Our Alumni Entrepreneurs Do Business Far and Wide

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This month, we are pleased to introduce you to three Whitman alumni who brought their business sensibilities and entrepreneurial spirit to family businesses and a nonprofit start-up venture in India and Central America.

Hailing from a family with diverse businesses, Chandini D P ’09 MBA helps run Classic Group, an entrepreneurial venture started by her father which focuses on distribution of alcoholic beverages, modern trade outlets, property development and coffee estates, trading and retail. While working at Classic Group, Chandini’s passion for design led her to start Mondocrea branding and marketing firm in 2012, and her latest venture came in 2015 when she opened a boutique home resort called Golden Wood in the coffee estates of the Western Ghats of India. Learn more about Chandini D P’s entrepreneurial ventures.

De Manos Con Amor, which means From Hands with Love, is a 501(c)(3) not for profit founded by Katherine Najera. De Manos Con Amor empowers women and girls in Central America to break the cycle of poverty. Katherine spent her childhood traveling to visit her mother’s home country of Honduras. Every time she visited she was shocked by the conditions in which people lived. The fact that she had so many opportunities while so many do not really impacted her. She wanted to do something, she had to do something. Read more about Katherine Najera and De Manos Con Amor.

After earning an MBA at Whitman, Samir Pradhan ’91 MBA started his career in manufacturing operations and later decided to pursue opportunities with start-up and privately held companies. When the opportunity arose to lead a company his father had founded, Samir decided to take the step towards his entrepreneurial dream. He moved his family to India, where he is managing director of Samtec Tools & Accessories Pvt. Ltd. Get to know Samir Pradhan, who encourages entrepreneurs to “pursue what you are passionate about and follow the voice within your heart.”

Alison Kessler

Alison Kessler is the alumni publications and outreach manager at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. She has amassed more than 20 years of experience in integrated marketing communications in the corporate, agency, not-for-profit, higher education and government sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communication and psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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