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Michelle Cousté '11, who is Assistant Superintendent for Clark Construction working on the Metro Silver Line Phase 2A project in Ashburn, VA, appears on the cover of the October issue of Washingtonian Magazine as one of the Most Powerful Women in Washington. Her spotlight appears alongside the likes of Madeleine Albright and Kristi Toliver. Michelle shares that there are almost never women in the meetings she runs with the foremen of the construction site. She also relays how she navigates when to be assertive in some situations, such as a subcontractor calling her "doll face."

Read Michelle's profile here.

The Ultimate Old Bay Fan is also a Tartan! Cori Sabate Russell ’09 was selected for the Old Bay contest that took place over the summer. Cori was announced as the winner on social media on Tuesday, October 15. She had submitted photos of her custom Old Bay-themed items including a cornhole set and license plate. Cori, a U.S. Veteran, is currently living in California.

The Baltimore Sun reported that the Alia Kemet, Old Bay Creative & Digital Strategy Director noted Cori “really won us over by offering us a glimpse into her OLD BAY-led life. Cori is clearly driven by her passion for flavor. She has introduced the seasoning to her daughter and has a ton of Old Bay gear to show off her Maryland roots out West.”

Read the story about Cori at http://bit.ly/oldbaytartan

 

Joanne Carl '76 says her daughter Michelle Cousté '11 always loved construction sites. When Michelle was little Joanne would push her stroller to construction sites where she would be fascinated with the activity. It's no wonder that Michelle is now an Assistant Superintendent for Clark Construction working on the Metro Silver Line Phase 2A project in Ashburn, VA. Her journey began while researching civil engineering for her AP Calculus class at Holy Cross. It changed her entire plan for college. Michelle relates the story in a recent Clark Construction blog post "Michelle Cousté on Ensuring Quality as a Woman Field Leader in Construction."

At Clark, Michelle compares her job to a ballet, "At its core, I am the one coordinating and enabling all of the different trades to do their work for the day. One of the most beautiful things to me is watching two very skilled equipment operators work together with big machines to achieve something." 

Read the entire story here.

Michelle has kept in touch with her alma mater and has volunteered with the Holy Cross Robotics team, helping them prepare for their competitions and helping the team apply for a donation.

Photo courtesy Clark Construction Group, LLC

 

Brittany Menjivar '17 was recently selected as one of five screenwriting mentees for the AT&T Hello Lab Mentorship Program, which pairs up-and-coming screenwriters with directors and gives them the opportunity to have their short films fully funded and produced in Hollywood, under the guidance of Lena Waithe. Britt, a junior at Yale University majoring in English and Film, traveled to Los Angeles to kick off pre-production in June, and is currently doing remote work on the project. She returns to LA to shoot her film in August.

Britt credits her Holy Cross film class with sparking her love of film. She says, "I wouldn't have pursued film after high school. I wouldn't have gone to college knowing screenplay formatting; I wouldn't know anything about the Beat Sheet or film terminology; I wouldn't love movies the way I do today. I'm so grateful that I was able to take a course that prepared me for the next steps so well." In addition to this opportunity, Britt has written, directed, and acted in several plays at Yale. She has also been a music journalist for the pop culture website "The Young Folks" since her senior year at Holy Cross.

Read more about the program here.

 

Photos: Shayan Asgharnia

On Friday, March 22, Holy Cross held its annual Career Day program, welcoming 16 alumnae back to discuss the choices that led them to their career paths. The program is organized by the Holy Cross Counseling and Alumnae offices.

The Career Day program began with an all-school assembly keynote address by Dominica Groom Williams '00. Dominica is Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Freddie Mac, where she leads the company's efforts to recruit and retain a diverse employee base and to provide equal opportunity in their contracting practices. Before joining Freddie Mac, she was the Senior Director, Global Supplier Diversity and Sustainability at Marriott International. She has been recognized as one of the "Top 100 Women" in Maryland by The Daily Record, for her leadership, community service and mentoring, and as one of Maryland's top Leading Women under the age of 40. She was named a Top Influential Leader in Diversity by the National Association for Minority Companies for her commitment to diversity and inclusion. In 2016, Holy Cross recognized Dominica as a Distinguished Alumna. In her address, Dominica shared about the influence Holy Cross had on her career path and offered words of advice to the girls about how their solid educational foundation will ultimately serve them well in their future.

Following the assembly, the Freshman and Sophomore classes attended a panel discussion with Tyler Cumbo '07, a business law attorney; Erin Dunn 04, an early childhood special education teacher; and Lauren Dorozynski '06, a nurse at Children's National Medical Center. Juniors and Seniors attended pre-chosen breakout sessions with alumnae from a variety of different career fields. Alumnae discussed the choices they made that helped them determine their careers. They discussed the opportunities they followed in college and options they pursued in determining the fields they chose. They also discussed what their current jobs involve and answered questions from the students. Following the program several of the alumnae remained during the lunch period to continue their conversations with students.



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