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Wanice LaMoyne

When it comes to multicultural communication, Wanice LaMoyne is a natural. Born to a Japanese mother and an American father, it’s more than just her career — it’s been her life experience. Wanice’s education in cross-cultural communications began at an early age. Growing up in Tokyo, Japan, she quickly learned to navigate through both of her inherent cultures. She continued her cross-cultural learning when she moved to the United States at the age of nine. Wanice returned to Japan for a year during college and then went on to receive her degree in communications from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Since 1995, Wanice has worked with a variety of companies in assisting their workforce to become more multiculturally savvy. She has worked with IBM, Mastercard, Sony, Honeywell, Alaska Airlines, Charles Schwab, Franklin Templeton, A.G. Edwards, Wisconsin Electric, Enron, Southwestern Bell, Atlantic Richfield Company and First Interstate Bank. In 1998, Wanice was in Tokyo, Japan presenting Merrill Lynch Securities’ diversity and sexual harrassment policies to their Japanese staff of nearly 2,000. Wanice has worked with students as well, facilitating the L.A. Unified School District’s Student Symposium on Diversity.

From 1992-1994, she was the Director of the International Center of MultiCultural Communication, a training and resource center for multicultural living. As Director, she managed the day-to-day activities of the Center, as well as designing and facilitating ICMCC’s workshop on appreciating cultures. “CultureQuest” was open to the public, and employees and managers of American Honda, the L.A. Unified School District, Walt Disney, CBS, the International Visitors Council of L.A., Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, UCLA and other organizations were participants. Wanice brought her creative vision to the Center’s activities by instituting such things as “cultural field trips,” popular monthly outings into the diverse communities of Los Angeles, to further educate Culture Quest graduates.

Before becoming a diversity consultant, Wanice had an on-air career. She was the Pacific Rim Editor and reporter for KBLA Radio, all business news radio. She wrote and produced the “Pacific Rim Report,” a feature focusing on Southern California companies doing business in the Pacific Rim. Wanice began her on-air career at KSCI, Channel 18, doing Japanese and English voice-overs. Drawing on her understanding of Japanese culture, she also consulted for the station, helping to develop programming for Japanese audiences. Wanice also consulted for other clients, including the Japan Business Association, Japan America Society and the Phoenix International Trade Office.

Wanice is also a licensed spiritual counselor and has a private practice in Los Angeles, California. She is currently studying towards her Master of Arts in Consciousness degree at Holmes Institute in L.A. To further enrich her multicultural learning, she travels the world. So far she’s been to Aruba, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Scotland, Singapore and Thailand, as well as traveling regularly to Japan. Wanice also enjoys Japanese tea ceremony and yoga.

 

 

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