Culturally, Gemma grew up in a cross-cultural environment, her Irish father and Spanish mother met in 1960s London and settled there to raise their family. Her academic background was originally in literature and languages (French & Hispanic Studies) and later in Sustainable Tourism Management, with a focus on human resource management and quality service encounters at destinations. She has over twenty years experience in the UK Higher Education system, and over five now as a member of IES London Abroad faculty. She teaches Managing People in Organisations and Leading Across Cultures (Summer Internship Programme) modules and has also recently been appointed Faculty Development Representative of the Business Faculty. She continues to be fascinated how culture (national, personal and organisational) all are inter-linked and affect business in an ever-global work context. She is excited to be at the Chicago conference. In addition to her teaching, she has a consultancy service in organisational development - www.organisational-development-works.com.
Read below to find out a bit more about Gemma:
Where have you studied or lived abroad?
I have lived in Toledo, Spain and Beziers, France, Arequipa, Peru and Quepos, Costa Rica. All for work or study abroad and all wonderful experiences in different ways.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Yoga, swimming (in lakes and open water), seeing films and plays. I also write poetry and plays.
Best piece of advice you've ever received?
It's what you don't do that you regret, not the other way around!