Laura Kriska also speaks regularly to global educational and professional groups focusing on cultural diversity.
Banking, Trading and Financial Services
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.
Canyon Capital Advisors
Itochu International Incorporated
Marubeni America Corporation
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America
Mitsubishi International Corporation
Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.)
Sojitz Corporation of America
Sumitomo Corporation of America
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Auto Manufacturers & Parts
Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare
AGC Chemicals America
Daikin America, Inc.
Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma America
Kuraray America, Inc.
Mitsui Chemicals America, Inc.
Ezose Sciences, Inc.
Sumitomo Chemical America, Inc.
Oil & Gas
More About Laura
Born in Tokyo, Japan to missionary parents, Laura Kriska spoke her first words in Japanese and took her first steps on tatami floor. When she was two years old, her family returned to their home in Columbus, Ohio, but her interest in Japan continued to grow. While earning her B.A. in Japanese Studies at Denison University, Kriska spent her junior year abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo and devoted most of her time to practicing judo. A week after giving the commencement speech to her graduating class, she was welding parts on the automobile assembly line of the Honda factory in Marysville, Ohio, as part of her training to work overseas. Two months later, she was in Japan —the first American woman to work in Honda Motor Company’s Tokyo headquarters.
During her five-year career at Honda, Ms. Kriska worked as an assistant to a Senior Managing Director, became part of the International Training Department of the Sayama Factory, located in rural Japan, and later supported dozens of Japanese supplier companies in the U.S. marketplace. Her firsthand experiences gave her rare access to the inner workings of the Japanese workplace and corporate culture.
Today, Laura Kriska is a leading Cross-Cultural Consultant specializing in communication and teamwork with culturally diverse organizations. For 25 years, she has worked with thousands of professionals in industries including manufacturing, finance, energy, biotech, electronics, entertainment and auto racing. Fluent in Japanese, she regularly conducts bilingual customized training sessions for clients all over the world.
Based on her extensive experience with the US-Japan relationship, Ms. Kriska has developed a global framework for understanding cultural differences and has expanded her training to apply to any multicultural group. Her success working in Asia, Latin America and throughout North America demonstrates the effectiveness of this framework in any cross-cultural setting.
The goal of her work is to teach global professionals how to achieve clear communication, strong professional relationships and effective teamwork through a simple yet game-changing system developed through her years of experience. Ms. Kriska believes that as the global marketplace continues to grow increasingly diverse, the ability to interact effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds is a key factor for success in the 21st century.
Ms. Kriska writes regularly on current issues between America and Japan and is a frequent guest speaker to educational and professional groups, including New York’s Japan Society, Japan External Trade Organization, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York and The Ohio State University.
She holds a B.A. in Japanese Studies from Denison University, completed the International Studies program at Waseda University in Tokyo and earned an M.F.A. in Writing from Columbia University in New York. She also earned a brown belt in judo from the Kodokan Institute in Tokyo.
Her clients represent many of Japan’s Fortune 500 companies including Mitsubishi International Corporation, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Company, Sumitomo Corporation of America, Marubeni America Corporation, and others.