Michael D. Carter is the founder and CEO of IC Edge, a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion firm that focuses on delivering high-quality intercultural competence education. 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 main responsibility is to collaborate with organizations as they begin their diversity, equity and inclusion journey and match them with the right educational partner. Michael is also an experienced facilitator of intercultural competence training and teaches frequently.
Michael has been involved in diversity and inclusion work for over 30 years. Prior to starting Intercultural Competence Edge, Michael spent 25 years at the 3M Company. While at 3M, he headed the 3M Industrial Sector’s largest initiative to increase the organization’s intercultural competence through educational workshops. He has also served on many corporate diversity steering committees, task forces and employee affinity groups. In April 2016, he received the President’s Circle Award for his contributions to the 3M Company’s African American Network.
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 DE&I field because of his passion for studying and teaching intercultural competence. Michael is also a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory©, an assessment tool that enables individuals and organizations to learn more about their level of intercultural competence and then improve their ability to bridge cultural differences. Over the years, Michael has developed many training tools and exercises that help workshop participants understand and become comfortable with the concepts of intercultural competence, equity, and inclusion.