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At the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University We Grow Leaders who are courageous, curious, and kind, and change the world through data insights, entrepreneurship, and purpose-driven business. Our strategic priorities are: (1) student-focus, (2) impact, and (3) inclusive excellence. 

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We are proud to share Cynthia and Claire's stories of how they leveraged SBE programs to fuel their career mobility.

Cynthia Mordecai
Business Administration - Marketing, Class of 2018

Cynthia met her mentor and current employer at the SBE Career Expo in her first year at Sonoma State. She started her career with WSI Smart Marketing with an internship and was soon promoted to senior accounts manager. Today, Cynthia is leading a successful career with the WSI team as their marketing division director.

“In my time at Sonoma State, I was very intentional with the programs and resources offered by SBE. I utilized resources such as the LinkedIn and resume workshops, attended Career Expos, and capitalized on networking with professors and other students. My SSU journey has formed a strong foundation for my career and it's one I am forever grateful for. The professors were extraordinary and taught me invaluable material. I've been able to apply my learnings from SSU on a daily basis, both inside and outside of work.” 



sonoma executive wine mba alumna claire hobday

Claire Hobday
Executive Wine MBA, Class of 2018

Claire had 20 years of finance experience, but felt she had plateaued at a controller level. While in the program she was recruited and hired as CFO at C. Mondavi and Family. 

“I was able to apply my learning to our strategic program as the director of the Board of Appellations St. Helena, and make an immediate improvement in staff management in a labor constricted market. In the program, I felt I had unparalleled exposure to a network of wine industry leaders.”




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