Alumni in Business Spotlight

Many CAS alumni have careers in business and industry. Read what some of them have had to say about how their liberal arts education led to their successes.

Kristen Saranteas

photo of Kristen Saranteas(International Studies and Spanish double major)
(Head of Treasury Management, First Midwest Bank)

With my liberal arts education from Miami, I had the skill sets and the stroke of good fortune to get into a career that's more traditionally the focus of business majors. Banks offer training courses to help recent grads of any major to understand real-life experience, and especially if you're a people person like I am you will find your niche. For me, this specific niche was sales, and I had enough discipline, acumen, and financial knowledge to be able to pick it up quickly. I wouldn't have been as successful without a liberal arts background.

Read what Kristen had to say about her successes in the banking industry.

Lucy Owsley

photo of Lucy Owsley(Anthropology major)
(Owner , Boulder Belt Eco-Farm)

Having gone off on my own and created my own business, I feel that I use many of the skills I learned at Miami all the time. Market farming requires you to have a nimble and creative mind — and critical thinking is an absolute must.

Read what Lucy had to say about her 23-year experience as a small sustainable farmer who grows for direct market sales.

James Earl Cox III

photo of James Earl Cox III(English/Creative Writing; Mass Communication; Interactive Media Studies majors)
(Co-founder and Director , Seemingly Pointless)

A liberal arts education was important for me, as it afforded the time and classes to explore any areas of interest I might have had. It lent a taste of what the courses would be like, should I have decided to go along any particular path…the range of courses and majors offered at Miami is astounding.

Read what James had to say about his favorite Miami experiences and his achievements in the field of gaming.

Tyler G. Sinclair

photo of Tyler G. Sinclair(Black World Studies; Political Science majors)
(Project Director, The Winston Group)

I've recently started working at a small polling and strategy firm called The Winston Group in Washington, DC. … Much of my work consists of research and analysis of various issues using quantitative methods I learned at Miami. Every day is a different type of mental challenge, and you always need to be on top of your game.

Read what Tyler had to say about his experiences and his advice to current CAS students.

Kayla Ruble

photo of Kayla Ruble(Journalism; Political Science majors)
(Assistant Producer, Film at 11)

Miami gave me my first glimpse of reporting abroad, allowing me to solidify my career aspirations. Additionally, the journalism program's flexibility, allowed me the opportunities to get valuable work experience. Finally, the vast option of international politics courses available have been, and will continue to be, helpful in my work abroad.

Read what Kayla had to say about her life after Miami and her advice to current CAS students.

Lindsay Snyder

photo of Lindsay Snyder(Mathematics and Statistics major)
(Human Resources, Epic Systems Corporation)

Epic provides opportunities for smart, driven people to make a real difference in an important industry … With the amount of training provided at Epic, the only requirements are raw intelligence and a drive to make a difference. I've seen so much of that at Miami, and I've already seen many of my fellow Miami grads do great things at Epic, so I have high hopes for other CAS grads.

Read what Lindsay had to say about her Miami experiences and her advice to current CAS students.

Una Hrnjak

photo of Una Hrnjak(Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs major)
(Strategy & Organization Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton)

A liberal arts degree rarely forces students to just one career path … Classes in diverse topics such as women's studies, foreign affairs, and zoology, prepared me to address client demands in the PR world … Using an interdisciplinary perspective, I was able to evaluate situations from a variety of viewpoints and provide the best strategic counsel possible to my clients.

Read what Una had to say about her recent experiences and her future plans.

Steve Ressler

photo of Steve Ressler(Philosophy; Sociology majors)
(President of

To run an Internet company you need a technical degree, right? Not really … Day-to-day, the general liberal arts skills apply: the ability to solve problems by reading and analyzing lots of data, and presenting and testing hypotheses along the way. It's what I did as a sociology and philosophy major.

Read Steve's tips on being successful in business.

Taylor Robinson

photo of Taylor Robinson(American Studies major)
(PR and Communications Coordinator, Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic)

The Miami Plan made it easy for me to find a major that fit what I was planning on doing for the rest of my life. Luckily, I got 'stuck on' American Studies and I never looked back. So many classes across so many disciplines qualify for the major. AMS also allowed me to create my own 'major' and sell myself for the type of job I wanted.

Read what Taylor had to say about the role internships play in finding a job.

Jessica Fridman Abensour

photo of Jessica Fridman Abensour(History; Political Science majors)
(Vice President, VOX Global)

My education taught me how to analyze a historical event, and draw conclusions that can be applied to solve problems. It also taught me how to take a long research paper, and boil it down in order to effectively communicate key findings and their importance to the audience that matter most. I use these skills each and every day on the job!

Read what Jessica had to say about the importance of her Miami liberal arts education.

Emily Kuhn

photo of Emily Kuhn(Strategic Communication major)
(Senior Account Executive, Stratacomm)

[In a] botany course I took my sophomore year … we grew our ability to analyze an issue and take multiple points of view into account to then clearly communicate complex and technical thought—all of which are invaluable skills in the business world.

Read what Emily had to say about the value of the Miami Plan in her success.