In making the transition from student to successful professional, Bryant alumni have followed a variety of paths. Here are a few of their stories.
Internships at Bryant and at TBS "provided me with a variety of skill sets and confidence in knowing I can adapt and learn quickly," says accomplished softball player.
Thirty contestants competed for a chance to win the top prize of $20,000 in a competition designed to spotlight enterprising alumni and students and to support promising new business ideas.
His pivotal moment: winning Bryant’s 2012 New Venture Competition. The victory reinforced his confidence that Nextgengolf had the potential for success.
An inner circle that includes Bryant alumni and faculty help her navigate the complexities of her startup company. "You have to have a team with different skill sets," she says.
She's built a successful international career upon a solid Bryant foundation of undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting, business, and entrepreneurship.
The chance to develop his own company came after inroads at EDS and Leo Burnett as an “intrapreneur.”
“The biggest thing I’ve learned is that I don’t know anything,” he says. “It’s important to have the ability to adapt and to put your ego aside.”
“Investors like shiny things,” she says, “but you need to be able to read a profit and loss statement and be a problem solver.”
“Bryant’s business focus made it unusual back in the day. Today, it benefits from that heritage,” says the co-founder of PSG Global Solutions, an offshore recruiting company.
A lesson learned at Bryant still resonates: “Commodities equals death.” He stepped away from commodities and founded Vermont Butcher Block & Board.
Now executive director at Cherrystone Angel Group, learning to network was part of her training at Bryant.
Before he was 23, this sociology major had established a business with more than 200 clients; it's now one of Connecticut's leading e-design studios.