Mary Beth Lamb

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Athena Group International

Speaker, Facilitator, Author, University Faculty Member

Global Leadership, Virtual Team Acumen, Cultural Comptency, and International Communication Skills

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, virtual team acumen, and effective global communication skills.

She consults, speaks, and facilitates worldwide on building peak performing global leaders and virtual teams, cross-border organizational effectiveness, global mergers and acquisitions, worldwide knowledge transfer, and international presentation skills.

Ms. Lamb has lived, worked and studied on five continents where she learned German, Spanish, and Portuguese. She built and sold two consulting businesses in Europe and the United States, and spent almost eight years working across Europe and North Africa for global television networks and communications companies.

Lamb pursued graduate studies in the U.S. and Germany, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin –Madison with a self-designed, cross-disciplinary degree in international communications.



Lamb is a professor of practice at three U.S. graduate schools. Since 1999 Lamb has taught at the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Business.  She has also been an adjunct faculty member in the graduate school of St. Catherine University since 2006. In 2013, Lamb began teaching at Wake Forest University’s Business School and in the Master’s in Leadership program.

In 2009 Lamb was chosen as a Minnesota Women of Influence, because of her commitment to making a difference in the global community.  She co-authored an acclaimed business book, “Do’s and Taboos Around the World for Women in Business” (John Wiley & Sons), 1998; it was reissued in China in 2008. She also contributed to “Women as Global Healers” (2010) and frequently writes and is interviewed for national media about building successful global organizations, leaders, and teams.

Lamb is a member/speaker for the Society for Intercultural Training and Research (SIETAR) and the Intercultural Communications Institute (ICI). She volunteers for several Twin Cities-based multicultural, non-profit organizations.


Area of Expertise:

  • Cultural Competency
  • Global Leadership
  • Global Communication Skills
  • High-Performing Virtual Teams
  • Global Diversity and Inclusion
  • Muticultural Sales Effectiveness
  • Knowledge Transfer Across Cultures
  • Cross-cultural Mergers and Acquisitions


Partial List of Clients:

Airlines (U.S. Air, American, Delta, Korean Airlines)

Chemicals (BASF, Ecolab, Henkel, Lubrizol, Wacker Chemical)

Financial (American Express, American Family Insurance, Ameriprise Financial,   Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Moneygram, XL Insurance, Zurich Insurance)

High Tech (Avnet, Cree, Genentech, Hewlett Packard, Intel, Microsoft, Thermo-Fischer Scientific, Waters)

Medical Devices (Becton Dickinson, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, St. Jude Medical, Zeiss)

Professional Services (Accenture, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Thomson-Reuters, multiple global law and design firms)

Transportation (Boeing, Goodrich,  Harley Davidson, Ingersoll Rand, Thales

Automotive (Chrysler, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Fiat, Toyota)

Consumer Products (Cargill, Colgate-Palmolive, Disney, General Mills, Grainger, Kimberly-Clark, Lands End, Polaris, Sears, Steelcase)

Healthcare (Aetna, Medica, United Health Group)

Industrial Products (Caterpillar, Donaldsons, General Electric, International Paper, nVent, Pentair, Rexam, Sany, Sumitomo, 3M)

Pharmaceuticals (Aventis, Baxter, MGI Pharma, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche)

Telecom (AT&T, Alcatel-Lucent, British Telecom, Siemens, Xerox)