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Bringing global perspective to multinational brands

After graduating from St. Olaf College, Sean Burress ’94 launched a successful career in marketing research for multinational brands like General Mills and Kimberly-Clark.

At every step along the way, he’s applied a global perspective to his work.

“I’m not only thinking about what I need to accomplish on the job, but about what impact it’s going to have on the world,” Burress says.

His worldview was expanded at St. Olaf through study-abroad experiences and a focus on global engagement.

“St. Olaf opened my mind to traveling abroad,” he says. “Now my current role is a global role where the experiences that I had have given me a lot more comfort to be able to apply that on the job.”

Sean Burress ’94You’ve got to constantly be learning. And I learned how to do that at St. Olaf.

A mathematics major at St. Olaf, Burress went on to earn a Master of Business Administration degree and develop a career evaluating consumer insights. He says the liberal arts education he received at St. Olaf prepared him for an ever-evolving world where data and marketing capabilities are rapidly evolving.

“You’ve got to constantly be learning,” Burress says. “And I learned how to do that at St. Olaf.”