Giving to Support What Is Important and Lasting
When Anne Kennedy '67 reconnected with Hathaway Brown through its Head's Council in 2012, she discovered that her alma mater of nearly 50 years had undergone an amazing transformation.
"Not only is the physical plant remarkable, but the school is phenomenal in attracting the most talented students and making sure that each girl blooms in a way that is right for her," Anne says.
The Right Fit
Anne is personally very grateful for HB and the role it has played in her life. Before starting high school at HB, Anne's family moved often and she had attended five schools in five years.
"HB helped me fit in and find what I was good at, which was art, music and writing," she reflects. "In fact, it was my behind-the-scenes sound and stage work that inspired me to pursue a major in radio, TV and film at Northwestern University."
After college graduation, Anne went to work in advertising (she says, "think Peggy Olson from TV's Madmen").
"All the writing that I had done at HB placed me in a position to be successful," Anne says. She took a few years off while her children were young and then went back to work as communications director for the YWCA and pursued her own freelance work.
She also started a battered woman's center in Connecticut and a statewide association to improve communications about domestic violence.
"Even in the late 1960s, HB was teaching us how to think for ourselves and lead other people. That is something that has served me well," Anne says.
Becoming a Trailblazer
Anne also credits HB with training her to be a maverick. In her 45-year career as an entrepreneur and marketing communications thought leader, she spent only five years working for someone else.
Recently, Anne entered a partnership to form Outlines Venture Group, a company that assists Internet start-ups with fund sourcing and mentoring. Although her business has a global reach, she currently lives in Oregon to be close to her grandchildren.
"I was raised to believe in giving," Anne says and makes a practice of tithing 10 percent to her church, the Oregon Food Bank and Hathaway Brown.
"It's not as much about giving back—although that certainly is a component—as it is about supporting the mission of an organization and an interest in seeing that mission carried forward."
Anne serves as an HB trustee and likens the experience to having 849 daughters.
"Because HB does an outstanding job of preparing young women to take positively disruptive roles in the world, I want to see HB continue providing quality education for generations to come, and for the school to have the ability to expand programs that are doing so well there," she says.
To support the school in that endeavor, Anne has left HB a gift in her will and encourages others to do the same, acknowledging that there are many options to direct a gift toward a particular area of interest.
"If you believe in women and women gaining the authority and power they should, then this is a great way to show support. That's the work that goes on at HB."
Won't you join Anne as a member of the Mary E. Raymond Legacy Society? Your gift will have a significant and lasting impact on educating young girls to become confident leaders in our world. For more information on the many planned giving opportunities available to you, please contact Terry Kurtz at 216-320-8799 or email@example.com or visit us online.
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