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A CEO of the Multicultural Center in Brno: "My job is to discover talents"

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

CEO of the Multicultural center in Brno
photo by Nata Bubyr

Interviewer Mariia Svyrydova: Thank you for joining us today, Viktoria. May you please introduce yourself and tell us about your role as the CEO of the Multicultural Center? CEO Viktoria Netíková: Thank you for having me. I'm Viktoria Netíková, Chief Executive Officer of the Multicultural Center in Brno for over three years. In my role, I oversee the center's activities, ensuring we fulfill our mission of promoting diversity and inclusion. Additionally, I work as a translator, project manager on grants and proposals, consultant on savings strategies, and also take singing lessons at our center.

MS: That sounds like a crucial role. Can you elaborate on the statement you made, "My job is to discover talents"? VN: Certainly. At the Multicultural Center, our focus goes beyond merely acknowledging diversity. We believe in actively seeking out and nurturing the diverse talents within our community. This includes identifying individuals with unique skills, perspectives, and experiences that contribute to the rich tapestry of the multicultural society.

MS: How does the Multicultural Center go about discovering and developing these talents?

VN: We employ a multifaceted approach. Firstly, we engage with the community through various programs, events, and outreach initiatives. By actively participating in the lives of the individuals we serve, we can identify those with exceptional talents who may not have had the opportunity to showcase them otherwise. Secondly, we collaborate with local schools, organizations, and businesses to create platforms for talent discovery. Through partnerships and networking, we aim to connect people with opportunities that align with their skills and aspirations.

MS: That's commendable work. How do you envision the impact of these efforts on the broader community?

VN: Our goal is to promote the principle of unite through learning and culture. My goal is to create a more inclusive and harmonious community where every individual feels valued and empowered. By discovering and developing talents, we not only contribute to the personal growth of individuals but also enhance the overall vibrancy and creativity of our community. In the long run, we hope to see a positive ripple effect, where the talents we uncover contribute to the success and prosperity of the broader society.

MS: What is your approach to education in Multicultural center in general?

VN: Ultimately, our goal is to provide students with an education that not only imparts knowledge but also fosters a deep appreciation for diversity and promotes a lifelong love of learning. It's an individual, caring, supportive approach, additionally we are always trying to determine the purpose of learning - it could be preparation for an exam or the intention to learn how to cope with homework through understanding the system, also increasing self-confidence, improving skills, the desire to learn something new, discover new facets of your talent, organise own exhibition or even sing on stage.

MS: What about your team? Is it also multicultural? And if the same approach works with your employees?

VN: Yes, absolutely, we have people from different countries in our team. We recognize that our teachers and consultants play a pivotal role in shaping the learning experiences of our community. I emphasize the importance of identifying and nurturing the unique skills and abilities that our educators bring to the table.

MS: How does the Multicultural Center go about discovering and developing the talents of its teachers? VN: Our approach involves a combination of strategies. First and foremost, we encourage open communication and collaboration within our educational community. By fostering an environment where teachers feel empowered to share their thoughts, skills and passions, we can identify unique talents that can enhance the overall educational experience. Additionally, we are planning to invest in professional development programs tailored to individual teachers' needs. This includes for example workshops, training sessions, mentorship opportunities that aim to refine and expand their skillsets.

MS: How do you believe this focus on discovering teachers' talents contributes to the overall mission of the Multicultural Center?

VN: Our teachers are the cornerstone of our educational initiatives. By discovering and harnessing their talents, we enrich the learning environment and create a more inclusive and culturally responsive educational experience. It goes beyond traditional teaching methods and allows us to tap into a diverse range of teaching styles, perspectives and approaches that cater to the unique needs of our multicultural community.

MS: Wow, it sounds like the Multicultural Center plays a pivotal role in fostering a dynamic and inclusive community. Thank you for sharing your valuable insights with us today.

VN: Thank you. It's been my pleasure.

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