Challenges faced by women in International Education and the Importance of self-care 28 Mar 2019 07:15 08:20

Challenges faced by women in International Education and the Importance of self-care 28 Mar 2019 07:15 08:20

Dr Linda Angell Speaker
Miss Noreen Lucey Speaker
Ms Doreen John Speaker
Ms Germaine Broadbent Speaker
Ms Lakshmi Iyer Speaker

Global Leadership League: 

The Global Leadership League is a professional organization for women in international education, providing a platform for community, knowledge, and dialogue. Its goal is to create a vibrant, safe space for women to learn from each other and advance their own careers.

Challenges faced by women in International Education and the importance of self-care

International Education is an industry dependent on interaction with different cultures, backgrounds, work ethics, etiquette, business norms and hierarchy. We discuss the different challenges faced by women in international education in different regions of the world. We ask women, “Are we practicing self-care and what does this mean in an industry where we work across multiple time zones with significant travel commitments?”

Speaking with women from various parts of the world, we explore the different environment women operate in within international education and how we can support women's leadership from these regions, how cultures are very different regarding women's leadership and how we can amplifying women's careers in Asia. 

Are challenges similar in terms of diversity and to that of our male colleagues in these regions? We explore the notion of imposter syndrome as an example. We examine how to cope with new environments, different languages and cultures and the challenges to balance mission and money and how women from different backgrounds and cultures deal with this. 

We discuss experiences from these different regions and from the private and public sector. We encourage women from different backgrounds, abilities, levels of experience and parts of the world to embrace this diversity and encourage relationships to help each other.  

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the difference of doing business in Asia and in particular how cultures and business norms differ between markets

  • Discover best practices in intercultural development and transformation within different regions 

  • Expand attendees network amongst women leaders in international education across different regions. 

  • Expand attendees understanding of different cultures and their role as an intercultural mentor within your institution 

  • Adopt self-care practices and how to manage work-life balance in an industry that can be demanding on personal time and commitments 


Miss Noreen Lucey
Managing Director, Haddington International Education (HIE), Ireland

Noreen Lucey runs a consultancy company, working with higher education institutions on internationalization strategies, student recruitment and campus diversification. Having lived overseas for much of her career in Europe, Australia, USA, Latin America and Asia, she now works with a network of global consultants bring internationalisation solutions to universities.

Ms Doreen John
Head of Partnerships and Student Engagement, International Office, Sunway University, Malaysia

Currently Head of Partnerships and Student Engagement for Sunway University’s American Degree Transfer Program in Malaysia, Doreen John previously served as Malaysian EducationUSA Country Director.  Her experience in higher education is in academic advising and partnership formation. Doreen completed a Master’s degree in Adult Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  

Ms Lakshmi Iyer
Executive Head and Director of Education, Sannam S4, India

Ms. Lakshmi Iyer is the Executive Director and Head of the Education Division at Sannam S4. Ms. Iyer has been working in the education industry for over 16 years now and brings senior managerial experience to the industry. Her passion for the sector is immense and she has been an active observer and commentator about the industry.

Dr Linda Angell
Director of International Office, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Linda Angell is the first Director of International Exchange Programs at the American University of Sharjah, UAE. Prior to this role, Linda worked as an academic (Victoria University of Wellington, The Pennsylvania State University) and a manager within several public and private institutions in New Zealand, the U.S., Germany and the U.K.

Ms Germaine Broadbent
Senior Sales Manager for Higher Education UK, Flywire, United Kingdom

Germaine started her career in the 90s working overseas in language schools. Her career has included academic & pastoral roles, plus operational & revenue focused positions. The scope of her knowledge includes Language Travel, Boarding/K12, Higher Ed & Study Abroad. Germaine works remotely from her home in Sussex, UK.


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