Sharon Schweitzer is an internationally recognized cross-cultural business expert, trainer, and speaker and is the founder of Access to Culture. She is an award-winning entrepreneur and author of the Amazon #1 best-selling book in International Business, Access to Asia (3rd printing), named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015. Sharon has worked with brands such as CBS, Hilton Hotels, JPMorgan, Lexus, MD Anderson, Toyota, as well as sports athletes, and student leaders, to provide practical techniques for improving business communication and increasing revenue.
Sharon has received the prestigious recognition of being named the winner of the British Airways International Trade, Investment & Expansion Award (small business category) at the 2016 Greater Austin Business Awards. She was the 2009 honoree in the City of Austin program Celebrating the Entrepreneurial Spirit of Austin Women. In September 2017, her blog Access to Culture, was named one of the Top 10 Intercultural Communication Blogs.
Sharon is a media resource for NPR and BBC World News as well as a Huffington Post and Luxe Lifestyle Magazine contributor. She has been quoted in Investor’s Business Daily, BBC Capital, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and numerous other media outlets. Sharon has appeared on CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, and BBC News as an expert in the field of cross-cultural business and global etiquette, and has been a featured speaker for the Association of Legal Administrators, IPMA, Ohio State University, SXSW, and The Big Ten Academic Alliance. Sharon sits on the board of the Global Thinkers Forum in London, U.K. and also served as a Chinese Ceremonial Dining Etiquette Specialist in the documentary series Confucius was a Foodie on Nat Geo People.
Sharon has traveled to over 85 countries across all 7 continents. Sharon lives with her husband John of 20 plus years and their golden retriever in Austin, Texas, USA.