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Alumni Spotlight Blog

Featuring interviews and advice from Duke and BOW alumnae


Recent Posts


Spotlight on Dani Lefland, T'16

October 18, 2017 | By Ekim Buyuk and Shruti Rao

"It’s very respectable to bring a sense of humility when it comes to lack of experience, but combine it with an attitude of wanting to learn and soak in everything around you. Work as hard as you can and get the most out of what you do."

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Spotlight on Cydney Ross, T'12

September 28, 2017 | By Ekim Buyuk and Shruti Rao

"Passions don’t happen overnight and it often starts as an interest. I think the best way to find a passion is to begin with fostering your interests. What do you want to learn about?"

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Spotlight on Chelsea Ursaner, T'12

September 21, 2017 | By Ekim Buyuk and Marielle Rodgers

"Don't waste any time building something people don't want. The groundwork for building a business lies in conversations with (potential) customers and understanding their needs."

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Spotlight on Kristen Manderscheid, T'10

September 13, 2017 | By Ekim Buyuk and Marielle Rodgers

"Do not feel limited by trying to find an experience that exactly replicates your target career – rather, try to see how your experiences are interconnected and build upon one another to grow your skillset and provide insight into your own interests. The more you participate in learning experiences and reflect on them, the more you will be able to find the common thread of who you are and what you want from a fulfilling career."

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Spotlight on Rachel Leng, T'13

Summer 2017 | By Ekim Buyuk and Marielle Rodgers

"It is also never too early to start being a mentor, or never too late to be a mentee – it just really requires you to put yourself out there. By doing so, you will always be surprised by how many people are willing to open up and share insights with you, and how many people you can in turn shape as well."

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Spotlight on Orian Almog, T'09

Summer 2017 | By Ekim Buyuk and Marielle Rodgers

"[You] have a say in what is the right opportunity for you! But also, invest in your network and cultivate real relationships in your personal and professional life. I've gotten every job I've had through friends or ex-colleagues."

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Spotlight on Melissa Bernstein, Duke Alumna

April 21, 2017 | By Ekim Buyuk and Marielle Rodgers

"[My husband and I] felt that itch to be doing something that had greater meaning and made us feel like we were able to impact someone outside the corporations we were in. We were at the point where we didn't even think it was a choice, it was crucial to living to get off the treadmill and do something else."

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Spotlight on Heidi Zak, Duke Alumna

April 12, 2017 | By Ekim Buyuk and Marielle Rodgers

"I believe that to get into leadership positions you have to make yourself uncomfortable. So, I quit my well-paying job to start my own company. Being a leader is rewarding, exciting and stressful — all in the course of an average day."

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Spotlight on Tali Chuchinsky, T'12

April 5, 2017 | By Ekim Buyuk and Marielle Rodgers

"You'll be surprised at how many people will help you if you just ask. And remember, you’re not asking for much - almost everyone has the time for a brief phone call and if you’re lucky a coffee. It's part of planting seeds."

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Spotlight on Cong Ding, T'12

March 29, 2017 | By Ekim Buyuk and Marielle Rodgers

"As I progressed in my career, I encountered bigger picture decisions on both personal and professional dimensions that were often unrelated to my day-to-day tasks."

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Spotlight on Joanna Bromley, T'11

March 22, 2017 | By Ekim Buyuk and Marielle Rodgers

"Spend time thinking about the life that YOU WANT to build (both career and life), not the life that you think you should want to build, or others want to build."

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Spotlight on Kelly Froelich, T'13

March 8, 2017 | By Ekim Buyuk and Marielle Rodgers

"I learned that you should be learning every day. I learned that there are no right answers, but there are certainly wrong ones."

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Spotlight on Alison Lane, T'11

March 1, 2017 | By Ekim Buyuk and Marielle Rodgers

"Cultures are very different depending on who you're working with...but you do have to learn how to be yourself and let your personality shine through when you're interacting with groups across the world."

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