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There are, of course, many reasons to give to Wake Forest in general and to
designate a planned gift in particular. Each donor probably has a unique
story related in part to perpetuating impact.
Mine speaks to my gratitude for parents and school, together supporting me
as one of eight women to receive undergraduate business degrees in 1974.
The total is of course low in today's terms. Ours, we learned, was the
first class to graduate women in business, and thus the largest cohort of
its kind in Wake Forest history to that point.
We arrived not knowing precisely what our future would hold, but we did
know doors would be opened rather than closed. We faced unique challenges.
They included some salary discrepancies; off-color jokes that moderated
over time; and the funniest to me: a women's dress code allowing pant suits
only if navy, gray or maroon.
In fact, Wake Forest had afforded us our success factors: minds prepared to
see and solve challenges with balance and integrity. The year after we
graduated, 20 women received undergraduate business degrees from Wake
Forest. If we were trendsetters, there is strength in that collegiality. In
March of 2017, five of us across the years connected at Wake Women's
Weekend, and we reconnected this past March in a Business School session,
equipping experienced business professionals to mentor and coach Wake
So for me, a planned gift is an honor - to thank family and our school for
opportunity afforded. Now, as on the day we entered campus, Wake Forest
continues to amaze and impress me. It becomes more endearing as the years
pass. I believe others share these sentiments. Lending talents to the
classroom or in expression of gratitude via planned giving, I trust each of
us is finding a way to impact our Wake Forest.
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