Since 2001, RW3 CultureWizard has helped hundreds of companies and over 5 million employees around the world develop the inclusive collaborative environments that organizations need to drive outstanding business results.

The CultureWizard Platform is replete with award winning self-directed learning courses, information assets, outstanding learning models and assessment tools that personalize learning.

In addition to the website, RW3 provides its clients with tailored instructor-led training programs and coaching, as well as Advisory Services that utilize the anonymized data collected on our Global Inclusion Assessment and Culture Calculator to help organizations tailor programs specific to the organization's identified needs.

RW3 CultureWizard has a worldwide network of researchers, writers, global inclusion 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 of Business Strategy

As Vice President  of Business Strategy 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.

Sean Dubberke

Principal & Vice President of Learning

Sean Dubberke is Principal & Director of Learning at RW3, based in New York City. As a member of RW3’s executive team, he leads strategy and content development for the company. As Director of Learning, he leads the CultureWizard LIVE blended learning practice and a global network of facilitators, consultants and speakers with whom his team partners to design and deliver learning worldwide. Throughout his career, he has served as a speaker, subject matter expert and facilitator of learning for groups and individuals.

Sean’s experience spans global mindset development, global & virtual team-building, global diversity & inclusion initiatives, global leadership development, country-specific consulting, international assignment support, intercultural assessment, train-the-trainer certification, learning needs analysis and blended learning solutions.

Sean specializes in collaborative, interactive learning that engages participants to take new perspectives and develop cultural agility. Leveraging his expertise in the CultureWizard Intercultural Model©, Sean’s approach is practical, enlightening and passionate. His sensitivity to diverse learning styles allows him to tailor his style to support client objectives in the most effective way. Sean has also spoken at conferences in North America and across Asia including Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Taipei in addition to hundreds of internal corporate learning events in Asia, Europe, Latin America & North America.


Sean holds a MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics, a MA in Global Studies from the University of Leipzig, Germany and a BA in Global Studies with a focus on Socioeconomics and Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He speaks Spanish fluently and has studied Arabic, German, French and Japanese. Sean has traveled to over 60 countries and has lived and worked abroad for 3 years in Germany, Spain and the UK.   
 

Jorge Vargas

VP of Global Client Strategy and Growth

Jorge Vargas was born in Callao, Peru, and lived there until moving to New York City at the age of seven. Growing up between two cultures taught Jorge the value of perspective-taking and empathy, two skills that he takes with him into any business interaction. Jorge graduated from NYU in 2008, with a BA in Politics, while also launching and operating a non-profit. Jorge used that experience to bypass the typical two-year waiting period before attending business school and attaining an MBA from St. John’s University, which he received in 2010.

Jorge’s career after attaining his MBA began in journalism, though after a few years, he moved into the tech startup space, formally in the role of Operations Manager, where he oversaw HR and financial planning functions. In later companies, Jorge eventually moved on to B2B sales and client service.

Since August 2016, Jorge has been with RW3, where he has worked his way up from being an individual sales contributor (hitting his personal sales goals annually) to serving as RW3’s VP of Global Client Strategy and Growth. Jorge has slowly built up and coached a diverse team of salespeople who made a significant impact in leading RW3 to its best financial performance year (2021) and is on track to repeating that feat in 2022. Starting in June 2022, Jorge also began a project to merge RW3’s sales and client services teams in order to make the company’s two largest revenue engines more efficient.

In addition to his passion for sales and business development, Jorge has learned how to conduct virtual and in-person workshops on topics like “Mastering a Global Mindset,” “Creating an Inclusive Workplace,” “Working Effectively across Cultures,” “Becoming an Inclusive Leader,” and “Selling across Cultures.” Jorge also has been heavily involved in spear-heading the company’s content and email marketing strategy since 2019.

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.

Valerie Greenly

Director of Global Client Service

Valerie Greenly is Director of Global Client Service. She brings 10 years of international relocation experience to her responsibilities of expanding 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.

Mark White

Director Of Global Client Service
As Client Service 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 was nominated for several industry awards.
 
Mark has also worked in psychological healthcare as a counselor 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 CultureWizard 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.

Leah Kaiser

Client Service Manager

Leah Kaiser is a Client Service Manager and brings a passion for learning and problem-solving to her work. Prior to joining RW-3 Leah worked in Global Mobility, serving both as an Intercultural Specialist as well as a Mobility Consultant for expatriates across the globe. She also published an article on the ways that mobility services have transformed to meet the needs and expectations of Gen Z expats. As a US native she has travelled extensively, including extended language immersion programs in both Spain and Costa Rica. Leah earned an AS in Business Administration from Schenectady County Community College, a BA in International Relations from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and an MA in Intercultural Communications from Birkbeck College in London, England. 

Robin Kondrup

Client Success Coordinator

Robin Kondrup is RW3’s Client Success Coordinator. Here, she focuses on bringing our clients the best experience possible and facilitating productive relationships for all. Robin has previous experience working across the investment banking, real estate development, and educational nonprofit sectors in a variety of client service and project management capacities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University in Social Anthropology with a secondary focus in English Literature. 

A native of south Texas, Robin enjoys exploring New York City in her free time, and especially loves dogs, music, and visiting her family back home. She has traveled to countries in Europe and Central America and plans to visit many more.



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.

Alex Weiss

Manager of Global Business Development

Alex Weiss is RW3’s Manager of Global Business Development. Being raised in New York with immigrant parents, Alex understands the necessity of being culturally aware in today's diverse and rapidly changing world. His previous careers have included Tech startups, real estate firms, and the hospitality industry. Fluent in Hebrew and having traveled the world, Alex enjoys immersing himself in the local cultures and exploring new cities.

Chris Weber

Sales Development Lead

Chris is a Sales Development Lead for RW-3. He graduated from The Catholic University of America in 2020. Chris has spent months living in Rome, Italy and traveling throughout Europe. Before coming to RW-3, he was an On-Premise Sales Representative for Union Beer Distributors. Chris enjoys traveling, watching sports, and going to concerts with friends.

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. 

Alana Pena

Marketing & Sales Representative
As a Sales & Marketing Representative, Alana works to create valuable content to close deals and benefit clients. She’s is a recent graduate from SUNY New Paltz with a B.S in Marketing and International Business and has experience working with companies in the travel and non-profit industries. During her time outside the office, Alana likes to read, take hikes, and explore new parts of the Big Apple.

Damien Pryor

Director, Int'l Assignees / Content and Game Developer

As the Director, Int'l Assignees / Content and Game Developer, 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.

Faryn Sand

Content Manager

Faryn is the Content Manager at RW3, and brings to her role nearly two decades of experience in professional writing, cultural studies and communications, psychology, and education. She is passionate about helping deliver inclusion-based initiatives through courses, trainings, personal coaching, and the written word.

Faryn holds a bachelors degree in English and Cultural Studies from McGill University, and a masters degree in Clinical Psychology and Counseling from Columbia University Teachers College, with a focus in psychology and education. She has engaged in intensive research and training in social-emotional education, inclusive learning environments, and the neuroscientific and psychosocial foundations of leadership development. In her free time, Faryn writes poetry and plays music, goes on a lot of nature walks, and supports others to create inclusive, impactful environments.

Mallory Matney

Operations Associate

Mallory Matney is RW3’s Operations Associate, where she supports the Director of Learning with CultureWizard LIVE’s blended learning of online courses and instructor-led trainings.

She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in Literary Journalism, and studied abroad in London.  Mallory has a background in Marketing and corporate Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, including facilitation of unconscious bias training and conversations on race. Due to her Euro-Chinese background, Mallory speaks French, Cantonese, and is learning Japanese in her spare time.

Eric Bernardez

Operations Associate
Eric Bernardez is the Operations Associate for RW3 providing support to the Director of Learning and their team with the CultureWizard LIVE’s blended learning of online courses and instructor-led training. 
 
Eric was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Information Science and Technology. Eric comes from a non-profit background as an Executive Assistant. During the pandemic, he successfully trained "technically challenged" staff members to convert from an office setting to a digital setting . He is a first generation American with parents coming from Honduras. He is of Garifuna heritage, a mixed group of African and Indiginous people settled along the east coast of Central America. He can speak English, Spanish and is familiar with the Garifuna language. 

Ed Lam

Director of Technology
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.

Janet Ki

Technical Project Manager
Janet Ki is RW3's Technical Project Manager. She graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Information Technology, and she has five years of experience in developing financial applications and leading technical projects for Fortune 500 companies. 
 
She loves to travel the world and experience different cultures, which is what drew her to RW3. She especially loves to volunteer abroad and partner with global non profit organizations to empower both women and children.

Ama Freeman

Full Stack Developer
Ama is a software developer on RW3's Technical Team. She graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor's in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2018. Before coming to RW3, she was working in the billing and payments technology industry.
 
Ama loves to travel and meet people around the world. Along with enjoying programming languages, she loves learning spoken languages as well. Right now she is studying Japanese and German. Her other hobbies include drinking good coffee, playing video games, and working on art.

Nathalie Halcrow

D&I Content Strategist

Nathalie Halcrow is a Fulbright scholar with a passion for bringing socially conscious and equitable
policies and programs to global workplaces. She has a BA with Honors from the University of Iowa
in anglo- and francophone literary and cultural studies, with special skills in techniques of
translation. She earned a Master's with High Distinction in International Development from York
University, with a Graduate Diploma in Latin American & Caribbean Research. Her academic
background has primarily focused on social inequity in post-colonial societies, contemporary
imperialism, and transnational Black literature and politics.
Nathalie has worked in social justice education and corporate Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the
last 6 years. This involves scaffolding e-learning resources and online courses for global audiences,
developing equity informed marketing and professional training strategies and programs, as well as
carrying out comprehensive policy review and advisory services with corporate and non-profit
clients.
As part of her dedication to ongoing learning, Nathalie continues her own self-education through
professional trainings related to equity-informed education, content creation, and policy review. She
attends coursework on data migration and anti-racism practices, and she holds certificates in Gender
Based Analytics and Personal Wellness & Learning Skills.

Sathvika Ashok

Consultant Data Analyst

 Sathvika graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Mathematics in 2016 and taught mathematics, mostly calculus and statistics, for six years. During that time, she committed herself to understanding the history and social systems behind why those across the US have an unequal access to a quality education, as well as what lessons can be learned from international education systems. This was the focus of her master’s program in Educational Studies at Johns Hopkins University, from which she graduated in 2021. She is passionate about using her mathematical skills and knowledge about education to bridge communities together and empower all learners.

 

In her free time, Sathvika loves to travel and learn new languages. When at home, she enjoys pampering her dog and cat, playing video games and reading.

Elizabeth Loyola

Content Consultant

Dr. Elizabeth Loyola is a clinical child psychologist and assistant professor at the UC Davis Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She obtained her doctorate in psychology from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium and her clinical and research interests focus on anxiety, neurodevelopmental disabilities, parent coaching and psychological assessment. She also has an interest in teaching, supervision, and training future psychologists and psychiatrists. Dr. Loyola has participated in and co-led workgroups and trainings on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, particularly relating to women in academic psychiatry and psychology. 

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