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FIGT CONNECTIONS              Issue 60 February 17, 2017

President's Message

As we are more aware of the need to assess the quality of life for the entire family to support a successful international assignment, FIGT is boldly assuming the leadership mantle in this area.

This year's FIGT Conference promises to be a meeting of minds and hearts. It will feature 66 renowned speakers representing all aspects of the expat experience. During the three days it will revisit the basics: “What is the definition of an expat? A Third Culture Kid? A foreign assignment? High mobility? A global family?” The FIGT network of researchers, educators, counselors, relocation specialists, artists, humanitarians, entrepreneurs, students and parents will unpack the terms and frameworks that help make sense of global mobility’s impact on identity, career and community development. Through discussion about updating definitions, it will advance the understanding of cross-cultural and globally mobile communities in an age of profound cultural, economic and political complexity. If a common basic need for our diverse communities is a sense of belonging, what are then the practical steps to finding your “tribe” and how can we help others do the same?
Left to right: Kate Berger, Maryam Afnan Ahmad, Kristine Racina and Vivian Chiona
Our carefully chosen location, The Hague, is both a centre of important international activity and a picturesque city, renowned for the beauty of its historic buildings and canals, as well as its setting amid the tulips and windmills of the Dutch countryside, all within easy reach of the conference venue.

It is almost guaranteed: once you register and attend the conference, your global reality will never be the same! The FIGT team looks forward to seeing you in the Hague!
-- Kristine Racina, President
TCK Educator Michael Pollock at FIGT16NL: The Value of Sharing Our Stories

Team Up: Supporters for FIGT

Team Up Supporters is a great opportunity for the entrepreneur, small company or organization to have a bigger presence at #FIGT17NL. Make your own company shine at our conference.
Interested in making a difference? Many people want to find ways to pay it forward; charitable giving is growing among small businesses. Giving back doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In addition to monetary donations, FIGT encourages you to reach out to us to see how you can help.
Team up this year: There is no minimum donation to be listed on our supporters slideshow at the conference.

Contact FIGT Sponsorship Director, Mel Smith, for ideas and information at

Mel Smith (left), FIGT Sponsorship Director with George Berger

Member news

Business Travel creates a cycle of frequent separation and re-connection for a couple. Some couples deal with it with more ease and acceptance than others. Help FIGT Member, Oxana Holtman, with her research into this topic. Read more here.
Save the date! Mark your calendars for our upcoming webinar Community Matters on March 8 with #FIGT17NL Keynote Speaker, Naomi Hattaway.

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Affiliate news

Amel Derragui, Katarina Holm-DiDio and Sandra Bissell, hosts of the first New York Tri-State Affiliate meeting
The first FIGT New York Tri-state affiliate meeting took place in New York city on Friday February 3rd. Participants came from the three neighboring states (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) to be part of this breakfast meeting. The atmosphere was very friendly and relaxed. We were so proud of all the participants who were very welcoming to each other and engaging, it really felt like everyone already knew each other since a long time. Click here to read more.

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On the FIGT blog

Finding, connecting, and supporting your tribe are themes that interweave our lives. Join us at the FIGT Annual Conference in March as we explore these topics in more depth! Learn more about our flagship event and one member’s journey to get there. 
Connections - that's how you support your tribe
This year's FIGT annual conference “Building on the Basics: Creating Your Tribe on the Move” will be held in The Hague on 23-25 March 2017. It is the second conference outside the U.S. and Families in Global Transition (FIGT) couldn’t be more thrilled at its continued success. Join us and share this excitement and enlightening experience! Read More. 
Why Finding Your Tribe On The Move Matters
Starting over in a new country is daunting enough but for many of us this ends up being a cycle we go through multiple times. FIGT Program Director, Daniela Tomer shares her story and reminds us that despite a difficult journey, we have the opportunity to join new tribes along the way. Read More.
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