Meet Our Team

The LCW team embodies cultural diversity across innumerable dimensions. With this, and our collective experience in over 70 countries, we are able to proudly and successfully connect with clients in the languages, locations, and cultures of their global workforce.

We understand, personally and professionally, what it takes to connect, succeed, and build relationships across diverse cultures.

  • Chuck Adams

    Managing Principal

    Chuck is an accomplished and adaptive leader with over 20 years of proven experience leading transformation in organizations, ecosystems, and teams. He brings to LCW broad global leadership experience in Culture and Inclusion, Learning and Development, Talent Acquisition, HR Operations, and Legal Compliance. He leverages strong interpersonal and communication skills to build authentic and productive relationships with clients.

    His experiences are informed by a career spent in business both as a consumer of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) services and as a practitioner of internal and external D&I interventions. He also has deep experience de-biasing talent systems and processes throughout the talent lifecycle. Chuck is known as a calm and thoughtful problem solver.

    Prior to joining LCW, Chuck successfully led global teams in Talent Development, Talent Acquisition, HR Operations, and Legal and Compliance at Aon, Hewitt Associates, and Tellabs. At Hewitt he was also responsible for designing and delivering D&I programs for external clients like McKesson, Baxter, Boston Scientific, and others. Chuck has designed and delivered programs domestically and across Canada, Germany, India, Poland, and the UK.

    Chuck has 20 years’ experience in community, education and corporate Diversity and Inclusion programs. He has a B.A. in American History and a M.S. in Instructional Technology and Communications from Western Illinois University.

  • Zoe Allerding


    Zoe’s career has been guided by the belief that people do their best work when they are engaged, included, and invested in their company’s mission and goals. With over 18 years of leadership experience in nonprofit healthcare, business support operations, and global retail, Zoe is highly skilled at making connections and developing shared priorities to promote sustained engagement and inclusion. As a D&I practitioner, Zoe has developed and facilitated hundreds of workshops, chartered and launched sponsorship programs, and led the design of multi-level D&I Curriculums.

    Prior to joining LCW, Zoe served as the Senior Manager of Diversity and Inclusion at L Brands, a Fortune 500 company, where she supported the development and execution of D&I strategies across their global retail enterprise. Before her time in retail, Zoe spent a decade in nonprofit healthcare, serving in operational and D&I roles for Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and OhioHealth.

    Zoe is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies. She is active in the community as a Girl Scout Troop Leader, and as a member of the Columbus Impact & Inclusion Advisory Board. She does pro-bono commercial voice work, and mentors current OSU students in the Buckeye Penpal Program.

    Zoe lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband, four kids, two cats, one hamster, and an overabundance of houseplants. In her free time, you might find her gardening, re-organizing her home, or reading from the stack of books near her bed that never stops growing.

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    Larry Baker


    Larry applies 20 years of adult learning experience in leadership development, performance improvement, and diversity and inclusion initiatives to design LCW programs that offer practical, performance-based impact. Often described as an engaging and motivational master level facilitator, Larry has a unique ability to take the learner on a pathway to discovery.

    A Chicago native, Larry’s career in the Fortune 500 space spans the financial services, insurance, retail, human resources, call centers, and IT sectors. His earlier career included a role at State Farm as a Performance Improvement Consultant and Development Advisor, and later as an executive team member at Target. Today, Larry encourages and inspires individuals at Eli Lilly, Boston Consulting Group, US Bank, and others to cultivate a deeper self-awareness that allows them to enhance their relationships with their colleagues and the communities they live in.

    Larry has a B.S. in Sociology from Illinois State University, which allows him the ability to examine how an individual’s social condition could potentially have a systemic impact on an organization’s inclusion objectives. He lives in Chicago with his lovely wife and his three wonderful children. Away from work, you can expect Larry to be attending one of his children’s events, spending quality time with his spouse, rooting for his Chicago based sports teams, or participating in activities sponsored within his church.

  • Briza Cardenas

    Administrative Assistant

    Briza brings over five years of administrative experience to LCW, along with 10 years of experience in the restaurant industry. Throughout her hospitality career, which gave her the opportunity to travel frequently throughout her 20s, Briza has had the privilege to meet people from all over the world. She is excited to now bring that global lens to LCW as an administrative assistant.

    A first-generation Peruvian-American, Briza was born in San Francisco and raised in Sacramento, CA. Prior to LCW she worked at College Nannies and Tutors and Rosebud Restaurants. Briza received her degree in Media Communications from DePaul University in Chicago.

    Currently residing in the Windy City once again, Briza is a new Mom and hopes to create for her daughter a world where everyone is treated equally and given the same opportunities – no matter their sex, gender or color.

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    Jeffrey Cookson

    Principal Consultant

    Jeffrey brings 25 years of experience in organizational development, intercultural
    development, and diversity and inclusion training and consulting in both the domestic and international contexts. He excels at helping individuals, organizations, and systems understand and address complex and controversial topics.

    An ethnic Magyar (Hungarian) who grew up in a bilingual, bicultural household in the US, Jeffrey previously served as a Global Diversity Inclusion Specialist at MRA-Trusight and held professional academic appointments at the University of Minnesota within Multicultural Affairs. At LCW, Jeffrey routinely uses the Thomas-Kilman Conflict Styles Assessment (TKI) and the Intercultural Conflict Styles Inventory. He is licensed to offer the We Care COLORS training system and is a certified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI).

    Jeffrey has conducted hundreds of individual and group feedback sessions for nationals in over a dozen countries in North and South America, the European Union, Asia and the Caribbean. A representative list of clients he has served throughout his career at LCW include Lockheed Martin, Wells Fargo, 3M, Cargill, Caterpillar, and Allstate.

    Since 2009 he’s served on the faculty at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota where he teaches at the graduate level in the Management Program. He earned a Master’s of Fine Arts from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and today he resides in Minneapolis. He is proud to be Theatrical Director at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Office of First Year and Orientation Programs.

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    Maria Fagrelius

    Director of Translation Services

    Maria’s ability to manage multiple large-scale language translations is a valuable asset to our Fortune 500 clients whose ever-evolving translation needs include online resources, technical themes, global compliance, corporate communications, and product localization. She’s an expert in complex quality assurance processes and assures smooth project flow between her clients and in-country reviewers, translators, desktop publishers, and other project related specialists.

    Born and raised in Spain, Maria previously worked at agricultural newspaper Europa Agraria where she was responsible for telemarketing, trade show promotions, and sales. This experience provided her the opportunity to explore Spain to generate new clientele. Prior to joining LCW, she worked for five years as a translation manager in Chicago with a significant focus on healthcare.

    Maria has a Masters Degree in Information Technology and Privacy Law with an emphasis on global compliance from John Marshall Law School in Chicago. She earned her BA in Marketing and Public Relations from the University of Zaragoza in Spain. In 2000, after years of traveling back and forth between the US and Spain, Maria permanently settled in the US and lives in Chicago with her husband and young sons.

  • Jose Guardado

    Principal Consultant

    With over 10 years’ experience in driving inclusive culture and influencing business priorities in the workplace, Jose helps individuals, teams, and organizations cultivate an environment that leverages diverse talent and ideas. He is adept at identifying solutions that embody uniqueness of perspective, evidence-based approaches, and an understanding of human interactions and relationships.

    As a committed and passionate DEI professional, his proven experiences in consulting with internal and external business partners across many levels of an organization has helped enhance a climate of engagement, trust, and empowerment. Prior to joining LCW, Jose designed and implemented D&I interventions across an array of topics, including unconscious bias, emotional intelligence and diversity, intercultural competence, and inclusive leadership.

    Jose was born and raised in Illinois, and over the past 20 years has called Oregon his home. His background includes a B.A. in Communication and an M.A. in Instructional Technology. He is a National Diversity Council Certified Diversity Professional (NDCCDP) and is a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®).

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    Keri Luo

    Design Director

    Keri brings more than 15 years of experience working across multiple design media. She leverages this experience to create visually stunning content, from presentations to training materials, for LCW.

    Born in Chengdu, China and raised by university parents, Keri saw China transform from a closed, cultural revolutionary country to an open and reformed one. She worked at a top advertising agency in China before coming to the US where she began to learn the cultural differences between the east and west. Before coming to LCW, Keri worked as a senior graphic and digital designer at the United Way of Metro Chicago and has won multiple awards throughout her professional career.

    Keri enjoys reading and writing – her poetry was selected into The Best Chinese Poetry Selection of the 21st Century. She is also the author of a published poetry book, When the Wind Blows, and a soon-to-be published photography book, 365 Lake Michigan. She earned her BA in Education at the Chengdu College of Education and her master’s degree in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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    Monica Francois Marcel


    Monica serves as Master Consultant and Chief Engagement Leader for clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to world class universities. She has helped numerous organizations across the globe achieve cultural transformations, develop cultural competence, interrupt unconscious bias, engage global talent, and better connect to the local contexts in all the locations where they operate.

    Monica brings a perspective rooted in on-the-ground experience in over 45 countries as well as 20+ years of leading communication, learning, and organizational development projects. Her passion for cross-cultural work was awakened in the late 1990s while living in Latvia as a Peace Corps Volunteer. There she served as an international development consultant for engineering and infrastructure projects with multinational teams. Earlier in her career, she was a senior program officer for the National Academies of Science and Engineering’s Transportation Research Board and a metropolitan planner with the US Department of Transportation.

    Monica supports client partners like Boston Scientific, Unilever, Uber, and Boston Consulting Group. Her expertise has appeared in numerous outlets including the Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Yahoo! India, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen and Frommer’s Budget Travel. Her professional insight is also featured in periodicals such as the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Ethics and Compliance Officers’ Association (ECOA), and the Association for Talent Development (ATD). Monica is the co-author of Cultural Detective®: Global Business Ethics volume as well as a university-level textbook chapter titled Global Communications.

  • LaQuanda Murray

    Director of Client Development

    A multifaceted and seasoned sales and client services leader, LaQuanda Murray brings to LCW extensive experience in developing and managing key business relationships. Throughout her career, she has worked across several industries including Media, Finance, and Non-profit.

    A resourceful and innovative problem solver and relationship builder, LaQuanda takes pride in her consultative approach to business development and sales and developing sustained strategic alliances. This combined with her deep commitment to service and passion for people has driven her to excel in previous sales roles at Odyssey Media, Working Mother Media, and Diversity Best Practices.

    A New Jersey native, LaQuanda attended Rutgers University and is a graduate of Thomas Edison State University. She regularly volunteers as a mentor and frequently provides service to seniors. In her spare time, LaQuanda enjoys cooking, exploring walking trails at local state reservations, and the occasional Netflix binge.

  • Sarah Nodarse

    Principal Consultant

    As a consultant and facilitator, Sarah helps leaders, teams, and organizations cultivate their potential and accelerate performance. Her approach is grounded in the belief that since organizations create culture deliberately, they have the potential to solve the world’s most pressing problems.

    On a mission to put the human back in human capital consulting, Sarah has extensive experience with Fortune 1000 organizations building and implementing talent management, leadership development, and culture change initiatives that enable the achievement of ambitious business goals in line with organizational values. As a senior consultant for Willis Towers Watson and The Zone Global, Sarah gained extensive experience in the non-profit, biotech, construction, consumer goods, defense and aerospace, energy and utilities, financial services, healthcare, high-tech, hospitality, manufacturing, and professional services industries.

    Sarah earned a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at the University of Chicago, is a Senior SHRH-Certified Professional in Human Resources, and is bilingual in English and French.

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    Rebecca Parrilla

    Principal Consultant

    As Principal Consultant at LCW, Rebecca helps organizations incorporate cultural competencies into their worldviews and inclusive behaviors into their workflows. Her role is to disrupt and reframe the way well-intentioned decisionmakers and team members talk about and approach cultural differences, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace. She helps clients not only make crucial cultural distinctions between themselves and others, but also more easily and authentically understand, energize, influence, and collaborate with people of different cultural and diversity profiles.

    Rebecca’s expertise in cultural competence benefitted from over a decade in Global Treasury Management at ABN AMRO Bank in Chicago and continued when she moved to China to pursue a full-time teaching position at Shanghai Dianji University, where she designed and delivered English classes for first- and second-year students. With this experience in hand, she has played a leading role in designing and implementing signature LCW programs such as Managing Unconscious Bias in Talent Management, Interrupting Unconscious Bias in the Workplace, Building a Culture of Inclusion, Managing Unconscious Bias in Hiring, and Navigating Cultures Inclusively. Her clients include Johnson & Johnson, Boston Consulting Group, Emerson, JetBlue, Takeda, and Unilever.

    A Puerto Rico native, Rebecca is a native English- and Spanish-speaker. She is a certified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®), a member of the Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research (SIETAR-USA), and has co-authored the Cultural Detective®: LGBT package. She holds an MBA in International Business from DePaul University in Chicago and resides in Chapel Hill, NC.

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    Dustin Puehler

    Multimedia Developer

    Dustin leverages over ten years of multimedia development experience to help develop LCW’s multimedia learning tools.

    Originally from rural Michigan, Dustin received his BA in Film/Video Production from Columbia College in Chicago, where he now resides. Before joining the LCW team, he provided Fortune 500 clients and small businesses with videography, graphic design, branding, marketing, and video production services.

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    Alsu Schondelmayer

    Staff Accountant

    Alsu brings to LCW 20+ years of experience providing accounting, financial, and tax services to organizations ranging from multi-billion dollar corporations to small businesses. Tech-savvy, team-focused, and with a passion for automating and streamlining procedures, Alsu applies her strong analytic and problem-solving skills to address the dynamic needs of LCW’s operations.

    A native of Russia, Alsu honed her ability to work in diverse and changing environments while navigating the swift economic changes that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union. Before moving to the US, she was a deputy Chief Accountant for Consolidation for a large Russian oil refining, telecommunications, and construction conglomerate. Stateside, she provided accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, and tax preparation services to small businesses on behalf of public accounting firms located in Michigan and Chicago as well as directly to her clients as a freelancer.

    Alsu received her degrees in Applied Mathematics and Financial Management from the well-known Kazan State University in Russia. In her spare time, she enjoys discovering rich American and worldwide history, browsing Chicago’s best museums, running along the lake, or losing herself among the shelves of Russian literature at her local library.

  • Felicia Scott

    Senior Consultant

    Felicia is an award-winning speaker and proven diversity and inclusion coach. Additionally, she is a skilled facilitator, program developer, and workshop designer. Recognized as a strategic motivator and mentor, she helps clients to utilize emotional intelligence and effective communication as strategic tools in navigating the uncomfortable and sometimes challenging intercultural issues that accompany an increasingly global and diverse workforce.

    In her ten-plus years of working with Fortune 500 executives, business leaders, and entrepreneurs, Felicia has developed programs comprised of both distance and in-person learning for ERGs. These award-winning programs have resulted in a 45% promotion rate for program cohorts. Participants have also experienced increased morale and retention, improved goal setting and achievement, and stronger relationships with managers and direct reports. She has worked with clients such as General Electric, the NFL, Time Inc., Unilever, Loreal and Colgate, to name a few.

    A Miami native now residing in New York, Felicia holds an M.Ed in Adult & Organizational Learning from Northeastern University, with a concentration in Distance Learning and a BA in Sociology from New York University. In her free time, Felicia enjoys family game nights, reading, traveling, watching movies, and learning new things.

    Felicia’s coaching certifications include Empowerment Coach, Coach Practitioner, EQ Coach, and Print Strategies Coach.

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    Randall Stieghorst


    Randall brings many years of personal and professional cross-cultural experience to LCW’s leadership, and more importantly, to LCW’s intercultural training and consulting services. He has designed, developed, and delivered training programs focused on LCW’s core areas (cultural competence, inclusion, and unconscious bias) for groups all over the world, spanning the corporate, non-profit, and educational environments.

    Born in the US, Randall began his cross-cultural journey as an AFS exchange student in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. A decade later, as a Peace Corps Volunteer, he was a teacher and trainer in Latvia. Since then, he has had the opportunity to live, work, and study for extended periods in both Argentina and Brazil.

    Randall has an International M.B.A. from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, is a certified IDI® coach, and is proud to speak several languages – the strongest of which are Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Latvian.

  • Tamara Thorpe

    D&I Strategist

    Tamara is a recognized thought-leader in next generation leadership with more than twenty years experience in global leadership and organizational development. She has helped inspiring non-profit organizations, renowned universities, and complex government organizations to build healthy organizations that challenge the status quo and make a difference.

    In her work as a facilitator and coach, she helps leaders and teams learn how to leverage diversity and differences to foster belonging in the workplace. Tamara’s approach to diversity and inclusion is grounded in her own experiences as woman of color and her years of education and experience in the US and abroad.

    Known for her ability to move a crowd, Tamara is also a dynamic speaker and passionate activists who has used her voice to advocate for racial justice and gender equality to create thriving communities and a fair and just society. She is equally passionate about mentoring, breaking down the barriers between generations and challenging age bias.

    Tamara was born and raised in Los Angeles, and today she calls Albuquerque, New Mexico home. She earned a Master of Arts in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia, and a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the University of California, San Diego. She is also a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI©) , an instrument that measures intercultural sensitivity.

  • Kendall Washington

    Administrative Assistant

    Born in California and raised on the west coast, Kendall moved to his family’s home of Chicago in 2014. Since then, he has dedicated his time to mentoring youth on the West Side, as well as creating and being a part of many projects in the Austin and Garfield Park communities. Kendall considers Chicago to be his second home, and he owes the people of the neighborhood for welcoming him with open arms like he was their own.

    Kendall’s overarching goal is to figure out how to bring technology to underserved communities. All these kids need is a chance to have level footing with everyone else, and he would love to be a catalyst in bringing that to them.

  • Conner Williams

    Office Manager

    Conner joined LCW in the spring of 2020 as the Office Manager. He brings his experience in sales, marketing, and program experience to the team and helps maintain the standard operations of the physical office in Chicago. His goal is to help develop standardized processes and procedures to help assist his teammates in their everyday lives.

    Conner moved to Chicago in the summer of 2017. Prior to his start at LCW, he lived and worked in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in the Student Housing Industry, working as the General Manager of an apartment community there. He attributes much of his cultural competence to being able to work with many different students from all walks of life, giving him access to different points of view, frames of mind, and values of life.

    Raised in middle-Georgia, Conner attended and received his Bachelor’s in English from Kennesaw State University. He plans to continue his professional growth in the summer of 2020 by attending a Co-Active Training Institute coaching course to become a certified professional development coach.