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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

An ESPN Classic Story


Jessica Connolly, formerly Gugino, has worked at ESPN since graduating from RIT's E. Philip Saunders College of Business in 2000. So how did a small town girl from Pulaski, N.Y. reach her dream of working at this media juggernaut? By calling them.

Flash back to 1996. When Connolly began looking at colleges, RIT made a very good first impression, for two reasons. First was the International Business program-a blend of business and study abroad. Second, RIT had a competitive collegiate softball team where as a standout high school softball player, she could contribute to its success.

While at RIT, Connolly took a class with Philip Tyler, associate professor of marketing in the Saunders College. One of the assignments was to shadow a salesperson for a day, then write a ten-page paper on the experience. Tyler's advice was to choose a person from a company or industry where the student was interested in working.

Thinking about ESPN, Connolly gathered up her courage and called Sean Bratches Executive Vice President of Marketing and fellow Saunders grad-who scheduled her to meet with one of their sales representatives. Due to inclement weather, the shadowing never happened, but as Connolly explains, "Without this class and Dr. Tyler's advice I never would have just contacted an employee from ESPN."

During her junior year at RIT, Connolly again utilized her contacts at ESPN-this time to secure a co-op program. After spending a five-month internship at ESPN, the organization offered her a full time position after graduation.

In 2000, Connolly was off to Bristol, Connecticut to start her career at company headquarters. Today, she is the manager of affiliate advertising sales for ESPN in their New York City office.

"The position involves working with cable companies in the Southeast and training them to sell advertising space for several different ESPN channels," Connolly explains. "ESPN's affiliate sales team is actually involved now in more than just sports channels due to a recent integration with the Disney cable sales team."

To that end, Jessica helps train people to sell advertising on SOAPnet, ABC Family, Toon Disney, and all of the various ESPN channels. "I talk about sports, kids and soaps all day; I have the greatest job in the world," remarks Connolly.

Since travel is one of her job's major components, Connolly is on the road every two out of three weeks-visiting cable companies and training them on the intricacies of selling advertising space. She also does promotions for ESPN by helping host various events.

Connolly's goal at ESPN is to become vice president of a department within the next five years. Her advice to RIT students-"Pick the company you want to work for and go after it"-is reminiscent of the call she made years ago to her dream company. It certainly opened doors for her and she hopes that it will do likewise for future RIT grads.


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