Vista • Mount Holyoke College • Spring/Summer • Vol. 17 No. 1
At the Top: Mona Sutphen ’89
How can we continue what was begun at WPSP? Sutphen: Public service isn’t just about politics; it’s a way of thinking about your place in the world. And con- nection can start at the community level. Look around your community—what expertise do you have to offer?
Is there a resource at Mount Holyoke you didn’t use but wish you had? Sutphen: The alumnae network!
What have you taken with you from MHC during your career? Sutphen: I’m confident about who I am, and that’s a value Mount Holyoke gave me. And the mentoring that I received here has stuck with me—I hold it dear. [While at MHC, Sutphen worked with international relations professor Anthony Lake, who later become national security advisor for President Bill Clinton and remains a close friend.]
Sutphen’s first rule with regards to careers? Relax! It’s not necessary to map out your entire career before you graduate, she advised. “Every job teaches you something you can use later,” she said. For example, in her first job out of college, she arranged a lot of meetings. Those skills proved extremely useful later on in politics, where every event is like “a giant meeting.”
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