Alumnae Clarke Jamison ’13, Chelsea Kelly ’07, and Talyne Walsh ’08 visited Fourth Academic students on Tuesday, November 3o as part of an SR Connects Career Panel, connecting current students with alumnae. From playing volleyball to being in theater productions and taking a photography class, the trio shared their favorite Stone Ridge experiences that helped shape who they are today.
Clarke Jamison ’13 was always intrigued by how people think and use their experiences to form their decisions. After graduation, she attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama to study sociology. Clarke recounted her most formative experience, as an undergrad, studying abroad in Bologna, Italy, where she explored the intersection of religion and international politics. Clarke recently graduated from Howard University with her master’s degree in Social Work and now works for USAID supporting transitional programming for the Colombia, Haiti, Latin American, and Caribbean teams. Clarke says she leans on the confidence she built while attending Stone Ridge, often. “If I’m in a space, I’m supposed to be there,” she declared. Because of her confidence in who she is, Clarke makes no exceptions in being unapologetically herself, she says.
While at Stone Ridge, Chelsea Kelly ’07 found her love for the art of argument and a strong desire to help others participating on the speech and debate team and in the Social Action programs. Chelsea received a bachelor’s from the University of Virginia and her law degree from Yale and is currently a Media Law Attorney at Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP. Chelsea encouraged the students to have an open mind and adopt a funnel approach to choosing their college experience emphasizing the importance of exploring their interests. "Everyone has a different journey, trust the process, you can learn from any experience," she said.
Talyne Walsh ’08 described her path after Stone Ridge as being more organic. At Stone Ridge she enjoyed activities like the Model UN simulation where she got a taste for human-centered design, problem-solving that puts people at the center. She majored in mechanical engineering and minored in project management in college and has shaped a career focusing on the intersection of technology and business. Currently, Talyne is a Senior Manager in the Center for Machine Learning at Capital One. She spoke to the students about the importance of creating and keeping a support network no matter where they go and the act of amplifying other women’s voices, especially in male-dominated fields. “Recognize when other women are speaking and back them up,” Talyne said. She finds that as she amplifies others’ voices, they amplify hers as well, building collective power.
The alumnae were generous in sharing their experiences with Fourth Academics and reminisced about their time at Stone Ridge. They recounted how they made their way from Stone Ridge’s small tight-knit community into bigger communities with confidence, a benefit they attributed to attending an all-girls school. "To this day the most brilliant, live wire minds are my friends from Stone Ridge," Chelsea said.
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