Last Updated: July 12, 2019 3:54PM
Mari Broman Olsen
North St. Paul, Minnesota/Bellevue, Washington
Solutions Director, Machine Intelligence
How long have you been at Lionbridge?
I moved to Lionbridge a little over a year ago, after almost 19 years at Microsoft.
What does a typical work day look like for you?
Early morning meetings with colleagues in Finland, afternoons working on solutions, evening meetings with Asia, all punctuated with customer calls and some AI content creation.
What is your favorite place in your office?
When I need a break, I look out at the four-acre greenbelt bordering our suburban yard. Besides greenery, we’ve had raptors, bobcats, cougars, deer, and coyotes—two adults and six babies at once last year!
What is the best part of your job?
Talking to customers and colleagues around the world—learning what they’re working on and why.
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I speak 1+ languages (list them!)
I speak English fairly fluently. I have studied (and spoken) German, Greek, Norwegian, Spanish and French, and done NLP work for them, as well as for Bulgarian, Danish, Dutch, Indonesian, Malay, Russian and Swedish.
My favorite local saying is ______, [and it means ______, if not English].
Sunbreaks’: when the sun shines briefly through the cloud cover. That’s a frequently forecasted weather event in the Pacific Northwest.
A tourist visiting my city shouldn’t miss…
Taking a ferry across Puget Sound, even if you just turn around and come right back (return journey is free for pedestrians). The view from the water is spectacular: the city, the mountains, the water traffic, and the wildlife (eagles, whales, seabirds, seals).
My coworkers say my weirdest habit is…
I have no idea. Most of them don’t know I have a pet hermit crab.
Outside of work, I always make time for…
Hosting people at our house, for a meal, a night, or longer. With our two daughters out of the nest, we have spare beds, and my husband is a great cook.
The best piece of career advice I’ve ever received is…
Life advice. Dad: “You can do it—you’re a Broman!” Mom: “Remember who you are, and whose you are, and…have more fun than anybody!”
My hidden talent is…
Yardwork, preferably with power tools (chainsaw, woodchipper). Very therapeutic.
Solving hard problems makes me roar.