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Transforming lives

The Mount has made Phylizia Carrillo '17 a "force to be reckoned with."

October 29, 2017

At Mount Saint Mary’s University, we know that education changes lives. We’ve seen it time and time again in the lives of our students. Their stories move us. Their ambitions challenge us. Their triumphs inspire us.

— President Ann McElaney-Johnson

 Phylizia Carrillo '17

What is transformative about the Mount Saint Mary’s experience? Phylizia Carrillo ’17 can tell you. She graduated this year with a degree in global politics. “Who I am today is a world different from who I was as a freshman,” Carrillo says. “When I arrived, I wasn’t sure if I was academically fit enough for this school.”

That feeling did not last long. Carrillo took advantage of every opportunity afforded her. She served in student government, attended women’s leadership conferences, completed internships in the California State Senate and the L.A. Mayor’s Office, and organized the first student-led TEDx Talk at the University. She also had the chance to study abroad, thanks to a scholarship received through the Judy Kelly Page Global Fund.

Today, Carrillo is a confident, prepared leader committed to improving the lives of women and girls around the world. She has already completed a fellowship as a policy analyst in the Philippines, chairs an L.A.-based initiative of the World Economic Forum, and was recently hired as the director of innovation for a global strategies firm that focuses on technology to effect positive change.

“At the Mount, we enter with a perspective of the world as it is, and then we’re challenged in our classrooms and our communities to envision the world as it could be,” Carrillo says. “Here, I learned the value of a women’s-focused education, and it’s made me a force to be reckoned with.”

 To learn more about the transformative power of a university education, watch our videos introducing “An Unstoppable Campaign for Mount Saint Mary’s.” msmu.edu/campaign