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Are you ready for the new global reality?

One where diverse cultures and ethnicities will make up your living and working environments?  Can you relate your life experience to others?  Can you adapt to changing settings?  Can you form relationships and build trust to achieve a common goal?

A respected and seasoned journalist, Jessica Stone, uses her 20 years of adventures, mistakes, and triumphs to give you the keys to conquering these challenges. Come along as she takes you out of the classroom and parachutes you into the real-life lab, and you’ll be ready to take on the world!

What people are saying

promoting reconciliation in a troubled world

"In Crossing the Divide, Jessica puts her finger on a crucial skill to bridging cultural and religious divides: building empathy with the other party. It is an honor to welcome her to the ranks of those authors who are dealing with this subject matter in a penetrating and insightful way. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in promoting reconciliation in a troubled world."

Dr. Douglas M. Johnston, Jr., President Emeritus and founder, International Center for Religion & Diplomacy

this book encourages the next generation

"I am especially glad this book encourages the next generation of cross-cultural practitioners...we don’t need a crystal ball to know that the future of business, diplomacy, and scientific exploration will hinge on our ability to express and communicate values effectively. With her book in hand, hard-earned lessons on humility and grace will undoubtedly smooth the road for those embarking on their own adventures - be they far from home or just down the street. "

Kristen Farnum, Conflict Resolution Trainer, Foreign Service Institute, Dept. of State

much-needed nuance and perspective

“Jessica Stone has stood at the crossroads of East and West. In an era where political pundits boil down the U.S.-China competition into Cold War cliches, Jessica brings much-needed nuance and perspective in explaining the most consequential bilateral relationship in the 21st century."

Leland Lazarus, Speechwriter at U.S. SOUTHCOM & fmr. U.S. diplomat in China and the Caribbean

I can think of no better time than now

"In Crossing the Divide, Jessica shares the fruit of experience, challenges and mistakes, and gives us tools to equip us for a cross-cultural future. I can think of no better time than now, a period of national reckoning over domestic divisions, to read this, and put these skills to work at home.”

Don Riling, Global Leadership Executive & President of Livingston Leadership Institute

this is it!

"I first met Jessica Stone when she was reporting for China Global Television at the White House, and when I was a spokesperson for the National Security Council. Page-by-page Jessica takes readers on a journey through her life as a journalist navigating cultural, language, and geographic divides. Undaunted by the unknown, with each story and each lesson, readers walk with Jessica through a variety of different cultural contexts and learn new skills to be a more well-rounded leader and global citizen. Jessica builds trust in her readers as she shares faux pas, “ah-ha” moments, and triumphs. I plan to share "Crossing the Divide" with my mentees and military colleagues. A great addition to a professional development library. I’ve been waiting for a book to lay out these important cross-cultural skills in a non-academic framework. This is it. "

Colonel MYLES B. CAGGINS III, U.S. Army

A must read

"Written in a non-academic framework and a breezy, accessible style, Jessica Stone’s personal experience brings life and meaning to the cross-cultural skills critical to meaningfully working abroad. Crossing the Divide is a must-read for anyone drawn to international work seeking actionable advice for prospering in unfamiliar cultural contexts and communicating effectively with those who differ from oneself. "

Claire Rapuano, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Benin 2017-2019)

This one stands out among the crowd.

"As the former Director of the Counterinsurgency Training in Afghanistan, I have read a lot of books designed to encourage and teach cross-cultural competency. This one stands out among the crowd. It is easy to read, and full of insights born of both experience - and reflection on that experience - which lead the reader to a better understanding of the internal qualities - and external skills - needed to succeed in an interconnected and globalized workforce."

Colonel John F. Agoglia, US Army (Retired)

This book is full of insights

"I first met Jessica Stone when she was my student in France. It’s clear that she has learned how to live and work in a variety of cultural settings. This book is full of insights born both of experience - and reflection on that experience - which lead the reader to a better understanding of the internal qualities and external skills needed to succeed in a globalized workforce. I would highly recommend this book for those drawn to international work and diplomacy, but also to anyone who enjoys a good story by someone honest enough to learn from her mistakes. Cross-cultural mistakes are absolutely inevitable, but there’s pleasure here for the reader who will learn just as much from Jessica’s mistakes as from her successes."

John Western, Maxwell Professor of Teaching Excellence, Syracuse University; Author of books: “Cosmopolitan Europe: A Strasbourg Self-Portrait (Heritage, Culture and Identity)” and “Outcast Cape Town”

About the author

Jessica Stone is a Washington-based news anchor and correspondent who covers the intersection of politics and business around the world.

Jessica’s work has appeared in the South China Morning Post, Yahoo Finance, Stansberry Research, Public Radio International, USA Today, The Washington Times, and across the country at the nation’s CBS and FOX stations.

Image photographed by Jessica Stone, Afghanistan 2009.

LESSON #8:

When you’re preparing to enter a new culture or country, know that everyone already in your life — is a resource.  Include them in your dream, and you will build a movement that makes them want to help.  The second part of this lesson is to share your path with others.  For years after I made this trip, I shared how I’d done it with others who wanted to follow.  I spoke at journalism conferences, met for coffee with journalists and aid workers who wanted to cover or help in Afghanistan.  This is part of building a network.  Remember, as the world becomes more interconnected, the chances increase that someone in — or connected to your network — will have the answers you seek.

Chapter Sneak Peek

Crossing the Divide Chapter 8 - Preview

LESSON #8:

When you’re preparing to enter a new culture or country, know that everyone already in your life — is a resource.  Include them in your dream, and you will build a movement that makes them want to help.  The second part of this lesson is to share your path with others.  For years after I made this trip, I shared how I’d done it with others who wanted to follow.  I spoke at journalism conferences, met for coffee with journalists and aid workers who wanted to cover or help in Afghanistan.  This is part of building a network.  Remember, as the world becomes more interconnected, the chances increase that someone in — or connected to your network — will have the answers you seek.

Share your story!

Do you have a cross-cultural story that has changed your life? Share it with Jessica Stone to inspire others!

Share your story!

Do you have a cross-cultural story that has changed your life? Share it with Jessica Stone to inspire others!

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