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About Us

brianBrian Szepkouski is president of Szepko International Inc., a consulting firm whose mission is developing individual and organizational effectiveness. He provides expertise in cross-cultural communications, international executive development, and strategic planning for global business expansion. In addition to training and consulting, he is a certified executive and life coach focusing on long-term excellence in global leadership. He has a M.A. in Human Resource Development and has worked as a PR executive for both Japanese and American corporations, including Tiffany & Company. Brian lived in Japan six years, studying at both Waseda University and Tokyo University Graduate School as a Rotary Ambassadorial scholar, and teaching English at a private high school in northern Japan.


sueMs. Sue Shinomiya (formerly Kallenbach), is a business consultant, corporate trainer, coach, webinar leader and entrepreneur specializing in global business effectiveness for international corporations, transferees and global virtual teams. Sue holds an MBA from San Francisco State University, including a scholarship at the Institute of International Studies and Trade in Japan. Her nearly 25 years in the intercultural field have included nine years working and living in Japan, and nearly six years managing an on-site program at Intel, Japan. HP, Intel, The Gap, Nike, Tektronix and Starbucks number among her many clients. Sue is a Board Member of SIETAR USA, an intercultural professional association, and is a certified Global Diversity Workforce Practioner.