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MentorTalks is a new, interactive event that puts exchange program alumni in touch with extraordinary mentors on a wide variety of topics.  The series runs on our Facebook page. You get a chance to learn a little about each mentor and their career, and then ask them questions on their topic, all in 15 minutes.

#MentorTalks: Managing Your Career with Assistant Secretary of State Marie Royce

"A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself."

Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, joined #MentorTalks for our one year anniversary show on June 25, 2020. Assistant Secretary Royce, an award-winning exchange alumna of the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) program, shared many tips for success, drawing on her time in the private sector working for Fortune 500 companies, as a teacher, member of several boards, and other roles. 

Watch her interview to learn more about Assistant Secretary Royce's "never give up" mantra, why she's not afraid to try new things, and the importance of setting goals.

Speakers:

Marie Royce
Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs

Marie Royce was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate and sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs on March 30, 2018. In this capacity, she oversees a wide range of programs to advance U.S. foreign policy objectives through educational, professional, cultural, and sports exchanges that

promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other nations. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) programs create networks and partnerships to advance U.S. foreign policy goals and address the world’s greatest challenges and opportunities.

Ms. Royce, a former businesswoman and professor, was previously the CEO and Principal of Marie Royce LLC, in California before joining the State Department. She has over 30 years of experience in the private sector with Fortune 500 companies and as a small business owner, creating and launching start-ups and new initiatives and serving as a key business liaison to 80 countries. She held senior management positions at Marriott International, Alcatel-Lucent, Procter & Gamble, among others.

As a former educator and full-time university professor at California State Polytechnic University, Ms. Royce led an international grant program between universities. She has served on 20 non-profit boards, and as a private sector appointee on the Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy (ACICIP) at the State Department, in addition to serving on two U.S. Cultural Exchange Boards. She participated as an American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) delegate to Hungary and Poland and was recognized with the “2018 ACPYL Honors Award.” She was also recognized by the American Women for International Understanding (AWIU) with its distinguished “Internationalism Award.”

Ms. Royce earned a BS/BA (double major) at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and an MBA at Georgetown University in International Business with honors, Beta Gamma Sigma. She is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

 

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