What is Melibee Global’s Mission?
Melibee Global inspires innovative international ideas.
Why is it called Melibee?
Good question! Melibee is a combination of my given name Melissa, which means “bee”. Meli + bee. As a person who has traveled a lot, I relate to the idea that bees travel, pick up pollen (information) and drop it off in a new location. That is very much what I hope Melibee is – a place for sharing information. Melibee was also chosen because I like that it instructs BEING global (MeliBEe Global). Get it?! I also liked that it was very different than other organizations’ names (e.g. “insert name here” consulting). From a cultural standpoint, bees don’t seem to offend too many. Finally, I like bees. They’re funny little creatures, aren’t they? What can I say? I think they’re more creative than the ubiquitous globe.
Who IS behind Melibee?
The busy bee behind Melibee is me, Missy Gluckmann. I formed Melibee Global and MelibeeU to serve organizations that are looking for inspiring, innovative, international ideas. We offer consulting services, international speakers and professional/personal development. Of course, one can never do this type of work alone. I have the most extraordinary team of interns and a vast pool of educators on board to contribute their expertise to Melibee. Just think of us as a busy virtual hive – with loads of hard working, clever and creative bees flying in and out!
What is your background Missy?
I completed my Master of Arts in International Education at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont (US) in the early 1990s. My BA degree is from Binghamton University (NY, USA) in Political Science. I have lived abroad twice and am grateful to have had the opportunity to travel extensively. I have worked in a variety of institutions (New York University, Marymount College, SUNY Rockland Community College, WCSU) in Study Abroad and International Student Advising. For several years, I took some time away from international education and served as an Account Executive/Human Resource Consultant and Trainer for Cartus, the world’s largest international relocation company. The events of 9/11 inspired me to return to international education.
As a child, I remember reading “The Story about Ping” (see below) hundreds of times as a kid, imaging the Yangtze River and wondering if Ping was going to be a lucky little duck that day or not. In high school, my family hosted Rotary Exchange Students from Mexico and Brazil. I traveled abroad through the Rotary Club after high school and studied abroad during college. While other students purchased cars and gadgets, I bought plane tickets, life experiences and a passion for trying to understand more about myself, others and this world.
An avid student of “life,” I participate in as many intercultural learning opportunities as I can. In 2010, I became a certified BEVI trainer. I am a voracious reader, and if you read my blog regularly, you know that I spend a lot of time reading books and viewing films about other cultures.
My other hobbies include organic cooking, writing, nature, green living, photography, connecting people, travel and laughing heartily. I also love to mentor young people and to learn from them too.
You may contact me here.
And if you want to read about the little duck Ping….here is the book: