Bill Sinunu is one of America’s leading experts in cross-cultural communication. A passionate leader and professional speaker, he is committed to helping people understand and appreciate cultures different from their own – and then delivers his message with panache. He has established and developed corporate cultures for organizations, was appointed to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services task force and delivered an unforgettable TED talk. A best-selling author, his cross-cultural insights have appeared in a variety of publications, including Vanity Fair and USA Today. He has worked globally with corporate and academic leaders—all the while emceeing events, leading conferences and moderating panels at venues around the world.
Bill’s approach, which is well-known for simplifying the art of global communication, has been widely acknowledged and embraced worldwide. His insightful material, energetic style and captivating presentations garner kudos from a broad audience, including the likes of Harvard professor Tal Ben-Shahar, Virgin American Senior Executive Adam Green and Academy Award nominee Greg Kinnear. His underlying message is clear—by understanding and respecting other cultures’ norms, values and mores, we can build respectful multicultural teams, structure functional global organizations and create harmonious intercultural relationships. His acclaimed book on connecting people around the world, Life Could Be Sweeter, was published by Avalon in 2005 and reprinted and re-released in 2007 by Barnes & Noble as The Sweet Life. His latest book on global life lessons, Living Without Borders: What Other Cultures Can Teach Us About Fun, Fulfillment and The Pursuit of Happiness, was released last year. His cultural guides for American business, Sales Evolution and HR Evolution, were also published in 2013 and his latest book designed for Asian scholars, Western Culture: A Guide for Asian Students was recently published in August 2014.
As the son of a US executive, he was born and raised abroad in a number of locales and has explored over 100 countries on six continents during his lifetime. He speaks, reads and writes several languages. As part of a prominent political family, his background has provided him with a unique understanding of foreign policy dynamics, along with a multinational perspective on the world’s strengths and its struggles. After earning his M.A. at the University of Chicago, Bill spent several years in the airline industry and devoted considerable time traveling the globe, interacting with global leaders and researching his books. He played an instrumental role in building JetBlue’s customer focused and employee friendly corporate culture. Bill is a board member at Purdue University’s Center for International Business Education and Research and publishes regularly through his acclaimed cultural guides, The Evolving Globe Series.
Bill attributes his success to his welcoming demeanor and inclusive approach that gently challenges even the most ethnocentric audiences to rethink how they perceive their business associates, friends and neighbors around the world.
He will bring to Purdue the knowledge of how to succeed in the new era’s global marketplace.