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January 9, 2019

India & USA Cross-Culture Training Portfolio 2017-2018

The last two years have seen some exciting changes to Authentic Journeys as it moves across the oceans. Actually, Authentic Journeys remains a business entity in India, while it also has been initiated in the USA as well. View the short video below or read the commentary under the video to get an idea of what we have been up to in the last two years. 

USA & India Cross-Cultural Training Portfolio 2017-2018


Video Script and Images (If you are unable to watch)

Bridging Culture on Global Teams Company & Client Spotlight: 2017-2018




 
Inspired Clients:
We have worked with 243 participants from 12 companies including:
Advenser, Armia Systems, Cabot Technologies, Cascade, MariApps, Techolution, ThinkPalm, Wishtree, EY, Fragomen India.





 

Successes:
"Jennifer provided me practical tips and tricks which cannot be found easily. I consider her as my go-to-person for any consulting or mentoring on US culture and communication." 
Dilip Bagrecha , Partner, Wishtree

"Jennifer has worked with many of our team members on US travel preparation, sales training, virtual teamwork. I recommend her with my eyes closed." 
Harikrishnan K, Dir. of Global Business Development, Advenser


Meet our newest clients and learn what they do: 

Wishtree Technologies
Wishtree delivers technology-enabled business solutions and digital transformation services that help global companies to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs. Wishtree takes an agile, collaborative approach to creating customized solutions across the digital value chain. Our solutions help clients to engineer new-generation products and services focused on the digital age and transform digital experience, modernize the operational process, and optimize resources.

We are a process-centric organization and have demonstrated an exceptional record in implementation for variety of verticals and domains. We have customized processes and engagement models to suit the needs of clients. The combination of services and engineering expertise makes us a unique technology partner for our esteemed clients. We are backed by a team of experts who provide comprehensive implementation, support, and maintenance services to accelerate your return on investment.

Our Senior Management has worked for leading IT/consulting companies of the world like Infosys, Accenture, Deloitte, TCS, Capgemini, RBS and UBS Bank. Wishtree is headquartered in India having development centres in Pune and Ahmedabad.

Highlights:
  • Partner to UN agencies like UNESCO, UNHCR, UNCDF, UNDP, UNFPA, IOM and World Bank
  • Strengthened by alliances with leading technology vendors like AWS and MongoDB
  • Compliant with globally accepted processes and standards
  • Compliant with ISO 9001:2015 on Quality Management System
  • Awarded Best SME in IT for web and mobile
  • Track Record of on time delivery
  • Expertise on Open Source technologies to provide optimal Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
  • Governed by a strong leadership team with combined experience of over 100 years in technology and management

Armia Systems
Chicago Web & Mobile Development Company

Armia Systems Inc. began as a small company with a sincere drive to create innovative products and services to enable online businesses to succeed. Today, Armia Systems Inc. represents this culmination of an entrepreneurial spirit, the drive to succeed, and the vision to continue a business worthy of its customers.  Currently, we support thousands of customers worldwide. Our sole focus is to provide business management software and services to small and medium-sized businesses. (SMBs).  

Today, at Armia Systems, we have three business divisions:

iScripts
iScripts offers innovative software products for entrepreneurs and small businesses to do business online. These products are distributed with the full source code so that our customers can modify as they wish. 

SupportPRO  
SupportPRO offers remote infrastructure management for data centers, hosting companies, and enterprises. Our expert engineers work 24/7 to make sure our clients' internet infrastructure is running secure, optimal, and up to date.

Armia Systems  
Armia Systems offers custom software development through our captive offshore development center. Our focus is web and mobile technologies. 

A few of their recent projects include:
Eatyn is an online marketplace that enables people to use their kitchen and dining space to create amazing dishes and sell the experience. Eatyn is connecting those who have a passion and love for cooking and for those looking for their next great meal. Once a host signs up they’ll be on their way to making money doing what they love. Hosts can set events when it's convenient for them and starts and stop based on their schedule.
The British Virgin Islands first online food court and meal delivery system. The website allows customers to view the menus of their favorite restaurants and place food orders directly through the customized website. The site provides customers with the accessibility of information and the convenience to place an order without calling a busy restaurant. The website provides an interactive and user-friendly interface that offers a quick, easy, and real-time reference for their next order. As it is a restaurant portal, different modules such as restaurant menus were developed. The registered users are able to enter their location, select a restaurant, view the menu, and place an order.



Our programs in 2017-8 helped to put the puzzle pieces together of cross-cultural teams.  

Building Cross-Cultural Competency 
We have completed 12 programs, totaling 121 client facing hours.


 

Photo Gallery: Group photos from a few training programs shown here.

Our Consultants & Contributors 


Meet Jennifer Kumar, Managing Director, CEO
Jennifer has a connection with India. It may have started with a dream she had back in college in the US that took her to study in Madras Christian College, India. Who can be sure? What we do know is Jennifer has not only earned a Master's Degree in India, but she has also started a business in India, lived in a cross-cultural family in India (married to an Indian citizen), has lived in India a decade of her life and will add to her 30 trips between the US and India since 1998. 

Her professional background includes working with international project accounts in Harvard University, international students at various US universities and as a social worker in Upstate New York. She has been building Authentic Journeys since 2009. See more about Authentic Journeys' client and project portfolio at LinkedIn


Our Timeline:
2009: Started with tutoring international students, J2 and H4 international spouses 
2011: Registered as Authentic Journeys Consultancy Private Limited in Kerala, India, Office in Infopark , Kochi 
2018: Registered in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA as Authentic Journeys LLC



Where is Authentic Journeys Located?
Authentic Journeys is an international company registered in the US and India. As the company head, Jennifer Kumar currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, and we work with our clients onsite or online, we have no office in the US at present. We continue to maintain our virtual incubation in Kochi, India (NRI TBI). [See the map on the slide to know where Salt Lake City is in comparison to other cities in the Western USA.] 


Lifetime Stats:
Thank you for allowing Authentic Journeys to build your global career and international business! The statistics in the image below highlight the years 2011-2018. 

See this same presentation on Strinkingly.

January 7, 2019

Meet Jennifer Kumar, Managing Director and CEO

Jennifer Kumar, India & USA Cross-Culture Trainer for Virtual Teams
Hello, I am Jennifer Kumar. 

I bring to you my experience and expertise in negotiating contracts and working with over 40 companies in India since 2011. After personally interacting with about 3,500 professionals, I have current understanding of virtual teams you work with in India and practical approaches you can take in resolving common cross-cultural misunderstandings on a day to day basis on project teams.

I have been traveling between India and the US since the late 90s. Between the time I spent living in India while earning a Master's Degree at Madras Christian College, living in a cross cultural family while being an American expat entrepreneur in India, and the 30 trips back and forth, I have spent 10 years in India and have a knowledge of the Indian (Non-resident Indian - NRI) community in the US. 

American expat pookkalam for Onam
I will work with your team in the US, India or elsewhere to identify it's specific cultural misunderstandings. Based on that, we will tailor an intervention and business solution tailored to your need. Keep in mind that we understand needs change, and can adapt to that when I or my team deliver the program, as well.

The benefit you will get in working with me through Authentic Journeys is that I am personally involved in every cross-cultural training business solution, even if I am not able to deliver the intervention.

See Jennifer's personal LinkedIn profile with recommendations
See the Authentic Journeys' project and client roster, and testimonials at LinkedIn. 
See the Authentic Journeys 2017-2018 Chronicle here. 
Get to Know More about Authentic Journeys (FAQ) 


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**Above, a photo of Jennifer with her self-created American inspired flower carpet (pookkalam) she made for Onam, a harvest festival in Kerala, India.

See some photos of our clients over the years from our Facebook page.
Photos of professionals who attended strategy and training sessions facilitated through Authentic Journeys.
Posted by Authentic Journeys - Cultural and Lifestyle Mentoring on Monday, November 3, 2014

January 4, 2019

Things to Do When Visiting Las Vegas on Work

I know all too well that when one travels for work, it sometimes feels too hectic to do local travel in addition to the client meetings, conferences, and tradeshows. However, coming to Las Vegas may be a different ballgame altogether, especially if you can add a few extra leisure day- categorizing your travel as bleisure! While there is plenty to see on The Las Vegas Strip that can last a lifetime, there is so much more to the area than The Strip in case you have a few weekend days. I have had the opportunity to visit Vegas about four times since July 2017, and would like to share a few cool things to see on The Strip and Off The Strip.

Tips On The Strip
Almost everyone goes to see the Vegas sign. We have not yet done this, as it’s a bit too touristy for us. The closest we have got to a photo of a sign is what you see above. This was not the official Vegas sign, but somewhere near the other end of The Strip from the official Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign.

Taking the Bus
One tip is to get a bus pass to ride it up and down the Strip depending on what you want to see. What you want to see may be in the next hotel, but each hotel is like a mini city and it could be a mile walk to the next hotel! Of course walking on the Strip is a unique experience, but it is fun to ride the double decker bus at night from the top deck from the Stratosphere to Mandalay Bay just to see all the sights.

Resort Fees
Most likely if your company is sponsoring your trip, you are not seeing the hotel bill. Vegas has a unique feature when it comes to hotel pricing. Just about all hotels in Vegas, and especially on the Strip appear to have a nightly fee that seems affordable depending on the time of the year: from about $49 dollars a night plus tax. But this will not be the fee you actually pay. They use this fee to draw you in. In addition to the room fee, you will be charged a resort fee for each night you are there, so a room that was published at $49 could easily be over $100 per night. Every hotel has these fees on the Strip from my guess (if I am wrong let me know in the comments). When you are on The Strip you can walk in and out of any hotel you want, with no security guards to check in to assure if you are staying there or not. Each hotel seems to have some unique feature, like an indoor garden, flower displays, malls, unique architecture inside, and other unique sites in addition to the casinos. I will share a few of these sites I have seen, but there are many more you can research. Most of these will be free, which I assume means covered under that resort fee.

Some Fun Things on the Strip 

Bellagio Fountains and Gardens
Almost everyone goes to see the fountains which are water displays set to music. Whenever we’ve been there we could see them every 15 or 30 minutes between 8pm and midnight. You can research online to find out exactly the schedule for your visit. In addition to the fountains, if you can make your way inside (a good 15-20 minute walk), you can see awesome flower displays that I think change on a quarterly basis. Below are a few pictures of some we have seen. Both of these attractions are free.


Bellagio Fountains
 

Volcano at The Mirage
In front of the Mirage, they erupt a faux volcano at 8pm and I think 9pm every night, with additional times on the weekends depending on the time of the year. Google it to see when it erupts. We have seen it as you can see in the very exciting (yes, I am being sarcastic, it’s more interesting in person) video below.


Flamingo Display
The Flamingo Hotel lives up to it’s name with a nice little Flamingo display. We have seen this at various times of the day, and it’s always a welcome diversion.

Other Things to See
There are loads of other things to see and experience: the cool architecture in Caesar’s Palace, gondola rides (may not be free) at The Venetian, the High Roller Ferris wheel (this is very popular, some people buy their tickets well in advance of their trip), The Stratosphere revolving restaurant, and so much more. If you want to buy some affordable trinkets, there are an endless amount of stores. If you want to shop in some affordable American stores for clothes without Las Vegas written on it, check out Fashion Place Mall.

Food
Unlike most other hotels you may visit in the US on business, I don’t think any hotel on The Strip comes with a free breakfast buffet. This means you will spend a decent amount of money on food. My experience has been you can eat at very costly places or very affordable places. So, there are a range of prices if you look out for it. There are also a wide range of types of food from many different regions of the US and the world. You may also find some restaurants from famous celebrity chefs. Of course those are on the expensive side. Keep in mind that it’s always best to call in advance for reservations for dinner if you want to go to a sit down restaurant. I just Googled reserve a table in Vegas and got some sites to do that on or it may be better to Google ‘reserve a table at restaurant name.’

Also anytime you can, buy water bottles and carry them with you. If there are water bottles in the room, they may not be free. We have been in some hotels where small water bottles in rooms cost anywhere between $2 - $5. A liter bottle can be bought out on the Strip for one or two dollars.

Another note, if you are staying for a week or so, assure you have enough change of clothes. Finding your own self-serve laundry may not be so easy, and having the hotel do your laundry will be very costly. 

Off The Strip
We actually prefer to see the natural wonders around Vegas. For these suggestions, you will need to have one person in your group that can drive in the US and rent a car. Depending on how you plan it, keep in mind that parking at any hotel on The Strip will incur extra charges.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
About 20 miles NW of The Strip
This is a one-way scenic loop through amazing Technicolor red rocks. It costs $15 for one trip through. Though if you buy the America The Beautiful Pass, and go to a few other places I list in this article, you may actually save a little money. You could spend an hour or so to just drive through and stop a the few view points, or if you have more time, you can spend several hours going on hikes. Don’t forget to take a LOT of water. It’s dry heat here, so you will get dried out fast. This particular park also does tend to get windy, so keep that in mind. And, don’t forget to stop in the visitor center. The photo below is of the view of the park through a long window in the visitor’s center.

Panoramic view of the redrocks from the visitor's center

The rocks look different colors at different times of the day!


Redstone Picnic Area and Hike
About 50 miles east of The Strip
To get here, you will have to take the Lake Mead Scenic Byway. This falls under the America the Beautiful Pass, or about $25 for a 7-day pass (see this link). You can also take this entire byway to the Valley of Fire State Park. It’s a longer route, at 72 miles (it will also take longer as you will want to stop here and there and take photos), but very scenic. We have taken this route. Just take note it’s quite desolate most of the time, and you may feel as if you are in the middle of nowhere. Assure your tank is full of gas and you have lots of water and food. There are also places along this road there is limited to no cell phone service. If you are lucky like we were, we saw wild horses!
 
Redstone Picnic Area Hike



Wild Horses



Valley of Fire State Park
About 50 miles NE of the Strip
If you have ever seen the video for Hairat (Anjaana Anjaani), they actually drove through a part of this iconic landscape in that song! To enter this Nevada state park, it costs $10. It’s always better to have cash on hand for these park entry fees. You could spend about 1.5 hours driving through the park and stopping at a few viewpoints or longer if you want to do a hike. Below is a video of a short hike we did in the park. It’s an amazing place to explore. If you have time, look for the Fire Wave.


We camped at Valley of Fire
 
A few hikes we did at the Valley of Fire 
Rainbow Vista Trail
 
White Domes Trail



A Guided Hike



Hoover Dam
40 miles East of The Strip
Actually I have not been here, but I know it’s a popular tourist spot, so I have added it. Do map out all these points- Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire and Redstone Picnic Area/Lake Mead Scenic Byway are all kind of in the same area, but you would still need an entire day at least to drive through all these areas to really enjoy them. I am not sure if there are entry fees into the dam area.

A few cool places in Utah
If you happen to have a full Saturday and/or Sunday, go up to the southwestern part of Utah for either of these two gems.

Zion National Park
160 miles NE of The Strip
Fees for entry into Zion are posted on their site. If you do go to Zion, Lake Mead Scenic Byway and Red Rock Canyon do get the America the Beautiful Pass. Zion can be seen by driving through in about 2-3 hours. However, if it is a busy summer day, you may have to take the shuttle to some areas of the park, which will increase the time you will need to see the park.

Snow Canyon State Park
130 miles NE of The Strip
We have extensively explored this park, though there is so much more to see. There is a short slot canyon (Jenny’s Canyon), which you can walk in about 30 minutes. There are lava tubes to see, a redstone arch, and much more. It costs about $10 per car. This is a Utah State Park, which is a different state park system than Valley of Fire. You could spend 3 hours here and see many of the features.

Arch at Snow Canyon


White Rocks Amphitheater (a 1.5 mile trek, through some sand)

 
Scenic Drive through Snow Canyon State Park



Yearly Average Weather
Vegas is in a desert landscape. It is often dry and hot. Winters are mild in that snow is probably rare. However, you would probably want a coat. When the wind blows there, it does feel pretty cold. In the day as long as the sun is out, it will feel warm. Once the sun sets, the weather suddenly feels degrees colder.

See this page for temperatures in Fahrenheit and Celsius.

Wrap Up
I hope you have a great time in Vegas. I am sure you will. I hope your business ventures are a success, you meet a lot of interesting people and see a lot of interesting things! Feel free to share anything you’d recommend someone to see that’s not listed here in the comments!

Note: The mention of any tourist attraction, business, or hotel is for informational purposes only. Authentic Journeys has no partnership with any listing in this post, nor does Authentic Journeys receive any advertising from these companies, businesses, etc.

Author, Jennifer Kumar helps prepare expats like you for successful business trips to the US.  

All photos and videos taken by Jennifer Kumar or Krishna Kumar. To see Jennifer's hiking trail guides, recorded trails and more check out her Alltrails profile.

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Get to Know Authentic Journeys (FAQ)

Authentic Journeys helps companies like yours build effective US-India cross border and distributed teams. While a majority of clients are in the IT sector, we also worked with global teams in the financial sector, housing sector, accounting and tax, immigration, media analytics, e-commerce, and education.  Authentic Journeys works with your business to achieve your goals through innovative, interactive and impactful managerial coaching and cross-cultural business training solutions.


Programs & Services

What kinds of programs does Authentic Journeys offer?
We offer business communication, culture and strategy workshops and training sessions for professional and workforce development, including:

How can we hire a trainer knowledgeable in the ground realities of working in India to help our US based staff understand India from an American perspective?
Jennifer Kumar, the Managing Director of Authentic Journeys is an American citizen with experience working and living in India for over 10 years. She has experience in the current realities your offshore team faces. Her work includes training professionals from over 40 Indian companies (startups, SMEs and MNCs), in most major Indian cities. We can work together to help your US counterparts bridge the culture gap. Get to know Jennifer here.

See our training map in India.

Our US and India teams have faced problems that we can’t solve, do you offer mediation?
Yes. Authentic Journeys offers mediation within and between teams. We broach cross-cultural business problems and act as an impartial investigator collecting perspectives from both sides to help bridge culture gaps, increase understanding and improve productivity in offshore and onsite teams.

My team in India work with Americans but will not come to the US. Do we still need your training?
More than 80% of those who benefited from Authentic Journeys training programs work with Americans on offshore, dispersed teams. These professionals have not and may not ever go to the US. These professionals interact with Americans through email and over the phone in regular status update meetings and other virtual interactions, such as video conference calls and webinars. As long as an Indian professional or their team works with Americans, cross-cultural training benefits the business as well as overall professional development of the participants. Cross-cultural training helps distributed teams work more effectively across global borders, and within the borders of their own country, state or city. Cross-cultural training helps to bridge understanding in diverse or even homogeneous groups as no two people think alike!

I read on your site there is something called the ‘Small Talk Newsletter.’ What is this and can I get it?
The small talk newsletter is issued a few days to a week before most major American holidays. It provides context about the holiday and tips for small talk with US colleagues. This newsletter is particularly helpful for expats, international assignees and offshore team members working with US clients or colleagues. Sign up below. 

U.S. Small Talk Newsletter









Who We Work With

Who does Authentic Journeys work with?
  • Indians in India working Offshore with Onsite US Clients, Stakeholders, and Colleagues
  • Indians and other foreign professionals working or studying in the US
  • Expats on international assignment across the US
  • International students starting their career in the USA
  • Americans working and living in India
  • Americans working with offshore Indian development teams
  • Career professionals working in global, co-located or dispersed teams consisting of multi-cultural and international team members.
  • International virtual teams

What skill or experience levels are participants of your training programs?
Participants range from Master’s Degree working professionals to seasoned professionals with up to 35 years’ experience. Professionals include new employees, middle managers or even CEOs of companies. Some of the most common job titles of participants include:
  • Business Analyst
  • Delivery Manager
  • Global Program Manager
  • Human Resources Staff
  • Infrastructure Specialist Project Lead
  • Sales / Pre-Sales
  • Senior Software Developer
  • Software Architect
  • Sr. Assoc. Vice President System Analyst
  • Team Lead
  • Tech Lead
  • Technology Specialist
  • Test Manager

How can I take your training programs?
Individual – If you are an individual, we offer private, highly interactive and individualized sessions. These sessions range from 1 to 20 hours and are tailored on your specific requirement. These sessions take place virtually, over the phone or internet, or in person if travel can be arranged.

Company/Team – Team Leads, Managers and Human Resource Professionals can contact us to discuss training options. Once a suitable program is chosen or created based on a training needs assessment (TNA), participants are selected to attend sessions which take place at the Authentic Journeys’ office, at your company location or at an off-site location arranged by your company or team.

How many professionals have benefited from the programs through Authentic Journeys?
As of 2018, Authentic Journeys has worked with about 50 companies in the US and India ranging from small startups with less than 20 people to large 56 companies with thousands of employees and multiple locations to multinational corporations (MNCs) with thousands of employees worldwide. Authentic Journeys has helped almost 3,500 business and career professionals gain culture and business acumen through the range of programs offered.

Which are some of the companies you have worked with?
View the page on case studies to see an abbreviated client list and success stories.

Do you have long time clients?

Yes. Authentic Journeys has several private and corporate clients Jennifer has worked with since 2012. To view the longevity of our client relationships and completed programs, view the LinkedIn page under Experience.


Training Logistics and Planning

How can I save money to train my India based team on US culture sensitivity?
Your team will most likely be working with Indians, Americans or other nationalities in various geographies via virtual methods, to reduce cost. Let us prepare your team to work virtually through attending sessions with us online, in a virtual classroom. Jennifer or one of her team members will be live online with your team member or members via VOIP, conference call or videoconferencing. We have conducted many successful sessions online with individuals and small groups up to 6 or 7.

Where are you based? Can you do in person sessions?

Authentic Journeys is registered in Utah, USA and Kerala, India. Jennifer Kumar, the Managing Director currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah (2019). We have trainers and coaches located in various parts of the US and India who can come onsite to your location or meet you virtually based on your schedule and availability.
 

Do you offer open classes for the public?
At this time, these kinds of classes are not available. As they become available, they will be advertised on this site.

Do you teach IELTS or TOEFL?
Authentic Journeys does not offer tutoring or coaching services for English examinations. Authentic Journeys does not teach English or grammar. Authentic Journeys teaches business communication skills and participants must have at least an intermediate grasp of English with the ability to hold simple to complex conversations as well as formulate basic to complex written messages. 

What is your process in helping us to improve our Business English? 
We can work on improving your fluency in spoken English and written Business English. We do this through a mix of generic sessions on meeting management and business and email writing and individualized Business English Coaching sessions. Individualized sessions focus on your unique communication needs, while building relations across cultures on virtual teams.  



What our clients have said: 
"The client can no longer complain that Dhruv doesn't take the initiative to add value to his portfolio. Since attending coaching, Dhruv has spent extra time analyzing the financial data to forecast predictions that benefit the client. He also discusses his findings in an open forum with his US client. I am impressed to see Dhruv's ability to implement brainstorming and critical thinking skills after attending the coaching sessions."
Radha, Finance Sector, Bangalore

"I am now more confident in writing and editing emails. The sessions covered vocabulary, synonyms, importance of active voice, articles, punctuations, editing skills, and how to rewrite sentences and paragraphs. Implementing these skills has improved clarity and response times with our distribution partners, improving relationships. In addition to implementing the email strategies, I am also able to now mentor my employees on the same."
Nishanth, Logistics Manager, Kochi



I am an American that has been hired to be a trainer in India. Can you help me?

Yes, I can help you in personalized, paid coaching sessions. Authentic Journeys helps professionals that have come to India to train in the corporate space get acquainted with Indian corporate mannerisms, working as a freelancer, how to negotiate and set proposals with Indian companies, expectations on time management, student or participant engagement strategies and other techniques for a successful short or long term assignment. See our program on Working with India: Cross-Culture Training.


Company Background


When did Authentic Journeys start?
Authentic Journeys started in Rochester, NY (USA) in 2009. It was consequently registered in Kakkanad, Kochi, Kerala, India in 2011 and in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA in 2018.

Who is the founder?
Jennifer Kumar is the founder and Managing Director.

Where is the office?
Authentic Journeys has a virtual office in an incubator called NRITBI in Infopark, Kerala, India. At present there is no office in the US as a majority of the work is done virtually. Jennifer and her team can come onsite to your company to work with your team as required.

Is it an officially registered company?
Yes, it is officially registered under the following:
Authentic Journeys Consultancy Private Limited, in Kochi, Kerala, India since 2011
Authentic Journeys Consultancy LLC, in Utah, USA since 2018

What does the name Authentic Journeys mean?
Authentic Journeys is a name that was chosen with a purpose in mind. While, yes, some can confuse it with a travel agency, Authentic Journeys is not a travel agency. We help with expat business training for professionals going to the US. The meaning of Authentic Journeys does lie in travel and self-discovery, however. When we work with other nationalities in diverse global business situations or settle abroad (the journey), we may feel that the new ways of thinking or behaving conflict with our beliefs, values or ways of behaving (being authentic). Hence, culture shock or culture change impacts our ability to balance who we are and who we may have to become when adapting to a new culture. This is our Authentic Journey. Authentic Journeys, as a company, believes we can find a balance between cultures without having to compromise our culture or values to adapt to that culture. This balance is different for different people, hence the Authentic Journey is unique for each person, even people in the same company, team, or family. 

What is the meaning of your logo? 
The rocks balancing atop each other is called a 'cairn.' Typically, these cairns are found on hiking trails to help hikers find their way on the trail. 

Actually, when I chose rock stacks (cairns) as the logo, I had no idea that cairns were used to help wanderers find their way. That's quite a coincidence. I had initially chose this design as a logo because the stones appear to look like they balance flawlessly, while at the same time, it feels like a delicate balance. How can they possibly balance like this? Won't they fall? We help you keep your life in balance when working across cultures (even if we never leave our country) and, some may argue, even more so, when one has to travel or live abroad in a foreign country for their work and career. Whether we are helping you to work on a virtual team, travel for your expat assignment or negotiate communication across global borders, we help you to balance your approach so that you never lose touch with yourself.

How can I get updates about Authentic Journeys?
Click on our social media:   Facebook   |   LinkedIn  |  Twitter

Can you train our Indian development team once they come to the US?
Yes. Contact us to answer your training needs today!


Authentic Journeys: Bridging Culture on Virtual Teams

We help build effective, culturally competent global teams with focus on the cultures of the USA and India. Jennifer Kumar, Managing Director, an American citizen, has almost 10 years experience living, studying and working (owning a business) in India. Authentic Journeys Consultancy is registered as a Private Limited in India (Kerala) and an LLC in the USA (Utah). We provide onsite and live-online instructor-led courses, facilitation and corporate coaching.