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Opportunities for Women in Business

April 17, 2009



From left, Sheri Lyons was an internship mentor to Courtney Arduini.

From left, Sheri Lyons was an internship mentor for Courtney Arduini. (Photo Mark Schmidt)

At the University at Albany School of Business, students are expected to graduate with a clear understanding of theory and practice, enabling them to make a seamless transition from an academic environment to the business world. For Courtney Arduini of Bethlehem, this meant an internship with Ayco, one of the nationís leading providers of comprehensive financial counseling and education services.

"The experience that I gained at the Ayco Company positioned me to have the ability to work in many different areas of human resources. I'm particularly interested in the staffing function of HR," Arduini said.

From January to December of 2008, Arduini worked for Sheri Lyons, an Ayco senior vice president and UAlbany alumna in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., as part of the training for the MBA program.

"Courtney made great contributions to our orientation program for new associates," said Lyons, a member of the School of Business advisory board. "Her work ethic, initiative, creativity, and passion were a great addition to our team." 

Arduini was connected with the company after taking an ethics seminar from Lyons, who graduated from the evening MBA program herself in 1996. Lyons became Arduini's internship mentor.

School of Business Dean Don Siegel said the program gets "maximum return on our human capital," and a year-long field project allows students to work closely with their mentors.

The Princeton Review recently ranked UAlbany among the Top 10 in the nation in terms of the opportunities provided to female students in the MBA program.

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