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Alumni of the Week: Rebecca Barreto ’14

Alumni of the Week: Rebecca Barreto ’14

REBECCAimage1Originally a finance major who dreamed of working only on Wall Street, a particular class took me by surprise. Analytical, yet colorful and dynamic, I fell in love with retail management immediately and never looked back. In retail, I found a place where I can use my creativity and curiosity for fashion mixed with my rational way to make decisions based on numbers.

Coming from South America, the transition to Syracuse wasn’t easy. Having no home or relatives close by, Whitman gave me not only a place where I belonged, but it also gave me inspiring professors who taught me many valuable lessons. After I switched majors, I tried to take all of my retail classes with Amanda Nicholson. She is brilliant and caring, but, most importantly, she pushed me out of my comfort zone to make the best of the years I had at Syracuse.

Whitman not only gave me the skills I needed but also exposed me to the real world through career fairs, workshops and professionals in the school´s network. During my junior year, I was able to work at the Global Brands Group in New York City to get hands-on experience while also applying what I had learned in the classroom. I was able to pitch a new concept for the company to top executives such as the CEO, CFO and more.

After my four years in Whitman, I realized how complete the school´s program is. Although my major was retail management, as the semesters went by, I felt secure in taking courses in supply chain, management, entrepreneurship, etc. At my first job right after graduating, I felt entirely prepared to be an assistant buyer and take on the business world. At my current job, my focus has switched to supply chain. I still apply the skills I learned at Whitman on a daily basis and make sure to tell everyone where I learned those skills. I am forever thankful to the Syracuse Community and so proud to bleed orange all the way in Brazil.

Rebecca Barreto
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