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Alumni Spotlight Blog

Featuring interviews and advice from Duke and BOW alumnae

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Spotlight on Rachel Leng

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

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

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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