Accomplished Alumnae Return to
Maria Regina High School’s Career Day

At Maria Regina High School’s recent Career Day, which was held in celebration of Women’s History Month, students learned first-hand from a special group of 22 accomplished women what it takes to successfully pursue their respective fields of interest.


The speakers were Maria Regina alumnae who spent the day imparting their insight and expertise in a wide range of disciplines—from architecture and finance to business marketing and nursing—to help guide the next generation of leaders at the renowned all-girls Catholic High School which is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year.


Anna Parra, President, said that Maria Regina enjoys a tradition of successful alumnae who are committed “to mentor and inspire our students which was again evidenced at this year’s Career Day program.”


The day began with an inspirational keynote address by Mary Anne Wirth (Class of ’71), Board of Trustees Vice-Chair who has led a distinguished legal career. She is currently General Counsel for the Capuchin Franciscans for the Province of St. Mary and has been teaching as an adjunct professor of law in the legal writing program of Fordham Law School.  During her address, she advised the students:  “Pay attention to your gifts, to what interests you, to what you love to do, and to what makes you happy.  It’s all about finding that thing about which you are the most passionate, that thing you were born to do.”  


The day of breakout presentations with groups of students concluded with a resume workshop for the freshmen and sophomore classes, led by Morgan Shanske (Class of ‘17) and a career development workshop for the junior and senior classes led by Leanne McKeown (Class of ’15).

“Based on the feedback from the students as well as parents, this Career Day exceeded expectations,” noted Parra.


Among the student responses were:


Sophomore Selene Kronen of Tuckahoe enjoyed hearing from the variety of alumnae speakers, particularly the young sports marketing speaker who provided “valuable information about how important it was to start networking early because a strong network acts as your stable career foundation.”


Junior Joelle Allotey of New Rochelle said Career Day aided her in rediscovering her passion for restoring the happiness of others, either through service or a future career in medicine.  “The speakers made me aware of how many individuals are affected by physical and mental health issues and how incredibly compassionate doctors must be to dedicate their lives to the well-being of others.”


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