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About Lillian A. Tsai

Born and raised in Malaysian Borneo, award-winner Lillian A. Tsai is a consultant, facilitator, trainer, coach, and keynote speaker on cross-cultural fluency, intercultural communications, diversity, equity, and inclusion. She works with C-level executives, leadership teams, DEI committees, and more. Her focus includes conducting organizational assessments and team interventions, as well as coaching women, people of color, and leaders of diverse teams.  

Prior to starting TsaiComms, LLC in 2002, she spent 25 years in global high-tech marketing and communications, which culminated in an expatriate assignment in Stuttgart, Germany.

She has worked with nonprofits such as Big Brothers, Big Sisters Columbia Northwest, Education Northwest, Ride Connection, and Meals on Wheels People; global corporations such as Nike, Columbia Sportswear, and Microsoft; public agencies such as the Oregon Departments of Agriculture and Corrections, Oregon Youth Authority, Oregon Governor’s Enterprise Leadership Team, Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation Dept., the U.S. Forest Service, as well as clients from architecture, construction, education, energy, finance, food, healthcare, sportswear, technology, and pharmacy.     

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Ms. Tsai served on multiple nonprofit boards such as the Portland Human Resources Management Association (PHRMA), Center for Women’s Leadership, TriMet’s Citizen Advisory Council for the Budget, and she currently serves as Vice President of the Human Rights Council of Washington County. She was co-chair of the 2014 Portland conference of the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR).

She is the winner of several business and community awards:

  • Chairman’s Award, APAC region award for excellence, Mentor Graphics Corporation.
  • Sweat Equity Award, NW Minority and Women’s Business Excellence Conference.
  • World Arts Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award for community service.
  • Portland Business Journal’s Orchid Award – their highest honor for achievement for women in business. (Renamed Women of Influence award).
  • Executive Development Institute (EDI) – 2008 Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Support as a volunteer mentor and executive coach.
  • Asian American Youth Leadership Conference – award for volunteerism and leadership as Chair.
  • Nominated for Portland Immigrant Person of the Year.
  • Portland HR Management Association Award for “extreme contributions and volunteerism” as a three-term board member, Director of D&I, Global HR and co-chair of the D&I and Global SIGs.

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