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Katies reach out in support of other Katies in a new way

Members of the Katies Supporting Katies committee at last weekend\'s meeting in Derham Hall
Members of the Katies Supporting Katies committee at last weekend\'s meeting in Derham Hall
Sara Berhow

A group of Katie alumnae, initially dubbed Katies Supporting Katies, gathered in Derham Hall last Saturday. The group met to begin work on an online directory of alumnae businesses, service providers and consultants.

The directory will serve as a way for alumnae in need of a service, product or consultation to find an alumna/us who could provide resources. It’s an effort to expand the work of Alumnae Relations, which aims to connect alumnae to each other and to the University.

The idea for the directory came from Alumnae Council member Mary Beth King ’81, who brought the idea to Alumnae Relations staff member Kelly Povo '09. Povo latched on to the idea and initiated last weekend’s meeting to kick off the project.

As King pointed out to the group, everyone has had times when they’ve needed an expert to help with something, whether it’s a tax accountant, a piano teacher for a child, or someone to help navigate the process of moving elderly parents into assisted living.

“I can’t help but think that among all the thousands of graduates of St. Kate’s, there has to be one of them who could help me when I need these things, and working with a Katie would mean I’m not calling on a stranger. As graduates of St. Kate’s, we share a common bond that means we’re not strangers,” says King.

Another meeting attendee, Debi Weiss ’96, concurred. Weiss, a business owner, mentioned that she’s had several clients over the years who chose her business because they read on her website that she is a St. Catherine University graduate. 

“It’s a sisterhood. There’s an immediate resonance with people when you learn they also went to St. Kate’s,” Weiss says.

At the committee meeting last weekend, the group discussed what this directory should look like, what kinds of businesses, services and resources should be included, and how they plan to reach out to alumnae who would be interested in being listed.

Work on building the framework for the directory has started and the committee will meet again in February. A directory submission form will be available soon for alumnae business owners, service providers and subject matter experts to request a listing in the directory.

The directory and submission form will be housed on the University’s Alumnae Relations website at stkate.edu/alumnae

Jan. 29, 2014 by Sara Berhow

See also: Alumnae/i, Business