Shannon Giordano ’91
Name: Shannon Giordano ’91
Current Title/Profession: President, Serendipity Social Media Inc. (digital marketing)
City: Holliston, Massachusetts
Additional/Advanced Degrees: MA in international development, The American University
What was your first job after MHC?: Sales assistant, Merrill Lynch
Favorite class/professor and why: Law and Medical Ethics. It was 1990, and HIV/AIDS and the social implications of how we treat disease were hot in the news. We read And the Band Played On and it had a huge impact on me. I ended up writing my master’s thesis on HIV/AIDS and women’s subordination in a cross section of countries in Africa, Asia, and South America. The seed was planted at MHC!
Talents and/or passions discovered at MHC: I ended up working as an athletic trainer with Ellen Perrella and loved it. I was considering pre-med, and it was an incredible job. We got training in advanced first aid and CPR and practiced skills that I could never have acquired otherwise. I did not pursue med school, but Ellen was a mentor I cherish to this day.
What do you value most about your liberal arts education?: I think a liberal arts education is monumentally important. Learning to think critically and to have finely honed writing skills is an art form. There is plenty of time to learn a job. I can’t tell you how many people I come across who can’t write and have trouble thinking critically about something without being told what to think.
Why is a women’s education still relevant today?: My time at MHC was truly one of the best times of my life. It was a gift. I knew from the second I arrived on campus that I’d found my place in the world and I’d found my people. This is still true today. MHC provides the space for a young woman to find her voice and become a leader.
What do you want the world to know about MHC?: MHC is innovative and traditional at the same time. It’s the perfect balance of challenging academics, incredible opportunities for trying new things, and a welcoming space that quickly becomes home. To anyone who says to me, “Oh, I’d never go to a women’s college,” I always respond with “You have no idea what you are missing!”
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