Senior Manager, Domestic & International Engagement
Bethany Bennick is the senior manager of domestic and international engagement at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. Her duties are concentrated in developing and executing strategic engagement opportunities, including the Ambassador Program, Regional Report virtual series, Global Envoy Pilot Program, and the FDI-focused International Leadership Council. She also provides robust support to the GPEC investor base and councils.
An Arizona native, Bethany has also called California, France, and Switzerland home. Her childhood embodied the nexus between hyper-localization and globalization in a way that has shaped her entire adult life. This passion for global cooperation led her to pursue several extended opportunities overseas, a UNHCR-affiliate internship in Switzerland and a teaching assistantship with the French Ministry of National Education in Northern France.
While having the good fortune to live, study, and work abroad, she ultimately returned home due of the immense opportunity to introduce the world to Arizona and vice versa. She accomplished this through her work managing diplomacy programs for Phoenix Sister Cities and the World Affairs Council of Arizona. To date, Bethany has curated the exchange of 469 citizen diplomats from 70+ countries, including 35 thematic projects for the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. For many, it was their first encounter with Arizona.
Bethany is a graduate of ASU’s Thunderbird School of Global Management with a Masters in Global Affairs and Management. She holds concurrent bachelor degrees in International Relations and French from Pepperdine University, as well as an undergraduate certificate in Conflict Management from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. While at Pepperdine, Bethany was heavily involved with the Nootbaar Institute’s Global Justice Program and the Palmer Center for Micro-Enterprise.
Her global mindset naturally led to her involvement with the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, where she was a graduate fellow and remains an active member. Recently, she joined the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Phoenix Hub as their Vice Curator. In 2018, Bethany traveled to India for a Good Governance & Society Fellowship arranged by World Learning and the Department of State. She has been fortunate to travel to 25+ countries across three continents and visit 16 U.S. states.
In 2017, Bethany graduated from both the F.B.I. and Scottsdale Police citizens’ academies. She currently volunteers as a decoy to help train TSA K-9 units at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Bethany is also passionate about young talent attraction and retention. She is a former two-term board member with Valley Young Professionals at the Greater Phoenix Chamber and currently serves on the Young Talent Advisory Board for the Center for the Future of Arizona.
Bethany has full professional proficiency in French. She enjoys hiking and kayaking the great outdoors, listening to podcasts, spending time with friends, and fostering dogs.