BOB LENTZ

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I can still picture her: a petite college grad, not much older than I was—my co-op advisor’s assistant. When I told her I wanted a co-op with a Big Eight accounting firm, she just laughed. “With your grades?”

At at the start of sophomore year, I was an accounting major with a 2.0 average. The co-op assistant was blunt: “I couldn’t even get you an interview.”

The link between grades and opportunity hadn’t yet clicked in for me. Then I spent a total of nine months on a co-op in New York City, working for a large manufacturer of women’s apparel, Van Raalte. There, basic accounting principles made sense. More important, I liked what I was doing. My supervisor gave me challenging work, and I moved quickly up the chain.

That co-op, and that co-op assistant, were a wake-up call. Finally, I saw that grades were the metric by which I would be measured. It was a straight 4.0 for me after that.

My career has been great. After graduating, I got into that Big Eight firm. And I’ve been launching, running, and selling tech companies ever since.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Behind every Northeastern graduate is a story of empowerment — often, a story about a formative personal or mentoring relationship. Please add your testimonial to the growing collection and share a favorite memory or anecdote about your empower source.

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TATUM HARTWIG

CAMD'16

If you haven’t heard of The Husky Ambassadors, you have definitely seen us—the tour guides who strut through campus with prospective students, parents shuffling behind.

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Maureen Burke

N'76

My degree provided a new level of professionalism, required for advancement in nursing. Northeastern’s innovative Nursing Interim Program influenced my work as a caregiver, manager, and risk taker—and throughout my career, I encouraged creative thinking and educational opportunities for my staff.

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Cory Bolotsky

DMSB'15

Professor Adomdza has empowered me to take full advantage of global experiential learning and has helped shape me into the person I am today: a budding entrepreneur prepared through coursework, research, and co-op for whatever opportunities come my way.

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Dr. Andrew Schafer

LA'69

When I arrived at Northeastern I had very vague ideas about what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to go into medicine but I had no idea where to go or who to go to about getting that kind of mentoring.

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Cheryl McCormick

CPS'09

At age 37, I was a stay-at-home mother of three young children and in the midst of a divorce. I knew I needed an education or I wouldn’t be able to secure a job doing much of anything. I am where I am today because of Northeastern and my family, and I’m forever grateful.

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Montrice Scott

DMSB'15

Balancing work and school, and being on co-op, has taught me how to live life as an adult. Northeastern’s career-oriented atmosphere changed me. It’s made me more mature.

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Kenneth Solano

CSH'68

My father-in-law said if I was ever going to marry his daughter, I’d better go to college. Things worked out! Because of the people I met at Northeastern, I had a great career, and I and my late wife, Nancy—also an alum—were married for 37 years.

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PAMELA WOODNICK

CPS'10

I had been a senior vice president of human resources with a successful corporate career. The day my job was eliminated, in 2007, I looked at my husband and said, “I’m going to start my own business and go back to school!”

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MONYRATH CHAN

S'12

I was a Torch Scholar in this incredible program’s second year. My mentor at Northeastern—James Stellar, then dean of the former College of Arts and Sciences—introduced me to research and took me under his wing.

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KAREN PRITCHARD

DMSB'81

As a junior at the business school, I managed to slip into an oversubscribed class on real estate finance taught by Steve Kursh. There weren’t enough chairs, so only the seniors were invited to enroll that semester. Somehow, I stayed.

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Terrell Hunt

DMSB'13

It isn’t often that you encounter a manager who is both brilliant and extraordinarily caring, but that’s exactly what I got in Brenna McCarthy. I did a co-op at John Hancock Funds, where I assisted Brenna in marketing operations.

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Jim Ballway

PA'75

I was discharged from the Army in ’73, when the economy was faltering badly. I had no career direction. Joe Golemme convinced me to enroll at the Graduate School of Professional Accounting, which he both founded and directed.

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Nicole Reppucci

E'17

I have wanted to attend Northeastern ever since I watched my dad graduate in Matthews Arena, when I was ten. It was my dream to follow in his footsteps.

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Dennis Picard

LI'59, UC'62, H'89

After I received my engineering degree, I went on to University College and took a course in business law with Professor Victor Cohen. He was one of the toughest professors I ever had, but I must tell you, he would really put the law into you.

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Iris Sherman

CPS'87, DMSB'12

As a “double Husky,” I’ve had some great teacher-mentors whose knowledge and solid advice have propelled my career successes. Professor James Ramos is one, though we’ve only ever met online.