Director of Integration, Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York
Bachelor’s degree, Business and Organizational Management, minor in Spanish, Russell
Sage College, 2007
Master’s degree, Organization Management, The Sage Colleges School of Management,
The same qualities that attracted Mercedes Reyes to Sage as an undergraduate – attentive faculty and a low faculty/student ratio -- made Sage’s graduate School of Management first on her list when she was ready to pursue her master’s degree. “A year after I received my bachelor’s degree, I called Eileen Brownell, my undergraduate advisor, to ask for a graduate school recommendation. Later, Dan Robeson, dean of the School of Management, contacted me to see if I had any questions. At any other school, it could have been, ‘Mercedes who?’”
Shortly after starting her master’s degree, Reyes received a phone call from the executive director of Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York. “She said she had been looking for a woman with initiative and an advanced degree to create a new position on the Girl Scouts leadership team, and that my name kept coming up!”
Reyes had been working full time, and knew Sage was supportive of working adults. Still, she found it valuable to use her faculty advisors as a sounding board as she considered taking on an exciting new position in conjunction with a challenging graduate program.
She accepted the position at the Girl Scouts and stood out: She was promoted from manager to director of integration within six months. “Essentially, I work to implement corporate best practices within the non-profit,” she said.
In June 2012, Reyes’ professional accomplishment and community involvement – she has volunteered for the Capital Region Latino Parade and the YMCA and is on the leadership committee for 100 Hispanic Women of the Capital District – was publicly recognized when she received the YMCA of the Capital District’s Black and Latino Adult Achievers Award.
She couldn’t wait to share the news with Management Dean Dan Robeson and Professor Eileen Brownell, who had been so supportive of her, and she didn’t have to wait long. Dean Robeson was present at the ceremony, and was among the first to congratulate her.