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RIT alumni make amazing things happen in the world. Below you will find stories of Saunders College alumni who have gone on to apply their business degrees in successful and meaningful ways. For more information on Saunders alumni who have been recognized by the RIT Alumni Association through several  major awards, please visit the following webpages:


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Saunders Graduate Alumni Spotlights

Saunders College of Business students come from around the globe to study and learn the skill necessary to apply in to real-world business solutions. Upon graduation, our alumni pursue ambitious careers and make the successful transition into the workforce. We couldn't be more proud to showcase a few of our Saunders alumni as they reflect on their RIT experience.


Emily Duke

Master's of Business Administration (MBA), Class of 2015

"I would recommend RIT because I feel the degrees offered are worth the time and money. The goal is to prepare you for the real world."

Employer: Cuba Memorial Hospital

Home Country: United States

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Carmen Carbone

MBA in Accounting, Class of 2015

"The feeling of accomplishment has never been so great.."

Employer: PwC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers)

Hometown: United States

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Harsh Gupta

Master's of Business Administration (MBA), Class of 1999

"My company is beating the industry trend each year and registering growth of 15 - 20% year to year. I have no words to thank RIT enough for this."

Employer: Precision Stamping

Hometown: New Delhi, India

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Emily Hart

Master's in Entrepreneurship and Innovative Ventures, Class of 2015

"Saunders’ distinctive advantage is that the faculty and staff have strong ties with industry players. This is an asset, which students can leverage to find diverse job opportunities and internships."

Employer: Seating, Inc.

Hometown: Toronto, ON, Canada

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Bokang Khoarai

Master's in Management, Class of 2015

“I loved simulations and the capstone project, as they gave me near practical experience and a chance to apply the concepts taught."

Employer: Nalane

Home Country: Lesotho

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Pallav Mazumdar

Master's of Business Administration (MBA), Class of 2011

“The professors were all top notch and they brought in so many of their real life experiences in our classes that the studying part became more relatable and not just textual."

Employer: The Lacek Group

Hometown: Bhopal, India

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Ken Radzyminski

Master's of Business Administration (MBA), Class of 2015

“Outside of the classroom, I was able to collaborate with students from multiple colleges and educational backgrounds to give me a more realistic approach to real world application."

Employer: Cleveland Cavaliers

Home Country: United States

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Seerat Sodhi

Master's of Business Administration (MBA), Class of 2014

"Saunders’ distinctive advantage is that the faculty and staff have strong ties with industry players. This is an asset, which students can leverage to find diverse job opportunities and internships."

Employer: Deloitte

Hometown: New Delhi, India

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Chang Su

Master's of Finance, Class of 2013

"At Saunders, you’re not 1 of 100. There is individualized attention to determine what’s beneficial for you."

Employer: Siemens

Home Country: China

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Nan Yun

Master's of Finance, Class of 2012

"The education from RIT prepared me well for the job market. Through the co-op program, I was able to gain internship experience that helped with my job search post graduation."

Employer: Merrill Lynch

Home Country: China

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Saunders Alumni Success Stories

Succeeding By Seeing the Big Picture


Chief financial officer of Thomson Scientific, Christine Naylor, probably didn't follow the traditional career path of most CFOs. "I was the oldest of four, growing up in Rochester, NY," she says. "I had to pay for my education so I attended Monroe Community College, and worked multiple part-time jobs to balance school and home responsibilities."

Clearly, this approach met with success as Christine was promoted seven times in her seven-year tenure at Burroughs. Here Christine adopted her pragmatic approach, which was to characterize her success over the next 25 years. "I learned - and this is what I would say to RIT students - that there is no substitute for taking the time to understand your business and how it works," she reflects, "like spending time on the manufacturing floor to understand exactly what feeds the numbers."

Christine began at Thomson West as vice president of finance, in charge of market center operations, which was a good fit for her strengths, i.e., understanding and appreciating the entire business. Within six months of her arrival, Christine received a call that was to signal a turning point in her career at Thomson.

"They (Thomson) were setting up an SAP implementation, and they needed someone who could envision a different way of doing business - who could ask the stupid questions," she laughs, "and I guess that was me!" The SAP implementation was a monumental undertaking. Thomson was converting 92 legacy systems, and the implementation would have a significant impact on more than 1,500 employees, not to mention countless customers. "The SAP implementation really taught me the importance of organizational readiness - the ability to adapt to new processes and behaviors vs. technologies."

Although Thomson had assured Christine that she would return to a business role when SAP went live, she wasn't exactly sure. In a pleasant surprise, she was offered the CFO position at Dialog, a Thomson unit headquartered in Cary, NC. Dialog provides third party research services for the legal industry, government and corporations-the latter focused primarily on investment banking, high tech, pharmaceutical and advertising.

Christine served at Dialog from 2001 until 2005, and was then offered the CFO position at Thomson Scientific, headquartered in Philadelphia-an organization that is roughly four times the size of Dialog, and which interestingly enough has since absorbed Dialog into its operations. As CFO, Christine's role extends far beyond the financial aspects of the business. Her responsibilities also include customer operations, customer support, and even technical support.

Christine is very passionate about the future at Thomson Scientific. "Today's business environment is not the one I started out in. To succeed today, you must be more mindful of the importance of relationships," she believes, "rather than relying on the traditional organization hierarchy."

"Certainly, building relationships beyond your functional area is critically important, especially in organizations with knowledge workers, and where knowledge is the product, the traditional hierarchy is less valid. If you build relationships, and ask respectful questions, you can gather information from the most amazing places - and gain a unique perspective on how your business works."


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