My true role models are in my own family.
Specifically, my DAD, Samuel T. McClure.
- My father taught us to answer the phone, “McClure residence, Jennifer speaking.”
- He taught my brother and me to shake hands and look someone right in the eye.
- To listen.
- To be caring and serve others.
- To give generously.
I began working in his office at age 15 at Georgetown University. My dad worked in Development. I was thrilled! How many teens are excited to get up early and drive to DC in the summer? I was. I had valuable experiences. His colleagues were amazing and worked so hard. The environment was professional, appropriate and comfortable.
I learned the importance and respect of confidential information. I read the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, conducted donor research. I learned about wealth and those who used their money for the greater good of higher education. I’m still fascinated.
Overall I learned:
- How to conduct myself in an office and at professional/alumni events. (I’ve been to so many NCAA Basketball games! I love college basketball.)
- How to build true, lasting relationships.
- The importance of accountability, work ethics & integrity.
Most importantly, I learned from my dad about doing the work you love. The experience shaped who I am today. Thank you Dad.
What childhood experience shaped who you are today?