Sean Oliver, Consultant
Sean has been with LCW since May of 2008, and continues to expand his repertoire and expertise in serving our clients’ needs. His central role today is that of Consultant and Operations Manager, which allows him to work in many capacities for LCW ranging from directing large scale localization projects, to facilitating and coordinating training sessions, to delivering feedback and coaching using the Intercultural Development Inventory ® (IDI®.). His strongest skill sets are strategic planning, creative thinking, and project management. He brings a wealth of experience from his educational background in Anthropology, his diverse work history, and his on-the-ground experience in Costa Rica, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Chile, and most of the continental United States.
The son of two college professors of Political Science and Western Languages who were both raised on farms in rural America, Sean had a unique opportunity to experience and explore the nuances of culture and class from a young age. Thanks to his parent’s curiosity and interests, as young boys, he and his brother attended school in Costa Rica while his parents were on sabbaticals. His family also hosted over 22 foreign exchange students in his childhood home, mostly through AFS (The American Field Service).
Prior to joining LCW and early in his career, Sean spent time with the Far Western Anthropological Research Group (Davis, California) as a Field Technician at the Sonora site; there he worked closely with local Mewok and Shumash American Indians to ensure compliance with tribal land rights under The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). He also studied abroad in Pisagua, Chile on an Archaeological Field School with the late Dan Shea.
After becoming homesick for the Midwest and moving to Chicago, he spent 4 years with Countrywide Home Loans as an Operations Manager. It was there that Sean first honed his IT, finance, and management skills that LCW clients are the beneficiary of today.
Sean obtained a BA in Anthropology with an Archaeological focus from Beloit College, where he also designed his own undergraduate minor in Sex and Gender Studies and studied conversational Spanish. Sean is active in industry organizations such as the Human Resource Management Association of Chicago and the Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research. He lives in Chicago with his wife and young son.