Cultural Intelligence, or CQ,

The WHO, WHAT, and WHY of the Cultural Intelligence Center


The Cultural Intelligence Center is an innovative, research-based consulting and training organization that draws upon empirical findings to help executives, companies, universities, and government organizations assess and improve cultural intelligence (CQ).

We provide, engaging, research-based workshops, tools, resources, and courses which are brought-to-life using effective learning and development strategies. In addition, we are happy to work with you to provide programs that are tailored to your organization and needs.


We know research demonstrates that diverse perspectives lead to better solutions. We help develop innovative solutions that improve multicultural performance based on rigorous academic research.


We believe the work we do can make the world a better place and we are motivated to spread cultural intelligence awareness, training, and development across the globe.

Vision and Mission of the Cultural Intelligence Center

Vision Statement

To be the global partner of choice for assessing and developing cultural intelligence, intercultural effectiveness, and cultural competency.

Mission statement

Our mission is to build bridges and remove barriers for working and relating effectively across cultures.

Backed By Research

Cultural intelligence (CQ) is the capability to relate and work effectively in culturally diverse situations. It goes beyond existing notions of cultural sensitivity and awareness to highlight a theoretically-based set of capabilities needed to successfully and respectfully accomplish your objectives in culturally diverse settings.

Research on cultural intelligence, which to-date spans over 125,000 individuals in more than 100 countries, demonstrates those with cultural intelligence have skills in four capabilities. (CQ Drive, CQ Knowledge, CQ Strategy, CQ Action).

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Products & Services

We offer a variety of physical and digital products, services, and experiences to fit the needs of anyone looking to work more effectively with others.

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We are the gold standard – our Cultural Intelligence Scale is the only peer-reviewed, academically validated scale to measure cultural intelligence.

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Training & Events

We are continuously offering public and customized training and events around the globe.

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Proven Success

Not only does the research support the work we do, but our clients are great examples of the success that comes from greater Cultural Intelligence.

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People We Work With


Expand your Professional Horizons

We offer solutions for individuals looking to improve personally and professionally. Benefits of Cultural Intelligence (CQ) In culturally diverse situations, CQ predicts:

  • Personal Adjustment and Adaptability
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Negotiation Effectiveness
  • Trust, Idea Sharing, and Innovation
  • Leadership Effectiveness

Improve your personal success by developing your interpersonal effectiveness. We have a number of online courses, assessments, and public certification programs that are ideally suited to support personal and professional growth.

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Solutions for Business

Whether you’re a small, mid-size, or large company, we will work with you to equip your leaders, teams, and staff to simultaneously advance the values and needs of your organization while adapting to the cultures touched by your organization.​  Our products and services include:


A full suite of CQ Assessments (self and 360°) and the Cultural Values Profile as well as versions customized for students, executives, staff, military personnel, and more.

Face-to-Face Workshops 

A team of world-class facilitators ready to deliver engaging, interactive workshops on unconscious bias, cultural intelligence, and culturally intelligent innovation.

Online Courses

A growing library of courses for use as stand-alone offerings or as part of a blended learning approach.

Certifications and Train-the-Trainer Programs

Certification and train-the-trainer programs to equip your in-house team to use our assessments and workshops.

Digital Tools and Books

Research-based videos, books, discussion guides, and other tools.

Strategic Consulting

Audits and Strategic Road Maps to assess and plan your organization’s progress toward becoming a more diverse, inclusive, and culturally intelligent organization.​

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Solutions for Educators

We offer Cultural Intelligence and unconscious bias training and assessments that are based on rigorous academic research that has been published in over one hundred peer-reviewed articles in academic journals. Our educator and e-learning products incorporate the latest instructional design theory to enhance student learning and long-term retention. All of our Educational products are available with special discounted pricing for qualified educators.

Teach Cultural Values and Cultural Intelligence

  • CQ Basic Plus Assessment – our premier educator product that includes both an individual Cultural Values Profile and individual CQ Assessment, along with detailed feedback and comparisons to worldwide norms.
  • MyCQTM – a two-hour e-learning course that integrates individual results from the CV Profile and the CQ Assessment, including interactive exercises, quizzes, and examples to promote learning. Designed for use with the CQ Basic Plus Assessment.
  • Cultural Values Profile – an online inventory covering individual value preferences in ten different cultural value dimensions. Designed for use with the MyCVTM e-learning course.
  • CQ Basic Assessment – a self-inventory of the four CQ capabilities, includes a detailed feedback report with comparisons to worldwide norms. Designed for use with the MyCQTM Basic e-learning course.

Add CQ for Enhanced Study Abroad Programs

Our special study abroad package has been designed to enhance the study abroad experience whether used to support shorter group trips or extended travel abroad. Special CQ Assessments are tailored for study abroad programs and include pre-travel and post-travel assessments as well as tips for enhancing the travel experience by using CQ. The MySATM e-learning course includes pre and post-travel modules and is designed to highlight the benefits of exposure to other cultures.

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Additional Solutions

We offer Cultural Intelligence and unconscious bias training and assessments to Government entities, Faith-Based organizations, Students anyone else interested in learning about Cultural Intelligence.

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Support Around the World

The work of the Cultural Intelligence Center is supported by dozens of team members and partners around the world including trainers, consultants, researchers, etc. A few key individuals you may interact with as part of our team are listed below.

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CQ Champions

The Cultural Intelligence Center has CQ Certified Facilitators sharing cultural intelligence to participants around the world. Our CQ Champions listed below are independent consultant Certified Facilitators who are actively using the CQ Center’s assessments, e-learnings and other resources as part of their coaching and training businesses.


Lucy Butters, CQ Trainer, coach and speaker
Turas Partners LLC
Cultural Intelligence Africa
3CP – 3rd Culture People
Impact Consulting, LLC
Samara Hakim, J.D., President of CulturGrit, LLC
Good Work Life | Inclusion and Ethics
I & D Squared Consulting, LLC

We’ll Create Your Custom Solutions

We don’t believe in a one size fits all training solution. Our team is equipped with the knowledge and information to help you find the perfect combination. We get to the heart of the issue and help provide a solution that addresses your specific needs.

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Why not join us in Chicago for our Global Summit and take an extra day or two to enjoy Chicago? Our guaranteed hotel rates represent a great bargain, and the Pendry Hotel is one of Chicago’s finest boutique hotels. Located in the heart of the loop on Michigan Avenue, the Pendry is only two blocks from the famous Riverwalk and close to lots of dining opportunities.

Our Global Summit is open to anyone interested in Cultural Intelligence. Twenty speakers will discuss various aspects of Cultural Intelligence over two days and there will be plenty of opportunities to mingle with interesting people.

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Also in Chicago, our in-person CQ Certification is being conducted by two global experts – Dave Livermore and Linn Van Dyne. If you’ve been wanting to get certified in CQ, learn more here.