Since the successful release of "Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World," Homa Sabet Tavangar has been recognized as a leading voice among parents, educators, business leaders, the media and non-profit organizations in building understanding of global citizenship, its nuances and its practicalities. Prior to turning her attention to writing and global education, she had 20 years' experience working with governments, businesses, international organizations and non-profit agencies in global competitiveness, organizational and business development, and cross-cultural understanding.
"As a parent raising children during such times of flux, I was looking for a book that would help make sense of the intersection of globalization, education and parenting, and offer thoughtful, practical tools. I didn't find that book, so I set out to write it. The result is Growing Up Global," Homa explained.
She was born in Tehran and moved to Cleveland, Ohio when she was just over a year old. Along with Iran, she has lived in East and West Africa, South America, and throughout the United States. In addition to English, she speaks Persian (Farsi), Spanish, Portuguese, and rudimentary French and Swahili. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in International Economics, and International Development and Public Affairs from UCLA and Princeton University. She spent one pivotal year studying at The Catholic University in Lima, Peru, and criss-crossing the lower two-thirds of South America. Her religious heritage includes four of the world's major faiths, and she has family living on every continent.
Homa started researching Growing Up Global after spending the first anniversary of 9/11/01 in China, while she served as Special Advisor on International Business Development for the City of Philadelphia. From January through April 2007 she lived in West Africa with her children, where they spent a school term and she blogged their experience for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She is married and the mother of three girls, ranging in age from 8 to 18.
Homa is looking forward to sharing ideas from Growing Up Global with communities everywhere. When people begin to explore the opportunities for connecting with the world, we all learn so much. Consider inviting Homa to your community for a talk, book discussion, an international day, school assembly, training in a school or corporate environment, or consultation with administration for implementing a globally-oriented strategic plan. See the Events page on www.growingupglobal.net for more information on each of these formats and for her upcoming schedule. And join the conversation on the Growing Up Global Facebook page (www.facebook.com/growingupglobal)!