Amanda Thoet

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'15 English, Communication Arts and Sciences | Business Development Associate, UC Berkeley Executive Education | San Francisco, CA
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Amanda Thoet

Amanda Thoet '15 English, Communication Arts and Sciences currently resides in San Francisco, California, but works in Berkeley, California, as a business development associate for UC Berkeley Executive Education. While at Penn State, she also minored in German and rhetoric. As an undergraduate, Thoet danced in THON 2015, served as the president of the Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society, and served as vice president of the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Council. She was also active in various other organizations across campus.

After graduating from Penn State, Thoet moved to Leipzig, Germany, where she served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. Following her Fulbright Scholarship, she worked at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, Germany, as a speechwriter for the U.S. Ambassador. After living in Germany for a year, she relocated to Washington, D.C., to complete her master’s degree at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with a concentration in international diplomacy. While completing her graduate studies from 2016–18, she had unique opportunities to learn from Secretary Madeleine Albright and many former and current foreign policy professionals, ambassadors, and diplomats, as well as to work for Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of International Relations, the German American Chamber of Commerce, and the German American Business Council.

After graduating from Georgetown, she moved to the San Francisco Bay area to start a job as a business development associate at Tetra Tech DPK. 

Amanda Thoet has remained an active Liberal Arts alumna throughout her time living in Germany; Washington, D.C.; Denver, Colorado; and San Francisco, California. While she was living in Germany, she stayed engaged by serving as a mentor to Penn State Fulbright applicants and virtually speaking on panels. Upon moving back to the United States, she became active in local Penn State Alumni Chapters. During the fall 2017 semester, Amanda was invited by the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures to speak on campus at the Career Booster Event in conjunction with the Goethe Institute. She currently serves as a mentor in the Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program.

Thoet tells future Liberal Arts graduates to “follow your passion and never underestimate the power of a Liberal Arts education from Penn State. Stay in contact with the college and Penn State community; it will open more doors for you than you could have ever imagined!”

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