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Upcoming Speakers

During Academic Year 2014-2015, the Wake Forest University Center for Global Programs and Studies is collaborating with offices and academic departments across campus, including the School of Business and the Office of Personal and Career Development, to host speakers from a myriad of different work and life perspectives regarding their experiences with the need for global mindset and intercultural skills in a globalizing world. Our goal is to explore these issues “in motion” as well as the value that individuals possessing a global mindset bring to an organization.


Cultural Competency:
Your Key to Global Adventure and Lifelong Career Success

Mary Beth Lamb

Senior Consultant, Lamb and Associates; adjunct faculty, Carlson School of Business, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Thursday March 19, 2015, 5:00 pm
Broyhill Auditorium, Farrell Hall (view flyer)

How can you prepare yourself today for the global marketplace of the 21st century? Develop cultural competency, of course!

Mary Beth Lamb will explore why many businesses today are investing in cultural competency as a key to their success. A former journalist and business owner, she has worked with businesses on five continents to develop effective international communication and leadership skills.

Mary Beth has built and sold two international communications consulting businesses in Europe and the United States and served as a senior consultant at two leading human performance improvement companies, ProGroup and Wilson Learning Worldwide. In 1998, Wilson Learning acquired the intercultural training company she co-founded in 1991, Transnational Strategies, Inc.

Mary Beth co-authored the critically acclaimed book Do’s and Taboos around the World for Women in Business, published by John Wiley and Sons in 1997 and reissued in China in 2004. She also contributed to Global Women Healers, published in 2010, and has been interviewed by media ranging from “The Wall Street Journal” to “National Public Radio.” She has written articles and been cited as a global competency expert for professional journals and magazines.

She pursued graduate studies in intercultural communications at the University of Oregon, and in international politics and history at the Albert Ludwig Universitaet in Germany. She designed her own undergraduate degree, and holds a Phil Beta Kappa degree in international communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For the last 15 years Lamb has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Business, where she specializes in global workforce development.