Patricia Coleman is an intercultural coach and diversity trainer specializing in the cultures of Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, Northern and Western Africa, and the United States. As President of A-Z World Connections, Inc., an international consulting and training company, she provides global business, professional and life transition executive coaching, individual and group intercultural training, customer service sales seminars, international education counseling and coaching, diversity training, and seminars on travel industry business topics. Originally from France, Patricia exhibited an early love for foreign languages and global cultures by dressing her dolls in various international wear and creating a different “language” for each of them.
With a BA in International Business and Modern Languages from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida and an MBA with a concentration in International Business and Marketing from Tampa College, Patricia has studied, taught and done business internationally for over 20 years. Much of her work has involved functioning as an agent between global companies and their franchises worldwide. In this role, she assists her clients in global implementation of their mission statements, marketing programs and procedures, all in respect of the local culture.
Drawing on her own experiences as an expatriate and international student, Patricia has developed youth programs for students of all ages moving, studying or traveling abroad. One such program was an international youth camp for children to learn and experiment with language and culture while building cultural competence.
Patricia speaks English, French, and Spanish and has basic to intermediate knowledge of Portuguese, German, Russian, and Swedish. She is a certified teacher of French and English as a Second Language and has received “Trainer of the Year” honors from several of her client companies.
Patricia is a board member of SIETAR (Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research) USA, and is the current President of SIETAR Florida. Additionally, she has been an advisor to a local group in Orlando working with the Disney World EPCOT Center International Food and Wine Festival, and she is an Intercultural Consultant Volunteer for the 2014 Soccer World Cup in Brazil.