Homa Sabet Tavangar is the author of the widely-acclaimed, Random House/Ballantine Books release, Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World, named a “Best New Parenting Book” by Scholastic Parent & Child magazine, and hailed by national education and business leaders and media ranging from Dr. Jane Goodall to the BBC, NBC, ABC, Washington Post.com, Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times, Boston Globe, PBS, Parents Magazine, Rodale Press, FoxNews.com, the Huffington Post and many more. Her book is sparking initiatives across the U.S. to help audiences from CEOs to Kindergartners learn and thrive in a global context – and have fun along the way.
She has worked with organizations ranging from the World Bank and USAID to Education First (EF), PBS Parents, Sprout TV, Kidshealth.org, and was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, PBS, Momsrising, GOOD, and various education sites, among other media, and a sought-after speaker around global citizenship, parenting, globalizing curriculum and creating inclusive working and learning environments. She is a contributor to a new book by educator Heidi Hayes-Jacobs on new literacies, and is working on two new books.
Prior to turning her sights to global education and parenting, Homa spent 20 years working in global competitiveness, organizational, business and international development with hundreds of businesses, non-profit agencies, governments and international organizations. Born in Iran, she also has lived in East and West Africa, South America and throughout the U.S. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA and holds a Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She speaks four languages and her religious heritage includes four of the world’s major faiths. She is married and the mother of three girls ages 9, 17 and 19, an active volunteer in her local community near Philadelphia and serves on the boards of several international organizations.
Click here to read Homa's Interview with Katherine Marshall, of Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs
Homa is looking forward to sharing ideas from Growing Up Global with communities everywhere. When people begin to explore the opportunities for connecting with the world, we all learn so much. Consider inviting Homa to your community for a talk, book discussion, an international day, school assembly, training in a school or corporate environment, or consultation with administration for implementing a globally-oriented strategic plan. See the Events page for more information on each of these formats and for her upcoming schedule.
“The feedback from teachers and students alike was unanimous: all were inspired and appreciative to learn from someone who possessed genuine passion for cross-cultural understanding and civic diplomacy.” Dana Devon, VP-Education, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
“We received a great deal of positive feedback from our 950 plus members and guests in attendance regarding your insightful remarks on the value of cultivating global citizenship for career success. Guests loved the human perspective that you shared and how it can be translated to the business world. They also appreciated the anecdotes you shared and appreciated your great ideas and advice.” Kaarina Koskenalusta, President and Chief Executive Officer, Executives’ Club of Chicago
"Homa Tavangar is one of those rare individuals who both speaks and writes eloquently about what it means to prepare young people to be true world citizens. She has much to offer community and civic leaders, parents, and educators and has my highest recommendation. Her book, Growing Up Global, makes a unique – and much-needed – contribution at the intersection of parenting, education and global know-how.” Tony Wagner, author of Creating Innovators and The Global Achievement Gap