Suffolk alumni span the globe. Rebecca Barnett, GMBA ’14, is no exception.
As the director of marketing for an innovative payment processing company called Mobile Media Info Tech (MMIT), Barnett splits her time between the United States and Nigeria. Her company uses state-of-the-art technology to support the rapid e-commerce growth in Sub-Saharan Africa.”
During a recent interview on CNBC Africa, Barnett noted that Nigeria has the largest online market for clothing and footwear in Africa and is expected to grow from $104 million in 2014 to $1 billion by 2019. To date, the country has 15 million+ mobile wallet subscribers, and Barnett predicts that number will skyrocket in the coming years.
As a leader in this dynamic and growing industry—5,000 miles away from many of her friends and family—Barnett credits her success to her professional and personal experience. She has studied five languages and traveled across four different continents to take various courses, including Suffolk’s Global Travel Seminar in Brazil.
Shortly before graduating from Suffolk, Barnett landed a career-changing internship at MMIT’s Boston’s office. It was a hands-on, learn-as-you-go position. “I was given a lot of responsibility and had the opportunity to contribute to the success of the company,” said Barnett, who was tasked with researching the company’s next Sub-Saharan market entry. During her internship, she traveled to Africa for the first time and visited Nigeria and Kenya. She even learned basic Swahili and Yòrubá to prepare for some of her trips.
“Suffolk has provided a solid foundation for my career. It has been a vital in preparation for work internationally. I am doing exactly what I want to be doing at this stage in my career—and more!” she said.
Her advice to future Suffolk graduates? “Follow your interests, but let them take you down new paths to build a better you.”
New paths have led Barnett to where she is today. “I’m happy that I made the decisions I did to get me where I am today. I came to Suffolk to take my career to new heights, and I am happy to say that is exactly what my education has helped me achieve.”