business

In Their Own Words: Alumni in Business

Greg Hulbert '86

I took my Dartmouth Sociology Degree to a large commercial general contracting firm who said I wasn't qualified due a lack of a degree in construction management and replied, "I learned how to read, write, and think and if you hire me I will prove I can do the job."  They hired me. I spent 12 years in construction management and then switched to sales and business development for that industry.  In my continued pursuit to try new things I worked at a real estate consulting firm, a global real estate provider overseeing the project management business, and currently work for the world's largest architectural design firm helping with global account management.   My sociology degree propelled my interests to keep learning how groups, teams, and societies work together.  And it isn't always easy to attain, but success occurs when everyone is committed to open, honest, communication.  I learned the fundamentals of looking at opposing views and interests, in the Sociology Department at Dartmouth; this has helped me succeed in my career immensely.

In Their Own Words: Alumni in Business

F. W. (Ted) Gerbracht, Jr. '64

After graduation, and following three years of military service, I joined the IBM Corporation, beginning a 40-year career as an information technology specialist, manager, and executive with four Fortune 500 companies.  My sociology education at Dartmouth equipped me with a base of knowledge, a set of skills, and some  tools to help me analyze and solve problems.  But the greatest impact was on my parallel life as an independent scholar and teacher, through a series of graduate programs in history, with a focus on religious cultures.  That interest was stimulated as a result of my three-year assignment in the Army, during which I was an instructor in international area studies at the Defense Information School (DINFOS), the institute for training military journalists, broadcasters, and public relations specialists and officers.

In Their Own Words: Alumni in Business

Karen (Kramer) Mizell '06

I always had a strong interest in business, and knew even in college that I wanted to pursue a career in consumer packaged goods brand management.  My double major in Sociology and Economics gave me a great liberal arts foundation for understanding both the people and the number components of business and marketing.  Upon graduation from Dartmouth, I completed my Masters in Business Administration at University of Michigan, with an emphasis on strategy and general management.  After internships at Procter & Gamble and Kraft Foods, I joined the marketing team at E. & J. Gallo Winery in California.  In my 8+ years at Gallo so far, I've had the opportunity to branch out to a variety of exciting and challenging roles in other areas of the business, including Lean Six Sigma and Sales Planning.  I consider myself lucky to work at a great company, with great people, in an exciting industry.

In Their Own Words: Alumni in Business

Matthew H. Brown '05

I'm running a financial advisory practice in Portland and have done so for 10 years now.  I'll admit that while I don't reference the works of Durkheim, Weber, and Marx on a daily basis,I do utilize the skills taught in many of the classes and in the context of what the discipline works to understand.  What social science HAS given me is the ability to think about broader demographics, interpret data in the marketplace, and to understand trends.  These things all translate into the ability to help my clients through better guidance and discourse.

In Their Own Words: Alumni in Business

Rob Manegold '75

I was a Psych major, with enough credits for a Sociology major as well. After Dartmouth I earned my Masters of Education in Counseling Psychology and Student Personnel from the Un. of MN, Mpls. I wanted to transition to Psychological Assessment in the Personnel field, but I was denied acceptance directly into the PhD program and it was suggested I get some work experience in Personnel/Human Resources. After 2 years as Manager of Professional and Technical Recruiting for a Milwaukee company (Johnson Controls) where I was primarily responsible for hiring engineers into sales engineering and application engineering positions, I was approached by a Branch Manager to become a Sales Engineer myself. JCI only hired engineers for these positions and I was considered an experiment.

In Their Own Words: Alumni in Business

Stephanie Hu '11

Since graduation, I've been working for Putnam Investments in Boston doing equity investing. Even though I got my position through recruiting senior year, I applied to jobs in a range of industries and never really envisioned myself entering a career in finance. It has taken a few years but I've really grown to love it. At Putnam, I focus on healthcare companies and my sociology degree has been helpful in understanding the US healthcare system and the social challenges facing it- a perspective that not many other financiers may have. There certainly aren't many people with a sociology degree at my company, or even the industry, but in a business where its all about getting an edge, I really appreciate the uniqueness of my background.