Student Spotlight: Dipti Pathre

On April 17, 2018, in Student Profile, Uncategorized, by Walker News

Dipti with Dean Simone Cummings and fellow members of Viva the Yoga.

“My parents always say that unless you step out of your comfort zone and try new things, you will not realize what limits you can conquer, but make sure you always remain grounded so that you can think rationally in any given situation. Your attitude always defines your altitude.” – Dipti Pathre.


Dipti Pathre is excited to walk across the graduation stage to receive a diploma in Masters in Forensic Accounting this May. To get to this point, she traveled across the world to pursue a degree that would allow her to follow her passion. Dipti has worked hard, shown leadership, and contributed to so many students’ experiences at Webster. The Walker School is proud to share her story in this Student Spotlight.

In India, Dipti’s career ambitions led her to approach the National Defense Academy to join the Indian Air Force in aeronautics. While the Academy was impressed, she was turned away due to her inability to meet the education requirements. Dipti used this minor setback as motivation to always use education as an asset to propel her to achieve her goals.

After earning a professional certification in Chartered Accountancy (CA) from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India along with an undergraduate degree from the University of Mumbai, Dipti felt she was far better situated to apply for a challenging job. Dipti applied her education to a four-year internship with Ketan C Kothari & Co. Accounting Firm. While working at the firm, Dipti learned about various industries such as banking, manufacturing, retail, and banking depository services.  She enjoyed what she was doing, but was still in search of her calling. In her next job at RSM Astute Consulting Services Limited, Dipti was placed on an internal audit project that allowed her to trace red flags missed by Human Resources. The project was a pivotal point in her career, as she finally found her passion for fraud investigation.

Dipti expanded her skills working on fraud investigations at Axis Risk Consulting Services Private Limited – A Genpact Co.  This experience inspired her to go back to school. Because India did not offer the type of degree that she desired, she was led to Webster University, the only school in the United States that offers a MS Degree entirely in Forensic Accounting. She made the decision to move across the world, and start a new journey at the Walker School. The move also had an incentive, she would be closer to her brother, who was already living in the United States.

Dipti celebrating with friends in a traditional India sari.

The move to a new country, in conjunction with starting school again, was a very stressful experience that she remembers clearly. In her traditional fashion, she did not allow her nerves to prevent her from getting involved and making the most of her time at Webster University. Dipti excelled at finding ways to improve the student experience. Her list of commitments at Webster is expansive and includes: member of the Indian Student Association and Webster Wellness Committee, treasurer of Webster Table Tennis, co- chair of the Delegates’ Agenda Committee, International Connection Leader, Graduate Senator for the Student Government Association, and volunteer with the Webster Alumni Association. In addition, Dipti started her own club, Viva the Yoga and co-founded the Graduate Student Association alongside alumna Dina Sallam’17.  She also works as a student building manager of the University Center and an office assistant at the Academic Resource Center.

Dipti with Dr. Beth Stroble, President of Webster University

Dipti’s outstanding contributions to the university and its students was formally recognized in the fall of 2017 when she received the Dean of Students Service Award for Leadership. Dipti too has benefited from her involvement, and reflects on the lessons learned: “It has been an amazing experience at Webster, I’ve connected with many people and got to understand cultural sensitivities. I thought the culture of India would be different, but there are a lot of similarities which is fascinating. We are all the same, it’s just the languages that are different.”

Dipti accepts her Association of Certified Fraud Examiners scholarship award from Professor Rich Dippel.

Dipti has earned distinction as a well-rounded student, with noteworthy academic achievements in addition to her student leadership. The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners sponsored a competitive scholarship for Forensic Accounting Students. Dipti’s credentials made her the clear choice to receive the scholarship. Rich Dippel, her professor, awarded her the scholarship at a Walker School event earlier this year. He said, “Dipti has always been a great student, academically excelling at any project, assignment or goal she takes on.” Dipti plans to use the scholarship to help complete her examinations to become a Certified Fraud Examiner.

With almost 8 years of work experience and a Forensic Accounting degree under her belt, Dipti’s dream of becoming a Certified Fraud Investigator is closer than ever. While the job market is open, she anticipates difficulties with immigration, or relocating to places like Washington DC or New York. However, she is determined to achieve her goals.

Based on her own experiences, Dipti offers advice to other international students:  “I noticed that if you come here from another country, if you are willing to learn something new, just be opened minded and try to understand the cultural differences that we have. Some things we misunderstand, and ego issues comes up. Try to be yourself and make sure that your intention is not to harm something. Be yourself and enjoy the experience of coming to a foreign country and studying new things.”

She also offered her thanks: “I would like to thank my family, friends and work buddies around the globe to make Webster a memorable experience to cherish for lifetime!”

Taking Control: The Demands of Accreditation

On September 28, 2011, in Uncategorized, by charlalord

How do you know you are really a success?  Some might say it depends on your paycheck.  Others might site your popularity, whether it comes from being famous…..or infamous.  In higher education, we like to judge success by how many people search us out as experts, as teachers or as guides toward information.   It is why we are here.  It is why we teach.

Mollie Harris, GMBA '11

That’s why for those in academics “getting published” can be so important.  Outside our classrooms and away from the presentations our faculty at the Walker School of Business give around the world, having work and research published allows even more people to learn from what Webster has to offer.  And, the latest information we have to present is something all students, business employers or fellow academicians will want to seek out:  accreditation.

Accreditation is the $10 word for giving something a “thumbs up”.  It’s important for learning institutions because without receiving credit or recognition for maintaining a set of standards how do students know they are getting the right information in the classroom?  How do employers who hire someone with a degree from your college or university know they are employing someone who received the best education?  And how do other professors know what is happening elsewhere in their field so they can continue to move it forward?

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Webster University Vienna at 30

On March 21, 2011, in Uncategorized, by charlalord

(reprinted in English from the – Der Online-Tutor.  To read the story in its original German, click here)

In 1981 when the then Mayor of Vienna, Dr. Leopold Gratz, invited the U.S. private Webster University to establish a branch in Vienna, many looked upon the move with a critical eye.

30 years later, Webster University is well established in  the community and  is now preparing to celebrate its 30 Anniversary with a series of events.

Kick-Off 30th Anniversary Lecture Series

It starts with “a journey to the beginnings of Webster University in Vienna” – through a panel discussion with Webster staff and professors. Special guest on the panel, Dr. Raoul Kneucker,  is the former section chief of international affairs.  Recently, the Austrian Accreditation Council extended for another five years until 2016 the accreditation of Webster University.  Therefore, there are no obstacles for a celebration of the 35-year-old Jubläum!

Panel discussion: Tracing Back The Roots


Dr. Raoul Kneucker, (Section Chief, retired, for many years a member of the Advisory Board)

Webster staff and professors of the last three decades: Dr.Michael  Friend, Dr. William Fulton, Barbara Hillerman, Lydia Goutas.

Date: 02/03/2011 at 19:00 clock
Location: Webster campus Berchtold Gasse 1, 1220 Vienna

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The Best For The World – Webster Geneva

On July 23, 2010, in In the News, by charlalord

Members of Webster Geneva diverse student body enjoy an afternoon on the quad.

It all started in Geneva.  In 1978, Webster University took its first steps toward becoming a premier international university with a campus in the shadow of Mont Blanc on Lake Geneva.

Since its inception, Webster University Geneva has grown into a much sought after university for those wanting to get the foremost American business education while living in the heart of Europe.

“I really wanted to have an American education and be working on the side,” says business alumnus Sascha Gorokhoff. “Webster really gave me that possibility and the flexibility to put together my schedule and even my degree.”

“The main benefit I will get from this study is the theoretical background,” says student Xi Qian Zhang.  “This program helps me build on to what I’ve experienced before.”

“We are a small community where everybody knows everybody else” - Dr. Deniz Saral, chairman of Webster Geneva's business and management programs

“We are a small community where everybody knows everybody else,” Dr. Deniz Saral, chairman of the business and management programs at Webster Geneva says. “And that is a huge asset especially for the young international student who is coming from as far as Kazakhstan, Iceland or South Africa.”

Webster University Geneva’s location is an education in itself.  The presence of the its neighbor…The United Nations… as well as other major international organizations enhances student learning outside the classroom. Its community of learners can also immerse themselves in the culture of other European cities and benefit through the diversity of Webster Geneva’s student population which currently represents more than 90 countries.

“I love the international aspect and that people from all around the world are here,” students Fatima Abdulla says.

Robert Spencer, Director General of Webster's European Campuses

“In a classroom of 15 people there is likely to be 12 to 15 nationalities,” says Director General of Webster’s European campuses’ Robert Spencer.  “That I think is the thing that is most unique about this campus.  In this type of melting pot you have people talking about what it is like to do business in Thailand, in Saudi Arabia or what it is like to do business in Morocco.  And they are doing it from firsthand knowledge.”

That diversity is also seen in our faculty, one which represents 25 nations and melds real world experience with theory in class every day.  This gives Webster University Geneva students an edge on how to apply their education once they graduate.

“The biggest asset is the professors,” says finance student Obed Pantoja. “If it wasn’t for the professors I wouldn’t enjoy it as well.  My professors here carry with them amazing credentials and all their experiences have made very valuable contributions to our learning”

Webster University - Geneva

“It is a privilege,” says Professor Midge Beguin-Austin.  “You see somebody for whom, like in the cartoons, the light bulb goes on and it is all worth it.”

George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology students explore all aspects of business while earning degrees in more than a dozen disciplines in Geneva.  Graduates of the school can now be found as business leaders all over Europe and throughout the world…taking what they’ve learned in Geneva to become the best in the world.

The Global MBA Class of 2010 on Webster Geneva's wooded campus