Since 2001, RW3 CultureWizard has helped hundreds of companies around the world develop the cultural competency and global mindset needed to drive business results.

Created by renowned intercultural business experts Michael S. Schell and Charlene Marmer Solomon, CultureWizard draws from their decades of international HR experiences, their industry-leading cultural learning models, as well as their books Managing Across Cultures: The Seven Keys to Doing Business with a Global Mindset and Capitalizing on the Global Workforce.

RW3 CultureWizard has a worldwide network of researchers, writers, and cultural experts, as well as offices in New York, Los Angeles, and London.

MEET OUR TEAM

Michael S. Schell

CEO

Michael S. Schell is CEO of RW3 CultureWizard, the intercultural training organization that provides online cultural e-Learning tools, instructor-led training and blended learning for global organizations. and conducts culturally based management training programs. He is creator of the Windham Intercultural Model and co-creator of the ICAM© Model and is  known for being a widely sought-after speaker.

Co-author (with Charlene Solomon) of Managing across Cultures: the Seven Keys to Doing Business with a Global Mindset (McGraw-Hill, 2009), he was also CEO of Windham International, a global intercultural relocation consulting and management firm, which was founded in 1991 and acquired in June, 1999 by GMAC. Prior to that, he was president and founding partner of Moran, Stahl, & Boyer (MS&B), a business location and global relocation consulting company. That firm was sold to Merrill Lynch Corporation in 1988.

Mike also co-authored Capitalizing on the Global Workforce: A Strategic Guide to Expatriate Management (McGraw-Hill, 1997), has written extensively on the subject of intercultural understanding, global management and international relocation, and has designed and conducted intercultural training programs around the world for expatriates, global managers and intercultural teams. His Windham International Cultural Model, has become a standard for teaching and understanding cultures.

Distinguished as a speaker, lecturer and pioneer in the field, he has twice received the Meritorious Service Award of the Employee Relocation Council (ERC). He is on the Board of Advisors for the International HR Journal.

Mike is a member of ASTD, the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC), ERC, Society of International Education (SIETAR) and several other organizations.

Charlene M. Solomon

President

Charlene Marmer Solomon is President and co-founder of RW3 CultureWizard, an intercultural training organization that provides online cultural e-Learning tools, instructor-led training and blended learning for global organizations. She was co-founder of ExpatSpouse.com, an online community and was a communications consultant assisting organizations with their global programs.

Currently she is very involved with new e-Learning technologies and ways to communicate virtually. Charlene has been a lecturer at UCLA and has years of experience as an instructional designer in instructor-led, virtual and online learning programs.

An award-winning author who has written eight books, including Managing Across Cultures: The Seven Keys to Doing Business with a Global Mindset (McGraw-Hill, 2009 co-authored with Michael Schell), she was an editor at both business and consumer magazines and has written hundreds of magazine and journal articles, specializing in human resources, diversity issues and global business.

Her magazine credits include: Workforce Magazine, Global Workforce Magazine, LIFE Magazine, Working Mother, The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Human Resources Magazine, as well as many trade and business publications, including the International Journal of Human Resources. She wrote the monthly “America” column for UK-based Human Resources magazine.

In addition to her work at UCLA, she worked with The Conference Board (on the aging workforce) and with Catalyst (a women’s think tank) on women in global business. She is a frequent speaker on global business, human resources, work-and-family issues, at such conferences as SHRM, Mercer, National Foreign Trade Council, Deloitte, and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She was a commentator for Marketplace on American Public Radio, has been featured on radio and television news and feature programs and was the chairperson for the Southern California Committee for the humanitarian organization, CARE.

She lived and worked in Japan for two years during which time she studied Japanese language and culture, and also developed curriculum for Japanese adults.

Joshua Sturtevant

Vice President,
Chief Technology Officer

As Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for RW3, Joshua Sturtevant is responsible for the product strategy and implementation of CultureWizard sites and services. Joshua has a Masters degree in interactive technology from New York University and an accomplished background in user experience, web design and development. Since joining RW3 in 2006, he has created over 200 training sites and dozens of engaging interactive e-learning applications for over 250,000 users.

Annette Messler

Chief Financial Officer

Annette Messler brings over 25 years’ experience in accounting and human resources to her position as Chief Financial Officer for RW3. Her previous positions at Windham International and ECA International provided her with the opportunity to work in a global arena, as did her most recent position as VP of Operations and CFO for an expatriate and international payroll firm.

Sean Dubberke

Director of Learning

As Director of Learning, Sean leads a global network of intercultural trainers, facilitators and consultants to design and deliver blended learning experiences to clients worldwide. He travels regularly to deliver learning in collaboration with RW3’s network of training professionals.

Having partnered with clients in numerous industries, Sean’s broad experience spans global leadership development, global & virtual team-building, international assignment support, group facilitation, intercultural assessment, train-the-trainer programs and learning needs analysis.

Sean holds a MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics and a MA in Global History from the University of Leipzig, Germany. He speaks Spanish fluently and has studied Arabic, German, French and Japanese. Sean has traveled to 40+ countries and has lived and worked abroad for 3 years in Germany, Spain and the UK.

Amanda Ward

Director of Global Client Service

Amanda Ward is the Director of Global Client Service RW3 CultureWizard. In addition to heading up the client service function, she plays a critical role in every client- related activity, from launching client websites and programs to assuring ongoing user engagement.

Amanda has a world of experience in client services. She’s a UK native whose worked and lived in Russia, Singapore, and now the US. Over her 20-year career, Amanda’s worked for PWC, GMAC, and Paragon Relocation. Her experience includes roles in Consulting Services, Business Development, and Global Mobility Operations.

Amanda holds the ERC GMS designation and is a chartered member of the UK’s Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD).

Valerie Greenly

Director of Global Client Development

Valerie Greenly is Director of Global Client Development. She brings 10 years of international relocation experience to her responsibilities of expanding RW³’s customer base and managing client engagements. Prior to joining RW³, Valerie was head of GMAC’s Asia-Pacific office in Singapore, where she discovered the joys of living and working in Asia. This assignment was a fitting culmination of her work at Windham International, where she helped develop expatriate service programs and the global vendor network.

Valerie received her MBA in Marketing from New York University and her BA in History from Washington College. She also studied at Warwick University in Coventry, England.

Paul Bailey

General Manager,
Europe
Paul Bailey is RW3′s General Manager for Europe. He has experience assisting companies in managing their international relocation programs for over 15 years. Initially, Paul managed ECA International’s European Client Services team based in London, moving on to assume overall responsibility for all Business Development activities. He then relocated to New York for five years, as VP for ECA Windham, in charge of all Business Development and Account Management functions. Now repatriated in London, he is responsible for managing relationships with our existing European clients and establishing further business within the region.

Jorge Vargas

Director of Global Client Development

Born in Peru but living in New York since he was a young child, Jorge brings a global perspective to RW3. Jorge, who has a strong background in Human Resources at multiple tech startups, is using those skills to expand RW3's success.

Jorge has an MBA from St. John's University and a BA from NYU, and he is fluent in Spanish, as well. He's also traveled throughout Europe and lived in Spain for several months.

Milton Ives

Associate Director

Milton Ives is an Associate Director at RW3. Prior to joining RW3, he was the Global Mobility Director of Mars Inc, where for six years, he drove a significant transformation of their mobility function to achieve alignment with the business and talent strategies. He has lived and worked in the Middle East and Asia and holds a Masters degree in HR Management, a Business Studies degree and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (MCIPD). Milton Ives has extensive experience in global mobility, talent management and general HR, both as a practitioner and consultant.

In 2013, he received the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Global Mobility’ Lifetime Achievement award at the EMMA’s.

Kenneth Walsh

Client Services Manager for the UK

Based in London, Kenneth Walsh is the Client Services Manager for the UK. Kenneth provides ongoing client support ensuring full utilisation of the CultureWizard online cultural training resource. Having worked and studied in Ireland, Germany and Australia, Kenneth is no stranger to the intercultural challenges associated with working in different countries and with culturally diverse colleagues. A fluent German speaker, Kenneth joined RW3 CultureWizard with extensive experience in Global Relocation and Real Estate. Kenneth holds the ERC GMS designation and a Bachelor of Business Studies from Dublin City University.

Mark White

Client Development Specialist
As Client Service and Marketing Specialist, Mark is passionate about helping clients realise their goals. 
Well-travelled to diverse cultures, Mark is now based in the UK, having lived and worked in the US.
 
His background spans eclectic industries - predominantly artist management and television production. Mark was the originator of the highest viewing documentary ever to air on Channel 4 (just don’t ask him what the subject was!) and his team were nominated for several industry awards.
 
Mark has also worked in psychological healthcare as a counsellor in a variety of settings - including a small, diverse secondary school in London where 186 different languages were spoken by students. 
 
Mark’s role at CutlureWizard brings together his interests in innovative communication and facilitating success for individuals and organisations. He’s pleased to be able to apply these skills in a world where cultural dialogue is as crucial as ever.

Devin-Jean McCormack

Manager of Learning

As Manager of Learning, Devin is building on her passion for accurate exposure of cross-culture communications at a corporate level using a multitude of resources.  Devin is focused on research and development of the most functional training materials and methods that utilize all learning styles and techniques. Devin holds her BA in Communications with a minor in Global Tourism and a MA in Intercultural Service Leadership and Management. In addition to her experience in the business setting, personal and educational travel has become a passion of hers. Devin lived and studied abroad in Ireland and Cyprus for 2 years during her bachelors degree and traveled to 19 countries.

Damien Pryor

Training and Engagement Manager

As the Training and Engagement Manager, Damien Pryor is responsible for maintaining and monitoring RW3 Culture Wizard’s audience engagement activities and coordinates our intercultural training programs. In both activities, his focus is to assure that RW3 clients get maximum value and benefit out of the various programs they engage in. Damien has a fascinating background. He was a major in Cultural Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis and added to his already strong interest in culture by spending almost two years backpacking around the world.

Liliana Vanegas

Marketing Manager

A Colombian-New Yorker, Liliana brings to RW3 a background in marketing and creative content generation, working with leading global brands such as Porsche, Kingston Technology, and Kimberly Clark. She has an extensive background in project and account management. Liliana holds a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies from Boston University, is fluent in Spanish, has studied French extensively, and has lived and worked in Miami and New York City. 

Matt Daniels

Senior E-Learning Software Engineer

Matt Daniels is RW3′s Site Development Manager. With more than a decade of experience creating web applications from code to UI, he works behind the scenes with the CTO and the rest of the team to ensure that RW3′s learning tools continue to be reliable and innovative.

Ed Lam

E-Learning Software Engineer
At RW3, Ed Lam is responsible for front line support of CultureWizard sites and services. Ed has a Masters Degree in Artificial Intelligence from NYU/Polytech and is an accomplished Software Engineer/Project Manager with extensive experience in Fortune 500 companies, managing applications and overseas teams.

Steven Frieson

E-Learning Developer
Steven Frieson is a developer with a non-standard background.  He is first a musician, playing five instruments including the piano since the age of four.  Music has been the main reason for travel in Steven's life. He has traveled across Europe singing in a choir while in high school and traveled to Beijing with the New York University Jazz Choir.  Also while at NYU, Steven studied abroad in Florence, where he studied painting, fashion, and Italian language.
 
Being the E-Learning Software Developer is a perfect mix of Steven's interest in world cultures, visual art, and coding as he strives to make the experience effortless for all of CultureWizard's users.

Adam Schell

Senior Writer & Culture Coach

Adam Schell, senior writer & Culture Coach, is a published novelist (Tomato Rhapsody, Random House), screenwriter, intrepid world traveler and passionate interculturalist. Adam’s first work stint abroad, many, many years ago, involved grapes, olives and a wonderful season working on a farm in the countryside of Tuscany. Shortly thereafter, his love of coffee lead him to Antigua, Guatemala and a magical season picking beans on a majestic, volcanic hillside. He’s been hooked ever since on everything travel and culture related.

Carrie Shearer

Director of Content Development

As RW3′s Director of Content Development, Carrie Shearer is responsible for overseeing the team who maintains and updates the Country Profiles and cultural material. With 20 years’ experience in global HR as a manager as well as an expatriate and accompanying spouse, both in corporate headquarters and abroad, she has lived and worked in 7 countries. Carrie is also a writer, researcher, book author and acknowledged expert, especially in the areas of global compensation and expatriate concerns.

Paula Caligiuri, PhD

Research Advisor and Content Contributor

Paula Caligiuri, Ph.D, is the D’Amore-McKim Distinguished Professor of International Business & Strategy at Northeastern University. Paula researches, publishes, and consults in three primary areas: strategic human resource management in multinational organizations, global leadership development, and global assignee management.

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