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Sharon V. Kristjanson created the People Beyond Politics™ (PBP) program as an integral part of her consulting business, SVK Intercultural LLC. She offers training and coaching in higher-level skills for transformative communication and leadership, all grounded in well-established intercultural theory and practice. The PBP program was created to bring such intercultural skills to a broader audience: anyone trying to build bridges of understanding in a time of heightened political polarization.

Sharon's passion centers on helping people develop their capacities for understanding multiple perspectives—be it across cultures, ideas, or politics—to create more successful collaboration and productive outcomes. She offers a unique three-pronged approach for maximum impact: her proprietary Engaging with Difference® workshop, Personal Leadership seminars, and coaching.

Sharon is an intercultural professional who has lived in multiple cultures in six countries, and has visited many more. She has over twenty-five years of experience in developing effective modes of communication across perceived differences, in both corporate and non-profit environments. Her expertise rests on a well-honed ability to identify and articulate key insights and concepts.

Sharon Kristjanson is an outstanding facilitator who effectively uses her rich and varied life experiences to lead participants through a well-designed training program. Sharon’s deep passion captures the attention of her audience; her knowledge makes her credible and keeps participants engaged. Sharon is not just a facilitator; she is a professional committed to making a difference in how people engage with one another.
— Patricia Efiom

In addition to having lived and worked interculturally her entire life, Sharon is a Certified Intercultural Practitioner, demonstrating advanced knowledge of intercultural theory and practice. She is also a licensed administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), a premier assessment tool for measuring intercultural competence, and a licensed facilitator of Personal Leadership.

Sharon’s personal connection to the cause, passionate exploration of resources, and earnest delivery of all that she has learned and synthesized truly put her in the vanguard of the bridge-building form of civic activism.
— Ian Carswell

Prior to establishing SVK Intercultural LLC, Sharon was Founder and Executive Director of a 501(c)3 non-profit organization called Connecting Cultures Through Understanding,™ for which she received the David Kellum Award. The organization produced educational programs for the general public and developed a curriculum for junior-high classrooms — all with a mission to foster deeper understanding of different cultures.

Read some of Sharon's backstory as shared in an interview with Voyage Chicago.

The vision of People Beyond Politics™ is to deepen and improve the quality of discourse in our society, which will ripple through all of our endeavors. Our society's ability to create growth and opportunity for all people hinges on our ability to bring different ideas and perspectives together cohesively.

Contact us to learn how we can help you take the angst out of challenging interactions and create the outcomes you want.