After studying French, Spanish, Italian and German at KU, Betty spent a year abroad in Paris at the Institut de Professeurs de Francais a l'Etranger at The Sorbonne. She extended her knowledge of French to include linguistics while teaching and receiving her MA at UCSB, Upon graduation Betty took a group of high school students to Nantes to experience living with French families with the Experiment in International Living, now part of World Learning. After travelling extensively across Europe, Betty ended up studying Hebrew at ulpan in Jerusalem then working for Melia international Travel in Israel.
These studies of languages, literature and experiential cultural learning prepared her for her 30+ year business career in Information Systems after leaving NYU, including working in Reservations for Air France while at NYU, developing global financial and HR systems at American Express, implementing expat tax and HR software Price WaterhouseCoopers, directing global product management for Oracle's HR product and finally as CIO at London Metropolitan University. This included working on IT consulting and development projects in Europe and Asia, plus living and working for 12 years in the UK.