Meet Michaela Guzy




STORYTELLING BEYOND BOARDERS. FEARLESS BEYOND REASON.

Michaela Guzy, a former publishing exec left her career behind to begin a journey that has since changed her life and touched others. OhThePeopleYouMeet speaks to the wanderlust in us all and ignites a passion for global connections and sustainable and immersive travel, which are shaping the tourism industry worldwide now more than ever.

DEPARTING CORPORATE AMERICA

Before buzz words like travel video, travel influencers, giving back, community and mindfulness were a “thing”, Michaela Guzy led a very different life. In her prior corporate life, she served as the VP/Global Travel and Strategic Development at American Express Publishing. First, Michaela became uninspired by the lack of in depth content that inspired her to get out and explore. Second, she couldn’t go back to an advertising partner one more time with an ad buy disguised as an integrated package. In 2012, Michaela departed Corporate America, founded OhThePeopleYouMeet (OTPYM). OTPYM is an editorial content site for travelers, foodies and philanthropists seeking authentic local connection everywhere they journey. She packed her bag and took off for sub-saharan Africa by herself for three and a half months. Those first months, Michaela documented stories of interesting people doing inspiring things.

6 YEARS LATER

With Michaela at the helm, OTPYM has grown into a collaborative collective of over 100 contributors across the globe. Watch her video on the first five years and where she sees this all going. OTPYM has even powered the content for sites like SustainableTravel.About.com. She is the Executive Producer, Director, Lead Writer and On-Air Talent for two original editorial series, Michaela’s Map and OhThePeopleYouMeet (an extended interview series). Her series can also be found on other sites ranging from Yahoo to The Daily Meal.

This fearless, self-made, female entrepreneur is a travel industry, publishing and new media expert with a social good agenda. In addition to setting OTPYM’s editorial strategy she runs OTPYM’s production arm. Michaela is often asked to appear as an industry expert from a three part talking head series for BravoTV’s Tour Group, curating conversations, moderating panels, conducting interactive workshops and giving inspiring keynote presentations for industry partners such as International Luxury Travel Market, WeWork and Soho House’s IMPACT series. Michaela teaches, “Travel Storytelling: Creating Video Content,” for NYU (details below). Read more about how to work with Michaela here.

THE EARLY YEARS

Michaela originally hails from St. Louis, MO where she grew up with her parents and three biological sisters, their fake sister from Ecuador, no less than six rescue dogs and two chickens.

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ORIGINAL VIDEO SERIES

It’s simple. Six years ago, Michaela started a movement called OhThePeopleYouMeet. OTPYM, we are a global collective content creators who care about promoting human connection 🗺❤️.

Whether we are discussing the human-wildlife conflict with our local hosts across Africa 🌍, the sustainable food movement in Los Cabos 🥑, wellness in BeverlyHills 🧘‍♀️, preserving indigenous culture in Australia 🇦🇺 or discovering modern applications of Ottoman influence in Turkish art & design 🇹🇷We cover inspiring people ✨doing inspiring things the whole world over.

So, don’t think of her as your host … rather think of her as a curator of local hosts across the globe that are really excited to welcome you to their home.

We hope you’ll pack a bag & journey on with us. ❤️ Your fellow human

Watch the reel, here!


 

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ON-AIR TALENT


MICHAELA’S ONE SHEET

Learn more about Michaela, OhThePeopleYouMeet, our editorial work, marketing videos and more- all in this one sheet.


2019 RATE SHEET

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SATELLITE MEDIA TOUR

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ON-AIR TALENT

Michaela was featured as a travel and lifestyle expert on BravoTV‘s Tour Group Guide in 2016. Michaela, her insider tips, and video content were shared in three episodes: Kenya, Morocco, and Thailand.

WRITTEN FEATURE

8 Airport Diversions That Might Actually Make You Happy About Your Layover


ORIGINAL EDITORIAL CONTENT 

Executive Producer, Director, Writer & On-Air Talent

Check out examples of our original editorial video series:

FOUNDER & CHIEF CONTENT CREATOR: 

TV TREATMENT DEVELOPMENT: Executive Producer – 5 currently in development

WHITE PAPER/TRENDS FORECASTS: Writer

 


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EVENT SERIES: Screenings & Speaking


SPEAKING, CURATING, MODERATING & MCing:

WHITE PAPERS/TRENDS FORECASTS:

CONFERENCE/WORKSHOP OPENER VIDEOS:

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EVENT SERIES: Screenings & Speaking


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ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

New York University’s Stern School of Hospitality had  Michaela as a guest professor during the Fall 2016 semester and invited her back in Spring 2018 to teach a course titled, “Travel Storytelling: Creating Video Content” for NYU’s School of Professional Studies.

The spring course included  interactive conversations with 17 industry experts including: Animal Planet, Samsung, Moxie Pictures, Film Rise, Skift, Meredith Corporation, AnderImage, The Ad Council, Switzerland Tourism, AFAR, Influencers, LIT VR, Fifth Color Films, Brandman PR, The Travel Curator and The United Nations.

In June 2018, Michaela will be back to teach the course and is curating panels of industry experts to discuss: The Art of Storytelling, Messages That Resonate & Getting Distributed, Advertising Deep Dive & Working with Influencers, Tips & Tricks while Filming on the Road, The Future of Digital Content and Strategic Partnerships.

Call Noncredit Student Services @212-998-7150 and mention “OTPYM” to receive a special 10% discount.

 


YOU CAN TOO: MICHAELA’S HOW TO

Check out Michaela’s first online course, “Storytelling that Resonates with The Millennial Mindset,” with gen|connect|u to learn how to tell stories and utilize videos and influencers. Use OTPYM50 for 50% your digital storytelling course. Click below to learn more:


PUBLIC SPEAKER

      Trusted travel, lifestyle, social impact & new media authority 

  • GDA Speaker Profile
  • Speakers Boutique Profile
  • TBEX North America, Finger Lakes, NY (September 2018)
  • ESTO U.S. Travel Association (August 2018)
  • United Nation’s Global Festival Of Action (March 2018)
  • Africa Travel Association, Kigali, Rwanda (August 2017)
    • “The Evolution of Online Travel Potential”
    • “The Business of Conservation”
    • “What’s Your Sustainable Travel IQ?”
  • NY TravFest, NYC, NY (April 2017)
    • “Responsible Travel in South Africa”
  • Beekman Gallery, NYC, NY (October 2016)
    • “Love is a Human Right, Fighting Human Trafficking”


 

CONTRIBUTOR & FEATURED IN

                                                INFLUENCER

  • Collectively– A pioneering influencer marketing agency connecting brands with the most creative voices in social media.
  • Samsonite + #WorkNotWork campaign