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About the Author

Before she was ten years old, Lilya Wagner had left her homeland as a refugee, wandered homeless through parts of Europe, finally made it to the United States as an immigrant, spoke four languages, lived on three continents, crossed several oceans, and had short-term stays in New York and Washington, DC. Her personal and professional experience bring together knowledge of culture, diversity and generosity and place these into practical perspectives. As a frequent speaker, trainer, and educator, she has made culture and philanthropy an area of expertise over time, and has written numerous articles and book chapters on various aspects of the topic. Her network of global professionals, developed through North American and international work, enhances the significance of this volume. Her continuing affiliation with a great many nonprofits and educational institutions, plus her consulting role bring a fine balance of sources of information compiled into one practical volume for the culturally-proficient professional.

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