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Michaela Guzy Executive Producer, On Air Talent, Writer, Storyteller, Speaker, Travel, Sustainability, Millennial Mindset, Social Impact Advocate
Meet Michaela Guzy, founder of OhThePeopleYouMeet, a global collective of content creators who care about promoting human connection wherever we journey. Michaela is also the creator, executive producer and host of both of OTPYM's exclusive series featuring her inspiring local co-hosts for an insider look at each destination she visits.
OhThePeopleYouMeet’s Founder, Michaela Guzy was asked to MC the Opening Forum for ILTM Africa and moderate the panel on Transformative Travel. Watch to understand how responsible companies and suppliers are creating authentic sustainable transformative African experiences for their travelers. Organizations like &Beyond, African Bush Camps, Uthando and The Amy Biehl Foundation are working within their local communities to connect wildlife and community in order to preserve Africa for future generations.
Way back when before buzz words like video, social influencers, giving back, community and mindfulness were a “thing”, Michaela Guzy served as the VP/Global Travel and Strategic Development at American Express Publishing. BUT in 2012, uninspired by the lack of in depth content that inspired her to get out and explore Michaela departed Corporate America, founded OhThePeopleYouMeet (OTPYM), an editorial content site for travelers, foodies and philanthropists seeking authentic local connection everywhere they journey and took off for sub-saharan Africa by herself for three and a half months to document and share interesting people doing inspiring things.
Instead of celebrating the holidays last year, OhThePeopleYouMeet’s founder, Michaela, traveled to Cambodia to create a video on “How to be a Responsible Traveler”. This video is meant to inspire travelers to ask yourselves the tough questions before you go, do your research, understand your own intention in trying to help, to inspire you to travel and ultimately to make sustainable decisions.
Join Michaela as she takes to the farm to interview Cass Amundsen, farmer at The Farm at Bryon Bay by The Three Blue Ducks. Michaela learns about the inspiration behind starting the project, that is far more than your traditional farm with its lively restaurant and yoga in a barn.
Join Michaela as she digs deeper into the growing trend of transformative travel and how especially Millennial travelers are seeking more meaningful experiences and genuine local connection every where they go.
Canada, eh? Join us as we visit our neighbor to the north(west), in the naturally stunning city of Vancouver. “Van” is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada with 52% of its residents have a first language other than English. From waterfronts and mountain tops, to cobbled streets and shops, we meet local natives along the way, who takes us through the historic Gastown neighborhood by foot, exploring everything from a shop supporting underprivileged street artists to a boot-maker who has been in business since 1833.
Did you know oceans cover 71% of the planet–providing food, jobs, homes for aquatic wildlife and travel opportunities ranging from the romantic to hardcore adventure expeditions? Join OTPYM Founder Michaela Guzy as we learn how our oceans are so much more valuable than we realize. Dive into the issues affecting our oceans with ocean expert, marine biologist and author Dr. Wallace J. Nichols. “J” has dedicated his career to studying the intersection of neuroscience and the ocean.
Michaela moderated an empowering conversation on the topic of ending human slavery. In addition to Magda, other panelists included, together1heart’s President, AnnaLynne McCord who shared her personal experience with abuse and together1heart’s Founder with Somaly Mam. The discussion covered the work they’re doing to ensure that the trafficking victims they are working with have a safe, loving environment to recover, learn and reintegrate into society with sustainable life skills.
This is a sneak peek of our 30 minute special featuring the inspiring local people that OTPYM’s founder, Michaela, meets in her home away from home, South Africa, where her three-month solo journey that gave birth to OhThePeopleYouMeet all began. South Africa is leading the way for the rest of the continent through innovative tech, entrepreneurism, social good and one of Africa’s most precious resources, it’s wildlife.