Lisa La Valle-Finan

Montclair, NJ, United States

About Lisa


Lisa describes herself as a "one-woman mission to destroy the Ugly American stereotype." She's a highly sought-after localization and globalization expert, author, and instructor with nearly 20 years of global living and cross-cultural training experience. Her clients include global assignees, international teams, trailing spouses, families in global transition and international exchange students. As the author of an upcoming book about the lives of women around the world, she has been quoted in PRI's The World and Forbes Women. She writes for the Huffington Post and New Jersey Monthly Magazine among other publications.

An idea worth spreading

Common sense is really cultural sense. We may think we understand our behavior. Many of us even believe we know what makes us tick, but I don’t’ think so. I’d like to introduce you to the little-known field of cross-cultural training; or as I like to call it, "cubicle diplomacy" through the 5 Dimensions of Culture Model. It’s a scientific way to understand, culturally, what makes the other guy tick. It also reveals how we see things; often, not as they are, but as we are. These hidden attitudes and assumptions lay deep beneath the cultural iceberg and influence how we behave when faced with a problem; our decision making process; and, how we relate to others. In an ever shrinking, globalized world, understanding what makes us tick and how we are perceived by others and enables us to develop strategies for encountering change, unfamiliarity and ambiguity.

I'm passionate about

why people do what they do based on where they live

Talk to me about

organizational shift, expatriation, cross-cultural training, globalization, crossing cultures with confidence, international teams, globalized workforce, international assignees,

People don't know I'm good at

decorating, gardening, cooking

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