Iga Machalewska

Soft skills & Intercultural Competence Trainer, L&D Manager

Effective communication in international teams.

Communicating with one another is one of the most important aspects of human life. So what happens when we use very different rules of communication? How do we understand and why do we misunderstand others?  Does culture affect the way we answer the questions below?

– Is it OK to ask my manager for help in sorting out my personal problems?

– Am I still on time if I come to work 15 minutes late?

People of different cultural origin bring into their teams diverse values that influence their organizations. These differences may lie in individual attitudes towards work, relations and time.

Thankfully, experience shows that effective cross-cultural communication is possible so let’s see how the culture gaps can be bridged.

We will especially focus on experience in working with Polish and Ukrainian teams. During the presentation you will:

– have a chance to learn how our cultural lenses influence the way we communicate with others;

– get to know the tips for dealing with challenges of working across the borders.




Iga is a soft skills & intercultural competence trainer with Master’s degree in Psychology, graduate from the Jagiellonian University with specialization in acculturation psychology. She’s an intercultural trainers’ program graduate, experienced in conducting training for business, public servants, members of uniformed services and students.

The subject of multiculturalism and cross-cultural adaptation is her passion. She explored the field while living in the UK and China. She also worked with Indian and Scandinavian cultures and she uses this experience to make her trainings as valuable and resourceful as possible.

On every day basis, she works as an L&D manager in a multinational, +2000 IT company. That is how she fulfills her professional mission to help people grow by helping explore their talents and improving their skills. It also helps her gain deep insight in how cultural differences affect our everyday work, how to make most of it’s benefits and what challenges may appear while working across borders.

She is a creative mind, passionate about social entrepreneurship, one of the founders of Interkulturalni PL, a non-governmental organization focused on managing diversity and developing an open and multicultural society in Poland. She successfully initiated and managed national and international projects promoting intercultural dialogue and anti-discrimination policies. That’s where she gained her first experience in conducting training in the field of intercultural communication and cross-cultural management.

Privately she is a huge fan of international cuisine and she loves exploring the tastes of remote places she travels to. Her recent and most exciting passion is kitesurfing for the adrenaline and feeling of endless possibilities it gives.



For more information about the conference or partnership opportunities please contact

Joanna Moćko-Łazarewicz:
mail: joanna@itmatters.pl
phone: +48 534 966 689

Connecting the dots
Joanna Moćko-Łazarewicz
Wiosenna 53, 43100 Tychy, Poland
NIP: PL6462560788
REGON: 383084690

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