Work with Michaela Guzy
Storytelling Beyond Borders, 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.
5 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 even powers the content for sites like SustainableTravel.About.
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. 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.
WORK WITH MICHAELA GUZY
Good Morning Connecticut featured Michaela speaking as an expert on Holiday Getaways for Every Traveler.
WPIX 11 featured Michaela speaking about Last Minute Travel Deals for the Holiday Season.
Good Morning Washington featured Michaela speaking as an expert on the Top 5 Sustainable Travel Summer Trips on the East Coast.
Good Morning Connecticut featured Michaela speaking as an expert on the Top 5 Sustainable Family Experiences in New England and New York.
The Las Vegas Morning Blend featured Michaela speaking about Worldwide Travel Destinations That Won’t Break The Bank.
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.
ORIGINAL VIDEO SERIES:
Executive Producer, Director, Writer & On-Air Talent
- Michaela’s Map:
- OhThePeopleYouMeet extended interview series:
FOUNDER & CHIEF CONTENT CREATOR:
TV TREATMENT DEVELOPMENT: Executive Producer
WHITE PAPER/TRENDS FORECASTS: Writer
- 2017 Trends Forecast
- The Millennial Mindset
- New & Noteworthy: Trains, Trends & Towns
- Travel Trends: What’s HOT in Travel Right Now
EVENT SERIES: Screenings & Speaking
- OhThePeopleYouMeet in South Africa: Social Impact & Responsible Travel (April 2017)
- Transformative Travel: Immersive Experiences, Local Connection, Wellness & Sustainability (April 2017)
- Millennial Mindset: Travel as a Lifestyle, Transformation and Community (May 2016)
- Michaela’s Map: How to be a Responsible Traveler in Cambodia (October 2016)
- OhThePeopleYouMeet Presents: Women Making A Difference (October 2017)
- OhThePeopleYouMeet Presents: a Conversation on Conservation in Malawi (November 2017)
SPEAKING, CURATING, MODERATING & MCing:
- Bright Young Things: NYC (August 2016)
- ILTM Opening Forum, MC: Cape Town, South Africa (April 2015)
- ILTM Opening Forum, Speaker: Cannes, France (December 2014)
- Bright Young Things workshops in 2011 (Cannes, France), 2012 (Cannes, France), and 2013 (New York, NY)
WHITE PAPERS/TRENDS FORECASTS:
CONFERENCE/WORKSHOP OPENER VIDEOS:
CONFERENCE VIDEO RECAPS:
- Bright Young Things: NYC (August 2016): TO COME
- ILTM Africa (April 2015)
- ILTM Americas Interviews: Riviera Maya, Mexico (September 2014)
EVENT SERIES: Screenings & Speaking
- Tribal Traditions & Medicines: The Effect on Modern Wellness (July 2017)
- Millennial Travel Habits: Making & Saving Money on the Road (May 2017)
- The Art of Cuban Culture (May 2017)
- OhThePeopleYouMeet in South Africa: Conservation (May 2017)
- Creative Solutions: Human Trafficking (April 2017)
- Blue Movement: Connecting People to our Oceans (October 2016)
New York University’s Stern School of Hospitality had Michaela as a guest professor during the Fall 2016 semester. She was invited to share her story of departing corporate America and taking the entrepreneurial leap to start her own business as a solo female entrepreneur. As of Spring 2018, Michaela will be teaching a course called: “Living Your Passion Through Travel Storytelling” in the Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism at the NYU School of Professional Studies.
Learn more about Michaela, OhThePeopleYouMeet, our editorial work, marketing videos and more- all in this two pager.
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:
Travel Savvy TV featured Michaela, ranging from her round the world adventures to her own backyard in NYC. Check out: Michaela Guzy’s World Adventures and Michaela Guzy’s Top Unexpected NYC Experiences.
Trusted travel, lifestyle, social impact & new media authority
- GDA Speaker Profile
- Speakers Boutique Profile
- 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”
- Collectively– A pioneering influencer marketing agency connecting brands with the most creative voices in social media.
- Samsonite + #WorkNotWork campaign