“From over 80 guests, representing countries including Singapore, France, Germany, UK, US, Japan, China, Brazil and Mexico, we received no greater positive feedback during our 3-day meeting than for Vicki’s cross-cultural Skills presentation.”

Damali Noel-LockettArch Chemicals
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About Vicki

Consultant. Speaker. Author. Rock Musician

Vicki has a proven track record of helping top companies win across cultures. As a speaker she has inspired hundreds of audiences around the world to build high-performing teams. As a rock musician, she brings her passion for connecting and uplifting people to her fans and clients.

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Vicki is the author of the book Zen and the Art of OffshoringHow to Build a Collaborative and Profitable Team with Your Partners in India, and a recipient of Kennesaw State University’s Instructor of the Year award for International Programs. She has been featured on NBC News and her articles have been published in a variety of magazines.

Vicki has two decades of experience helping global organizations get results. Her corporate training background and her expertise in multi-country software implementations help her speak the language of her clients. As a registered mediator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution, Vicki is a bridge-builder, helping clients manage conflict and depolarize their dialogues. She is a trained coach through the Co-Active Training Institute and a certified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). She is also certified in TTI Success Insights DISC and 12 Driving Forces. Vicki is a moderator for Braver Angels, a non-profit that teaches skills for bridging political divides.

Vicki has lived and/or worked in Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Nepal and Thailand. She developed a knack for riding camels, rickshaws, buses, and cement trucks across the globe, and enduring Indian train rides exceeding fifty-five hours at a time.  She has traveled in several countries including Austria, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, England, Greece, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico, Panama and Singapore. She is an active member of the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR), Japan-America Society of Georgia, and the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), and served on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce and TAG’s International Business Society. In her spare time, Vicki sings and plays guitar in two hard rock bands, Overtime Crew and The Spirit of Rush. Check out her band!

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Keynote: Go for Launch: Team Performance Secrets from Space

In the workplace, teams must act as partners to win in today’s fast-paced, competitive environment. Join Astronaut Winston Scott and Chief Collaboration Officer Vicki Flier Hudson for an interactive journey to team excellence.

Using space shuttle stories, music, and lessons from working with Fortune 500 companies, the speakers motivate your workforce to reach new heights of collaboration. We explore how you can create a positive work culture that can adapt to change and thrive across differences.

This keynote will:

  • Inspire diverse teams to form more effective relationships for best results
  • Share the Mission Rules model that streamlines global team communication
  • Provide strategies for adapting to change and uniting toward common goals
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Keynote: Relationships That Rock!

None of us truly works on our own. Like players in a symphony, we produce the best results together. But diverse personalities, goals, and communication styles can bring obstacles to overcome.

How do we make our best music across differences?

In this high-energy program, speaker Vicki Hudson shares the secrets of high-performing teams using her experience as a professional rock musician. Through captivating stories, video, and music, she guides your team to find unity and excellence in diversity.

Find your team’s rhythm through the fun and practical lens of rock band dynamics. Communicate successfully across cultures, generations, and mindsets, and let music bring you together.

This keynote will:

  • Energize participants to build high-performing teams
  • Provide the secrets to working successfully with diverse team members
  • Identify a clear path toward improving team communication

Keynote: Compassionate Courage: Leading from Your Center

Leaders set the tone and chart the course for an organization, but it’s not always a clear and easy journey.

Every day it seems like you must put out fires, manage expectations, and make tough decisions. In this powerful presentation, speaker Vicki Hudson invites you to lead from your center using Compassionate Courage, a place where empathy meets standing your ground.

Leaders will learn to stand up for what they believe in while still meeting organizational goals. We will also explore navigating difficult conversations, countering bias, and winning across differences.

This keynote will:

  • Inspire leaders to lead authentically and with self-awareness
  • Share best practices for winning across differences
  • Provide tools that help leaders act with both courage and empathy

Popular Workshops

When 'Yes' Means 'No': Bridging the Cultural Communication Gap

While communication across borders may seem like a soft skill, deliverables and deadlines are impacted when each party thinks they have understood the other! It’s time to get on the same page.

Using her experience of living in multiple countries and working with the world’s largest global companies, speaker Vicki Hudson ensures you have the best chance at mutual understanding. Don’t risk your deadline, team morale, or negotiation; get the inside scoop on cross-cultural communication styles, the meanings of “yes” and “no” across cultures, and giving culturally effective feedback.

Key takeaways:

  1. Learn when “yes” means “no”
  2. Navigate differing communication styles across cultures
  3. Give effective criticism and feedback across cultures
  4. Set clear expectations

Virtual Teamwork: Five Secrets for Succeeding Across Distance, Culture, and Time

Teams dispersed all over the globe have become the norm for business today. Even colleagues working in the same building are likely to communicate virtually.

Virtual team members face cultural differences, language and accent barriers, technology issues, and demanding communication requirements. As organizations grow their global presence, their workforce will need highly effective remote managers and team members.  This interactive session highlights five key skills for creating high-performing global virtual teams.

In this workshop you will:

  1. Analyze the success factors for high-performing virtual teams
  2. Create a framework for virtual team alignment
  3. Practice key skills for effective global virtual communication
  4. Formulate a plan for next steps

Civil Conversations: Dialogue Across Differences

Among today’s political, economic, and cultural storms, having effective dialogue across differences can seem impossible. Speaker Vicki Hudson proves that you can have civil conversations and accomplish goals with people whose views counter your own.

To solve our common challenges, we need a common language. In this presentation, we will explore what causes escalation in difficult conversations, how to manage emotions, and how to be both civil and courageous.

Using proven methods and real-life examples, participants will imagine a new way of engaging people across a wide spectrum.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn to speak with courage AND empathy
  • Resolve conflict without escalation
  • Talk successfully with people whose views differ from your own

Lead Your Team to Success with DISC

One of the most important components of leadership is self-awareness. With an understanding of your own style, you can successfully manage your relationships with others, bring teams together, mentor high-potentials, and grow your business.

The DISC assessment is a tool that measures individuals on four behavior styles. The tool helps you recognize and acknowledge the strengths and limitations of your own style, as well as those of your team. This recognition helps leaders to reduce the communication barriers that can interfere in their goals and objectives, as well as to use their style to their full advantage.

In this interactive session, you will:

  • Analyze how your DISC style can help you grow your business
  • Identify where your DISC style serves you best as a leader
  • Learn to work successfully with all DISC styles
  • Have your assessment to take away and learn from into the future

Let’s Talk About Your Event

Every event is one of a kind. Let’s discuss how your organization can work with Vicki to achieve your global goals and inspire your workforce. Our band can provide music too!


“Our association was first introduced to Vicki Flier Hudson by a member who knew we were looking for a speaker who would appeal to an international audience on the topic of cross-cultural communications. From the get-go, Vicki was professional, timely, knowledgeable and delightfully personable. Her session was the very first of the day with attendees representing many different countries and cultures. She had everyone out of their seats and engaged in exercises that helped to demonstrate how the same message could be communicated in a different way by nearly every single individual in the room. Not only did everyone immensely enjoy the presentation and express that they learned a great deal, her presentation also set the tone for the rest of the conference that was conducive to collaboration and relationship building that have become cornerstones for that event.”

Grace HorvathVice President of Services, CPAmerica

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