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Saunders named Young Ambassador to U.S. Embassy

October 8, 2013

Junior Becky Saunders has been named a Young Ambassador to the U.S. Embassy, meaning she will be called upon from time to time to represent American youth around the globe.

The honor comes on the heels of her visit to Greece this summer, where she talked about entrepreneurship and worked with high school students in Athens as part of a Junior Achievement Conference. To counter the weak economy, the Greek government has been putting a focus on teaching entrepreneurship at a young age, and Saunders was there to show the youth just what’s possible.

Saunders was a fifth-grader when she started her own company in her hometown of Phoenix. It was a pet sitting business, and it was wildly successful. By the time she had to give up the business for college, she had 75 regular clients.

The success captured worldwide attention. Saunders was named Junior Achievement Young Entrepreneur of the Year Worldwide, was featured on BIZ Kids PBS and was selected to participate in a workshop with Arizona lawmakers.

It’s not the first time she’s traveled overseas on behalf of Junior Achievement. She’s also visited Japan to talk about the importance of training women in business.

Saunders is a fashion marketing and management major with no plans of giving up her entrepreneurial spirit. After she graduates, she plans to own her own boutique specializing in high-end equestrian goods.

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