Elizabeth Briody

Elizabeth Briody

About Elizabeth Briody

Elizabeth K. Briody has been involved in cultural-change efforts for 35+ years—first at General Motors Research and later through her consulting practice, Cultural Keys. Her projects have spanned many industries including automotive, health care, research institutions, aerospace, insurance, consumer products, and petrochemicals.  Among her books are Transforming Culture and The Cultural Dimension of Global Business (9th ed.). She leads the Anthropology Career Readiness Network with Riall Nolan to improve student preparation for careers. She is Past President of NAPA and served as AAA Secretary. In 2020, Briody was honored by the Society for Applied Anthropology’s Bronislaw Malinowski award for lifetime achievement.
  • Have You Thought about Applying to a Graduate Program

Have You Thought about Applying to a Graduate Program?

It is that time again: new beginnings, fresh outlook, annual resolutions, and for some, the what-will-I-do-after-graduation question. Even if you are not yet asking yourself this question, others surely will be asking you about your plans. So, what are your thoughts about your near-term future? Will you work? Will you continue your studies? Will you take a “pause” to consider various alternatives? Fortunately, the Anthropology Career Readiness Network has a great tool to guide you as you contemplate your options. (You do not need to have a background in anthropology to use it since it will be useful to those in [...]

  • Why Stay in Touch with Alumni from Your Institution?

Why Stay in Touch with Alumni from Your Institution?

Alumni are like extended kin: both are based on “connections.” With kin, association is based on family (e.g., marriage/partnership, offspring) while connections with alumni come about by virtue of shared experience – typically in a college or university. How many of us have ever reached out to an alum? Has it ever occurred to us that they might be an excellent source of insight and useful advice? And what do we think about their willingness to engage with someone who aspires to be, or is a part of, that same higher education experience? Likely? Unlikely? It seems that the “unlikely” [...]

  • Why Don’t People Think to Ask an Anthropologist

Why Don’t People Think to Ask an Anthropologist?

A longstanding issue for anthropology has been its low public visibility. The effects in the US, UK, and elsewhere range from erroneous assumptions about the discipline, to still-too-few "seats at the table" in contributing to public conversations and debates, policy, and governance. Economists, psychologists, and political scientists are first among the social and behavioral scientists to be interviewed by journalists when local and national events take place, human actions are questioned, politics are debated, and new movies and books are reviewed. Many anthropologists have been asking: “Where are the anthropologists? Why aren’t members of the media talking to us?” The [...]

  • How do I help my students find work

How do I help my students find work?

Great question!  You are not the only one asking this question.  Anthropology instructors have growing concerns that their students are not finding employment opportunities that put their anthropological skills to use. They wonder what more they could do to assist. Some suggest that the students reach out to certain alums they remember.  Others point their students to the career planning office on campus. Many doubt their own abilities to do much more since they have limited, if any, practice experience. Instructors, here’s one option that builds on what you already know how to do: conduct research, make connections with others (e.g., [...]

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