Catching Up with Ann Conway '61

Ann has followed multiple career paths since her Bishop’s days. She taught elementary school for more than a decade, then was a training and marketing specialist with Citigroup, going from “a classroom of little kids to a room full of vice presidents.” When it was time to leave fast-paced corporate life behind, she traveled to India for rest and reflection; inspiring her to “join an organization that serves overseas.” Her 20-year career with Peace Corps began in the Philippines, then took her to Jamaica, Mongolia, China, Kiribati, Bosnia, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Turkmenistan, Romania and Suriname. She and husband John retired to San Cristobal, Mexico and are the proprietors of La Joya Hotel, which they began building in 2010 and opened in 2014.
 
Why San Cristobal?
 
John and I wanted to retire outside the U.S. in a country close enough for family and friends to visit. The natural beauty was the first draw. The colorful and diverse culture were a close second. Then we found property with a view to the surrounding hills and an architect who would take our ideas for a boutique hotel and help us build our dream.
 
What role has your Bishop’s experience played?
 
I learned how to focus, organize, study and how to write. The facts I have forgotten, but the processes have stayed with me and helped me in developing and implementing strategies with multicultural teams.
 
Best part of running La Joya Hotel?
 
We enjoy meeting people from around the world with global perspectives, who are committed to learning about other cultures and are working to protect our planet.
 
Any advice?
 
Wonder and wander! Travel beyond your comfort zone. Jump and trust that your parachute will open. Caution is prudent, but don’t let fear keep you stuck in one place.
 
Want to visit Ann? Check out www.lajoyahotelsancristobal.com.
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