Sarah Rand

Associate Professor


I have been teaching in the Department of Business Administration at St. Catherine University since 2001. I currently teach a variety of courses in the department including Principles of Management, Principles of Marketing, Buyer Behavior and Market Research, Strategic Marketing, International Marketing and Management, and Strategic Management. Dr. Mary Henderson and I will soon lead a study abroad course called Sustainability through a Business Lens: Exploring People, Planet, and Profits in Chile over J-Term in 2017. I’ve also had the pleasure of teaching Global Search for Justice (GSJ) in the Core curriculum.

I grew up in the St. Paul Midway area, just a few miles away from St. Kate’s. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Management from Hamline University and later earned an MBA in Management from the University of St. Thomas. I completed my Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development at the University of Minnesota. My Ph.D. work focused on identifying strategies organizations can employ to increase the number of women in senior leadership roles. I am deeply committed to the mission of St. Catherine University to educate students to lead and influence. I am especially passionate about fostering best practices in organizations to develop and empower women to succeed in the business world.

My professional work experience involved roles in corporate client marketing, fixed income trading, investment banking, and business development, including positions at Wells Fargo, Merrill Lynch, and Cargill Financial. Several years of industry experience working in leading Fortune 500 companies helped me to articulate how theory connects to practice. Through these professional and academic lenses, I lead students in conversations about key current events that are relevant to the subject matter we cover each day. I also partner with organizations to create real-world projects for students to engage in. As a result, students have the opportunity to address contemporary business issues, gain exposure to business leaders, and develop an appreciation for ever-changing business environments.

My academic research on women’s career advancement strategies enables me to actively work with large organizations in the United States and abroad. I facilitate the creation and implementation of policies and practices to help these organizations increase the number of women in leadership roles. I believe this research has and will continue to have meaningful impact on the way these organizations think about developing and advancing women and the rate of organizational progress in doing so. As the business department’s marketing lead, I am also committed to scholarship in the marketing discipline. My academic research in the field of marketing focuses on sharing best practices in teaching marketing in higher education. Projects I have completed include conference papers and presentations on incorporating client-based learning projects in marketing courses and best practices in teaching marketing research.

Doctoral work and research expertise dedicated to St. Catherine’s mission to develop women to lead and influence. Strong partnerships with senior leaders in the Twin Cities to support organizational efforts to create and implement strategies to develop, and advance women leaders.

Primary research interest: how company-sponsored women's networks can be designed to positively influence women's career advancement and organizational success.

Scholarly research also covers topics in the areas of marketing research, societal marketing, and corporate sustainability.

Ph.D., Organizational Leadership, Policy & Development
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2014

Master of Business Administration, Management
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1998

Bachelor of Science, Management
Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1992

St. Catherine University. (2014). Nominated for the Faculty Teaching and Advising Award

St. Catherine University. (2015). Nominated for faculty teaching and advising award.

Rand, S. (2012). Energetic Women Study Findings.

Rand, S. (2012). Dissertation Research Proposal.

Assistant Professor, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN (2006–Present).

Center for Sales Innovation Program Manager, College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN (2003–2006).

Adjunct Instructor, Century Community College, White Bear Lake, MN (1999–2002).

Project Manager, Wells Fargo Regional Banking, Minneapolis, MN (2007).

Fixed Income Marketing Associate, RBC Dain Rauscher, Minneapolis, MN (1999).

Sales/Trader, Cargill Financial Services International, Inc., Minnetonka, MN (1997–1998).

Investor Marketing Associate, Merrill Lynch, New York, NY (1995–1997).

Money Market Trader, Norwest Investment Services (now Wells Fargo), Minneapolis, MN (1993–1995).

Government Mortgage Specialist, Norwest Funding (now Wells Fargo), Minneapolis, MN (1992–1993).

Rand, S. J. (2015). "Developing Creative Marketing Research Assignments."

Rand, S.J. & Wohkittel, J. (2014). "Unblocking the Talent Pipeline: Leveraging Mentoring to Facilitate Women's Career Advancement," University of New Mexico 2014 Mentoring Institute Conference.

Rand, S.J. (2014). "How Do Corporate Women's Networks Affect Women's Career Advancement," University of MN, Doctoral Dissertation.

Rand, S.J. (2014). "Effective Client Based Learning Projects," Marketing Management Association Fall Educators' Conference Proceedings.

Rand, S. J. (2013). "Should Women's Employee Networks Be Leveraged to Enhance Corporate Image?" Marketing Management Association Spring Educators' Conference Proceedings.

Bierema, L.L. & Rand, S. J. (2009). "What is the Meaning of the “Old Boy’s Network”?" International Human Resource Development Conference, Newcastle, England

Bierema, L. L., & Rand, S. J. (2008). "The Value of Corporate On-Line Social Networks for Women," International Human Resource Development Conference, Lille, France.

Rand, S. & Kacher, K. (2006). "WorkLife Effectiveness C3 Training Module," RSM McGladrey Corporation

Rand, S., & Paterson, D. (2006). "Relationship building is the key to sales in today’s banking environment," Minneapolis Star Tribune

Rand, Sarah (2004). "What bankers need to know about hiring and managing Millennial’s," Finance and Commerce Journal

Rand, Sarah (2004.) "Program teaches fine art of selling," North-Western Financial Review

Rand, S. (2015). "Advancing Women through Women's Leadership Networks." Women's Leadership Summit

Rand, S. (2015). "Developing Creative Marketing Research Assignments." Marketing Management Spring Educators Conference

Rand, S. & Wohkittel, J. (2014). "Unblocking the Corporate Talent Pipeline: Leveraging Developmental Networks to Facilitate Women’s Career Advancement." University of New Mexico Mentoring Institute

Rand, S. & Wohkittel, J. (2014). "Unblocking the Talent Pipeline: Leveraging Mentoring to Facilitate Women's Career Advancement." University of New Mexico 2014 Mentoring Institute Conference

Rand, S. & Nelson, J. (2014). "The Value of Mentoring for Women." St. Kate's Career Development Sponsored Event for Students and Alumnae

Rand, S. (2014). "Trends and Strategies for Professional Mentorship." Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Executive Women's Council

Rand, S. (2014). "Developing Client Based Learning Projects in Marketing Research." Marketing Management Association

Rand, S. (2014). "Client-Based Research Projects in a Marketing Research Course." Marketing Management Educators Association Fall Conference

Rand, S. (2014). "Should Women's Networks Be Leveraged to Enhance Corporate Image?" Marketing Managers Spring Educators Conference

Rand, S. (2014). "Women's Career Development and Advancement through Women's Networks." University of Minnesota Organizational Leadership, Policy & Development Conference

Rand, S. (2013). "KCP&L Women's Leadership Network." Presentation for Leadership Committee

Rand, S. (2012). "Executive Development for Energetic Women." Webinar

Rand, S. (2012). "Leveraging Women's Networks for Strategic Value." 3M Strategic Planning Session

Rand, S. (2011). "Understanding the Value of Women's Networks." Twin Cities Women's Council