How Leadership Translates Across Cultures

Salomé Froment came to NC State to study International Business at SKEMA Business School’s U.S. campus for a year. Her goal was to make the most of her time at an American college, so she joined several student organizations and connected with several on-campus units, including the Women’s Center and the Center for Service, Leadership, Ethics, and Public Service (CSLEPS). She also learned and practiced, as part of the GTI’s Cross-Cultural Competencies course, how to bridge cultural differences between the French and American way of thinking, leading, and doing business.

“First, there is your way of doing things, but then you find out there is another way. After that, you try to mix them both to find the most innovative outcome,” she said.

Froment connected with large and small IT companies as part of the GTI course and final project, and she spent a lot of her time networking with various professionals in the region. In addition to her rigorous coursework, Froment also completed the requirements for the Visionary Leaders Certificate (VLC) in two semesters. CSLEPS also awarded her the Ronald C. Butler Visionary Leader Award as a result of her outstanding Leadership Portfolio.


Froment participated in an Alternative Service Break trip to Greensboro and Atlanta during her fall semester, which helped complete the 20-hour community service requirement portion of the certificate. She joined other NC State students from the the Multicultural Student Affairs office and Women’s Center to visit and volunteer with the National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad, Inc. (NCCJ), the International Civil Rights Museum, Martin Luther King’s birthplace site, the Boys and Girls Club/Salvation Army and more.

Salomé Froment is the second SKEMA student to complete the VLC. Pauline Gane obtained the certificate after one semester, marking the first time any student had done so in NC State history.

“Their ability to reflect and to dig deep within their own understandings of who they are as leaders and servants since they’re both engaged in service efforts were a true reflection of themselves on paper,” said Nathan Thomas, the program assistant for CSLEPS who oversees the certificate program. Thomas added that the program is good about identifying ways they are already engaged in leadership and service opportunities on campus and using that as part of their portfolio requirements.

“We’ve loved having the both of them, and we would love to have more,” he said.

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Froment graduated from SKEMA in the spring of 2016 with a Master’s of Science in International Business and is currently working in Raleigh with a start-up IT firm.