About Us

We Are Right By Your Side,
In Your Life in the United States

Ömür İlbaş

Professional Coach, Mentor, Corporate Training Professional, Communication Expert, Personal and Corporate Consultant

After working in broadcasting, journalism and advertising for more than 20 years in France and in Turkey, since 2002, I have specialized in communication strategies and brand management consultancy to Turkish and international companies as well as Non-Governmental Organizations.
Between 2004 and 2007, I was a guest lecturer in the Communication Faculty of Galatasaray University.
Since 2005, I have been providing personal and professional development trainings as well as management and intercultural communication consultancy for Turkish and international leading companies.
I received a Coaching Certificate from Erickson Coaching International in 2010, and an Academic and Student Coaching Certificate in 2017.
I continue my researches on happiness, success, communication skills, as well as the impact of luck on the life of humans. Concurrently, I share the secrets of successful and happy people with a wide society audience through the conversational conferences I hold.
In the recent years, I have been traveling between Turkey, USA, and France, and have prioritized coaching and mentoring, having performed more than 1000 hours of executive and development coaching. Most importantly, I am proud to have walked patiently, persistently and full of hope beside my 1991-born son, who describes himself as the happiest kid in the world.
My son completed his studies in 2009 in Enka Schools with an IB Diploma, and then graduated from Oberlin College in the US where he double-majored in Political Sciences and Art. Afterwards, he successfully completed his Master’s Degree in Photography in one of the leading art schools of the world, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

Our Partners

Burçin AKSOY

Consultant, Mentor

I was born in Antalya, Turkey in 1974 and I was raised in Istanbul. After graduating from Koç Private High School, I came to the U.S. for my college studies.
I received my Bachelor’s Degree of Science, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, from Lehigh University in 1998, and I received my Master’s Degree of Science, Management Science, specializing in production and logistics, from Lehigh University.
After working for 7 years in the consulting business in the U.S., I went back to Turkey where I worked in food and automotive sectors.
I came back to the U.S. in 2010 and I launched my own consulting and business development company.
For the last 4 years, in addition to running my own business, I have been serving as a managing partner in two other firms.
Since 2010, I have been serving as a mentor and guide for the annual Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship Program organized by the Iacocca Institute at Lehigh University.

Serap Kantarcı Sanlıkol

Academician, Clinician, Training Professional, Mentor

After graduating from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, I received my Master’s Degree of Public Administration and Government in Ankara University.
I worked as a deputy consultant at the Turkish Parliament for 3 years. Then I moved to Boston, MA to further pursue my studies.
As I was pursuing my Master’s Degree in Politics at Suffolk University, I did an internship at the Massachusetts Senate. I worked as an academic coordinator at Harvard Business School and at the Harvard University School of Public Health.
I received a scholarship from Northeastern University and began my PHD on Law and Politics. During my PHD, I gave lectures at Tufts, Suffolk and Umass Boston Universities, about American Political History, Religion and Politics, Women Rights and Politics, Social and Politicial Issues that are a result of Globalization.
In 2010, I decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology in Umass Boston. I gave lectures about Psychology in different universities in Boston at the same time.
Since 2013, I have been serving teenagers and their families living in the U.S., as a therapist, educational consultant and mentor. I work with students on their academic issues and continue to help them succeed in their studies and make conscious choices for their career.
As an education lover, I am pursuing my dreams as I am preparing to begin a PHD degree on Expressive Art Therapy in Lesley University.
I am happy to have been living in Boston since 1997, and to be helpful to young Turkish musicians coming to the U.S. to study music, through DUNYA, a Musicians’ Collective founded in 2004 with my husband, Mehmet Ali Sanlikol.

Yeşim Şanal

Certified Coach, Management & Strategy Consultant, Designer of the Future

After graduating from Nisantasi Anadolu High School in Istanbul, I studied Statistics and I received a Master’s Degree in International Business Management form Istanbul University.
I grew up in an English-speaking environment because of my father’s job and I continued to speak English at school and at work, which enabled me to become very fluent.
I worked at Swedish, American, French, Swiss, and German companies at Network Marketing, Direct Sales, and Online Sales departments. I worked at Operations, Marketing, Sales, and General Management departments as well.
I became a certified Erickson Coach in 2011.
I am a Sales Coaching, Startup, Strategy, Client Experience, and Marketing Consultant.
As a “Designer for the Future”, I coach high school students to help them decide on their college studies and their career. At the same time, I have been accompanying my daughter’s journey as she graduated from Robert College in Istanbul.
I also recently returned to school, to learn about digital marketing and social media.

Zülfünar Rasin

Consultant

I graduated from Gazi University Gazi Education Faculty ESOL (English as a Second Language) Department in 1997. After I completed my teaching training in Turkey I moved to the US.
Between 1998 and 2007, I worked as a Consular Officer at the Turkish Embassy Consular Office in Washington DC.
In 2007, I voluntarily left my job and started to work as a billing analyst at various small- and large-scale companies in the US.
I have 21 years of life and work experience in the US.
I joined LSW.US Consulting LLC as a Business Development Executive in September, 2018. I continue to work as a Consultant for the Company’s clients.

Canan Tüzel

Academician, Training Professional, Mentor

I studied English Language and Literature at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey and I received a Master’s Degree in Theater Arts and Drama from Washington State University. I attended the Pilgrim’s Teacher Education Program at the University of Canterbury in United Kingdom, in 2004.
I am highly experienced in instructing Academic English, assessment evaluation, syllabus design and teacher education.
Since 2015, I have been an Adjunct ESL instructor at Northeastern University, Global Pathways.
I have been a TESOL Certificate Instructor and a TOEFL Instructor at Target International Student Center since 2016.
Being born in the U.S. and having lived, studied and worked in diverse cultural settings all over the world, I have gained a significant understanding of different cultures.
I will be happy to use this experience to mentor LSW.US Consulting young clients, studying in the U.S.

Bahar Zuhal Aksoy

I studied Business Administration in Northeastern University, Illinois.
In 1994, I opened the Sesi Seaside Restaurant in Chicago, where I worked as General Manager until 2000.
I worked as the manager of Cy’s Crab House Restaurant in Chicago, from 2001 to 2005.
I was certified in Safe S.E.R.V.E in the State of Illinois.
I worked as Passenger Service Agent for World Wide Service Company at Chicago O’Hare Airport between 2005 and 2011.
I have been working as translator at CBS Translation Services since 2012.
Through life and business experiences in the U.S. and in Illinois, and thanks to communication skills, solution-driven skills, and crisis management skills I developed in different jobs, I work as a contractor with LSW.US Consulting LLC, to be helpful to students, families and entrepreneurs who are coming from Turkey to the State of Illinois.

Gönül Hatipoglu

I studied at Darmstadt Technical University in Germany and for many years I worked
in the plastic technologies industry, in Turkey and in Germany.
I became the distributor of a German company in Turkey, and I worked on research
and development projects for prime brands like Beko, Siemens, Arçelik.
I moved to Boston with my family in 2004 and it was a new adventure for all of us.
We left our extended families behind, and dealing with a new language and looking
for a job in a new country was not easy.
I went to Umass Boston to take ESL courses and I attended Healthcare and
Business English certificate programs.
With the help of my training in Healthcare, I became a Turkish-English translator in
various hospitals in Boston.
I have been teaching Turkish at Orhan Gündüz Memorial School to children of
different ages. I believe that Turkish language trainings matter for Turkish people
living abroad.
Every year, I organize social activities to commemorate Turkish holidays and
National days in order to help our children to learn the Turkish culture.
It is a pleasure to share my experience with students, families and entrepreneurs
coming from Turkey, as a contractor of LSW.US Consulting, LLC.

Şebnem Bolkan Arın

Professional Coach, Mentor, Brand Consultancy, Keynote Speaker, YouTuber

I was born and grew up in Ankara-Turkey. However, I have had my whole career in Istanbul-Turkey as a corporate senior marketing executive for 17 years.
During my corporate career, I have worked and expertized in creating brands and new categories, brand management and premium product marketing in FMCG industry. I have also found the opportunity not only to launch of the local brands as well as global brands in Turkey. I have had the chance to work with different cultures and environments.
I graduated from CTI Co Active Coaching Program in 2015. Then I took NLP and Team Coaching Certification from Erickson Turkey. I continued to invest in my coaching skills while I was learning and applying.
I studied quantum thinking and subconscious transformation techniques in 2016
I became an ACC registered Coach of ICF Global & Turkey in 2016.
Therefore, I quit my corporate job and built my own coaching company. While I merged my marketing experience and my coaching skills, I have created “Passion Project” coaching business model, which is suitable for students, individuals and professionals who are willing to be an entrepreneur and leader of their life.
Beyond the one-to-one coaching process, I also give keynote speeches at corporations and universities concerning “The Passion; the Secret of Success” and organize the Passion Project workshops.
I moved to the U.S. with my husband in early 2018. I live nearby Chicago.
Coaching is my dream job and in order to continue on my improvement, I started to broadcast each week on my YouTube channel about a coaching subject and I also continue my education on Mindfulness at Naropa University.

Our Advisory Board

Perihan Inci

Business Woman, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor

Perihan İnci is graduated from Galatasaray High School, and from Istanbul University, Philosophy in 1986.

She completed Harvard Business School Advance Management Program (AMP) in 2007.

She was the President of İnci Holding between 2013 and 2016. She is still a Board Member of the Group.

She is the Founder and President of the Investment company, PBA A.Ş. and the connected companies. She’s also a Board Member of wheel manufacturer company, Maxion Jantaş.

She was the Honorary Consul of Belgium in Antalya between 1999 and 2010, and received the “Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Couronne” (Knight of the Order of the Crown) medal by Belgium Kingdom in 2010.

She worked as a manager in textile sector between 1987 and 2000 and was listed among Antalya’s most successful women of the year by Dünya Newspaper in 2000.

Perihan İnci has been the President of İnci Family Council between 2005 and 2008. İnci Family Constitutional Law was finalized during her Family Council Presidency.

She is giving speeches in both domestic and foreign events, mainly about Leadership, Being a Woman Manager, Entrepreneurship and the institutionalization of Family Businesses.

In September 2015, she received the “Woman to watch” Brand Leader Award.

She supports entrepreneurial projects and is a certified Angel Investor.

In March 2017, she received the “Jury’s Special Award” in the Automotive Sector by the magazine TurkofAmerica.

Perihan İnci is a member of TÜSİAD and Woman Corporate Directors (WCD).

She is the Vice President of TAYSAD – Turkish Automotive Parts and Components Association.

She is also member of DEİK-Foreign Economic Relation Board in India, Japan and China Business Council.

Perihan İnci speaks English and French.

Hakan Satiroglu

Social Impact Entrepreneur, Investor, Executive

Hakan Satiroglu is a serial EdTech and social impact entrepreneur and investor.

Widely recognized as a leading visionary in Boston’s Tech sector, he co-founded LearnLaunch, today the premier brand in Boston’s EdTech cluster and now the center of an expanding global ecosystem.

He has been actively involved in either the founding or acceleration of more than 40 EdTech companies and has been a key player in making Boston a leader in EdTech innovation.

Beyond LearnLaunch, Hakan is building a portfolio of education and innovation-focused companies, which currently includes: EdTech Times (a multimedia news publication focused on education, technology, policy, innovation, and workforce development), Mountain Gap Solutions (software/app development for the education industry), MindBridge Partners (market analysis and strategy development for K-12 and higher ed), and TeachersConnect (a social networking and mentorship platform for new teachers).

He is also in the final stages of launching Innovation Foundry, a development vehicle focused on turning ideas and research that improve education, workforce development, and community development into sustainable market solutions.

Hakan began his career in EdTech entrepreneurship when he founded Xplana Learning. As its CEO, Hakan established the company as the premier EdTech R&D company creating products for top learning companies such as Pearson, McGraw-Hill Education, Cengage Learning, Houghton Mifflin and many others. The company was acquired in 2009 by MBS Textbook Exchange, one of the US’s largest textbook distribution companies.

Hakan is on the board of several organizations and companies including Boston University Alumni Council, the United Nations Association of Boston (Model UN), and Lynn Charter School.

He received his Bachelors in Finance and Accounting from Boston University.

Ufuk Tarhan

Futurist, Economist, Author, President of a Digital Agency

Ufuk Tarhan is graduated from the Middle East Technical University (METU), Department of Economics.
Since 1982, she worked as a top executive, general manager and board member in various companies and industries mainly in IT & telecommunications.

In 2002, she was awarded as “The Most Successful Businesswoman In The IT Industry”.

She founded M-GEN Future Planning Center in 2006 & M-GEN Software & Digital Communication Services Ltd in 2011.

She is ranked among Futurist Influencers, “All Futurists” Google Search, top 100 female futurists in the world lists and known as business designer and avatar.

She gives conferences and lectures like “How To Create A Better Future?” “Be a T-Human”, “Get Prepared for Digital, AI, Robotic, Energy Revolutions’ Future” etc.

She is one of the first members and the former President of the Futurists Society (TFD) in Turkey and still the only woman futurist keynote speaker, moderator and facilitator in Turkey.

She is one of the well-known bloggers and shown in lists like “among 30 social influencers”, and writes articles on various online & offline business magazines.

She is lecturing on “Future Studies” in METU and various universities.

She obtained her Master Degree in “Innovation and Entrepreneurship” at Bahcesehir University.

She is also a member of World Future Society, Association of Professional Futurists, KAGIDER Board Member, Futurists Association High Advisory Board Member, 2009-2012 President.

She has written the preface for the Futurist Dr. Verne Wheelwright’s book “It’s your Future” and contributed to its translation into Turkish.

She is the author of two books, “Your Dream Future” about future planning for high school students and “T-Human”, winner of the Most Successful Innovative Business Book Award (2017) about the successful human model of the future for adults and young adults.