"We cannot change what we are not aware of,
and once we are aware, we cannot help but change."

- Sheryl Sandberg

Dominique Vaughan-Russell


Dominique Vaughan-Russell, AICI CIC, is a global citizen who is committed to helping individuals and organizations build better cross-cultural communication skills. Dominique is the President and Founder of Vaughan-Russell International, an elite Toronto-based training and consulting firm, providing leading edge cultural intelligence assessments and training programs for forward thinking multi-national companies and individuals invested in doing business on a global scale.

Born in India and raised in Hong Kong to German and English parents, she started her career in the garment industry as a designer and quality control specialist. These positions took her throughout Asia, Europe and North America.

Her comprehensive background in international travel and intercultural relations make her an expert at understanding and communicating with a wide variety of cultures. Dominique learned first hand how to look at the world through various cultural lenses and is passionate about helping others do the same.Her training ability on intercultural communications and cultural intelligence bridges the cultural gaps, resulting in increased global success.

Dominique presents, consults and is workshop facilitator for various National Financial and Legal Institutions in Canada. As well she has trained some of the global teams of UTC in India, Germany and the USA, presented at the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI) in Tokyo, Roadrunner Sports in San Diego, the HRPA in Toronto, Govig and Associates in Phoenix, and she has been a guest lecturer for ASU Skysong in Phoenix, as well as an instructor at George Brown College in Toronto.

Dominique is an advanced certified CQ™ Assessment and Workshop Facilitator for the Cultural Intelligence Center, and a certified ‘Global Bridger’ for Professional Passport. She holds a degree in Fashion Merchandising, is a Certified Image Professional with the International Image Institute and with the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI). Dominique has held the position of VP Programs for AICI Canada since 2012, and received the AICI Chapter Member-of-the-Year award in 2013. Dominique is co-author of "Inspired Style" and has contributed articles to numerous publications.

Fear, uncertainty and discomfort are your compasses toward growth.

– Celestine Chua

International Image Institute
AICI Member
Cultural Intelligence Center