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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

Building Entrepreneurship From Inside Out


I tell people that if you give me a clean piece of paper, that's what I enjoy most because you are asking me to create something from nothing, says corporate entrepreneur Susan Foley, founder of Corporate Entrepreneurs LLC and executive director of Research Centers at Babson College Executive Education.

Foley specializes in building new businesses and growing them, and she says her recently published book, "Entrepreneurs Inside: Accelerating Business Growth with Corporate Entrepreneurs" is an eye-opening study of the inner workings of entrepreneurship within large organizations.

It doesn't matter what you call them corporate entrepreneurs, Intrapreneurs, mavericks, positive deviants, or business builders they are the engines of growth. I've been a corporate entrepreneur most of my life.

Early on, Foley showed signs of her pioneer-driven career path. While attending high school in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, she wrote her first business plan, building a shop-within-a-shop, a custom apparel store for women who couldn't find clothes off the rack and combining it with a fun gift shop.

I called it Above and Beyond and the business plan won an award from the South Jersey Small Businessmen's Association Foley recalls. They presented me with a trophy at the country club and back at school they even announced my name over the loudspeaker. It was so not me.

When she was a business student at RIT, Foley actually carried her Above and Beyond plan one step further. I did a research project in one of my classes to see if I could draw a correlation between the various styles of clothing and women in their career level of organizations says Foley, who graduated from RIT with a degree in business administration in 1973, followed by an MBA in 1979.

Not solely intent on climbing the corporate ladder, Foley invested her business savvy into growth and development and says she was very fortunate to have worked for 3M and Hewlett Packard in the mid-1970s.

At 3M I started out as a salesperson, but while I was building my sales territory, I came up with the idea to go to resellers because I had 400 accounts and couldn't cover them all. I always try to take the opportunity to make a change that's for the better and to propel the company forward.

Last October, Foley was a guest panelist at RIT's 3rd Entrepreneurship Conference and the event gave her the opportunity to listen to sessions featuring RIT students as they presented their own business plans.

I was quite impressed with their innovation, she says, and creating a business plan is a good foundation for students interested in becoming entrepreneurs, whether they decide to start their own business and be an external entrepreneur, or build one within an organization as a corporate entrepreneur.

Plus, RIT's business students also have a distinct advantage because of the university's technology-focus. That was a major reason why I chose to come to RIT years ago, and I honestly can say I'm a proud alumni.


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