Managing Principal - Northern California, USA
Rochelle Kopp is founder and Managing Principal of Japan Intercultural Consulting, an international training and consulting firm focused on Japanese business. She is a recognized authority on Japanese culture and business practices, particularly Japanese communication style and organizational behavior and decision-making in Japanese firms. A veteran facilitator experienced in delivering training and consulting to both Japanese and non-Japanese, Rochelle has a particular specialty in facilitating cross-cultural teambuildings and other programs for executives.
Rochelle works to help clients increase profitability and employee engagement through improved communication and working relationships in multicultural environments. She is currently focused on helping Japanese companies be more successful in their global operations, supporting effective human resource management practices, organization development, and cross-cultural training and teambuilding. She also works frequently with American firms that have Japanese customers, joint venture partners, and suppliers.
Rochelle gained firsthand experience of Japanese corporate culture when she lived in Japan and worked at the Tokyo headquarters of a major Japanese financial institution. Since that time, as a consultant Rochelle has worked closely with numerous Japanese companies of various sizes and in a wide variety of industries, including many of Japan's most prominent firms. She brings these first-hand insights into her seminars and consulting on Japanese business culture, helping participants develop improved relationships and avoid cultural misunderstandings.
Rochelle is the author of The Rice-Paper Ceiling: Breaking Through Japanese Corporate Culture and over twenty books in Japanese. Rochelle writes for various Japanese and American publications, including regular columns for The Nikkei Weekly, Nikkei Woman, Nikkei Money, Staff Advisor, Global Manager, English Journal, and U.S. Frontline News.
Prior to establishing Japan Intercultural Consulting, Rochelle worked at two U.S.-based international consulting firms, specializing in Japan-U.S. and other global projects. She holds a B.A. in History from Yale University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business.
Rochelle has taught courses in Organizational Behavior and Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University, and currently teaches a yearly intensive course in Cross-Cultural Business Communication at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University's MBA program. She speaks, reads, and writes Japanese fluently and has passed Level 1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test and Level A of the JETRO Test of Business Japanese.
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