On Monday, October 24, Sacred Heart Greenwich welcomed five accomplished alumnae back to King Street to share about their professional journeys and offer insights to Upper School students. The event, organized by the Alumnae Office, featured speakers from diverse fields, including finance, media, law, nonprofit, marketing, and tech.
Margot Dolce Sturz ’99, President of the Alumnae Board at Sacred Heart Greenwich and Head of Wealth Management Talent Acquisition at Morgan Stanley, opened the event. In her remarks, Mrs. Sturz emphasized that students don’t need to have already figured out the precise course of their future, instead they should take advantage of all the opportunities at Sacred Heart Greenwich to discover interests and talents and acquire a variety of skills. In particular, Mrs. Sturz encouraged students to participate in Sacred Heart Greenwich’s Externship Program, which provides students with hands-on exploration of specific industries. Externships are organized through our Leadership, Health and Wellness team who connect students to alumnae and parents interested in hosting an externship.
A theme in each speaker’s presentation was the thorough preparation they received at Sacred Heart Greenwich which empowered each of them to pursue ambitious career goals, lean into their passions, and accept challenges. Please continue reading to learn more about each alumnae speaker below.
Mary Bohan ’06: Ms. Bohan, an Economics graduate from Duke University started her remarkable career abroad, contributing to the launch of a French travel startup, and later working with Starwood’s strategy team. Ms. Bohan subsequently transitioned to a role on the marketing analytics team at Marriott before joining Uber to lead their data science group. Presently, she spearheads the development of a travel agency within JPMorgan Chase, serving as the VP of Marketing Analytics for Chase Travel.
Cassidy Mara ’08: A graduate of Villanova University and Fordham Law School, Ms. Mara honed her legal expertise practicing in both state and federal courts across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Her work has encompassed discrimination, retaliation, and harassment claims, in addition to managing class action wage and hour lawsuits. Ms. Mara has also been instrumental in providing anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training to her clients while offering guidance to employers on an array of employee matters, from performance management to crafting employee policies. Most recently, Ms. Mara's legal acumen shone at the American Lawyers Top 100 law firm Akerman LLP, and she currently serves as Employment Counsel at Deloitte, overseeing all internal employment matters.
Jennifer Bentley Rivera ’94: Mrs. Bentley Rivera, a Psychology graduate from Boston University, is now the Executive Director of Kids Helping Kids Inc., an organization dedicated to nurturing leadership skills through youth-led service projects. Previously, she worked at the Waterside School in Stamford. Mrs. Bently Rivera is also the proud mother of two Sacred Heart Greenwich graduates, Michaela ’21, a student at Trinity College, and Caitlyn ’22, who currently attends the University of Virginia.
Kat Spillane ’11: A 2015 graduate from Dartmouth College, Ms. Spillane joined the NBCUniversal Page Program, a one-year career development rotational program. As a page, she had rotations at Late Night with Seth Meyers, Saturday Night Live, the Entertainment Publicity Department, and CNBC's Mad Money with Jim Cramer. Upon completing the program, she started full time at Late Night with Seth Meyers as the Assistant to the Segment Producers. Ms. Spillane worked at Late Night for four years, leaving as the Segment Coordinator. She then worked as the Talent Partnerships Manager at a book club startup, Literati. Ms. Spillane is now a Talent Booker at The Ringer Podcast Network at Spotify. The Ringer is Spotify's sports and pop culture content studio, and as a booker she works on guest interviews across their slate of podcasts.