Kelsey Duarte '15

Major: Economics

Minors: Math and Accounting

What do you do for a living?

I am a Senior Sales Strategy Analyst for Infor. Infor is a privately owned global company that builds business applications with last mile functionality and scientific insights for select industries. My role as part of corporate management primarily entails analyzing the sales performance of select teams within our company and ensuring that we are optimizing our sales strategy through the utilization of our internal/external resources. Additionally, I meet with department leaders to discuss their performance each quarter, why they performed as such, and how to elevate performance in the upcoming quarter.

How did your experience at Saint Michael's help prepare you for your career?

My academic experience at Saint Michael's College has proven to be immeasurable. In the Economics department you could never hide from a hard question. We were taught to think on our feet to quickly respond to questions that we likely didn't know the answer to off the top of our head. We had to apply what we learned, not say what we learned. In the business realm when you are working with C-level employees you have to generate a respectable response to any question with no preparation. Saint Mike's helped me master the application of knowledge as well as the confidence to do so. 

What is your favorite memory from your time at St. Mike's?

My favorite memory from studying at St. Mike's was taking Honors Colloquium. It was the first time I had been in a classroom in which everyone had different majors, backgrounds, interests, etc. The views and opinions of the various student chosen topics we discussed were drastically different. I believe that it broadened my mind to an extent I didn't think possible. 

Do you have any advice for students at St. Mike's?

1. NETWORK. I never took advantage of the networking opportunities at St. Michael's College yet both of my jobs have been a result of knowing the right person, at the right time. Knowing the correct person gets your foot in the door much faster and before everyone else. 2. Take the difficult classes. It makes your college life more difficult but it makes post-grad (which is much more difficult all around) much easier. When you get a job they will be throwing questions at you which you will likely not know the answer to and you will need to find a way to answer it. Taking the easy classes in which you know what questions you will be asked and what the answer is, will not help you. 

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