Alumnae Wisdom Group II

We’re excited to share our “Weekend Wisdom: Advice from Brave and Brilliant Women,” the social media series where Kent Place alumnae share lessons they learned during their years at KPS and beyond.
We love hearing from our alumnae! If you’d be willing to impart your wisdom in one of our weekly posts or would like to recommend someone, please contact Aimee Bousquet Singer '88, at

List of 36 news stories.

  • Dartmouth College ’18, Bachelor of Arts candidate in economics

    Natalie Kwan ’14

    “Be bold when seeking opportunities.”
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  • Duke University ’19, Bachelor of Arts candidate in public policy and global health

    Madison Mastrangelo ’15

    “Be confident in your abilities.”
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  • Barnard College ’01, Sarah Lawrence College MFA ’07, Teachers College, Columbia University MA ’16; and Theatre Maker, Director, and Assistant Professor of Theatre and Head of the MFA Directing Program at The University of Alabama

    Annie Levy ’97

    “Whatever you’re into, realize that it’s bigger than you think it is.”
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  • American University ’09, Georgetown University PRCC ’14 and Account Manager, Partnerships at Upside Travel

    Maggie Skinner ’05

    “Recognize the value of a support network.”
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  • Duke University ’00, University of Maryland MBA ’06 and marketing executive

    Tawney Bains ’96

    “Find a way, or make a way.”
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  • Case Western Reserve University ’10 and pilot, Platinum Helicopters

    Alison O’Brien ’06

    “Tell your stories and listen to others.”
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  • Columbia University ’96 and Director, African Leaders Malaria Alliance

    Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur ’92

    “Remember to breathe.”
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  • Bowdoin College ’99 and Kent Place parent ’29

    Caitlin Wight Fitzsimmons ’95

    “What will your legacy be?”
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  • George Washington University ’12 and Project Manager, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

    Caroline Battey ’08

    “Don’t be afraid to consider male-dominated careers.”
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  • University of Chicago ’16 and Digital Marketing Whaler at Whole Whale

    Meredith Esquivel ’12

    “Be curious.”
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  • Bucknell University ’11 and associate producer,

    Emily Hislop ’07

    “Take the time to appreciate our differences.”
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  • Princeton University ’09, University of Miami Graduate School of Education ’11, University of Miami School of Law ’15; Associate, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates

    Shekida Smith ’05

    “Take a breath.
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  • Bates College ’95; actor, recently appeared in the feature film

    Bayne Gibby ’91

    “The power of saying no.”
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  • University of Miami ’07, L’Academie de Cuisine ’10; production manager at MilkMade Ice Cream

    Taylor Barry ’03

    “There are no weaknesses, just untapped opportunities to grow into your best self.”
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  • Georgetown University ’13, Mount Sinai School of Medicine ’17; pediatrics resident, Mount Sinai Hospital

    Julia Sann ’09

    “Give voice to others by listening.
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  • Vassar College ’91; professional actress, singer, and musician

    Erika Amato ’87

    “Be true to who you are.”
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  • Colgate University ’09; freelance integration producer and three-time Emmy Award-winning producer for

    Brooke Jacobsen Lessinger ’05

    “Participate in life.”
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  • Harvard College ’04, Fordham Graduate School of Education ’08, Harvard Law School ’12; Skadden Fellow and Staff Attorney, Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center

    Rini Fonseca-Sabune ’00

    “Educate. Empower. Find your voice while lifting up the voices of others.”
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  • Colby College ’03, MAS from the University of Denver ’07; principal, The Cadmus Group

    Kate Swayne Wilson ’99

    Do the thing that scares you.”
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  • MD, MPH, Yale University ’07, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School ’15, Yale–New Haven Hospital Department of Anesthesiology ’19; physician, Yale–New Haven Hospital

    Adjoa Boateng ’03

    “Hone your voice, it’s a gift.
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  • Williams College ’80; vice president of Congressional Affairs, United Airlines (retired)

    Nancy Van Duyne ’76

    “When looking for the right career fit, follow your instincts.
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  • Purdue University ’02, University of Wisconsin PhD ’08; professor of electrical and computer engineering, University of Toronto

    Natalie Enright Jerger ’98

    Be your own advocate.”
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  • University of Maryland, College Park ’95; chief human resources officer, McCourt Global

    Maribeth Carroll ’91

    “Appreciate the diversity of your network, take chances, and gain inspiration from the women around you.
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  • Barnard College ’99, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine ’04, Northwestern University – The Feinberg School of Medicine ’08, UCLA fellowship ’09; physician, Texas Orthopedics

    Ai Mukai ’95

    “Exude confidence and take pride in your education.”
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  • Brown University ’08; cofounder, CareerGoggles

    Kate Hammond DeOssie ’04

    “Create your own definition of success.”
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  • Franklin & Marshall College ’83, Culinary Institute of America ’85, Boston University, Sargent College, MLA in gastronomy ’96;  Culinary Center chef-instructor, Oceania Cruise Lines

    Stephanie Hersh ’79

    “It’s nice to be important, but it’s much more important to be nice.”
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  • University of Michigan ’19, BSE candidate in industrial and operations engineering with a minor in business

    Monika Paliwoda ’15

    Dream big and go for it!”
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  • Columbia College/Columbia University ’91, Architectural Association MA ’93; president, EHKPR

    Elizabeth Harrison Kubany ’87

    “A well-rounded liberal arts education is the best preparation for life.
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  • University of Pennsylvania ’10, New York University School of Law ’14; Business and Legal Affairs, FilmNation Entertainment

    Courtney Cannon ’06

    “Don’t be afraid to go against the odds to find what’s best for you.”
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  • Columbia University BA ’07, MA ’09, Yale University PhD ’16; professor of film, Hollins University

    Annie Berke ’03

    “Maintain your sense of humor in the face of professional setbacks.”
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  • Lafayette College ’11; manager of Special Events & Donor Relations, Chilton Medical Center Foundation, Atlantic Health System

    Taylor Worthington ’07

    “Have the confidence to embrace a challenge.”
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  • ballet master, Joffrey Ballet

    Suzanne Lopez Prisco ’89

    “Don’t be afraid to do something that those around you aren’t doing.”
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  • Skidmore College ’04; vice president of sales, TUUCI

    Lindsay Landmesser Kissel ’00

    “Advice to my younger self.”
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  • Princeton ’94; cofounder of Television Without Pity and Previously.TV, freelancer for

    Sarah Bunting ’90

    “Don’t read the comments.”
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  • University of Rochester ’12, Gallaudet University MA ’14; national certified American Sign Language interpreter

    Mel Balzano Gumina ’08

    “Be a perpetual student and don’t be afraid to let your passions take you down an unconventional path.”
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  • Dartmouth College ’98, Boston College Law School ’03; attorney, Law Office of Lisa Core

    Lisa Core ’94

    “Where you are right now is just as important as where you’ll be.”  
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