Alumni Profiles

At ILR we are proud of all that our alumni accomplish. They represent diverse fields, including human resources, business, finance, law, labor, nonprofits, and entrepreneurship. They are leaders and innovators in their communities, nationally and globally.

Here we highlight just a few of these remarkable people.

Leigh Amaro ‘00

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Photo: Leigh Amaro

Senior Vice President, Enterprise Partnerships, Mastercard

Leigh Amaro, born in New Zealand, moved to Vancouver, Canada at age three. Growing up, she often visited family in New Zealand. When she was applying to colleges, she was looking for a program where she would be exposed to diverse cultures and have the opportunity to learn about international companies.

She visited the ILR School the summer of her junior year of high school and fell in love with it. She describes the winters here as a “shock to the system,” but “part of the experience.”

Barbara Molloy

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Barbara Molloy

BA, Ithaca College
MS, ILR, Cornell University, 1993

Corporate Director of Total Rewards for Loews Corporation

Barbara Molloy had her sights set on a master’s degree from Cornell since her days as an undergraduate psychology major, with a business minor, at Ithaca College. She visited Cornell’s campus often and knew the university was a good fit.

John McDonald ’91

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John McDonald

Equity Research Analyst at Bernstein

When John McDonald ’91 reflects on his time at ILR, he remembers an environment where he could explore academic interests amid a flexible curriculum, learn from a diverse set of smart and enthusiastic professors and students and enjoy Cornell’s beautiful campus.

McDonald used the broad-based understanding of economics, statistics and business he gained at ILR to build his career.

Lindsay Boyajian '13 '14

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Lindsay Boyajian, BS ILR ’13 and MILR ’14, was drawn to the ILR student body’s spirit of being involved as leaders on campus and found her place in that dynamic at Cornell’s eLab.

At the student startup accelerator, she worked closely with her mentor, Dan Cohen, an ILR senior lecturer who was also director of the incubator. With the support of eLab, Boyajian launched her company, WeareverYouGo, a website featuring tips on what to wear and how to pack for trips abroad. This effort placed second in a startup pitch competition at Cornell.

Lloyd Robinson '87

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Photo: Lloyd Robinson

When Lloyd Robinson ’87 reflects on his time at ILR, he remembers the small classes, talented students, and professors who care deeply about their students. As the owner of Awisco, a welding and industrial supplier based in Queens, he puts his ILR degree to use every day.

JC Tretter '13

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JC Tretter

JC Tretter ‘13 chose the ILR School because he wanted the flexibility to study what interested him most after completing core courses. Tretter always wanted to be a sports agent, but he has put this dream aside for a bigger dream – playing for the Green Bay Packers.

Tretter persevered through injuries to both of his legs in his first two years with Green Bay. He has worked hard to recover and get back on the field this season. “My coaches and team are a pleasure to work with and have been supportive throughout my three years with Green Bay,” says Tretter.

Ozlem Denizmen '94

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Ozlem Denizmen '94

Social Entrepreneur

BS, ILR School, Cornell University, 1994
MIT Sloan School of Management MBA, 1999

Ozlem Denizmen was 17 when she moved to the United States from Turkey, where she learned English while working as an au pair. Her sights set on an Ivy League education and with the objective to spend her life working for justice and equality, Denizmen applied to the ILR School.

Seth M. Siegel '74

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Seth M. Siegel

B.S. Cornell University ILR School ’74
J.D. Cornell Law School ’78

Business executive, community activist, writer, author (“Let There Be Water”)

Seth Siegel, who grew up in Queens, N.Y., describes himself as an accidental ILRie. As a child, Siegel pursued a general interest in international affairs and, when it was time for college, applied to what he thought was the International and Labor Relations School. Despite confusion upon finding out what the “I” actually stood for, he decided to continue his application.

Dayna (Sherman) Martin '97

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Dayna Martin and her Executive Stand Steady standing desk

CEO, Stand Steady

Dayna Martin fell in love as an ILR undergraduate with what she describes as the dichotomy of economics, where theories are built on the assumption that people act rationally, when in fact people do not act rationally. She went on to explore marketing, which capitalizes on emotionality, as a practical business application of economics. Martin used this as the foundation for her career in direct marketing.