The waves of protest and social change that swept the United States in the late 1960s continued to transform the landscapes of business and higher education for women into the 1970s. The participation rate of women in the workforce grew steadily during the decade, far outpacing the 33% rate of their mothers’ generation.
At university, fewer women chose to study traditionally “female” subjects, specifically education, literature, languages, and home economics. Women moved onto campus, and dorms became co-ed.
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Ann (Guthrie) Hingston, BSBA 1972
Ann Hingston’s time at Georgetown inspired her to enter the field of politics and government. Among Hingston’s many accomplishments, her career included time working at the National Endowment for the Arts, on President Ronald Reagan’s speechwriting team, and as a founding member of the nonprofit organization Best Friends. She continues to work in local government and politics.
Madeleine Robinson, BSBA 1973
Madeleine Robinson came to Georgetown at the time when the College was going coed. Although the business school already had been coed for more than a decade, she was still one of only a handful of women in her business school class. After graduation, she earned an MBA and pursued her lifelong dream of working on Wall Street. She worked for more than 10 years as a trader and then returned home just outside of New York City to become the CEO of LPS Industries, which was founded by her late father. She is among the first few McDonough alumnae to become a CEO.
Deborah Zateeny, BSBA 1973
Deborah Zateeny gained a well-rounded education while experiencing the effects of the Vietnam War in the nation’s capital and the beginnings of official coeducation at Georgetown. She soon earned her J.D. at Villanova University and became a successful lawyer in the nonprofit sector.
Lynn (Albanese) Tamburo, BSBA 1974
Lynn Tamburo spent 20 years of her career at JP Morgan, eventually becoming vice president, head of global mobility. Since then, she has worked in several disciplines and currently serves as director of global mobility at Laureate International Universities. Her daughter also is a Georgetown graduate.
Monica Dodi, BSBA 1977
Following a career with highlights including co-founder of MTV Europe, senior vice president of consumer products at Disney in France, and CEO of Entertainment Asylum at AOL, Monica Dodi saw a need for more female venture capital investors and a gap in investments in women entrepreneurs prompting her to co-found the Women’s Venture Capital Fund.
Diane (Burkin) Hirschberg, BSBA 1977
Diane Hirschberg originally hoped to enter government, but discovered a passion for accounting and economics. After graduation she was attracted to international banking, where she could apply her economics skills. She eventually left banking for a second career working in nonprofits.
Margot (Hennelly) Walthall, BSBA 1977
After graduating, Margot Walthall took a job at Western Electric but quickly went back to school for an MBA and entered the computer industry. After a second master’s degree in health administration mid-career, she found her passion in health care working with companies like Anthem and OptumLabs, where she leads efforts on critical health issues like the opioid crisis, Alzheimer’s, and kidney disease.
Doreen Marie (Rooney) Amorosa, BSBA 1979
Doreen Amorosa was attracted to Georgetown University for its reputation as a school with a global perspective and a multitude of opportunities. She graduated with an individualized study major concentrating in management and a minor in psychology and went on to work on Wall Street. Amorosa eventually found herself interested in recruiting and returned to the university in service of helping students enter the field of business. Her daughter is a Georgetown graduate and her son works for the university as an architect.
Catherine A. Lawton, BSBA 1979
After graduating from Georgetown, becoming a CPA, and earning a law degree, Kate Lawton’s career took her to New York City, where she helped rebuild Sandler O’Neill after the tragic impact of 9/11 on the firm. She also has served on Georgetown University’s Board of Regents, the McDonough School of Business Board of Advisors, and Georgetown’s Wall Street Alliance.
Anuca Valverde, BSBA 1979
As a Cuban immigrant hoping to leave her hometown of Miami for college, Anuca Valverde landed at Georgetown thanks to a deeply rooted family connection with Washington, D.C., and various Georgetown alumni within her extended family. Once there, she found her place among the diverse mix of American and international students. After graduation, graduate studies in Paris, and work in New York City, she returned to Florida and established her own advertising and marketing firm, which she ran for 25 years. Valverde is a devoted Hoya — she chose Georgetown’s Father Jim Walsh to officiate her wedding, wears her class ring on a chain around her neck, and returns every five years for her class reunion.
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