Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Peter Fordos

PETER FORDOS is an intercultural consultant, trainer and coach who specializes in global leadership development. Drawing on first-hand experience, Peter offers an insider’s look at the mindset and business practices of corporations around the world. He works with Fortune 500 companies as a consultant, facilitator and intercultural coach. Peter has worked with: 3M, Apple, Audi, Avery Dennison, Boeing, Bombardier, Bosch, Chrysler, Dell, Disney, General Motors, Graebel, Honeywell, Nestle, Procter & Gamble, Tetra Pak, Travelers Insurance, Valero and many other global companies. In addition, he has worked with the US Military, including the Navy Seals and the Special Boat Team.

Peter Fordos was born in the former Czechoslovakia and has been based in the USA since 2001. Peter has conducted training and speaking engagements with a focus on working in multicultural teams, leadership across cultural and business practices, covering a range of countries world vide.  He’s a faculty member at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication, and an active member of the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research.

Having worked and lived in six countries - and travelled to over 70 - Peter understands well the challenges that multinational companies encounter as well as the complex goals international executives must achieve while managing employees around the world. Before becoming an Intercultural trainer, Peter worked within multicultural teams in the Slovak military, in international engineering and in the travel industry. These experiences led to his passion to help global multicultural teams become effective when working across cultures and become exceptional global leaders.

1. What is it that you are most passionate about? 

My passion is to help develop the global leaders of tomorrow. Whether in business, non-profit or government, building trust and relationships across borders has become more important than ever. We must learn how to communicate effectively and efficiently across cultures in order to succeed when faced with the inevitable challenges of globalization. When inter-cultural issues are managed properly, everyone benefits.

Having grown up in a culturally diverse environment, then traveling the world to over 70+ countries and working with people from 80 different nationalities, I feel a personal stake in communicating what must be done in order to bridge cultural differences.

2. What do you enjoy most about teaching and/or what excites you about being a professor at MIIS?

MIIS plays a unique role on the international stage. The students and faculty have a direct positive effect on communities all around the world. By teaching at the Institute I have the honor of contributing my own global experience and intercultural expertise via the MIIS community. And as an alum, it gives me special pride and pleasure to teach at my Alma Mater. It’s a privilege to work with the next generation of global leaders.



Global Talent & Leadership Development, Coaching Executives and Managers for Global Performance, Team Effectiveness & Performance Across Cultures, Multicultural Team-Building, Building Effective Global Teams


  • M.A. IPS – Specialization International Negotiations & Conflict Resolution, Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • M.A. IPS – International Trade Policy, Monterey Institute of International Studies

Languages Spoken:

Czech, Hungarian, Slovak, English, Basic Russian

Course List

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ICCO 8520 - Intercultural Group Dynamics      

Why do global & multicultural teams struggle and most often fail? Why does performance drop once the honeymoon of team development/team formation is over? What are the factors of successful culturally competent and diverse teams? What leadership style is appropriate when managing/leading globally diverse teams? What is your role as a team member on such a diverse team? How would you manage multicultural team members from China, India, Brazil, Russia, Kenya and the US? Why is it so hard to get things done when such a diverse team is working together? Whose responsibility is to step up when conflict emerges in a diverse team? What is the greatest challenge of a leader managing such team? Could one’s behavior be a contributing factor in such situation/s? How can you or your team achieve their desired goals? How could such diverse teams outperform homogenous team? Are you up for the challenge of working within or perhaps managing a global team? Why not join this workshop and find out how?

Fall 2016 - MIIS, MIIS Workshop, Spring 2017 - MIIS, MIIS Winter/J Term only, Fall 2017 - MIIS, MIIS Workshop, Spring 2018 - MIIS, MIIS Winter/J Term only

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ICCO 8560 - Dvlp Intrcultrl TrainingInOrgs      

The workshop is a comprehensive, hands-on introduction on how to design intercultural training programs and gain the knowledge needed to design and deliver cross cultural awareness programs within organizations - whether they are educational, governmental, not-for-profit or for-profit. This workshop is designed for anyone working in domestic or global settings. Designing any training program requires specific sequencing, skills and techniques. Participants will learn methodologies of cross-cultural training design, how to analyze an audience, structure and deliver an effective cross-cultural training program. Students will have the opportunity to learn practical skills immediately applicable and increase their cross-cultural training capabilities. By learning these skills, students will expand their toolbox and become a greater asset to any organization.

Spring 2017 - MIIS, MIIS Workshop, Fall 2017 - MIIS, MIIS Workshop, Spring 2018 - MIIS, MIIS Workshop

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