Alumni Profile: Cindy Rheinhardt EMBA '11

Author: Tim Ponisciak

This spring, Cindy Rheinhardt joined Mendoza's Graduate Alumni Board. Cindy has over 30 years of experience as an audit and accounting professional having worked with Deloitte and Zimmer, and currently serving as Vice President, Internal Audit for Mead Johnson Nutrition.

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How did your career get started?

After graduating from Saint Mary’s College in 1985, I joined Deloitte’s audit practice in Chicago and enjoyed learning about a variety of businesses through my assignments.  While eventually I moved into corporate finance roles that have included SEC reporting, corporate accounting and regional finance, I have found that I especially enjoy the variety of projects and experiences provided through my audit roles.  More recently, I have held Chief Audit Executive roles with Life Sciences companies whose products have had a positive impact on my family and friends, which has been especially rewarding.

Why did you choose ND for your graduate degree?

As a Saint Mary’s College undergrad, a legacy and a long-time fan of Notre Dame, this decision was not a difficult one for me.  But beyond the obvious prestige of the program, I also appreciated the location and the once per month class schedule which were an ideal fit for me. 

How have you utilized your graduate degree in your career?

I entered the Executive MBA program with 25 years of professional experience, so I found that the coursework helped me to refresh my technical knowledge, think about business with a new, more innovative spirit, and discover how I could become a more effective leader.  

How do you stay connected to ND as an alum?

I remain connected to Notre Dame in a number of ways, but the most significant at the moment beyond participating on the Graduate Alumni Board is as a parent of a 2016 Notre Dame undergraduate who will be entering the MSA program in the fall.  Like many other ND alum, I also enjoy attending sporting events, especially the football games.  I have taken advantage of other activities that provide an opportunity to be on campus including the Kelly Cares Foundation Football 101 program and Zumba Pink Out on the football field. 

Is there a professor who had a significant impact on your time at ND?

There were numerous professors who positively impacted my experience at ND, but the most memorable for me was Leo Burke and his leadership and thoughtful counseling during EIL as well as throughout the EMBA program. 

What is your favorite memory from your time in your graduate business program?

I have many “fantastic” memories from my time in the Executive MBA program, but the most important memories are of the wonderful people that I met through my journey that I continue to know as friends.