Mary Beth Lamb

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Mary Beth Lamb has helped business people in more than 20 industries on five continents achieve peak performance and maximize return on worldwide business investment by developing cultural competency.

She consults, facilitates, speaks and teaches worldwide on global leadership, global competency development, cross-cultural sales and service effectiveness, virtual teamwork, global diversity, and knowledge management across cultures.

Mary Beth also 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.

Before that, Lamb spent more than seven years working throughout Europe and North Africa for European, U.S., Canadian, and Australian global communications companies as a foreign correspondent and communications strategist.

Mary Beth co-authored the critically acclaimed book Do’s and Taboos around the World for Women in Business, published by John Wiley & 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 global competency expert for professional journals and magazines; most recently she was featured in the business journal “IQ”.

Lamb pursued graduate studies in intercultural communications in the the University of Oregon and in international politics and history in Germany at the Albert-Ludwig Universitaet. She designed her own undergraduate degree, and holds a Phi Beta Kappa degree in international communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was the recipient of eight academic scholarships. She also holds certificates in global leadership, globalization strategy, global executive coaching, multicultural management, cultural competency assessment, and cross-cultural conflict resolution.

For the last 14 years Lamb has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Business, where she specializes in global workforce development.

This is her sixth year as adjunct faculty at St. Catherine University, the nation’s largest women’s Catholic university, where she lectures on global leadership, virtual teaming, and multicultural sales strategy.

This fall Mary Beth will also begin teaching at Wake Forest University in the Master’s in Business Administration and Master’s in Leadership programs.

In 2009 Lamb was also chosen as a Minnesota Woman of Influence because of her passion, values, and commitment to making a positive difference in Minnesota, the U.S., and the global community.

She is a frequent lecturer at global intercultural communications professional organizations including The Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research (SIETAR) and the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication SIIC). Mary Beth volunteers at several multicultural community organizations in Minneapolis, where she lives.

While working worldwide, Lamb learned German, Spanish and Portuguese.