of co-created learning

Theme: Diversity & Inclusion for Practitioners

Area: Supervision

Style: Mainly Experiential

Type: Demonstration

Session on 3 June 2020 09:30 UTC - View on timetable


A fun and interactive approach to some serious issues around diversity and inclusion in inter-cultural supervision. Delegates will get the opportunity to witness a demonstration and then try the approach in pairs, including experimenting with the Cross-Cultural Kaleidoscope tool with a variety of props and to consider its applicability in their practice.

We will share our experiences of working with the Cross-Cultural Kaleidoscope with people across the globe. We will take participants on a ‘deep dive’ to explore cultural differences, similarities, values, beliefs and experiences. And facilitate discussions that consider the implications upon global leadership styles, global mindsets and working practices.

Delegates will get an opportunity to:

  • Explore the use of this tool and deepen self-awareness of their cultural identity
  • Develop self-management skills to enable more culturally-astute relationships, such as enhanced awareness of who they are and how that impacts their approach to supervision
  • Enhance supervisor’s opportunities to challenge pre-conceived values and beliefs and generate options for their clients, therefore improving their reflection skills
  • Debate the changes that can facilitate diversity and inclusion in their worlds, therefore building increased understanding and trust in the relationship.


Jennifer Plaister is Director of 10 Consulting Ltd, and an executive coach/mentor, supervisor, and inter-cultural trainer with a background in international business. She has worked at senior levels for multinational companies including Compaq/HP and ICL/Fujitsu. She also founded a Marketing Consultancy based in Singapore before returning to Western Europe to retrain as a coach. Having worked across twelve different countries, cultures, and marketplaces in the Asia/Pacific region, Jenny learned much about the impact of differing cultural values that informed values, beliefs, and decisions. These experiences, coupled with her insights from the USA and the Netherlands, where she also lived and worked along with her intercultural family, inspired her to want to continue to work with multi-national corporations with global leaders and their teams. She is passionate about working with clients who are facing transitions, developing global teams that are going though international mergers and acquisitions and who may be communicating remotely, facing multi-cultural challenges, and have a need for increased cross-cultural awareness.  She has an M. in Coaching and Mentoring Practice from Oxford Brookes University (UK), and is accredited at Senior Practitioner level with EMCC. She also has a certificate in Professional Coaching Supervision from Oxford Brookes and is a fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (FinstLM). She is a visiting lecturer at several UK and mainland European universities.

Carol Whitaker has been a Director of Whitaker Consulting (a Leadership Development Consultancy) since 2004. Carol’s business experience is at board level in both executive and non executive roles in a range of industries including Exhibitions, Financial Services, Retail, Government, Education, and Housing where the development of potential in the people has always been her passion. She designed a management development programme tailored to the exhibition industry with Aston Business School and has worked with the CBI to review European employment legislation concerning agency staff. Carol specialises in Executive Coaching and Mentoring and Supervision, helping leaders to have a positive impact on their organisations. Her coaching style is holistic, values-based, action coaching and emphasises the whole person. Her purpose is to help people to move forward, achieve their goals but be congruent with their values. Carol focuses on Developmental and
Transformational Coaching and Mentoring typically at Director, Partner, or Board level across Europe and the Middle East.  Carol is is an Associate Lecturer for the Business School, where she obtained an MBA and is a Coach/Supervisor for the MA Coaching and Mentoring Practice at Oxford Brookes University in both UK and Hong Kong. She is a Fellow of the CIPD.