• Bio

    Through my enthusiasm for travel, language acquisition and cultural exploration I have customized my professional career trajectory to include a blend of passion and profession.


    My career interests within international education and meaningful travel focus on the pre-departure and orientation upon arrival. I find that in these moments the most impactful education occurs.

    I want to make a positive impact on these moments.

    Florence, Italy

    December, 2012

  • Experience

    Knowledge & Acquired Skills

    Vanderbilt University

    Administrative Assistant (May 2014-October 2015)

    Managed 8 conference rooms and meeting schedules within the Ingram Cancer Center


    Recruited for 9 departments within Ingram Cancer Center for clinical staff, domestic and international post-doctoral positions, and international graduate fellows; proficiency with Talent Central and processing J1 and H1B visas in accordance with university International Student Services office


    Revised cancer center's recruitment SOP and implemented a paper-less system to improve time and communication efficiency


    Lead cancer center's Elevate Committee as president/chairman in planning and orchestrating quarterly fundraisers. All proceeds went to Caring Hearts fund to provide need-based financial assistance to patients.

    Omni Hotels & Resorts - Nashville

    Event Coordinator (August 2013-May 2014)

    Opened the Omni Hotel Nashville which has over 8,000 sq ft in meeting space and 800 guest rooms


    Worked closely with Convention Services, Catering departments as well as executive meeting staff to efficiently execute large conferences, small boarding meetings, luncheons, galas, fundraisers, etc.


    Planned and coordinated monthly employee recognition events for a staff of over 500 employees.

    Teaching Assistant Program In France (TAPIF)

    English Teaching Assistant - Lille, France (September 2012-May 2013)

    Crafted and taught cultural lesson plans at 2 middle schools.


    Tutored 2 high school students in preparation for their college-level placement exams.


    Traveled to over 30 cities in 5 european countries with fellow TAPIF assistants


    Travel blog - A Lille Girl in France


  • Professional Development

    TESOL Certification

    June-July 2012

    Training program providing a foundation in the theory and practice of English language teaching 

    Careers in Event Planning

    April-May 2013

    Foundation course to planning corporate meetings and executive conferences from site-inspections, step-by step concept development and final billing.

    Global Pro Institute

    November-December 2015

    6 week web-based professional development course for launching a career in International Education & Meaningful Travel

  • Education

    Indiana University, Bloomington '12

    BA - French, International Studies

    Minor - Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Arabic

    Senior Capstone Thesis - Listen to the Silence

    North African Female Immigrant Identity in French Society

    University Aix-en-Provence, France '11

    Study Abroad

    Study courses in french history, anthropology, literature and etymology at local university.

    Met with Algerian family for weekly language exchanges over a home cooked meal.


    Travel Blog - Sarah'sAix-treme Life


  • Language & Travel

    Language Proficiency

    I use the Interagency Language Roundtable scale for reference.


    Green - visited

    White - will visit

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