American by birth. Swiss by marriage.
Expat in South Africa by choice.
I am an intercultural strategist, a transformation facilitator, and a solution-oriented coach. I support individuals and organizations as they traverse through (and flourish beyond!) life quakes and other major shifts -- no matter where they are.
For almost a decade, my location-independent business has served individuals and world-class organizations from over 60 countries across six continents. My mission is to help clients achieve ambitious goals while navigating transition.
It is my honor to lead several online groups with thousands of members and host the popular weekly podcast IN TRANSIT with Sundae Bean. Formerly known as Expat Happy Hour, it has enjoyed a Top 5% global rank for five years straight.
From the personal side, I am a woman in my 40s who is a daughter, sister, mother, wife, and friend. I have lived in multiple countries across three continents, raising two cross-cultural children, and maneuvering a bi-national marriage.
Deeply committed to anti-racism work, I am also a supporter of female-led businesses, and an advocate challenging the broken toxic systems that no longer serve us. When not calculating time zones, I carve non-negotiable self-care space to run, box, read nonfiction, cook badly, and play.
Want to learn more about me? Check out my backstory.
"Your past is not your potential. In any hour you can choose to liberate the future."
Laurels, Papers, and Practice
Helping people through their transformation is my passion, my mission, and the fuel that propels me forward.
Passion is nice, but it isn't ever enough: I know that what I share with others must be client-tested and grounded in research. I hold an MA in Intercultural Communication from Arizona State University's Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, an internationally-recognized, top-rated intercultural program. Prior to establishing my own business, I earned my stripes as Head of Intercultural Management at Switzerland's second largest company. Currently I am extending the research on intercultural competence through publications on the intercultural pendulum.
Sampling of Certifications
- Mentor Coach (MCCP)
- Professional Certified Coach (International Coaching Federation)
- Solution-focused Coaching
- Dr. Martha Beck Life Coach
- Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication
- Training for International Transition
- Methods of Intercultural Training
- Effective Intercultural Teamwork
- Personal Leadership Approach
Training & Coaching Experience
I have delivered training and coaching to individuals and organizations hailing from over 60 countries, across six continents.
"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward."
What Clients Are Saying
"Through her very effective coaching Sundae Schneider-Bean opened my eyes on issues where I got stuck in the transition process between Germany and Switzerland. She helped me to regain my motivation and hence I accepted many challenges in a lighter manner. Within the intercultural training I learned some of the weak spots in my personal networking and saw how I could use building networks more effectively in order to achieve personal and professional aims and wishes. Sundae is always very empathetic, professional and even hilariously funny. So time spent with her is time well spent."
Angela Weinberger, Former Head of Global Mobility, PricewaterhouseCoopers
"Being responsible for Diversity Management at Swiss Post, I have had the chance to work with the most well-known intercultural trainers in Switzerland. Sundae Schneider-Bean is among the best. One of her strengths is that she brings not only intercultural expertise but is a very passionate trainer and coach. Other things I love about working with her are her high professional standards, her true integrity and desire to always deliver top quality customer service. Any organization that is looking to partner with a trusted expert should consider working with Sundae Schneider-Bean."
Carmen Zanella, Diversity Management, Swiss Post
"I was feeling frustrated when my staff was not delivering. Due to the coaching with Sundae I realized that I was trying to change them rather than adapt and get the maximum from them. Now I am relieved of this burden. I have resolved old pending issues, better understand others' perspectives and the issues that they are facing, and I am also improving the working relationship with my superior."