Go Global News Round Up


It’s been a very busy fall for me speaking and writing, and I haven’t had as much time as I would have liked to share what’s new. So I’ve decided to do “news round up” of sorts here.

Mayor Gayle Kaler Paducah

With Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler

SNB and Randy Barrette KWLA square for website

With Randy Barrette at KWLA.

I kicked off the school year with a trip to Kentucky where I gave several talks in Paducah  (KCTCS and McCracken County Schools) — where I was honored with the title “Duchess of Paducah” by Mayor Gayle Kaler and did a local NPR interview with  WKMS Kate Lochte — and Lexington on topics ranging from raising global children to global careers. One of these talks was the keynote for KWLA’s annual conference, where I met Randy Barrette who is a passionate HS teacher who brings his global experience into the classroom every day.


Women in MBAs at GWU

I returned to GWU to give a keynote at the Women in MBA leadership dinner, where with the inspirational leadership of Teal Griffey, President of the local chapter of Women in MBAs and the super CIBER team, we created a terrific forum for a limited number of female MBA students to discuss global careers one-on-one with an amazing group of international women, followed up at Emory’s Executive Women of Goizueta’s (sold out!) annual event in Atlanta, where Ivonne Monteagudo of Mead Johnson and I spoke about global risk: challenges and opportunities of an international career.

Then it was on to International Education Week at Coastal Carolina University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Sacred Heart University, University of Toledo and Baylor University where I spent about a week and half in total on campuses talking about the importance of developing a global mindset, studying abroad, learning another language and global careers. Faculty and staff were so welcoming and the students had so many great questions!

With CCU President David DeCenzo, Associate Provost Darla Domke and Dept. of Ed Dean Professor Ed Jadallah

Michelle Ploeger & Dean Sammy Span

With U of Toledo’s International Education Specialist Michelle Ploeger, and Associate Provost Sammy Span.










As IEW wrapped up, I was fortunate to spend it at ACTFL’s annual convention, this year in San Antonio, where I was part of the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad Team. Partnering with IIE’s Chris Powers, Glastonbury Public School’s Rita Oleksak and Concordia Language Village’s Carl-Martin Nelson, we made a strong case linking language learning k-16 and study abroad. GENERATION STUDY ABROAD!


Chris Powers at ACTFL

With IIE’s Chris Powers

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *