Nancy J. Gray, Ph.D.

I have traveled throughout the Americas, Asia, and Europe (most often via bicycle) and spent a semester abroad in England during my studies. I encourage every student to be curious about the world and to travel as far and as often as they can. This is because travel gives to new, wide-open eyes to better see your work and your world. Because, per Ray Bradbury, "See the World. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories." Because there is no better catalyst for creativity! This is why I am so very excited for this program - it gives you the opportunity to travel and supercharge your knowledge and creativity. Expect three weeks of inspiration, learning, networking, and exploring the power and effectiveness of creative marketing communications.


Dr. Gray a member of the Department of Marketing, W. P. Carey School of Business and the founder and principal of GrayMatter Creative. Besides teaching, she is passionate about design and developing customer-centric brands and branded experiencesDr. Gray received her Ph.D. in Design, Environment, and the Arts from the Herberger Institute, Arizona State University; her Master of Science in Design Degree (Industrial Design) from Arizona State University; and Bachelor of Arts Degree from Valparaiso University. 

Michelle Laws, MTSEL

I have visited 25 countries and have taken WPC students to the Czech Republic, Costa Rica and Australia. I also spent an academic year abroad in Germany as an undergraduate student. Studying abroad is a life changing experience and offers both personal and professional growth. We now work in a global economy so understanding cultural perspectives and broadening global business understanding is important. Employers are looking for flexible and adaptable individuals with strong communication and problem solving skills. What better way to gain these skills than to participate on a study abroad program. I have been working at ASU for 21 years and there is nothing I enjoy more than working with the diverse population of ASU students, faculty and staff.  


Michelle Laws, MTESL, is the International Coordinator, Sr. in the W. P. Carey School of Business. Michelle received her B.A. in English and B.A. in German from Arizona State University in 1997.  She completed her Master’s in Teaching English as a Second Language also at ASU in 2002.