McGuire, known as the “Global Gal,” joined Lisa Sasevich, “The Queen of Sales Conversation,”
Throughout her life and career, McGuire has lived in or traveled to 65 countries. After a decade spent living, working and traveling abroad, McGuire’s international experiences led to a job in New York City as the Director of Global Workforce Development overseeing one of the world’s largest intercultural and global workforce divisions for a Fortune 500 company. Drawn back to her home state of Iowa, she founded her own company, WorldWide Connect ® (www.worldwideconnect.com) to train individuals, business people and their families from around the world to navigate the complexities of unfamiliar cultures. Today, her client list includes companies across the globe, and she oversees trainers and consultants on six continents.
“All of my experiences – whether living in Asia-Pacific, working in the Middle East, or visiting an indigenous village in South America – served to solidify my desire to help others develop cultural competencies,”
Recently, McGuire announced she was launching a new company – Global Gals® (www.globalgals.org)
“Through Global Gals, my goal is to specifically empower and educate women who want to live, work and travel around the world. My passion is to help other women to be successful in “answering the call” of their travel dreams,” McGuire said.
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More About Brenda McGuire
Brenda McGuire, Founder and President of WorldWide® Connect and Global Gals®, is a cross-cultural business specialist whose international career has taken to her to 65 countries on six continents. A native of Iowa, McGuire spent more than a decade living abroad experiencing diverse cultures firsthand. She’s lived in Japan, Australia, Ireland, England and Switzerland and has worked in 30 countries.
McGuire first became interested in learning about other cultures while studying abroad at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, and participating in Semester at Sea – an around-the-world academic voyage. Since graduating from ISU, she has worked internationally in the non-profit, corporate, academic and government sectors. She worked in the Office of Citizen Exchange at the United States Information Agency in Washington, D.C.; taught English as a Second Language in Dublin, Ireland; and conducted cross-cultural research in South Korea.
While living in Sydney, Australia, McGuire worked for the U.S. Consulate General and for the Asia-Pacific Research Institute. She has worked professionally in the fields of international recruitment and human resources in London, England; Sydney, Australia; and Des Moines. McGuire also gained valuable cross-cultural business experience living in Osaka, Japan, for two years training and coaching global business executives.
Prior to establishing WorldWide Connect, McGuire served as the Director of Global Workforce Development for Prudential Financial in New York City. While there, she worked with Fortune 500 companies around the world to deliver customized intercultural business training and consulting solutions in over 40 countries. She also managed a multi-cultural/
McGuire holds a Master of Arts degree in International Communication from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, and a Bachelor of Science degree with Distinction in Psychology and International Relations from Iowa State University. She is a frequent international speaker at conferences, corporate meetings and industry events. McGuire was invited to speak at the ASTD conference in South Africa on Global Leadership Competencies and at American University in Washington, D.C., on expatriate issues. In addition, she has served as a guest lecturer aboard the Celebrity and Royal Caribbean cruise lines in Asia, Australia, Europe and the U.S. Earlier this year, McGuire received a prestigious EXPY Award, from the National Association of Experts, Writers & Speakers for her international speaking skills.