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Sarah O'Brien, 03 Executive MBA

CFO & Director of Operations, Dental Systems Group
Carestream Health, Inc.

Leading the Way 

Sarah knew that coming to Goizueta for her Executive MBA degree would help her add important skills to her already strong business background and that it would also add to her professional network. Since graduating from Goizueta in 2003, Sarah has moved her career forward and has become a leader in the alumni community. As the founder of the Executive Women of Goizueta (EWG) and the current President of the Goizueta Alumni Board, Sarah clearly is passionate about Goizueta. She and a team of classmates also lead an effort to create the first Executive MBA Class gift campaign as a way to give back to the school. Their generosity provided the critical funding to launch the Goizueta Pathways Program.

When the Goizueta Office of Development approached Sarah about pulling her class together to consider a class gift campaign, Sarah immediately recognized the need for this type of fundraising. “My experience with the EWG taught me how important fundraisers were. The perception is that Goizueta is well endowed and doesn’t need alumni support. This is definitely not the case.” Together with a committee of 03 EMBA classmates, they explored their options. “We knew we wanted to do something to give back financially, but we also wanted the gift to tie our class together. Our objective was to give back something we can be involved in going forward.”

The Pathways Program 

The Pathways Program was in its formative stages at the time and needed funding. The Goizueta Pathways Program aims to increase access to the business arena for Emory University and Oxford College freshmen whose exposure and preparation for the field may have been limited. This two week summer seminar gives a select number of students a chance to immerse themselves into the corporate arena and broaden their understanding of business. The Program includes Goizueta Business School classes lead by top professors and department heads, sessions on business etiquette, an improvisation training program which gives students the opportunity to gain important skill sets necessary for their interviews and job-related experiences in the future, and interactive learning activities lead by corporate executives and industry specialists from various fields. What’s more, some of the 2003 Executive MBAs were involved in helping instruct some of the classes, seeing their class gift investment at work, first hand.

A Message to Fellow Alumni 

What is Sarah’s message to those not currently giving to Goizueta? Alumni should focus not on the amount of money that one can give back, but know that giving at any level makes a difference. “Participation is everything. We want to be able to say that everyone gives. Yes, we need Partner-level donors, but most importantly, it is the giving that matters. You can direct your money towards a specific cause that you are passionate about at Goizueta or give to the Business Fund for Excellence, Goizueta’s annual fund, so that the school can use the unrestricted dollars towards strategic needs.”

For more information on how you can invest in the Pathways Program and other giving opportunities, please click here.

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