Cultural Confidence is an intercultural training and consulting company, helping people and organizations effectively manage cultural differences.

Established in 2007 and formerly known as Across Cultures, we are headquartered in Austin, Texas and serve clients worldwide.

We are made up of a small global team of trainers and a network of accomplished country resources, consultants and partners led by Cultural Confidence Principal & Founder Anna Katrina Davey. Bound by trust, shared values and the same commitment to quality, we take pride in delivering beyond expectations and providing you with an extraordinary experience of sustained benefits.

Cultural Confidence is a certified woman-owned business (HUB), partner of the World Affairs Council of Austin, sponsor of the Texas-EU Business Summit 2016 and host of the Intentional Leadership Tea Sit.


Anna Katrina Davey, Cultural Confidence Principal and Founder

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Anna Katrina Davey is a multicultural and multilingual intercultural trainer helping people and companies maximize their success on the global stage. She has extensive experience in design and delivery of international assignment, expatriate risk management, workplace diversity and global leadership programs for individuals and groups. Anna Katrina has trained executives and staff at numerous Fortune 500 and other companies including ThyssenKrupp, AET, FMC Technologies, Occidental Petroleum, Dell, Applied Materials, Adidas, Alcatel-Lucent, Affinova and St. Jude Medical. She has furthermore worked with law firms by providing culture expert witness services, with universities by facilitating study abroad intercultural boot camps and with organizations such as the Rotary and the Robert Bosch Foundation in preparing professionals for foreign exchange programs. In addition to her direct clients, Anna Katrina has also provided training on behalf of numerous global service providers.

Born and raised in Trieste, Italy, Anna Katrina is a dual citizen of Italy and the USA, and also holds a German diplomatic passport. She has extensive international living and work experience on three continents and has traveled over 50 countries. Along with having native fluency in Italian, German and English, she has also studied Vietnamese, Spanish, Latin and Ancient Greek. She earned a Master’s degree in Geography and Cultural Anthropology from Albert-Ludwigs Universität in Freiburg, Germany and received further professional training in Intercultural Communication from InWEnt, the German government’s organization for human resources development.

Prior to founding Cultural Confidence, Anna Katrina consulted on behalf of numerous global training providers and prior to relocating to the USA, lived in Hanoi, Vietnam, working as an intercultural advisor for the German Development Service (now GIZ), creating a first-time intercultural training for Vietnamese counterparts of German international cooperation. Before moving to Vietnam, Anna Katrina had worked for the International Bureau of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research as well as for the German Development Service of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in Bonn, Germany.

In addition to founding Cultural Confidence, Anna Katrina also served for four years as President of SIETAR Austin, Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research, bringing an array of thought provoking intercultural programs to the local community.

Anna Katrina is furthermore a sought out international speaker at business and educational conferences such as SIETAR in Buenos Aires and TEDx in Paris.

In her free time, Anna Katrina enjoys the outdoors, practices yoga, travels and dances salsa, bachata, cumbia and merengue.

Watch Cultural Confidence Founder Anna Katrina Davey speak at TEDx in Paris on “Cultural Competence as a Paradigm for Peace”: http://culturalconfidence.com/tedxtalk/


The Cultural Confidence approach

We believe that in order for training to be effective, it must go beyond just providing information. It should focus on a very interactive process, which makes use of participative methods such as role-playing, critical incidents and simulations. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and ideas. Our approach allows for the exploration of personal conclusions, reflections, and most importantly, the development of internalized behavioral skills in response to the acquired information. Furthermore, trainees have the chance to apply the newly acquired knowledge to their assignments.

While providing you with hands-on country-specific know-how, our method will allow you to develop skills that you can apply to any cross-cultural situation, regardless of the target culture. In other words, we won’t just “feed you a fish for a day” but “teach you to fish” so that you can be sustainably effective in multiple cross-cultural situations.

Because no company or individual is the same, we are happy to custom-tailor our programs to your specific needs.

Our clients

Contact us today and let us know how we can help you succeed on the global stage.