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50 Years of Alumni: Rebecca Shea Anderson

College(s)/University attended:
St. Olaf College, majored in economics.

What years were you in GTCYS?
Early 90’s. Graduated high school in 1992.

What skills or lessons did you learn in GTCYS that you still use today?
Whether you’re playing in an orchestra, negotiating in a board room, or standing on a podium calling for change, an empowered voice comes from a spirit of collaboration, creativity, and respect.

Why do you think GTCYS is important for students now?
GTCYS embodies and demonstrates a collage of voices as its standard of operations. Students experience how a mix of people come together beautifully and productively. It’s a valuable lesson for our future leaders and important to the overall health and spirit of the community.

What’s a fun fact about yourself?
While I’ve kept music as a hobby, after graduating from college I went on to work in finance and eventually landed my dream job as a trading executive. I’ve since retired and now spend my time in volunteer positions. Most fun of all, I get to delight in watching my two sons, ages 15 and 20, navigate their own passions and pursuits.

What do you hope to see from GTCYS in the next 50 years?
My experience as a GTCYS scholarship recipient no doubt shapes my vision for GTCYS’ next 50 years: I hope to see stronger alumni engagement and more philanthropic support. This is an organization that has always been deeply committed to access and equity so that all interested students can benefit from the GTCYS experience regardless of their ability to pay. Continuing to build connections and philanthropic partnerships are critical – and ongoing – steps in sustaining the important work being done at GTCYS.

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