Guild Stephen

After serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone and working in the Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, DC and the Virgin Islands Training Center, I came to the new School of Education at UMass as a founding member of CIE and a planning doctoral student.  We spent many hours, and not a small amount of uncertainty and confusion deciding what a center for international education was and should be.  Although it did take some years to create the Center, those years were exciting times, full of exploration and creativity.  I received my doctoral degree in 1973 and was director of the Global Survival Freshman Year Program at UMass, which continued until 1977, 


In 1980, I moved to Seattle, with my family.  I began a consulting business, concentrating on the design, development and delivery of training programs for businesses and organizations, and my clients included Boeing, Microsoft, the American Institute of Banking, Recreational Equipment, Inc., several Washington State departments and others.  During that time, I also worked in Russia, Guam, Germany, Slovakia and Greece.  My family and I spent one year in Kenya (1994-95), teaching at the United States International University in Nairobi.  For several years in early 2000, I taught MBA courses in Beijing (in English!)


In 2003, I began working for City University, a private university in the Seattle area, as the Dean of Faculty Development, a position I held until 2006. I was certified as a TESOL teacher before I left Seattle in 2006 to live in Brazil, and I continued to teach online courses in leadership and the management of change for several different private universities until I retired in 2014.


I now live in a senior residence in Seattle, where I am the President of the Resident Council, and I remain involved as a volunteer with AARP, the Seattle Opera, and the Seattle Symphony, where I am President of the Seattle Symphony Volunteers board. The symphony is a distinctly inclusive organization that has a deep commitment to increasing understanding and acceptance through the power of music.  So, I guess I am continuing to play a role in education in our world.  [10-18]




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