ultibillion-dollar technology projects? Check. A
mission to Mars? Check. Helping boost tourism across
the state? Check. You name it and Sac State alumni
are leading the charge behind some of California's
largest industries from travel and technology to
agriculture and entertainment.
California has the largest economy of any state in the nation
and the University plays an important role pumping more than
$1 billion and sustaining nearly 9,000 jobs annually throughout
In the next few pages, we introduce you to a handful of
the 180,000 Sac State alumni who currently live and work in
California. You may not know them personally, but you've
likely seen their work, used their services or read about their
Successful in their industries, these proud Hornets share
their thoughts on qualities and philosophies that define great
leaders. The topic is a popular one. In fact, Amazon has more
than 30,000 titles on leadership including "Truth, Trust +
Tenacity: How Ordinary Leaders Become Extraordinary Leaders,"
a book written by Ritch Eich '66 (Speech Communication).
"Sac State's leaders helped me realize that to lead others, you
first must learn how to follow and how to listen," says Eich. "And
to lead effectively, you have to keep your emotions in check,
stay true to your beliefs but admit when you're wrong, know
what is truly important to you, and be able to communicate
your thoughts clearly and thoughtfully."
Eich's top 5 tips on effective leadership are listed on page 15.
But first, take a look at how the professional contributions of
our alumni are creating a positive ripple effect throughout the
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Sources: California Film Commission, State
of California, California Department of Food
and Agriculture, Parks Forward, Jet Propulsion
Laboratories, Tourism Economics
For complete profiles
on these alumni visit