Steven Jones, speaker, author and national expert on diversity, inclusion and leadership development, will present "Success in the 21st Century: Building Cultural Competence through Effective Communication Skills" at New Canaan Country School at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, in the school's auditorium at 635 Frogtown Road.

The event, co-sponsored by Brunswick School, Greenwich Country Day School and King Low Heywood Thomas, is free.

Jones will discuss how demographic shifts, advancing technology, generational differences and understanding unconscious bias play into the new global reality facing students. Jones will teach parents, teachers and administrators the skills necessary to prepare students for effective communication across differences and share ideas about what can be done at home and in the classroom to prepare students for success in the 21st century.

Jones is the CEO of Jones & Associates Consulting Inc., a diversity and organizational change consulting company based in San Diego, Calif. He is completing his second book, "Cultural Competency: Leading through New Lenses in the 21st Century." In addition to his work in education, Jones also provides cultural competency consulting to corporations like Honda, Toyota, Qualcomm and CBS. His passion for preparing leaders for a new global reality developed while studying business practices in Chaing Mai, Thailand. While in Chaing Mai, he became the first person of African descent to be ordained as a Buddhist monk at the 700-year-old Wat Umong monastery.

For information, call NCCS Director of Diversity Paul Mayo at 203-801-5603 or email

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