Sunkyung Park, CBA’11
Global fashion maven
Presidential Global Scholar Sunkyung Park knew fashion and retail development was her calling, and, through some smart networking, the business grad landed her dream job: international market coordinator at Kate Spade in New York.
A search on the Husky Nation alumni website put Park in contact with Merissa Gordon, CBA’02, Kate Spade’s international director of the Asia market. Familiarity with co-op and the international business program—plus instant chemistry between the two businesswomen—sealed the deal, and Park landed the gig before she’d even graduated.
Park now calls Gordon her boss and specializes in the “total Asia” market. She ensures that the order process is streamlined—even devising a new tracking system for marketing managers overseas—and studies cultural conventions, as trends vary widely. “I love looking at the region as a whole because I get to see the nuances of every market,” Park says. “And I really like working with a fellow alum—she gets me and is fully supportive of my career.”
Thad Morse, CBA’10
Despite high unemployment in Spain, international business major and Spanish minor Thad Morse had an advantage. His co-op at Sony in Madrid, coupled with his dual degree from Spain’s ESADE college through Northeastern’s bachelor of science in international business program, prompted Sony to offer Morse a position upon graduation.
In Sony Playstation’s marketing division, Morse relishes the creative and fast-paced nature of the industry. “Every month or two, you have to launch a new game, which means a whole new marketing plan,” he says. The experience intensified when Morse helped launch Sony’s Playstation Vita, a handheld console that required a much more complex campaign than for a single game.
When Michael Cantalino learned that nearly 70 percent of Africa’s people are involved in farming, yet vast numbers still starve, he knew he had to help.
The problem, he found, was that half of the produce harvested in Africa is wasted because of a lack of modern food-preservation techniques. Working with fellow students and faculty on a co-op in Cameroon, Cantalino introduced thousands of farmers and villagers to a revolutionary new device: the SolPod (solar pod), an inexpensive natural food dryer—created as a Northeastern engineering capstone project in 2011—that safely preserves crops without depleting essential nutrients.
The success of the device led Cantalino to move to Cameroon. As co-founder of Jola Venture (the company that produces the SolPod), he plans to expand the company through Africa and beyond.
“With Jola Venture, we can stimulate economies; we can reduce starvation; we can change the continent.”