Here’s where some of our recent grads have landed:
- John Deere
- Discovery Benefits
- General Mills
- Grant Thornton LLP
- Deloitte & Touche LLP
And here’s what some of our alumni are doing:
- Founder/CEO of R.D. Offutt Co., world’s largest potato farming operation
- Former CEO of Kaiser Permanente, country’s largest nonprofit health system
- CEO of Sanford Health, the largest rural nonprofit health system in the U.S.
- President of wealth management group, U.S. Bancorp, country’s sixth largest commercial bank
- Senior Vice President, General Electric Co. Regional Sales Manager, Intel, Singapore
That’s just a handful of the many successful Concordia business leaders serving in all parts of the world.
Austin Phillips '14
Business and Music Major
I came to Concordia because I wanted to play music at a high level while also pursuing academics at a similarly high level. Concordia makes it clear that you don’t need to be a music major to play in the top ensembles.
Grant Weller '08
Senior Research Scientist, Savvysherpa, Inc.
Math and Economics Major
As a statistician, I often have the privilege of working with researchers in a variety of subject areas, including business, atmospheric science, sociology and astrophysics. Each of these fields has its own set of methodologies and terminology. Being able to understand the core concepts of collaborators' fields, as well as to effectively communicate those of my own in simple language, is a crucial skill for my career success. I believe that the liberal arts education of Concordia helped develop this skill by exposing me to subjects which I might not otherwise have learned about.
Erica Bjelland '16
Global Studies–Development Studies and Scandinavian Studies Major; Business Minor
I love that the program is interdisciplinary. The liberal arts approach to learning about the world is what is going to benefit me the most when I leave Concordia because I’ll be able to know about global cultures, policies, and institutions from a wide variety of lenses. Also, last May I got to travel to Rwanda to teach English at SOS Primary schools; it was the best experience I have ever had.
Joseph Thorson '16
My classes have been challenging, but the faculty have made things a lot easier on me. My professors are understanding and work with me to keep up with the rest of the class during the (football) season. My coaches emphasize that school comes first.
Christopher Haugdahl '15
Grain Merchandiser at Archer Daniels Midland
Business Major; Spanish Minor
The new Offutt School facility is a great environment with smaller classes and more interaction among students. Classrooms have up-to-date technology, which contributes to an effective and global learning experience.
Max Smith '16
Account Executive at Innovative Office Solutions and Founder/Director of InSports Foundation
It is great when you can learn something in the classroom and immediately apply it to something else that you are doing. I feel like that is something unique that I was blessed with from choosing to go to Concordia.
Nutifafa Yakor '11
Audit Senior, Deloitte and Touche LLP in Minneapolis
Accounting and Economics Major; Business Minor
Academic work at Concordia is rigorous, helping for a good transition to the bustle of the business world.
Nick Bainer '14
Implementation Consultant at Fast Enterprises LLC
The leadership opportunities at Concordia are amazing. They have taught me about working with budgets, others, and general day-to-day knowledge. Education and the compassion of the professors is vital, too. They care for the your well-being and make sure you learn every step of the way.
Shannon Goetz '15
Actuarial Analyst at Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
Mathematical Finance Major
Today employers in my field want extremely qualified and technical-minded people, but they also prefer if candidates are well-rounded. Essentially they want the people who have it all, and I think being a student at Concordia, especially in the math department, prepared me for that. Concordia makes sure you leave with the ability to write, speak, understand, and be curious – all essential qualities for me to have in order to be in the field of actuarial science.
Matthew Gantz '14
Senior Consultant at Deloitte
In fall 2013, I studied business and entrepreneurship in India. I had the opportunity to apply academic skills while working with nonprofits and multinational corporations in an international setting. I learned to work with teams in radically different cultures while gaining a greater understanding of how to apply my finance studies in a corporate setting.
Alyssa Greve '09
Social Media Manager, Cambria
Business–Marketing Major; Studio Art Minor
Overall, my Concordia experience set the stage for my professional experience. I feel that the relationships built with faculty and students, discussions during class time and coursework paved a way for my professional career.
Angela Barnette '09
Manager at Huron Consulting Group
Business Marketing and Healthcare Management Major
Our professors, Bruce Anderson and Dan Anderson, brought so much knowledge to the department and were able to offer us real-life experiences from the healthcare world. The things I learned and experiences I had gave me an advantage in my current position in the healthcare field.
Maren Hamilton '12
Social Media Community Manager, Starbucks
Art and Communication Major; Business Minor
As a part of the Offutt School of Business Young Women Mentor Program, I was able to meet one-on-one with a Concordia College graduate as well as network with other women in business. This program was influential in my success finding a job.
Christie Gleason '14
Financial Development Coordinator, YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties
Business–Management and Communication Major
During my time at Concordia, I was able to network with a variety of leaders in the community. These opportunities allowed me to create a strong support system with leaders of the Fargo-Moorhead area.
Courtney Quist '14
Youth Program Site Director, CHARISM
Business–Management Major; Art Minor
I think the greatest thing that I gained from Concordia is a passion for learning outside the classroom. Through studying abroad and extracurricular opportunities, I discovered how much I love experiencing new things and meeting people that I may never had the chance to meet otherwise had I not stepped outside of my comfort zone.
Scott Schumacher '09
Sales Manager, RDO Integrated Controls
Business–Marketing Major; Economics Minor
When I look back at my experience with the marketing department, I am thankful for the opportunities the professors gave us to gain real-world experiences. We did multiple projects with local businesses in the community that gave us insight into what we would be doing once we left Concordia and entered the workforce.
Erin Haley '12
Financial Institution Examiner, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Accounting Major; Spanish and Sociology Minor
I had a wonderful experience with the accounting department at Concordia. All of the professors were very approachable and it is evident that they truly care about the success of each and every student.
Abby Vogelsberg '17
Tax Associate at Grant Thornton, Minneapolis
All of the accounting classes I’ve taken have prepared me for my career. They’ve been challenging, applicable and interesting. I took tax last year with Twedt, and that really sparked my interest. I’ve also been a part of mentor programs through the Offutt School of Business and that has definitely helped me with networking and soft skills within the workplace.”
Kjerstin Engebretson '16
Program Manager at Microsoft
Business and Global Studies Major
Concordia's mission statement really inspired me to make my own mission statement: 'In the pursuit to be the change, I will live adventurously and explore the cultures of the world in order to follow my dreams, create a sense of inspiration and truly foster a global community.'
Blair Solberg '16
Financial Representative at Fidelity Investments
Concordia's business program has already given me many networking opportunities and has gotten me more involved in the Concordia community. We also have amazing facilities, which are fun to utilize.
Jacob Amos '14
Trading Analyst, CHS; Pursuing Master of Computational Finance at the University of Washington
Business–Economics and Mathematics Major
I took classes that taught me to think more critically than I ever had, worked harder than I ever thought I could, and had two awesome research experiences with my advisor and mentor Dr. John Reber analyzing statistical patterns in financial markets. Any success I ever attain in finance I will forever attribute to the unbelievably hard-working faculty in that department and everything they taught me. They will always stand out as some of the greatest teachers I have ever had.
Sam Barney '15
Project Specialist at Sanford Health
Accounting and Business–Healthcare Leadership Major
Many professors have years of working experience within their respective fields and are able to provide practical 'real life' information in addition to text book material. This insight has been helpful for understanding aspects of my major, and I believe that it will help to prepare me for my professional career.
Corey Foyt '16
Healthcare Analyst, Huron Consulting Group
Business–Healthcare Administration Major
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Dawit Endale Alemayehu '11
STEM Program Advisor at International Leadership Academy of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa
Global Studies and Business Major
The business department at Concordia offered me a well-rounded yet rigorous major. My administrative and management skills were honed and ready for the international market coming out of college.
Andy Campbell '09
Merchant Operations Specialist, Best Buy Co.
Business–Management and Communication Major
Concordia's classes prepared me to function in a corporate retail environment by pushing me to expect the best from myself, communicate clearly, and solve abstract problems. More important than the classes, however, was the overwhelming amount of encouragement and support I received to engage in organizations, groups, and clubs that taught me how to pursue my passions outside the classroom while simultaneously achieving my academic goals. To do both required a high degree of personal responsibility – without that, I wouldn't have been prepared to follow the career path I'm on today.
Arday Ardayfio ’02
President/CEO/Founder, Blueprint Computer Solutions
Business and Computer Science Major
(Fargo-Moorhead) is a place where people want to build and create.
Michael Simonson '08
Audit Leader, Finance and Corporate Activities
Global Studies and Spanish Major; International Business Minor
In general, my entire Cobber experience was amazing! I met some lifelong friends, had extremely knowledgeable professors and enriching international experiences that helped me grow personally and professionally.
Casey Johnson '11
Financial Analalyst at Capella University
Economics and Business–Management Major
I think that the most important thing that I learned from my internship at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation was just how to learn. You learn how to prepare yourself in a manner that will allow you to succeed at your job. My internship also helped me polish my professionalism, attention to detail, and time management and communication skills.
Dexter Albrecht '09
Financial Associate, Thrivent Financial
Business–Marketing and Organizational Communication Major
The business marketing program at Concordia was extremely helpful in preparing me for the real world. Besides the marketing classes, the courses I took in finance, management, economics and accounting are all still courses I can refer back to in my work and personal life today.
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