Mary-Kate McKenna '80

    Mary-Kate McKenna ’80

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    Employer: Retired, formerly in financial services in NYC and then was a community volunteer and tutor.

    Title: Board Chair Saint Michael’s College

    Tell us a little about yourself: I live in Hingham, MA. My hobbies include tennis, golf, reading, tutoring and all issues involving higher education.

    Can you describe your Saint Michael’s College experience: I tell everyone that I feel like my life started at Saint Michael’s College. Most of my best friends are my fellow classmates. So many of us are still connected to our professors and the Edmundites from that time period. I received a great education which prepared me for my career. I am a proud English major who ended up being a vice president at an investment firm. Being at St. Mike’s also instilled the idea that we must always be giving back to those who are less fortunate and trying to make the world a better place.

    What advice would you give to current female students: Get close to your professors, staff and the Edmundites. Everyone is there to help you succeed in college and in life. Be involved in the campus community and of course ski and hike as much you can, after you get your work done.

    What are some strategies that can help women achieve a more prominent role in their organizations: If you are wondering what is on someone’s mind, ask them! People waste so much time speculating on what a person is thinking when a simple direct question would settle the matter. Then, really listen to the answer. Be great at your job and be willing to take on more work to get to the next level. If you think you deserve a raise, ask for it.

    What keeps you motivated and driven every day: Wearing my board chair hat, I would say preserving the Saint Michael’s College spirit of community engagement while supporting and encouraging the College to pursue new and innovative programs that will attract the kind of student who will keep the college vital and vibrant for the next 100 years.