“I’ve always believed that Global Business was the way to “world peace”. I think it was Winston Churchill and General Eisenhower who believed the same philosophy when they dreamed of creating the European Union (EU) so many years before it actually came to fruition. The idea is that economic interdependence ideally would create a more peaceful world. Of course, the EU suffers from the consequences of those decisions, but that’s a whole other conversation.
When I first got involved in X-Culture, I saw the opportunity of linking my skills to the needs of the organization. I was amazed at how X-Culture’s core values resonated with mine and how it could actually help the world achieve “world peace”, the concept that I learned from the EU. In the summer of 2013 – when X-Culture came to my hometown, I couldn’t participate because my family had suffered the tragic loss of my husband. I restructured my priorities to care for my family – work and everything else was secondary. In the years that followed, as my life began to resume its normalcy, I actively re-strategized my intentions “to live an authentic life in the service of others.” I know it sounds passé but I selectively chose activities and organizations that resonated with my intention.
In the years that followed, I became more invested in X-Culture and I continued to see opportunities to contribute but was reluctant to engage at first. There were so many professors more qualified and more heavily invested than I was but the sound of my own voice talking in my head wouldn’t allow me to walk away without doing something. I could clearly see the path to scale X-Culture, and whenever I thought of an idea, the solution very quickly followed. Please note that I don’t actually believe that they were my own ideas, but that the Universe called on me only to execute what is intended for such an amazing organization. So, after years of participating in X-Culture virtually and attending the conferences, I raised my voice and stepped up with the idea of Global X-Culture with the goal of helping students from all over the world find their own strengths to contribute to “world peace”. I wanted to help Dr. Vas Taras scale X-Culture so that more students would find their way to us and grow a population of educated professionals (in and out of the classroom), culturally intelligent leaders, and most importantly, empathic humanitarians. For this reason, I founded the WeEvolveGlobal Foundation whose goals are the achievement of world WITH peace, without poverty, without inequality, without racism and without so much of the “noise” that humans cause to create such a violent world. YOU ARE THE WAY TO PEACE, YOU ARE THE WAY TO A GLOBAL EVOLUTION.”
Dr. Leilani O. Baumanis,
CEO of WeEvolveGlobal Foundation and
X-Culture Conference Chair
Our mission is to create learning opportunities for students from all over the world to collaborate in solving real world business challenges posed by global organizations, providing students the platform to actively learn cultural values, cultural understanding and cultural empathy.
Our vision is to teach the future leaders of our global community the skills and talents they need to create a world of peace and understanding. Once per year, several university professor collaborate and develop a study abroad program which lasts a total of six weeks. This program supports a virtual program named X-Culture, Inc., founded by University of North Carolina at Greensboro Professor, Dr. Vasyl Taras. X-Culture is a virtual program where up to 10,000 students per year participate in virtual teams that solve real life business challenges posed by global companies.
Our goals was created to support an on-ground version of this virtual program. Upon completion of the virtual challenges, students who have done exceptionally well are invited to attend a global conference hosted by a participating X-Culture University. Up to 200 students and faculty are invited to participate. During a six-weeks time frame, students work virtually for the first five weeks and on the sixth week, 200 students and faculty fly to the host university destination where the project is completed and pitched to the executives of the challenge companies. Students also attend lectures, conduct company visits, and become familiar with the culture of the country where the university is located.