What does it take to be successful in the world of international business? In this session, we will hear from a seasoned international business woman, Jacque Vilet, who will share her insights and advice on the industry with students who wish to pursue a similar career path. Topics of discussion will include relevant educational experience, day-in-the-life of an international business person, necessary language skills, and advice for students.

Jacque Vilet has over 20 years’ experience in Global Human Resources with major multinationals such as Intel, National Semiconductor and Seagate Technology.

She typically works with companies that are growing overseas either organically or through acquisitions. Her expertise encompasses many areas of HR --- compensation, benefits and wellness, labor law, learning/development, strategic workforce planning and mergers and acquisitions. Her true passion is studying globalization and its current/future impact on companies and jobs. She has managed both local/ in-country national and expatriate programs and has been an expatriate twice during her career.

She has certifications from HCRI, World at Work and Human Capital Institute as well as a B.S. and M.S. in Psychology and an MBA. Jacque has been a speaker in the U.S., Asia and Europe and is a regular contributor to various HR and talent management publications.

Key Questions

What universities have strong programs in international business?

Does a Bachelors in International Business properly prepare you for such a career?

Is study abroad an important component of an international business degree?

What is a normal day in the life of an international business person?

What are your favorite and least favorite parts of the job?

What skills do you use on a regular basis?

Do you think that speaking a foreign language is an important skill in your industry?

What do you know now that you wish you had known earlier in your education and career?

What predictions do you have about the future of this industry?

How should the students be preparing themselves now for a similar career?

What does it take to be a successful professional in an international environment?

Expected Outcomes

Students will learn about the preparations and skills necessary to be successful in a career in international business.


Curriculum Alignment


Heather Joyner


Jacque Vilet Vilet International Consulting
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Grade 6 To 8   Grade 9 To 12  
Career Clusters
Business Management & Administration   Finance   Information Technology   Marketing  
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Going Global: Are You Ready For It?
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