We all have bias, so what can we really do about it?
Cultural Intelligence (CQ) refers to the skill of relating with and working in culturally diverse situations. It goes beyond the awareness of biases and the need for cultural sensitivity. It focuses on developing key skillsets to effectively navigate through a variety of cultural contexts.
Developing our collective cultural intelligence and evolving beyond our personal biases can open a whole new world of possibilities for us. With cultural intelligence, we will know how to use cultural differences to innovate strategically.
Shandee Bowman is the Director of People Experience and Culture at Crowley Maritime Corporation. Crowley is a privately held family- and employee-owned company that provides marine solutions, energy, and logistics services in domestic and international markets. She serves on the Florida Diversity Council Board of Directors and the National Diversity Council’s Coalition for Racial Justice and Equality Board.
Aligned to Crowley’s purpose of enriching lives through innovative solutions done right, she is committed to creating impactful moments, elevating the employee experience, and bringing Crowley’s culture to life. Shandee serves as a cultural architect focused on offering a fresh, thoughtful, and intentional approach to enhance the diverse and inclusive, people-driven culture at Crowley. As Head Chair of Crowley’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, she aims to unlock the power of diverse teams. She is known for modeling authenticity and fearlessness by doing things she asks others to do.
Before joining Crowley, Shandee had over 18 years of leadership and management experience influencing brands renowned for innovation and bringing culture to life, such as Target, Lululemon, and Carvana. She has worked in over 15 countries and successfully navigated through many unique cultures while training fighter pilots in the U.S. Air Force globally. Shandee also oversaw the opening of all Target Stores in western Canada.
Shandee received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management through Wayland Baptist University. She has also completed Cornell University’s Strategic Human Resource Leadership program and Harvard Business School’s Leading with Finance Certification.
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