Table of Contents

Spring 2013 Table of Contents

Women Who Mean Business

Finance and the Humanities: A Match Made at Scripps

Scripps alumnae say they have forged successful financial careers because of — not despite — their grounding in the humanities. Allison Wysocki '99, the managing director of technology investment banking at J.P. Morgan, in San Francisco, spends part of her time recruiting recent graduates to work at her firm.

by Michael Hardy

Show Her the Money

When she entered Scripps, Cindy Wilkinson Kirven '78, wanted to be a landscape architect. She dabbled in public relations and early computer programming before deciding on an economics major. But she says the most valuable aspect of college was the Scripps classroom experience, especially in the Core humanities.

The Producer and the Intern

Sarah Fisher '13 received a highly desirable film industry internship after seeing it listed on Career Planning & Resource's Gateway. The experience cemented her desire to be a film producer on the creative side.

by Mary Bartlett

Scholar to Practitioner

In 1977, when Leslie Lassiter '77 was writing her senior thesis on the financial condition of Scripps College, she never imagined that two decades later she would serve on the College's board of trustees.

Banker to Grant Maker

"Most people's career paths aren't straight — there are lots of unexpected challenges and opportunities," says Trudy Wood '73. "I think having a liberal arts background that teaches you to think broadly and deeply helps you with that."

Embroiled in the Budget Battles

Gullo's internship turned into a job, and today, almost 30 years later, she is the CBO's deputy director of budget analysis, which puts her squarely in the middle of current political squabbles over the recession, the deficit, and federal spending.

Taking It to the Bank

"The Federal Reserve does so many things to support the economy in the United States, from providing financial services to helping banks communicate with each other," says Louise Tench Willard '97. "We are the banker's bank."

by Robert Bradford

Risky Business

Ruth M. Owades '66, who started, built, and sold two groundbreaking consumer-product businesses — Gardener's Eden and Calyx & Corolla — says that if you want to be an entrepreneur, you have to be comfortable taking risks.

by Mary Bartlett

Money Wise Women at Scripps College

We sit down with professor Sean Flynn about the purpose and value of Scripps College's student-run financial literacy organization, Money Wise Women.

How to Be Financially Fit

Advice from Gwen Miller '81 and Linda Davis Taylor P'11.

A Hunger to Help

Challah for Hunger (CfH) has its humble beginnings at Scripps College. What began as a fun pastime that was simple and delicious has turned into a nationwide — and now international — organization with 60 chapters, and keeps growing.

by Rachel Grate '15

Investing in Their Futures

Maddie Ripley ’14 became interested in the stock market as a child when she and her father would track companies together in the newspaper. Rather than look at IBM or AT&T, they would follow companies.

Who’s minding the Store? Scripps students are

When Manon Zouai '13 was a child, she created fake budgets on her computer for fun, using Microsoft Money. Zouai uses those skills in her current job at the student-run Scripps Store.

The Motley as Classroom

Katie O'Brien '14 began working at The Motley Coffeehouse her first year at Scripps. When she became financial manager her sophomore year, O'Brien was responsible for making sure the Motley's money was used responsibly.

From the President

Let’s Remedy the Wage Gap

"Women themselves must serve as their own best advocates—beginning with their first career contract."

by Lori Bettison-Varga

Special Section

The Future of College Finance: Is the Liberal Arts College at Risk?

Is there a future for Scripps College? Should we believe media reports about the decreasing affordability and value of a private liberal arts education? Economics expert doctor Sandy Baum takes issue with dire predictions and put these pressing concerns into perspective.

by Dr. Sandy Baum

The Promises and Perils of For-Profit Education

One sector of the higher education landscape making headlines is the for-profit industry. Scripps Assistant Professor of Economics Latika Chaudhary discusses the pros and cons of this fast-growing enterprise.

by Professor Latika Chaudhary

Browsing Room

Opening Doors to the Future

Visionary donors have moved the College forward since its inception, strategically placing Scripps as a leader in liberal arts education within an environment of historic beauty and inspiration. Their gifts have focused on the key needs of the College and reflect the donors' commitment to Scripps' mission and the College's unique role in educating women leaders. Scripps College has recently received three such donations.

Don’t Like the Gender Gap? Women’s Colleges Might Just Be the Answer

Why is Scripps, or any women's college, still relevant?

by Elisabeth Pfeiffer ’15

Scripps College’s Olive Oil Project

Long renowned for its stunning landscape, Scripps College is entering a new era where the campus is not only beautiful, but bountiful, and more sustainable than ever. The Olive Oil Project is the culmination of faculty, student, and staff efforts to turn Scripps' edible landscape into a virtual classroom for hands-on learning and embrace an ethic of sustainability.

by Carolyn Robles

Post Scripps

Patience Pays

If Scripps has taught me one lesson, it's that the classroom, or the office, or any other conventional context for learning, isn't the exclusive dispenser of insight.

by Michelle No '12

Editor's Page

On the Money

The world of finance gives us much to talk about. In this issue, we look at the wage gap women face, the costs of higher education—for both liberal arts colleges and the for-profit sector—and the positive impact three recent strategic gifts are making on the College’s future.

by Mary Bartlett