Alumni Stories

“I started researching opportunities and different career paths, schools and programs. My research led me to the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. It was unique. It’s the first of its kind. It was in the city where I lived. It came together and it was perfect. I’m also very aware that in the future there’s going to be a larger need for minorities to work in philanthropy. That’s exciting for me as I pursue my master's in philanthropic studies.”

“I learned to recognize and appreciate different cultures and different ways of life even more, which impacted my thought process. I also learned how to create infrastructure within organizations. I still go back to my notes and notebooks even to this day because everything I learned was so valuable.”

“The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy really taught me about seeing commonality among people and serving the community with a sense of caring. I believe in the social good and doing my part to move that social good. That’s what I learned and that’s what I hope to leave for others. I hope we all can live with a sense of oneness.”

“I was empowered to explore, diagnose, unpack, and expand my own imagination around what philanthropy was capable of, which is really what I embarked upon during and even after my time at the School of Philanthropy. I believe that the more you learn, the more you should be encouraged to use your imagination. I think that's what the School of Philanthropy really did for me.”

“I’m also excited about my current career path, which is moving me towards more environmental, social, and governance work. Corporations are beginning to focus more on their social impact, so having a strong foundation and understanding in philanthropy is invaluable in this space now. Through the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, I was able to connect my personal passion with an incredible career in philanthropy.”

“As we come out of the recession that accompanied the COVID-19 global pandemic, there are a lot of opportunities and a lot of lessons that we could, and should have learned. I'm excited to see how we apply those lessons.

“Whether it’s for basic needs and the safety net that exists or doesn't exist in society, the fight for racial justice and racial reconciliation that emerged in the summer of 2020, or the whole work/life integration that has now emerged, it really excites me to see how all of those are going to play out.

“It’s fun and energizing to think about who is now going to be engaged in the philanthropic sector. What is giving going to look like? Who is going to give to what and why, and how do we mobilize all of it?”