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Nicole (Legacki) Abeckett


Undergraduate Degree
  • Class of 2003
  • IDP Major(s): International Development Studies Major
While At UCLA

Study Abroad: Beishida (Beijing Normal University), China, Semester at Sea.

Extracurriculars: Los Angeles Export Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles - Intern, Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority

After UCLA

I currently serve as the Senior Director of International Trade for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Previously, I lived in Shanghai, China where I worked on international strategy development for a European design firm headquartered in Shanghai. Having a solid understanding of international relations and development allowed me to confidently approach business situations involving multiple countries, cultures and languages to further trade development. The world is becoming increasingly more dependent on cross-border relationship building be it in trade, politics, or personal interactions.

I will obtain my MBA from UCLA Anderson in 2015.

Advice for Current International Institute IDP Students

Be a citizen of the world. It is greatly rewarding. Get out and live in another country that challenges your comfort level. Your perspective on human relations will become greatly enriched. Most importantly - learn another language!!!