CEOCompany: IC Edge
Role: Session Presenter
Michael D. Carter is the founder and CEO of IC Edge (Intercultural Competence Edge), a diversity, equity, and inclusion firm that focuses on delivering high-quality intercultural competence education and DEI strategy development. Michael teaches that once we shift our mindsets to a more interculturally competent orientation, we allow diversity, equity, and inclusion to flourish within our organization. His primary responsibility is to collaborate with organizations as they begin their diversity, equity, and inclusion journey and provide them with the tools needed to be successful. He is also an experienced facilitator of intercultural competence training and teaches frequently.
IC Edge is a Saint Paul, Minnesota-based consulting firm serving clients nationwide. In its seventh year, IC Edge solutions are intercultural competence-based and cover a range of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) solutions, including delivery of the Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI) assessment. Workshops include signature case studies that bring content vividly and realistically to life. IC Edge’s educational and strategic work concludes with action planning that prepares each learner to return to their workplace ready to influence and implement change.
Michael holds an MBA degree and employs his multi-decade corporate background in training and product development to lead a research-based and innovative firm in its approach to skills development. Michael and his team of top national consultants and facilitators address the DEI needs of organizations ranging from small businesses to large corporations to nonprofits, educational institutions, and boards of directors. Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., he relocated to the Midwest to join 3M Company, where he enjoyed a 25-year career in sales, marketing, product development, leadership training, and workplace transformation.
Michael obtained his BS in business from Syracuse University and an MBA from the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. Although he spent many years as a successful sales and marketing professional, he moved into the DEI field because of his passion for studying and teaching intercultural competence. Michael is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory, and, over the years, he has developed many training tools and exercises that help workshop participants understand and become comfortable with the concepts of intercultural competence, equity, and inclusion.