Success: Emmanuel Bernstein

Emmanuel Bernstein ’91 started his career working for a Fortune 500 Company in the medical industry, where he was on a fast track to success, earning three promotions in four years.

“One of my mentors, who was the vice president of the company, told me that I could become the first African American vice president of the company in the next 30 years,” Emmanuel said. “Something deep down inside me knew that this was not the journey I wanted to take. Ever since I could remember, I had always had an entrepreneurial spirit.”

That’s when Emmanuel decided to change career paths and focus on direct sales and marketing. Since his career transition, he has been in the business for 19 years. Through his work, he has helped thousands of families also realize their dreams and pursue fulfilling and profitable careers in sales as well.

“One of the most gratifying things about my career move is that I get to work with some awesome people and families who are at crossroads in their lives. I get to move them from where they are to where they want to be.”

Though a person couldn’t see it now, Emmanuel wasn’t always on the track to success. He was born into humble beginnings on the south side of Chicago, and his transition to college wasn’t easy at first. He nearly left Mount Mercy after his first quarter because of low grades, but he sought out the help of Dr. Neil Bernstein, professor of biology and Emmanuel’s advisor, where he found the drive to succeed.

“Dr. Bernstein asked me one question that I never forgot. He asked me was I serious about the major I selected and my plan to attend medical school one day. I told him absolutely. He recommended that I change my study habits and design a specific plan to raise my GPA. I did exactly what he instructed me to do and graduated in four years with a B.S. in Biology and a GPA over 3.3.”

During his time at Mount Mercy as he began to chart his path to success academically and lay the foundation for his professional success, Emmanuel learned three important values: self-respect, respect for others and work-ethic. 

“If I could give the students of Mount Mercy some advice, it would be to enjoy the journey that they are on, understand the value of mentorship from a teacher or advisor, and be disciplined in study habits.”

Because of these values, Emmanuel has found success and happiness in his work. He hopes current and future Mount Mercy students are able to do the same.

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