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World Footprints:  The Story

“Take only memories, leave only footprints.”  Chief Seattle

What are the footprints you’re leaving when you travel? Are they positive impressions?  Did you connect with locals in your host destination? Enjoy their traditions and food? Reflect global citizenship and portray your country in a positive light?  These ideals are the foundation for World Footprints. World Footprints is a socially minded travel media company that bridges differences, fosters cultural intelligence, captures the essence of a destination and inspires meaningful travel. World Footprints travels deeper through their stories by offering perspectives that go beyond the destination to touch the heart. From unique aspects of a country’s culture or a global social cause, travel journalists Tonya and Ian Fitzpatrick seek to share stories that spark curiosity and shift points of view. The Fitzpatricks’ many travel experiences typically leave a single impression — no matter where one lives, the language spoken or the customs practiced – people are people and we all share a common humanity. World Footprints bridges the cultural gaps by celebrating the similarities we share and promoting respect for our differences. Through their content-rich website, the Fitzpatricks present behind-the-scenes information and human-interest stories in text, audio and video, offering more than just travel advice. World Footprints invites its visitors to examine the cultural roots of a destination, to view a destination with a different mindset and to explore travel by specific interest or social cause. It taps world figures and celebrities, such as Maya Angelou, singer/songwriter Theresa Andersson, Bobby Kennedy, Jr., Ken Burns, chef Cat Cora and others to share unique insights on places and people. World Footprints’ content also includes interviews with experts from the advocacy, foreign policy and travel communities.  

Meet Tonya and Ian

Travel journalists Ian and Tonya FitzpatrickThe Founders of World Footprints and Hosts of the multi award-winning World Footprints podcast are not typical travel journalists.  Both lawyers, Tonya and Ian also have advanced degrees from world-class institutions including the London School of Economics and the University of Michigan. Their careers have been stellar—Assistant General Counsel at a University, federal political appointment as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education, among others—yet they have chosen a life filled with travel adventures. Travel has always been central to their lives. Read more

Team

Consultants

Eliza Amon
Editor
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Growing up in a one stoplight town in New Jersey, Eliza Amon longed to explore the wider world she read about in novels. After high school, Eliza travelled to the Soviet Union with a youth peace group, bartended in Paris, hitchhiked throughout Italy and studied Yoruba religion in Nigeria, before completing her undergraduate degree at Oberlin College.

After college, Eliza lived in San Francisco and New Orleans before landing a Fulbright Scholarship and moving to Carthage, Tunisia. After returning from a year in North Africa, she spent 18 years in New York, which served as a base for many trips, including to Indonesia and China, the Caribbean, Central America and Europe.

Eliza has worked as a journalist for nearly 20 years with articles published in The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine and Bloomberg News among others. Eliza currently lives in Seattle where she is thrilled to have the opportunity to discover new adventures in the Pacific Northwest.

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Jan Guszynski
Brand Strategist
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Jan Guszynski is a senior-level brand strategist and marketing/communications leader with media, non-profit and marketing agency experience. She specializes in creative and strategic brand and marketing/communications planning, execution and management. Jan has extensive expertise in messaging and positioning development, and storytelling.  She has managed the brand portfolios for national and international brands and their sub-brands to raise brand profile, unify brand voice and increase market share.

Jan has traveled extensively and loves immersing herself in a country’s cultural and its people. While her heart belongs to Paris, she is also smitten with Prague, the ‘Paris of the East’. Her dream trip is to visit the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
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Maia Ennis
Social Media Assistant
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Maia Ennis is a mass communications major at Virginia Commonwealth University where she loves to explore the art and culture Richmond, Virginia has to offer. In the future, she intends to use public relations as a tool to bridge the gap between cultures around the world. In her spare time she loves to paint and visit art galleries (in between reruns of her favorite show The Office).

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Michele Bisceglie
Advisor
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Michele Bisceglie is the Chief Strategy Officer for Hellerman Communications, an award-winning corporate communications agency that positions professionals to win business.

An exceptional communicator and skilled strategist able to adapt to diverse and challenging environments, Michele has more than 20 years of experience guiding successful business development and marketing campaigns for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations including Boy Scouts of America, McKenna Long & Aldridge (now Dentons), Nixon Peabody LLP, ClubCorp, SchenkelShultz Architecture, Leadership Louisville Center, and Convergent Nonprofit Solutions.

Michele has a Yellow Belt in Legal Lean Sigma® and Project Management from Legal Lean Sigma Institute; is an alumna of Georgetown University’s Executive Nonprofit Management Certificate Program and Indianapolis’ Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series®; and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication (Journalism) from Purdue University.

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Sangeeta Waldron
Advisor
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Sangeeta Waldron has a rich cultural background – born and raised in London, then going on to complete her University life in India.  She is also widely travelled.

Today, Sangeeta is a recognized, respected, award winning Public Relations and media professional with over two decades’ worth of publicity, branding, communications, crisis management, media and social media experience.  She is a frequent speaker and spoke alongside the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan in December 2017 about being both a London and a woman in business.

Sangeeta started out her career writing speeches for previous UK Prime Ministers and Ministers and has also worked at the top level with big, powerful global brands such as the Economist Group; The Times; Cass Business School; including charities such as Breast Cancer Campaign.

She now runs her own successful London based PR agency, Serendipity PR and Media, working internationally across business, arts, culture and books in growth markets. Her cross-sector approach transcends geographies and cultures.

Until recently, Sangeeta was a contributing editor for Justmeans.com, part of 3BL Media, the largest global news platform on sustainable business news and corporate social responsibility, where she interviewed the Director General of the UN Geneva; Marcus Shingle, CEO, XPRIZE; Alastair Campbell, former adviser to previous British PM Tony Blair and many other high-profile influencers.

Sangeeta sits on different boards including the Federation of Small Business’s (FSB) Diversity Taskforce and previously was Chairman of Alternatives, which hosts all London’s wellbeing events with leading names such as Deepak Chopra, Russell Brand, Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson and more.

Follow Sangeeta on Twitter: @SangeetaWaldron; connect her on LinkedIn. http://www.serendipitypr.co.uk/

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