Dr. Milton J. Bennett has been active in the intercultural field since 1967. He served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Micronesia from 1968-1970, and returned to complete his doctorate in intercultural communication and sociology at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He also holds a bachelorís degree from Stanford University and a masterís degree in psycholinguistics from San Francisco State University.
Dr. Bennett is a founding director of the Intercultural Development Research Institute (IDRInstitute), which sponsors innovative research in the area of intercultural competence. Based on these investigations and other work in intercultural relations, he creates and conducts programs in domestic and international diversity for corporations and other organizations. He addresses high-potential managers and executives of global corporations in the U.S., Asia, and Europe on topics of global leadership and the development of intercultural competence. He also conducts seminars for corporate trainers and university faculty in Japan, Italy, Finland, Switzerland, Germany, and the U.S. He has served on the teaching faculties of the Tuck School of Business of Dartmouth University, the Boeing Leadership Center, Eni Corporate University (Italy), Motorola University, Telenor Corporate University, and the Stockholm School of Economics. He currently is associated with the Global Leadership Program of MESA Research Group (USA) and the IDRAcademy (Italy).
Dr. Bennett is well-known for his Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity and the Intercultural Development Inventory, which are used internationally to guide intercultural training design and to assess intercultural competence. He has received the highest awards for excellence from the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR) and from NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Earlier in his life, he was a Westinghouse Talent Search winner for his work in science. He continues that interest through reading in the philosophy of science and as an instrument-rated private pilot.
For 15 years, Dr. Bennett was a faculty member at Portland State University in Oregon, where he created their graduate program in intercultural communication. He is now an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Sociology of the University of MilanoĖBicocca in Italy, where he teaches graduate courses in intercultural development. He is co-author (with Edward Stewart) of the revised edition of American Cultural Patterns: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (Intercultural Press, 1991), a reviewer for the International Journal of Intercultural Relations, the editor of Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication: Selected Readings (Intercultural Press, 1998) containing a number of his chapters and articles, the co-editor and contributor to the third edition of The Handbook of Intercultural Training (Sage, 2004), and the author of many articles on intercultural competence and global leadership for American and European publications.
In 1986, Dr. Bennett co-founded The Intercultural Communication Institute (ICI), a non-profit educational foundation designed to foster an awareness and appreciation of cultural difference in both the international and domestic arenas. ICI offers a masterís degree in intercultural relations (in conjunction with the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California), and it conducts the annual Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication, a professional development academy which draws about 500 participants each year from throughout the United States and abroad to three weeks of intensive seminars with 50 prestigious faculty.