Alumni & Friends

Samyr Qureshi and Dennis Hanson pose for a photo

Gator Hatchery graduates named to Forbes 2020 Class of 30 Under 30

Reading Time: < 1 minute Samyr Qureshi (BA ’14) and Dennis Hansen (BS ’16), leaders of Knack, which got its start in the Gator Hatchery and was the winner of the 2016 Big Idea Competition, were recently named to Forbes’ 2020 Class of 30 Under 30. The Knack founders, whose website connects college students with others on campus for tutoring and mentoring at a 20% cut, were named to the Education Forbes 30 Under 30 list. See Qureshi and Hansen on the Forbes list and read

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Trip.com’s Sun on gender equality in tech industry | Bloomberg Equality

Reading Time: < 1 minute On Bloomberg Equality, Bloomberg’s Selina Wang speaks to Fisher School of Accounting alumna Jane Sun (BSAc ’92), the CEO of Trip.com, China’s largest online travel agency. As the only female CEO of a major internet company in China, Sun shares her views on how Trip.com has boosted female leadership in the company. 

Leanne Dumeny

How a Master of Science in Management complements this alumna’s medical school goals

Reading Time: 2 minutes Master of Science in Management (MSM) alumna Leanne Dumeny is currently pursuing her MD/Ph.D. at the University of Florida. We spoke with Dumeny about why she felt a business degree would complement her science background, how an MSM has been beneficial on her academic journey, why she would recommend an MSM to other medical students and more.  Q: Can you tell us about your academic journey to UF’s medical school? Dumeny: “I graduated from the combined MSM program to complement

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Why communications professionals should consider an MBA

Reading Time: 4 minutes As you might expect, business acumen is pervasive throughout many other industries, like engineering, law, health care, technology, communication and the sciences. If you’re currently in one of those fields, you might be considering boosting your business knowledge with an MBA to help you get ahead. But what exactly will you gain from an MBA? In this series, we talk with MBA alumni and current students across each of these fields about how they are putting their business knowledge to

Caroline Smith and Kate O'Hara

UF MBA student creates mentoring program to connect current students with alumni

Reading Time: 3 minutes By Nicole Howe, MBA ’20 I’m definitely not a traditional candidate when you think about students in an MBA program. As a career switcher coming from the non-profit sector, at first, I struggled with the transition into the 2-year Full-Time UF MBA program. I felt stressed, and like I often do, I reached out to a few mentors in my life for advice. Those conversations were energizing – my mentors provided me with guidance and encouragement. That support, along with

Charlie Paulk

The gift of giving: Charlie Paulk

Reading Time: 3 minutes The holiday season is one many look forward to year after year. With its warm feelings of home, family and friends, it inspires giving back to those who have impacted our lives in positive and profound ways. This holiday season, we spoke with two Warrington College of Business alumni that have given back to their alma matter – one who has been giving for 43 years, and another who made their first donation this year. See what inspires Charlie Paulk

Emily Fodor

The gift of giving: Emily Fodor

Reading Time: 2 minutes The holiday season is one many look forward to year after year. With its warm feelings of home, family and friends, it inspires giving back to those who have impacted our lives in positive and profound ways. This holiday season, we spoke with two Warrington College of Business alumni that have given back to their alma matter – one who has been giving for 43 years, and another who made their first donation this year. See what inspires Charlie Paulk

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How a Master of International Business is propelling this alumna’s career

Reading Time: 4 minutes Erin Crowder (MIB ’13) is a medical device sales representative for Boston Scientific. We spoke with Erin about her experience in the Master of International Business (MIB) program, challenges she’s faced in her career and how she overcame them and advice she has for others interested in a master’s degree in international business. Q: Tell us about your journey after you graduated from the Master of International Business program.   Crowder: “Sales always appealed to me; I admired the dynamic

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These are the top 4 electives UF MBA students choose to take

Reading Time: 5 minutes Outside of the core courses UF MBA includes in its curriculum, students have multiple options for elective courses. We looked at the top elective courses by enrollment in the 2018-2019 academic year to determine this list of UF MBA class favorites. Hear from four Full-Time UF MBA alumni about why they enjoyed each class, what their biggest takeaway was and if they think you should take the class, too. See what they had to say about the top UF MBA

Steve Knopik speaks at Retail Smarter

A path to leadership

Reading Time: 2 minutes One week after Steve Knopik became an accounting major, he hit a roadblock. Knopik had breezed through every level of schooling to that point, but a surprise quiz in his first accounting class earned him a ‘D’ and the first difficult academic moment of his life. “I got walloped,” Knopik said. “It taught me that I wasn’t infallible or God’s gift to academia. I had to work hard.” That wakeup call changed his perspective on the accounting profession. Knopik realized