Richard Lewis to speak in San Francisco at the Commonwealth Club

“When Cultures Collide” – SOLD OUT!


Due to unprecedented demand to see Richard Lewis, this event has sold out! 

If you want to still see Richard, you can!  Please join us at Richard’s special new workshop, “When Cultures Collide“, on April 22, 2015, 8:30 am-12:00 noon in San Mateo, or at the BOLD event for HR professionals, “Multicultural Teams: Dream or Disaster?” on April 21. Thank you!


Mon, April 20 2015 – 12:00 Noon, Commonwealth Club, 555 Post Street, San Francisco 94102

Commonwealth Club of California





Speaker Summary

Richard D. Lewis, one of Britain’s foremost linguists; Founder Richard Lewis Communications; Founder Berlitz schools in East Asia, Portugal and Finland; personal tutor to Japanese Imperial family, author of When Cultures Collide, When Teams Collide, and Fish Can’t See Water; Knight Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland.

Cultural differences are frequently the source of misunderstandings between people, countries and businesses. The impact of cultural predispositions in perceptions of nationhood and “self” have far reaching implications for organizations working across the globe. Understanding these factors and predicting how differing cultures will interact in terms of communication, cooperation and decision-making is a source of geopolitical advantage, particularly in today’s interconnected and inflammable world.

Attend and you will:

  • Hear the fascinating experiences of internationally renowned author
  • Understand the basics of how to use 3 simple dimensions to identify
  • Learn how to apply this understanding of national culture to the on cross-cultural training and his practical thoughts and guidance features of the world’s national cultures via the Lewis Model political dynamics of nations and the implications for foreign policy, diplomacy, and crisis management

Speaker Biography

Richard D LewisRichard Lewis Communications was founded by Richard D. Lewis, one of Britain’s foremost linguists. He also founded the Berlitz schools in East Asia, Portugal and Finland and spent several years in Japan, where he was personal tutor to Empress Michiko and five other members of the Japanese Imperial family. One of his books, When Cultures Collide, has sold over 1,000,000 copies and won the prestigious US Executive Club Book award in 1997. He currently lectures throughout the world on cross-cultural issues. In 1997 Richard Lewis was awarded a knighthood in Finland, in view of his 40 years’ experience helping Finland to develop its international links, including assisting Finland in its preparation for EU presidency. In 2009, he was promoted to the rank of Knight Commander, Order of the Lion of Finland.

Richard Lewis is being introduced to the club by member Craig Martin, MCC from Martin Global Leaders, a premier global leadership development firm that partners with select executives and leadership teams as they manage complexity and diversity and develop strategies for enterprise-wide innovation in today’s global marketplace. Drawing upon the best leadership thinking and resources from around the world, Martin supports top-performing professionals that are constantly stretching themselves and seeking to do their “most important work” in the world.



Please join us at either the BOLD event for HR professionals, “Multicultural Teams: Dream or Disaster?” on April 21 OR at Richard’s special workshop, “When Cultures Collide“, on April 22, 2015, 8:30 am-12:00 noon in San Mateo. Thank you!