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Brenda's Global Journey

As a global business and travel expert, who has been to more than 80 countries, a best-selling author of 3 different books, and CEO and founder of two different companies, Brenda McGuire is no stranger to following your dreams—successfully at that. Though she grew up in a small town in Iowa, Brenda had ambitions that couldn’t be contained by borders. While attending Iowa State University she had the opportunity to see the world by attending a Semester at Sea. During that time Brenda realized where she felt at home: the whole world.

In the Beginning

Though she grew up in a small town in Iowa, Brenda had ambitions that couldn’t be contained by borders.

On Her Travels

Brenda has experienced 80 countries, 6 continents and 3 cruises around the world—and has even lived on dairy farms in the Swiss Alps—but the “Chief Global Gal” hasn’t unpacked her bags yet.

In the Community

Brenda is active in her community volunteering, participating on boards and committees, and hosting events. She has also been the recipient of the Forty Under 40 Award and showcased in the Des Moines Register 'You Should Get to Know.'

In the Corporate World

Brenda has trained thousands of business professionals how to successfully live and work globally. She is the founder of her own international business: Worldwide Connect, a cross-cultural training firm focused on business executives and supporting many major companies across the globe.

In the Academic World

She earned a BS in Psychology and International Relations with Distinction from Iowa State University, and an MA in International Communications from Macquarie University in Sydney. Brenda has worked for an Australian university, taught ESL in 3 countries, conducted cross-cultural academic research in South Korea, sailed around the world and taught students around the globe.

In the Air

Brenda's video has been shared on in flight entertainment on over 1,700 US Airways Flights. To watch the video that thousands of others have watched, click here.

At Sea

She's sailed around the worldthree times on Semester at Sea and Peace Boat. Brenda has also been a guest lecturer on many Celebrity and Royal Caribbean cruises worldwide. View Brenda's entire route around the world here

In the Media

Brenda has been featured in over 350 news outlets worldwide. Click here to see a few.

On Stage

Brenda has spoken to thousands of people in over 20 countries around the globe.

Inspiring Women Around the World

In 2012, Brenda also launched a second successful international business, one even closer to her heart: Global Gals, which educates, inspires and empowers women to achieve their travel goals and dreams. The educational and supportive network helps women live, work and travel abroad, whether new to travel or a seasoned globetrotter, a backpacking college student or a global businesswoman.