Q: STC is a global organization. List the languages you speak, the countries you have worked in and your favorite travel destinations. (If you own a current passport, please state so.) Also, what experiences do you have in projects with culturally-diverse teams?
I have a little familiarity with Spanish through education.
I have not worked outside of the United States. I have a current passport.
I am familiar with cultural diversity. I worked for a company with a major Japanese client. I clarified and edited the translated English text in hardware and software manuals that were translated by non-native English speakers. I learned about the Japanese “levels of politeness” that required the translators to avoid active voice and use passive voice. As part of my Master’s coursework at Drexel University, I developed a guide to explain the language implications from these cultural issues.
I speak German, Modern Greek, and some Spanish. I hold a US passport, and have lived in Austria, Spain, and Greece. I have presented internationally and have visited many countries. Some of my favorite destinations include Canada, Mexico, England, France, Spain, The Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Austria, and Germany.
In my current position, I work on a culturally diverse team in Canada, US, and India. Previously, I worked onsite in Germany and Spain, and earned a corporate award for leading an international effort to produce proposals in English and German that won a $30 million contract with the German telephone company.