Ralf Schirg, M.A., who is a German native, earned his B.A. in Political Science and Psychology and his M.A. in Management and Psychology. He is founder and president of Serenity Consulting, a consulting firm specializing in Leadership Development and Cross-Cultural Consulting for managers and employees around the world and is an Adjunct Professor at the Hamline School of Business at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

As a consultant he has supported clients in change initiatives, visioning and human dimension focused issues. In the past five years he has done extensive work in the area of inclusive leadership and team building. As a cross-cultural consultant, he has worked extensively in preparing clients for expatriation assignments, development of multi-cultural teams and building strategies for global growth and expansion. With Europe and Asia as his key area of expertise, he is often called upon to work with North American and European companies as they expand their global operations into the respective markets.

He has worked with both Fortune 100 companies and small businesses in over 20 countries. Clients include Cargill, 3M, General Mills, EY, Honeywell, J&J, Medtronic, Merck, Bausch & Lomb, HP, L’Oreal, BP Amoco, Kaeser Compressors, Polaris, ADC, NFL Europe. He also gives keynotes and presentations for large audiences on a range of professional topics and presents on topics explored in his book, Flying Leap by Ralf W. Oliver (pseudonym), which presents a pragmatic and well humored approach to the role ego plays in our (professional) lives.