Our Mission

Melibee Global aims to elevate the discussion about education abroad, culture, diversity and the lifelong path to global citizenship by:

1) Offering Professional development through the Cultural Career Coaching Circle (C4) program – ideal for those who want to work or already work in the international education and travel communities

2) Booking inspiring Speakers

3) Creating trailblazing and informative Cultural Tools

4)  Giving back via the Jane Gluckmann and Carol Rausch Go Global Scholarship, administered by the Fund for Education Abroad.

It’s All in the Name

beeglobe1Melibee is a combination of the founder’s 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.

The Founder and “Queen Bee”

A stop along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.

My name is Missy Gluckmann and I’m the founder of Melibee Global and Better Abroad. I’m pretty sure that I was born in another culture and often feel more home abroad than at “home.” I have a habit of making a BEEline toward the most unique person in the room. While directing education abroad at several colleges, I would daydream about creating a company that would inject creativity in higher ed spaces. Today, I get to live that dream here at the Melibee hive! I am surrounded by the most delightful up and coming bees in the field who challenge and move me every day. I adore bees and am ever so slightly obsessed with India, Caetano Veloso and Dr. Maya Angelou. I’m also a gluten free foodie who can spend countless hours in the kitchen meditating over a hot stove.

For those of you know want more about my “street credibility,” 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 (New York, USA) in Political Science. I have lived abroad three times (Ecuador, England and Switzerland) and am grateful to have the opportunity to travel extensively. I have worked in a variety of institutions (New York University, Marymount College, SUNY, WCSU) in Study Abroad and International Student Advising.  I took some time away from international education and served as an Account Executive/Human Resource Consultant and Trainer for Cartus, which may still be the world’s largest international relocation company. The events of 9/11 inspired me to return to international education.

With my Brazilian “brother” – twenty something years after he lived with my family in high school!

How did I fall in love with international education? I blame it on my parents! In high school, my family hosted Rotary Exchange Students from Mexico and Brazil. They encouraged me to travel abroad through the Rotary Club after high school and studied abroad during college. While my peers purchased cars and gadgets, I bought plane tickets, life experiences and a passion for trying to understand more about myself, others and this world.

My other hobbies include organic cooking, sustainable living, writing, nature, photography, swimming, hiking, yoga, connecting people, travel and laughing heartily (yes, the belly aching, on the verge of crying/vomiting version)! I am mom to our son, who joined our family through an open adoption (which has been an incredible journey across cultures too!) You can read about our baby boy, Hudson, here.  My husband and I are also “parents” to our Brasilian “nephew” for the 2016-2017 academic year. (His dad is my “brother” –  in the photo to the left!)

Needless to say, besides being a mom, I also love to mentor others and BEE the change I wish to see in the world.

Drop me a line! You can contact me here.

BEE sure to meet my fabulous hive mates!  Click here to read all about the Melibees!