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Local woman credits Soroptimists with helping her to reach her business goal

Set to graduate later this month from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Science in business administration with an emphasis on international management, Sunnyside native Kathleen Dolan gives Soroptimist International of the Lower Valley the credit for her decision to pursue a career in business.

“I grew up surrounded by success-driven professional women and they became my role models and mentors,” Dolan explained.

“They (including her mother Barbara Dolan) gave me examples of what a business leader can be and what kind of impact such a person can have on their community,” she explained.

The daughter of Barbara and Larry Dolan, she began attending Soroptimist meeting when she was a baby and continued to be a constant presence through high school, attending the meetings and assisting at Soroptimist community service projects.

Before graduating from Sunnyside Christian High School in 2010, Dolan received a $1,000 Soroptimist scholarship.

“It meant a lot to me to have the support and encouragement of the Soroptimist women who aided me with my higher education goals,” she said.

“I wanted to attend college out of state and it was very expensive. Without the scholarship, I might not have been able to attend a school such as Carnegie Mellon,” Dolan added.

She received the Daybreak Rotary Club scholarship the same year.

In a few weeks after returning home for a short visit with her family, Dolan will take her place in the corporate world as a management consultant with PricewaterhouseCooper in its New York offices.

“The experience I received working with the local women is quite valuable to me,” Dolan said

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