"I didn't become a leader on my own. I had mentors professionally and personally, and education."
Southern New Hampshire University alumna Brenda Quinn became entranced with numbers in high school. Mesmerized while balancing debits and credits in bookkeeping class, she decided to become an accountant.
Though Brenda put off college to become a wife and mother, that desire never left. So one day she strode into the Manchester Center with two of her three children in tow, determined to get the college education she needed to launch her career.
Brenda graduated with an accounting degree in 1985 and landed her dream job. And the drive that got her started prompted her to keep learning, pushing and tackling challenges. The result? Today she is the chief executive officer of Intelitek, a worldwide technology education company in Manchester, N.H., and Israel that also manufactures small machine tools and robots.
It took more than drive to become a leader, Brenda says. She had help from mentors and her husband, who helped on the home front so she could attend class and then advance in her career.
"I didn't become a leader on my own. I had mentors professionally and personally, and education," she says. "I never would be here if I had never gone to school, and I credit, every chance I get, Southern New Hampshire University for the education that I received."
Now a widow with grown children, Brenda says her family remains her proudest accomplishment.
"My goal was to have happy, healthy and productive, contributing children and they've all attained that goal," she says.