John J. Christian
CAPA's President/CEO shares:
Why did your organization want to be involved in the Global Leadership League?
When we first learned of this important and new organization, we knew it would be important to not only applaud the initiative, but to financially support it. The time has come to find the best leaders in all areas of work and life and this organization is cultivating future woman in a way that has not been done before in our field. IT is timely and the outcome will be critical to our future as international educators.
What inspires you in your work?
The continued challenge to improve our work, find new ways to impact learning and outcomes and the immense passion and creativity that we find from our colleagues in support of this work. Never a dull moment is cliché, that’s because it is true with this work.
Who has been a professional mentor for you and how did they influence you?
There are many. Historically this would be Dr. Jose Perez, the director of International Education at SUNY Oswego, my alma matter and where I first worked as a professional in the field. So much so that I have donated a full fee scholarship in his name for SUNY Oswego students to study and China and England where Dr. Perez helped me learn and work abroad.
Which professional development experience/s have been most important to you in your career?
Being a resident director in London and Beijing. My understanding of the core basics of programming, student care and teaching and learning were matured in this role and continue to influence my decisions and thoughts on quality learning abroad. And that was from the wins and the mistakes in my work.
What excites you most about the future of this field?
Innovation and the use of technology to achieve high impact globally thinking students. Using new resources to re-think how we build and manage our programs as well as prepare students to work in a globally inter-connected world.