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  • 29 Jul 2022 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    Well, we are officially over halfway through 2022… WOW! As we cruise into the second half of the year, now is a good time to ask yourself how you are going to make what remains of 2022 just as meaningful as the first half. Specifically, we want to know, when was the last time you made a concerted effort, or put yourself out there, in the name of your own professional development? It can be hard! And maybe even a little scary. But if you don’t advocate for yourself, who will? Deciding to advance your professional skills is step one. Step two… is how?

    The Global Leadership League has you covered! The League offers numerous opportunities to connect with other professional peers, join in on industry relevant discussions, and have leaders from the global education field help guide you and offer their feedback. We want to spotlight a few of the different programs The League offers which could help you take your career to the next level and finish out the remainder of the year with some oomph:

    Career Connections: Whether you're working on a presentation, looking for someone to brainstorm with outside of your organization, or just simply looking for some perspective, Career Connections is the place for you.

    Career Connections is a members-only benefit that pairs experienced League members (Guides) with other members (Explorers) who want to learn from their expertise regarding a professional challenge, while both parties forge a meaningful professional relationship and expand their network. We aim to connect members who are active in a variety of fields including but not limited to:

    · Education Abroad

    · International Students & Scholars

    · International Enrollment Management

    · Campus Programming

    · and more!

    Coffee Connect: Join us monthly for a chance to learn more about the League! Grab a drink and join the Partnerships team to get a taste of what the League has to offer; this opportunity is open to all interested non-members and members.

    There are 3 versions of this meeting:

    1. In 'Learn about the League' we'll spend some time giving an overview of the League’s programs, provide a fun and topical ‘taster’ and enjoy the company of new colleagues. Plus, you will have time for Q&A.

    2. In 'Mentor Highlight' we'll focus on our ever-popular Mentor Circles and Career Connections program; creating space to connect and provide brief information about joining the League to non-members.

    3. In 'Senior Leader' we'll create time, space and support for Senior Leaders to connect with each other to discuss the most pressing topics facing the field, our organizations and teams.

    We’ll meet online for 30 minutes the second Tuesday of the month at 1pm EST (USA).

    The League Lasso: The League Lasso is a trusted space for members to inspire, create, and share their stories and writings with others. Members are invited to create a piece of writing. The genre is open to all forms of the writing enterprise. The writing piece can be of professional nature or a personal outlet. Submit your work prior and then discuss online as a group. We support each other! Here are few examples (as a source of inspiration, not limitation!):

    · poem

    · cover letter

    · purpose statement for graduate school

    · proposal for funding a new program

    · letter to your congressional representative for advocacy

    · short story

    · letter to your high school senior before they leave for college

    Mentor Circles: One of the cornerstones of a successful business model is collaboration. Whether around the table with colleagues from your own company or in a board room with professionals from around the field, there is value in bringing different perspectives to the table. The League understands the value of this process and recognizes that facilitating these conversations can take time and effort, so we’ve created Mentor Circles.

    Take the opportunity to learn and grow with other professionals in international education on topics such as Blazing Your Career Trail and Designing a Well-Lived Life. Sessions commence three or four times a year, and groups are made up of 3-5 individuals per session. This is a members only benefit.

    The Chat Box: Are you seeking colleagues who can relate to our new professional and personal realities? Has your employment situation unexpectedly changed? Are you eager to connect with new networks in the absence of conferences, work travel and your office?

    Dial into The Chat Box! Join us for 60-minute discussion groups on Zoom that tackle ‘real-time, real-issue’ learning, empathizing and problem-solving with other League members, including:

    · Leading and Managing in This New World

    · The Virtual Professional

    · My Career: Now & Future

    · Taking Care of You

    · What’s Next for Global Education

    Chat Box programs are hosted and scheduled across three regions – Pacific Rim, Europe and the Americas – maximizing time zones and cross-cultural contexts.

    Audio recordings, Top Takeaways and relevant League resources are available for Members after login.

    The League is proud to offer these different opportunities to our members and we love being a part of the plan for people who are leveling up their professional development. Don’t wait, join The League now and make the most of the remainder of 2022 while you still can! Learn more about joining.

    The mission of the Global Leadership League is to ignite change across the global education field by empowering, connecting, and training leaders. We invite you to reach out to us here or learn more about becoming a member.

  • 30 Jun 2022 8:30 AM | Anonymous

    We are starting to see a resurgence of conferences and expos for our industry again, and that means many of us are shaking the dust off of our blazers and breaking out our suitcases from the closet. Several of our League board members recently attended the NAFSA 2022 Conference and Expo in Denver, CO, and had a wonderful time. So, with COVID restrictions easing and several of us back at the networking endeavors, we thought now was a good time to share some tips for keeping our networking skills fresh and getting back into promoting ourselves and our organizations after a long hiatus.

    1. Practice your intro/elevator pitch. Because it might have been a moment since the last time you had to run through your own introduction and organizational run-down, take a few moments to make sure you not only remember the highlights to hit but whatever updates or adjustments you might need to now include in our post-covid world.

    2. Tap into your already established network and reach out to past contacts. You will likely be running into colleagues and friends at some of the upcoming conferences. Now could be an excellent time to follow up with them and see how they are doing and ask how they are adapting after a travel hiatus. Keeping your past contacts fresh can be just as important as the new ones you will be making while networking.

    3. Meditation, affirmations, or journaling – whatever you do to find your power. With new networking opportunities come new possibilities of being in a room full of people you don’t know. And that can be nerve-wracking for anyone. Take some time to steel those nerves, find your center of self, and step into your power so that you may show up as the best you – however that may look.

    4. Stock those business cards and prep your supporting branding items. Maybe you need to order more business cards or look for that tabletop sign you will need for a booth at a conference. Whatever it is, ensure that your supporting items are ready to go.

    5. Self-care. We cannot stress this one enough! Do what you need to do to have yourself feeling and looking your best. Maybe that is a new haircut, an in-depth skincare routine, a new shirt, or a long workout right before heading to the networking event. Self-care looks different to everyone, so do what you need to do so that you may feel like you are showing up with your best foot forward.

    These are just some of our ideas on how we can all shake off that COVID dust and get back into the swing of things. So, what do you do to prepare yourself for a new networking opportunity? Share with us on our social! Or, better yet, become a member of The League and participate in some of our upcoming events and networking opportunities.

    The mission of the Global Leadership League is to ignite change across the global education field by empowering, connecting, and training leaders. We invite you to reach out to us here or learn more about becoming a member.

  • 30 May 2022 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    Two years is a long time to work with your colleagues virtually, some of whom are truly like family, especially after experiencing hardship and challenge after challenge together. On the days you’ve been pushed to a limit you didn’t know you had, you want to hug them and only them. Two years is a long time to see your friends less often and your family less often. Two years is a long time for many of us to learn how to cope with (and question) the impacts of a global pandemic, loss, social injustice, the “new normal,” and change within ourselves, our families, jobs, and communities.

    In November of 2019, I traveled to Australia for work, and I spent time with many colleagues that I had either never met in person or hadn’t seen in many years. We strategized and planned, and it was energizing; I couldn’t wait for what was next – seeing through our vision and plans for our study abroad students in 2020 in Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji.

    Needless to say, 2020 didn’t go as planned, and a lot happened in the past two years. I won’t go into details (maybe in another blog), but I finally went to my first in-person event in Denver, Colorado, in March of 2022. Just one day after International Women’s Day, I attended Women Powering Change – an event that brings together leaders, activists, volunteers, community members, and philanthropists to showcase what women are doing to catalyze social change locally and globally to create a better world in more than 100 Colorado-based organizations.

    So, I’ll admit it, maybe I was a bit giddy as I felt like a bear rising from a long covid winter (or two). This event was warm, inviting, inclusive, and accepting - and it smelled of fresh burritos available for dinner on a cold, snowy Colorado evening. What more could you ask for? I’ll tell you - to be in a community with others that are making a positive impact and care deeply about supporting the advancement of women. Capital Sisters International provides microloans for women in poverty, Dance to Free is a non-profit changing the lives of incarcerated women by addressing lifelong trauma through the healing power of dance, and Agile International works to secure land, water, and energy availability for rural women farmers in Western Africa.

    While I wish I could have hugged my former colleagues through the numerous challenges we experienced in 2020 and 2021, two of the people I used to work with many years ago were in attendance at this same event and we were all there representing different organizations. We had no idea we would all be there, and we certainly didn’t know that we would be randomly placed right next to each other. But, it made the night even sweeter and reminded me that connections can turn into friendships that last forever.

    Here’s to 2022 and beyond. May we continue to connect with one another, inspire, and empower – creating positive change. No matter how big or small, remember it is still change. Thank you to my friends with GALS and The Sacred Valley Project, once colleagues and now friends - I am so fortunate to have them forever. 

    The mission of the Global Leadership League is to ignite change across the global education field by empowering, connecting, and training leaders. We invite you to reach out to us here or learn more about becoming a member.

  • 28 Apr 2022 3:30 PM | Anonymous
    Kris Holloway is a woman of many talents. Besides operating as the Global Leadership League’s Director of Programs, Kris “serves as the President of CIS Abroad, a leading education abroad organization whose vision is to create a more compassionate and connected world, one student at a time.” One of the many applications of Kris’ talents was her work in helping to document and compile the story of Irene Butter, a survivor of the Holocaust and a concentration camp, and the League’s presenter for our recent International Women’s Day 2022 event.

    Irene Butter spent a part of her childhood in Nazi-controlled concentration camps, where she survived horrible conditions and tragedies. She tells her story on behalf of the six million other Jews who have been permanently silenced. Irene's account celebrates the exercising of empathy for others in even the most inhumane conditions, a relevant message in an age where similar hatreds and discrimination rise once again.

    As a longtime friend and confidante of Irene’s, Kris knew that Irene’s story had to be documented and shared in a respectful manner. We recently sat down with Kris to learn more about how she went about the process of sharing another woman’s powerful story and what she feels she learned from the experience.

    How does someone best go about writing a book for someone else and maintaining that respect and authenticity for their story?

    I had experience because my first book I wrote about a West African midwife that I lived and worked with in the Peace Corps and how she died in childbirth. Because she died, I wrote her story and I knew that I had to tell the story of this midwife, and how she lived, in order for people here in the U.S. to care about her death. And so, prior to writing with Irene, I had experience with the responsibility I had writing as a white woman about a black West African woman. I thought a lot about this from a narrative ethnographic sense and also from a personal sense.

    Irene asked me and my husband John to write her story. She had years of experience talking to middle school and high school students as she told of her journey through the Holocaust. And even though it was hard to talk about these memories of loss, her belief in the power of young people to change the world kept her energized. And, her one ask of us as writers was that we maintained the voice of the child in the narrative. She wanted to portray a hopeful message of “If I can do this, you can too. If I can be a survivor, you can too.” That was the guiding lens of how we wrote the book – staying true to her young voice.

    What that looked like, in reality, is that the writing process was iterative. I developed character sketches so that each character in Irene’s story looked and behaved consistently to who they were. I had to know when Irene looks stressed, what does she do? When Irene talks, how does she sound? And, the book was written in English, even though Irene spoke German in her childhood, and then when her family went to Amsterdam she spoke solely in Dutch there, and then through the camps she continued speaking in Dutch, and then when she went to the refugee camp after the war, she spoke Dutch and learned English and French. So, I had to focus on how to stay true to her voice despite the change in language. To be trusted to tell a Holocaust survivor’s story felt really big. I felt the responsibility for grounding it in truth and fact.

    Irene was amazingly brave as the writing opened up memories she had not known she had. My husband and I divvied up scenes to write based on our knowledge and interests. I would write a scene with our character sketches, and I would send it to Irene and then we would meet on Skype, and she would be like “Nope, nope, nope. That’s wrong.” She wouldn’t know what I got wrong until I wrote it wrong and then it would open up her memory to say, “Oh, now I remember. It wasn’t the smell of daffodils, it was crocuses…” or whatever the detailmight be. So, every time we wrote it would open up something else like this, and we would go back and forth in conversation. Then we would read it out loud so that Irene could feel that it was coming from within her. The bravery she had to be willing to see things that would have been easy to not see was incredible.

    How do you balance deep diving into this heavy topic and maintaining your daily life with children, work, significant others, etc?

    First, I scheduled the time as if it was a second job. I had goals and deadlines. So much of writing just showing up and doing the work. Over and over. It is not anything magical.

    Second, and this is where there is a bit of magic, was around creating ritual to ground myself in the ‘Why.’ You can have discipline but be uninspired. So, to keep that inspiration, I would look at pictures of her family as they went through the Holocaust. I would listen to Enya, which is super cheesy but I just love Enya, so I would listen to her, light a candle, and look at photos of Irene’s family. I would ground myself in the reasons why I am going to spend two hours on a gorgeous 70 degree afternoon inside doing this work instead of outside with friends or family. So that created this space that is sort of sacred, kind of time-out-of -ime, so that I could maintain my energy for the work.

    I think as international educators we are used to being committed to our work, and having to harness energy for it even during hard times. Hmmm… maybe like a pandemic that halts student mobility for two years! So, it was kind of just building on that same kind of energy that is resplendent in our field in many ways. This story is one of showcasing how we have got to work across all our perceived differences so that we can actually co-create a better world.

    How can we incorporate Irene's message into our daily lives?

    I think two things. One is to assume best intentions. unless we have a reason not to. Because there is so much that is hurtful, and we are all edgy coming out of the pandemic. Before we jump to escalate, and punish, and demonize, can we step in with some kindness? Can we assume best intentions before reacting to everything that we disagree with? Can we just have a little gentleness? Irene has taught me to just take a breath, don’t react, and just notice and listen. Then when I’m a little more grounded, be curious. And that has been so helpful for me.

    Two, is the opposite. If we know there are bad intentions, like if we see bullying happen, we must simply show up. Sometimes there is a natural “look the other way” kind of response. Like it is someone else’s problem. The pandemic has been hard on humans, on families, on communities. If we see someone experiencing suffering, let’s stand with them. And this has kindness in it, but it is also a braver than just that. It involves risk. How can we expand the definition of who our brothers and sisters are and how can we intervene in order to prevent suffering? I think for your average person, if we can just make these small choices that take a little time and small dose of bravery, it makes a difference.

    What was the hardest part for you about translating or helping to relay this story?

    Probably the editing process. There were certain parts of her story that I found really interesting to learn about and write about, that through the editing process it was clear that the narrative was stronger without them. I think that was probably the hardest part – letting go of some of the writing and different scenes that I just loved.

    And also, it just took a while, so took some patience with the process as I just wanted to get it out in the world. We so wanted her to be part of the book’s launch before she got too old. She’s 91! It was hard feeling that time crunch.

    The blessing of it all was the closeness- Irene feels like my older sister. She feels like family and really, who gets that? Who gets to have a 91-year-old older sister when you are my age? It has been such a source of joy, even in the suffering of the story. That has been the biggest, most unexpected outcome of doing this project together. Then we had a reason to meet, and now we are not writing anymore but we keep meeting anyway. I go to Ann Arbor frequently, and Irene has just finished a podcast in German, she just appeared on Dutch news show, and has a CNN special- she is just going gang-busters. And, the book has been translated in Dutch, Portuguese, Czech, and will be out in German this summer. Sometimes I am involved in some of that and sometimes I just hear about it through her agent, and it is just fabulous and so much fun. I love riding her coattails. How fabulous and long the coattails are of this 5 ft 1 in woman.

    What, if anything, did this project help show to you or reveal to you about working in international education?

    How do we weave story into what we do? Whether that is literally using the book and her journey as an itinerary for faculty led program, or how we help our students make sense of their own experiences in another culture.

    It made me realize the importance of expanding our definition of family and community across boundaries, meaning you’re responsible for me and I am responsible for you in some shared capacity, because if we can expand that, then it is much harder to invade, attack, or ignore the suffering of others. It made me appreciate my citizenship and think about what it means to have the privilege of having a country to call home, and to help those who don’t have this power or protection. It seems so similar to the reasons that we are in the international ed field to begin with, because otherwise, why would we be here?

    The last thoughts I want to share are to give kudos to the individuals in the Global Leadership League- all the volunteers and participants who are keeping a safe space alive for people to come together in this field and continue to grow. Because that is how it is going to grow back and grow back better.

    If you are interested in learning more about Irene Butter, her story, and the published book ‘Shores Beyond Shores: From Holocaust to Hope, My True Story’ join The League on 12 May, 2022, at 11:00 AM (EDT) for a virtual book discussion. Learn more here. As well, learn more about Kris’ organization, CISAbroad, here.

    The mission of the Global Leadership League is to ignite change across the global education field by empowering, connecting, and training leaders. We invite you to reach out to us here or learn more about becoming a member.

  • 08 Mar 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    Almost every month of the year has several days that recognize and celebrate various causes, organizations, or topics. Some of these days are serious, some are religious, and some are just fun ones (World Doughnut Day, anyone?).

    One of the biggest celebrations that we mark in March is International Women's Day. This event is celebrated annually on March 8th, and this year has the theme of "Break the Bias." According to their official website, "International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women's achievements or rally for women's equality."

    International Women's Day has a long history and has been celebrated for over a century, with its first recognition occurring in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. It was later celebrated for the first time by the United Nations in 1975 but gained more considerable popularity with its re-energization in 2001.*

    As part of our own celebration and recognition for this day, the Global Leadership League proudly hosted our event, The Difference You Make: A Conversation with a Holocaust Survivor. This event was an inspiring and moving virtual conversation with Dr. Irene Butter, a Holocaust survivor, and author. We were honored to host this event and to hold our own space in recognizing International Women's Day.

    The concept of international days of recognition "predates the establishment of the United Nations"* and these occurrences are helpful to educate and inform people about different causes and global problems and celebrate various causal successes. Some of the most recognized international days include International Women's Day on March 8th, World Water Day on March 22nd, and International Day of Peace on September 21st. To peruse a comprehensive list of International Days of Celebration, visit this site hosted by the UNESCO Center for Peace. On this list, you will find days marking everything from Mother Earth Day (April 22nd) to International Day of Happiness (March 20th).

    With so many days of the years dedicated to different causes and topics, it seems that there is a day relating to just about everyone. So, we wonder, if you were to add your own international day or recognition, what type of person or activity would you love to see celebrated each year? Let us know by sharing with us on our social media!

    *About international women's day. International Women's Day. (n.d.). Retrieved March 4, 2022, from https://www.internationalwomensday.com/About

    *Why do we mark international days? United Nations. (2020, April 21). Retrieved March 4, 2022, from https://www.unsecretariat.net/sections/observances/why-do-we-mark-international-days/index.html#:~:text=Who%20chooses%20them%20and%20how,General%20Assembly%20by%20Member%20States

    The mission of the Global Leadership League is to ignite change across the global education field by empowering, connecting, and training leaders. We invite you to reach out to us here or learn more about becoming a member.

  • 24 Jan 2022 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    By Sarah E. Spencer, The League’s Director of Global Strategy and Founder of OnPoint Global Strategies & Coaching shares her thoughts on

    Eight Questions Nonprofit Leaders Must Ask

    Consistent good leadership is an essential skill, one more important than ever in all workplaces – private, not-for-profit or government. Although this article focuses on nonprofit leadership, many of these questions apply to anyone already a leader, or aspiring to be one. The last two years with the global pandemic and social, political and economic turmoil, have tested our professional acumen, stress levels and maybe even our health. 

    In the nonprofit sector, the upheaval in employment and hence personal finances has impacted philanthropy. Volunteers may not have been available due to lockdowns, safety protocols or time available. Educators have somehow managed to move to online learning and empty campuses. Even your devoted employees energized by your organization’s mission may have unexpectedly left for remote work or more money, and it’s hard to recruit talented replacements.

    This is a lot, even for the most experienced nonprofit leaders and professional colleagues. Take time to pause, grab a cup of tea or a glass of wine, and ask yourself the following eight questions to help reset your organization for success – and why not invite your leadership and diversity of professional colleagues to join in too?

    Click here to continue reading...

    MMS NorCal Coaching Collective offers coaching, tools and support for leaders and executives, health and wellness, improved relationships, as well as coaching for artists, nonprofit leaders, and more. Subscribe to receive its monthly newsletter.

    Sarah E. Spencer is a consultant to the higher and global education sector and the Founder & Managing Director at OnPoint Global Strategies & Coaching. She is also a Professional Coach at the MMS NorCal Institute of Northern California and works with non-profit leaders, professionals and teams who find themselves at crossroads or want to improve their leadership acumen. She is also a founding board member and director of global strategy for the Global Leadership League.

    The mission of the Global Leadership League is to ignite change across the global education field by empowering, connecting, and training leaders. We invite you to reach out to us here or learn more about becoming a member.

  • 30 Dec 2021 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    By Dana Tottenham


    Director, League Lasso Writer’s Circle
    Ed.D. Student, The University of Texas at Austin On Educational Leave, Emory University 

    One of the rituals when I fly from my home in Atlanta to my hometown of Austin is heading straight to El Arroyo (translated the Ditch). This Tex-Mex restaurant, built over a limestone ravine, has an infamous billboard out front. Over the decades, these billboard signs have become folklore in Austin: witty sayings, political statements, and signs of the times.

    El Arroyo always says it best, “It’s OK if you fall apart. Sometimes tacos fall apart, and we still love them."

    The field of international education has fallen apart. But here in the League, we love things that fall apart, because through the harness of leadership, we can join forces and put something even more magical back together. Whether you are asking Sophia something confidential or meeting new people in a Mentoring Circle, the League is like a taco bar. There is something for everyone.

    I had to make an incredibly difficult decision in early spring 2021 to leave my beloved position in the field. As a working mom amidst a global pandemic, it simply was unsustainable to keep going, and I literally fell apart. I am grateful that I was already a League member. Although I had left my day job and sense of identity as an international educator, I still had an anchor in the field. The League became my comfort food- the biggest bowl of Queso that you can imagine drinking from.

    During this year, I had the honor of launching the inaugural League Lasso Writer’s Circle. League members from across the globe- from the United States to Spain to India- zoomed together to share their stories. Late in the evenings, we read out loud a piece of our souls, from personal essays of pandemic trauma to book chapters waiting to be published to professional bio statements edited for university websites.

    The Taco Bar of 2022 is officially open. The League is on the Rise. Grab a tortilla (or a rita), strap your vaccines in, and let’s enjoy the masked-up ride.

    The mission of the Global Leadership League is to ignite change across the global education field by empowering, connecting, and training leaders. We invite you to reach out to us here or learn more about becoming a member.

  • 30 Nov 2021 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Where o where has 2021 gone?! If you are anything like us here at The League, it feels like this past year has flown by! We can’t believe that we are preparing to wrap up 2021 and turn our focus towards 2022. While many of us are still coming to terms with the past year (including the impact of COVID and the uncertainty of so many details for the future), we felt now is as good a time as any to take a moment for some reflection.

    The holidays tend to be a period when most people spend more time with family, gather around the table together, and (hopefully) have a few days off here or there. Moments like this tend to bring to the surface many memories, including those of past holidays, thoughts of loved ones, and rumination on the past. We encourage you to use this time of the year to take your own pause for some reflection. Pour yourself a cup of your favorite warm beverage, find a comfy spot to settle into, and take a moment to deep dive into your past year of highs and maybe even a few lows. Here are a few ideas for you to help create some space for reflection:

    1. Take time to journal: What have you accomplished this past year? What did you not accomplish but had hoped to? What was the biggest obstacle you faced? What was your happiest moment of the past year? What was your saddest? Spend some time with your thoughts and memories and write them down.

    2. Look back through photos: In today’s age of technology, most of us take and store more pictures than ever before. Take some time to scroll through your social media over the past year, appreciating the images captured and the ideas you shared. Or, if you are not a big social media person, chances are you have created a feed of memories on your cell phone’s photo storage. Take a walk down memory lane looking at these images- pondering where you were, who you were with, and how you felt at that moment.

    3. Flip back through your calendar: We all (almost all?) keep a log of our recent history. For some of us, that might be in the form of a digital calendar somewhere, and for others, it might still be in a physical paper calendar. By flipping back through the past months and looking at the different appointments you have set or the events marked down, these will act as the perfect prompts for reflection on all you have faced, handled, and accomplished.

    4. Read through some notes: Again, everyone’s paper trail will look different, but we are sure most of us here have one. Whether it is in the form of a journal or diary that you keep, or even in the emails that you have sent, take some time to look back through your past correspondence- even if it is just with yourself in your own notebook. How did you feel at that moment? What was the entry or email in regards to? Was it something significant in your world at the time or something that was simply a part of your daily to-do list?

    There are several ways we can all create a space of reflection for ourselves. Before we officially wrap up 2021 (hello, New Year’s Eve 2022, we see you!), we highly encourage everyone to take a moment to pause and explore how this past year has felt, both in the highs and the lows. In a

    year that has seemed to have flown past in the blink of an eye, we are sure there are several sweet moments to be cherished. Happy reflecting!

    The mission of the Global Leadership League is to ignite change across the global education field by empowering, connecting, and training leaders. We invite you to reach out to us here or learn more about becoming a member.

  • 28 Oct 2021 5:30 PM | Anonymous

    When we launched The League, one of the top professional wishes was mentoring. Many colleagues didn’t know how to find a mentor, especially if their networks were limited, and we created one of our flagship programs for members. Mentor Circles provides a small group the chance to engage with others about varying topics- conversations they might not otherwise consider with participants they might otherwise not encounter. This cornerstone of collaboration and conversation is part of what makes this program so powerful and successful. You might even recall, we shared a blog by League Outcomes Coordinator Lisa Brancheau about our Mentor Circles back in February. Now we hear from participants below. 

    We spoke with a few participants from our past mentor circles who were excited to share some of the reasons they found this program so rewarding and what drove them to participate in it several times over! So, we asked: Why did they participate? What was the best part? What advice would they offer others? And, what was the biggest takeaway for them? While we here at The League might feel the benefits of mentor circles are apparent, we thought it is important to share these perspectives with others who might not be clear on what a mentor circle is or how it can help them professionally.

    The responses to “What made you want to join a mentor circle?” really hit home on just why we think this program can be so valuable for global education professionals. Our participants shared:

    I joined a Mentor Circle on a quest for deeper, intentional career introspection. I was seeking an opportunity that would challenge me to consider my potential professional outlook through guided conversation with other international education colleagues. 

    I can’t remember why I joined the first time (in 2016 or so?), but I was impressed with the women who created The League and thought, why not! Since then, I’ve kept coming back and participating in the Mentoring Circles almost every cycle because I get a lot out of it, and it is not a big commitment. I have met some wonderful people (women mostly), made some good connections, and learned a lot about people and the International Education field.

    I even joined a “Career Connections” mentoring relationship and have made a very good friend from it!

    When asked about the best part of Mentor Circles, their answers were about learning from others’ perspectives and experiences. These connections are really at the heart of what makes this program so impactful, and we are thrilled this effect is prominent within sessions and its outcomes.

    “The absolute best part of the Mentor Circles is the opportunity to connect with other female international education colleagues. The diversity of experience and perspective lent itself to generating rich conversations, which positively impacted my own personal career self-reflection.”

    “It is easy to do, and I have learned so much about different parts of our broad field of International Education and people from different geographic parts of the world. It allows me to travel (virtually) and learn about different perspectives and points of view.”

    We know not everyone might be sold on the idea of Mentor Circles and their positive impact, so we asked our participants what advice they would offer to others thinking about participating in these groups?

    “It is so easy to do and takes so little time, but the rewards are great. The mentor circle coordinators have done a very good job of matching people according to their interests and what stage of their career they are in.”

    “Opening oneself up to vulnerability both internally and externally can be a challenge. The Mentoring Circles are a safe space to have open, honest, difficult, yet constructive conversations that ultimately yield tremendous career clarity. Joining a Mentoring Circle is easily one of the best decisions I made for reinvesting in myself and others.”

    Lastly, and maybe most importantly, we asked participants what their biggest takeaway was from Mentor Circles. 

    “My biggest takeaway was expanding my network to include some of the sharpest and caring individuals looking to elevate themselves and their colleagues. The incredible people in my Mentoring Circle serve as champions and cheerleaders for one another’s success. There are simply no words to describe the high level of empathy, support, and uplift I received from these amazing women.”

    “Joining the Mentor circles has been enriching both personally and professionally! It’s not so much (for me) about the topic of the conversation, whether it’s “negotiation” or “Blazing your career trail” or something else. It is more about meeting and sharing and learning from and mentoring people who value similar things but who may come at it from slightly different perspectives. It is a very supportive and encouraging environment.”

    If you have been on the fence about joining our Mentor Circles program, or have seen our promotions for it but never considered being a part of it, consider this your sign to join! We would love to have you, and we know you will walk away from it with experiences, professional growth, and learning opportunities you might not have otherwise encountered.  

    We want to extend a BIG thank you to those who participated for taking the time to share their experiences and insights about Mentor Circles with us! 

    Learn more and join our next round of Mentor Circles here.

  • 29 Sep 2021 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    While things may not be back to the same, most of us have more than likely acclimated to our new normal by now. For many of us, this new normal may look like working from home full-time or part-time, having the kids home either full-time or part-time or maybe even a completely new job and career. Whatever your recently found day-to-day looks like, we want to ask: are you still taking the time to focus on the forward movement of your career? We know this can feel like an additional burden to carry when you are working hard to just keep your head above water. But we promise, keeping this in consideration could potentially lighten your other workplace burdens.

    If you were to take just 30 minutes to 1 hour a week to devote solely to your professional development, what would you do with this time? There are lots of actions that could provide tremendous results for your professional development. So, let’s talk long-term thinking here for the sake of your career…

    1. Schedule a 30-minute coffee with someone new every week. This could be a key stakeholder for you, a power partner, or even your employees. You never know where sitting down with someone new once a week could take you.

    2. Take time to organize your calendar- and stick to it! How often have you thought, “How could I improve my time-management skills?” Taking the time to manage your time and calendar for the week could be the perfect first step in taking back your time management.

    3. Attend one professional event a week. Again- this can only be for one hour per week. But taking this step to show up and engage with other professionals consistently could potentially open many doors of opportunity.

    4. Talk strategy, mission, engagement goals, etc., with an employee once a week. So many employees feel they are just a cog in the machine and that their ideas are not heard or respected. If you took the time to talk strategy with a different employee every week, who knows what it could do for not only your workplace culture but the forward movement of your organization as a whole.

    5. Take time to write down your goals and ideas. By giving these thoughts and feelings a place to live, it will be much easier to come back and look at them, or even take action on them, than continually thinking to yourself, “What was that good idea again?”

    We know that sometimes this can feel like the last thing you want to do- especially when the kids need help, there is always a pile of laundry or dishes somewhere waiting to be done, and you are probably just all around tired from the other demands of life. But, setting aside this time for yourself to dream big and plan long-term could be the propelling force to move you into the direction you want to go- be that for you personally or for your organization as a whole.

    So, we ask you again, if you were going to set aside just 30 minutes (or an hour!) each week to strategize the big picture, what would you do with that time?

    The mission of the Global Leadership League is to ignite change across the global education field by empowering, connecting, and training leaders. We invite you to reach out to us here or learn more about becoming a member.

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