28 episodes

International educators are a unique breed! They work tirelessly around the world to promote global education and stewardship. Whether they’re recruiting a student, promoting study abroad opportunities, or ensuring student success on campus, they open new doors and make dreams come true. They change lives and bend destinies.

And along the way, many of their own lives are changed and their own destinies bent.

If you’re interested to hear more about the international educators whose mission it is to change lives and bend destinies, this is the podcast for you.

Jessica Guiver and Girish Ballolla engage in candid conversations with guests to learn more about their journeys, when they realized they were bending destinies, and how their own lives have been changed in the process.

Destiny Benders Jessica Guiver & Girish Ballolla

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International educators are a unique breed! They work tirelessly around the world to promote global education and stewardship. Whether they’re recruiting a student, promoting study abroad opportunities, or ensuring student success on campus, they open new doors and make dreams come true. They change lives and bend destinies.

And along the way, many of their own lives are changed and their own destinies bent.

If you’re interested to hear more about the international educators whose mission it is to change lives and bend destinies, this is the podcast for you.

Jessica Guiver and Girish Ballolla engage in candid conversations with guests to learn more about their journeys, when they realized they were bending destinies, and how their own lives have been changed in the process.

    Destiny Benders in Barcelona for EAIE

    Destiny Benders in Barcelona for EAIE

    Girish speaks with attendees at the European Association for International Education (EAIE) annual conference in Barcelona!

    • 35 min
    The Beauty & Benefit in Being Uncomfortable

    The Beauty & Benefit in Being Uncomfortable

    We speak with Francisco Marmolejo, Higher Education President at the Qatar Foundation

    • 42 min
    The 4 P's: People, Programs, Policies, Processes

    The 4 P's: People, Programs, Policies, Processes

    Lakshmi Kumar shares her lifelong dream of addressing mental health in India, based on her own childhood experiences, which led her to design and develop child-centric environments in schools.
    Lakshmi is the Founder Director of the Orchid School in Pune, India.

    • 39 min
    We Never Stop Learning

    We Never Stop Learning

    Stav Boutsis reflects on her 20+ year career in admissions and enrollment management from starting as a campus tour guide to moving to Saudi Arabia to develop graduate recruitment programs. Her thoughtful insights about her journey, the people she's met, the colleagues she cherishes, and her advice for young professionals is a must-listen.
    Stav is the Manager of Saudi Graduate Recruitment and Development at KAUST, Saudi Arabia.

    • 40 min
    Be Confident in Taking Risks

    Be Confident in Taking Risks

    We speak with Lisa Besso, Founding Partner of Global Ed Professionals

    • 37 min
    I'm a Closet Academic

    I'm a Closet Academic

    Being jobless for a year may have been a blessing in disguise for Lakshmi Iyer whose relentless job search accidentally brought her into international education - a field she was meant to be in. Lakshmi also shares her journey of being an international student and how that experience influencer her role as a counselor.
    Lakshmi is a senior international education professional based in India.

    • 37 min

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