Michael Su is a language and intercultural training consultant specializing in cross-cultural training, language training, translation (Chinese to English/English to Chinese), interpretation (simultaneous and consecutive), and voice-over talent. Michael feels that it is his calling to help people from various cultures to better communicate and understand one another, and to bridge the gap between the academic and corporate world. This work is something that he looks forward to every day. He writes a blog on topics including cinema, pop culture, restaurants, his life in New York City and his travels across the U.S.
With more than 14 years in the industry, Michael has had the opportunity to work with 50 of the Fortune 500 companies, including Assurant, Boeing, Caterpillar, Chrysler, Dow International, Ford, General Motors, Heinz, Honeywell International, IBM, International Paper, Johnson Controls, JP Morgan Chase, Kraft Foods, Merck, Mylan, Oracle, Oshkosh, PPG Industries, and Raytheon. Some of his more unusual assignments have included working as a speechwriter and accent coach for several C-Level executives doing business in China and acting as an interpreter at the North American International Auto Show.
In addition to his work with corporations, Michael taught college-level courses in Mandarin Chinese, Chinese Calligraphy and Chinese Cinema for 10 years. Prior to becoming an intercultural and language trainer, he worked as a public relations specialist at the Detroit Zoological Institute and then as a copywriter at Campbell-Ewald for Continental Airlines’ loyalty and direct marketing programs.
Michael holds a BA in Communications from Wayne State University, an MA in Education with a focus on Instructional Technology from Michigan State University and an MBA in International Business from Lawrence Technological University. Additionally, he has acquired certifications in intercultural and foreign-language training from the University of Hawaii, the University of Minnesota and the US Department of Education.
Originally from Taipei, Taiwan, Michael has also lived/worked in China (Shenzhen and Shanghai), Japan (Tokyo) and the cities of Kaohsiung and Hulian in Taiwan. Today he lives in New York. He is fluent in English, Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese dialect and Japanese.
Michael is the author of a white paper entitled “You Say Good Buy, and I Say Ni Hao: A Practical Guide to Doing Business, Traveling and Living in China” and a frequent speaker at trade-group events. He is a member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and volunteers his services at Families with Children from China, a national organization providing information and support for American families who have adopted, or are in the process of adopting, a child from China.