Volunteer spotlight: Global education entrepreneur shares insights with students
By Steve Seepersaud
The featured speaker at the Alumni Association's recent "Cool Connections, Hot Alumni" virtual career event encouraged students to follow their true passion in life and shared how she started a successful business.
Missy Gluckmann '90 met with a group of about 20 Binghamton students via videoconference on March 8, in an event that was part of the University's International Women's Day celebration. The Career Development Center and Binghamton Globalistas co-sponsored the session.
Based in Chapel Hill, N.C., and under the Melibee Global umbrella, Gluckmann runs an international speaker series on global citizenship, diversity and culture; online training for global educators and students; and a blog.
As a Binghamton student, Gluckmann worked in the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). After graduating, she worked for several colleges in international student advising and study abroad. Gluckmann felt she could be an agent for change, which is much easier to achieve when you only answer to yourself. So, she decided to launch her own venture.
"When I worked in higher ed, I was always on the fence about what I could and could not write about," Gluckmann said. "I felt it was time to let this creative part of me out into the sunlight to blossom. I never put together a formal business plan. I started blogging and found that people read it because they thought it was interesting."
In line with the theme of the day, Gluckmann talked about several of her "she-roes" - women who are champions for women's rights and gender equality. She cited her mentor Ellen Badger, director of ISSS at Binghamton, among them.
"Women are smart, active, courageous and empowered," Gluckmann said. "We all could think of a woman who is our she-ro."
During the session, Gluckmann took questions from the students, who asked, among other things, how they can network most effectively. She said one of the biggest mistakes she made in the beginning was being too aggressive in promoting her blog. Learning the hard way helped her to better leverage connections that she made.
"I always wanted to do training, but I wanted to do it without going all over creation," Gluckmann said. "I networked with a local trainer here, and she invited me to be a guest trainer. Then, it really took off."
If you'd like to give career advice and insights to students, but are not able to travel back to campus, perhaps you could be a guest speaker for a "Cool Connections, Hot Alumni" event. To find out more, contact Melinda Holicky, assistant director of alumni relations for student programming, at firstname.lastname@example.org