Two best friends - one a marketing executive retiring from a 31-year career with an international airline, the other an arts executive who worked with organizations and artists across the globe - combined their passion for travel, culture and connecting with people in distant lands to create Grannies on Safari®, an Emmy® award winning TV series.
Two best friends - one a marketing executive retiring from a 31-year career with an international airline, the other an arts executive who worked with organizations and artists across the globe.
The Grannies on Safari series became reality when Regina and Pat funded the project to launch GOS' first six-part series in 2006 and the second seven- part series in 2008. Currently, GOS is shown on most public television stations throughout the United States and it is syndicated on UK Travel Channel airing in 117 countries.
As the creators of GOS, Regina and Pat bring a global worldview developed from their youth and cultivated throughout their professional careers. From childhood, Regina has appreciated different cultures, an attitude encouraged by her musician father, who spoke about foreign lands he visited on tours around the world. Regina has traveled to 35 countries.
Pat's life has been devoted to helping artists and arts organizations find their voices. She has led several arts organizations as well as the Chicago Artists International Program for 250 artists and arts administrators from 60 countries. Pat has had assignments and/or presented on arts issues in countries including India, Ghana, Senegal, China and Brazil.
Though travel, art and culture have been GOS' inspirations, Regina and Pat's travels made it clear that GOS had another mission: to help struggling communities that economically depend on women's work. Their goal is to help women support their families and become economically independent.