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Heather Steil

Heather Steil

U.S. Department of State

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Heather's work combines: Government, Non-Profit Organizations, and Communicating / Sharing Stories

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Day In The Life

Foreign Service Officer

Advance U.S. interests overseas; inform foreign audiences about U.S. policies and culture.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Broadcast Journalism

    Arizona State

  • Graduate Degree

    Humanities/Humanistic Studies

    Dominican University of California

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Public Relations Specialists:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Broadcast Journalism

Graduate Degree: Humanities/Humanistic Studies

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    I fell into a career in software development, which led to internet project management.

  • 2.

    When the internet bubble burst, I began taking graduate courses in humanities for fun.

  • 3.

    Then one day on campus I happened to see a poster advertising the Foreign Service exam.

  • 4.

    By that twist of fate, I joined became a Foreign Service Officer in 2005.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Myself:

    You have no business joining the Foreign Service. You didn't study international relations nor have you ever worked in government or politics.

  • How I responded:

    So what? If you limit your life and career ambitions to only that which you have already done or studied, you will never try something new.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I had a very comfortable life that I had to give up in order to go on an adventure.