About: Joerg Schmitz

Joerg Schmitz
Senior Consultant

Jörg is a Managing Partner at ThomasLeland LLC. As advisor, coach and practicing anthropologist, he has worked with Fortune 500 clients worldwide for over two decades. He helps his clients address cultural risk factors at multiple levels in order to achieve critical transformation and performance objectives. He applies anthropological perspectives and methodologies to deliver added value – from C-suite to the frontline.

He is a recognized thought- and practice leader in the areas of globalization, culture change, global diversity, intercultural competence, and Inclusive Leadership. He led the development of the Cultural Orientations Indicator™ and the Cultural Navigator® and implemented groundbreaking approaches to the development of global-, cultural-, and inclusive leadership competence for organizations worldwide. His clients include: IBM, Volvo Group, Pepsico, Proctor & Gamble, American Express, Mercedes Benz, Young & Rubicam, Oliver Wyman, Bombardier, Japan Travel Bureau, 1 Worldsync, EY and others. He led global client initiatives in the areas of international joint ventures, outsourcing, acquisition integration, and cultural optimization, the development of inclusive leaders, as well as the implementation of innovative leadership development strategies.

Jörg continues to advise clients and lead engagements that address specific cultural challenges to achieve desired performance results. He is particularly focused on change-, interaction-, and experience design and the development of global and inclusive leaders. In addition to his role at ThomasLeland, he serves as adjunct faculty at the Graduate Center of the University of Bremen, the Thunderbird Executive Education Educators' Network, and as program director for the Corporate D&I Conference at The Conference Board.

He is co-author of Doing Business Internationally (2002), author of Transcendent Teams (2000), The Cultural Orientations Guide (5th edition, 2007), the Guide for Inclusive Leaders (2007), contributor to the Cross-cultural Management Textbook (2012), and authored several white papers. In addition, he led the development of the Cultural Orientations Indicator

Jörg received undergraduate degrees in psychology, philosophy and anthropology and a Master’s degree in cultural anthropology from the University of South Carolina. He specialized in bio-cultural anthropology and communication analysis, studying with leaders in those fields.


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