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Katherine Righi

Class of 2008
Major/Minor: History/Minor in Earth and Planetary Science

I have so many fond Washington College memories. It’s often the little things I miss - working with Elm editors to put together each week’s paper, grabbing coffee with friends in the evening, going on runs to the waterfront, enjoying leisurely weekend mornings at Play it Again Sam’s.  

How has your liberal arts education influenced you? How do you apply your LAE in your current career?

I feel like not many people I know can say they truly love their job - I can! I work in Marketing and Sales at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in New York City and indirectly use the skills I learned at Washington College in all aspects of my job. A big part of my job is responding to Request for Proposals (RFPs) for PwC’s priority accounts. In this part of my job, I have to quickly analyze client information and how our service offerings align with our clients’ needs. I have to work with teams, often under tight deadlines, to write a strong response to the RFP. I use the skills I learned as a history major - taking in large amounts of information and distilling what’s important - and apply that to the proposal process.

I also am challenged to think outside of the box, be creative, and streamline processes continuously. It’s something you often hear, but is definitely true - a liberal arts degree helps you think about problems and solutions in a different way. I often see things differently than my colleagues in advisory, tax and assurance and our varied perspectives help us work together to come up with the best answer.

I also honed a lot of soft skills at Washington College; even within a certain subject, professors often have different styles and ways they like to see information presented. The same is true with the partners and teams I work with. Learning how to adapt to each individual’s personal style has helped me tremendously in the business world.

Who was your favorite faculty/staff member? Story?

Washington College has a wonderful and dedicated faculty and staff. I can’t say I had a specific favorite faculty or staff member, but I’ve enjoyed staying in touch with professors and staff since I graduated, including Clayton Black, Charlie Kehm, Maria Hynson, Rebekah Hardy Hock, John Lang and Meredith Hadaway.

What is your favorite Washington College memory?

I have so many fond Washington College memories. It’s often the little things I miss - working with Elm editors to put together each week’s paper, grabbing coffee with friends in the evening, going on runs to the waterfront, enjoying leisurely weekend mornings at Play it Again Sam’s.

 

Campus Involvement
Graduate School:

M.A. in Counseling from Montclair State University

Class Correspondent

Contact Katherine to submit notes to the WC Magazine.

175 Main Street
Millburn, NJ 07041
Phone: 973-564-6195/908-956-2899
e-mail: katherinerighi@gmail.com

Katherine volunteers for Washington College as a Class Correspondent, Alumni Admissions Volunteer, and a member of the Alumni Board on the Classes & Reunions Committee.