Alumni Success Story: Catherine Li
Catherine Li, Class of ’08
Vice President and Technology Manager at Wells Fargo.
Catherine Li was selected by the New York-based Asian American Business Development Center as one of its 50 Outstanding Asian Americans in Business in 2010. The award recognizes successful Asian-American professionals and entrepreneurs and is a great honor for this '08 graduate of the Saint Mary's Hybrid Executive MBA program.
As a result of participating in the program, Li's approach to her work and her life has changed significantly. "The MBA education made me more aware of and care more about the world around me," she says, "Since graduation, I've involved myself more in community support projects."
For example, Li co-founded the Asian American Business Development Center's Global Entrepreneurial Mentor Program in New York City, which has established alliances with Columbia Business School. At Wells Fargo, she is the co-chair of the Programming for Women Network, and during the time she was in the EMBA program co-founded the Wells Fargo Innovators Club, a grassroots movement that promotes innovation and culture within the company and now has more than 2,000 members.
Li admits that it was tough to balance her regular workload, plus new responsibilities at work, while also going back to school. She is quick to point out, however, that Saint Mary’s flexible schedule was an influential factor in her success. “Virtual evening and on-campus weekend classes made it possible for a full-time professional like me to attend a graduate program and complete my study on schedule.”