Global Alumni Stories

Smith School alumni utilize their global mindset on a daily basis while doing business abroad or while working with multi-national companies. Learn how the alumni below utilized global business savvy to reach their current career positions.

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Zeynep Kantur Ozenci
Developing a Cultural Consciousness is Not a Choice
Zeynep Kantur Ozenci '00
Business is now more global than ever, challenging us to expand our understanding of other cultures and de
Ed Novak
Connecting Across Continents and Finding Solutions
Ed Novak '80
Ed Novak divides much of his time between Boston and the Washington, D.C., area, but his professional reach is global.
Chris Steadley
Leading with Self-Awareness and An Open Mind
Chris Steadley '12
Chris Steadley, MBA ’12, has consistently used his global mindset in his eight-plus years at advisory and research services firm Gartner. His current role as a senior partner in consulting includes managing business in the Midwest region of the U.S.
Utilizing an Appreciation for Diversity to Lead an International Organization
Mark Lenhart ’00
Each of the seven global mindset competencies is integral to Mark Lenhart’s MBA ’00 work as executive director of study abroad organization CET A
How Cultural Curiosity and Relationship Building Adds Value to Research
Erika Hall ’07
Erika Hall ’07, assistant professor of organization and management at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School
Leading Through Understanding
Scott Samels '92
Approaching cultural differences with curiosity and openness is fundamental to leading with a global mindset.
Removing Fear from the Equation
Ellen Polansky '87
People with a global mindset have spent time understanding, accepting and leveraging similarities and differences among cultures and business
Telling Stories, With Boundaryless Thinking
Kristin Fallon ’11
A global mindset is essential for success in an increasingly interconnected world.
Relationship Building Doesn't Always Come Easy
Larry Legates '04
For senior global trade compliance manager, Larry Legates, MBA ’04, developing a global mindset goes far beyond the workplace. Legates studied abroad in Spain, Chile, and Mexico.
Different Markets Mean Different Planning
Julia Barge '12
At Hilti actively seeking out opportunities to leverage different cultures and geographies is an important part of being inclusive in the workplace, according to Julia Barge an undergrad alum of Smith.


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