Friday, June 6, 2014

Graduating College Women Talk About "The Douglass Difference"

Published on The Huffington Post, here's my latest blog post.

On May 17, 2014, Margaret Frimpong, Gabrielle Rossi, Dawn Angelicca Barcelona, Jenae Keith, and Khoobi Gangdev graduated from Douglass Residential College along with 439 other women. These graduates joined a long list of alumnae (more than 36,000) since its founding in 1918.

Douglass alumnae who have gone on to have rewarding lives and fruitful careers include Patricia Smith Campbell '63, inventor of the transdermal patch; Carol Tecla Christ '66, president emerita of Smith College; Janet Evanovich '65, NY Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series; Irene Etkin Goldman '65, advocate for Human Rights, Coalition for Peace Action in Princeton, NJ; and Sandra Harding '56, feminist philosopher of science.

The future of these new graduates also is bright. I say this because their alma mater, like other women's colleges, prepared them for success (regardless of their career ambitions). All of these young women possess skills employers are demanding today: written and oral communication; decision-making; critical-thinking; analytical, interpersonal, and research skills. As a former recruiter, I know this is music to the ears of many companies that want these very skills and find them difficult to get.

I believe it is the "Douglass Difference" that makes these graduates unique and why, if I were recruiting today, I'd be making a special effort to recruit from women's colleges. See for yourself. 

In this blog post, I've included a bit about their backgrounds and also provided a link to their on-line profile. (This way, you'll be able to see how accomplished these women are.) I've also asked Gabrielle, Jenae, Margaret, Khoobi, and Dawn to share what "The Douglass Difference" means to them.

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