Rhonda Vetere, a former Dean’s Council member and friend of the School of Business Alumni Chapter, was awarded gold in the “Excellence in Transforming Business” category from the Stevie Awards, the world’s premier business awards. Vetere is a 1993 George Mason University graduate, and serves as chief technology officer at Estée Lauder Companies.
Vetere was honored and humbled to be nominated for the award. “It’s great to see the results recognized in the industry and across the world, after all of the hard work, grind, leading by example, and being away from home a lot on the road.”
Vetere, a native of Fairfax, Virginia, decided to attend Mason so she could stay close to her mom and work full-time while in school. She majored in speech communication, which she knew would help in her future business career.
“The communications degree was important to me in business, because if you can’t communicate well, you can’t lead people or manage. I am a firm believer that everything starts and ends with how you communicate, whether it’s verbal or in writing,” she said.
During her time at Mason, Vetere desired to make a difference globally. She took business courses, and wanted to encourage other women to pursue business careers.
Because of her belief in leading by example, Vetere wanted to remain involved with the School of Business after graduation. She’s volunteered to visit classrooms to speak with students, had students shadow her on the job, in addition to serving as a member of Dean’s Council and friend of the School of Business Alumni Chapter.
“It is very important to me to be connected to Mason where everything began for me—I will never forget where I have come from at all,” Vetere said.
As chief technology and information officer, Vetere said she must be flexible in the global business environment.
“I like items scheduled and no surprises, however in today’s agile environment that is not possible,” said Vetere. “Business in the world doesn’t stop depending upon time zones,”
However, Vetere also thrives in this environment. “I enjoy helping people throughout the world the most. My goal is to help people advance their careers,” she said. “Bottom line: I care and people are number one.”