A Liberal Arts Resume: By Gerry Boyle '78, Illustrations by Leo Pando


Colby Magazine: Winter 2003

The same morning that Underhill, the real estate executive, was talking about writing, Herrmann had just returned to her Madison Avenue office from a business trip to Hawaii, where she addressed a meeting of shareholders in one of her company's bond funds.

It was one of many shareholder presentations Herrmann has given in states where her company operates. With a thousand or more shareholders in the audience, it is Herrmann herself who reports on fund performance and answers shareholders' questions. "You're there as a resource," she said. "You want to make them feel comfortable."

Herrmann studied art and human development at Colby and now, though she's working in finance, says the majority of her job is people management, whether it be with employees or any of the 35 different Aquila board members around the country. The well she draws from? Psychology, sociology and philosophy, she said.

Now Herrmann tracks trends in the investment market, studies changes in regulatory laws, considers the ethical issues that have emerged in business in recent years, considers company graphics and its Web site and works with employees and board members.

It was this, the business world, that she was headed for, even as she studied human development at Colby. "Like it or not, it's business that makes the world go 'round," she said.

And the liberal arts--could it be driving business?

At Shorenstein Company, Bob Underhill paused and considered the educational backgrounds of the colleagues who work in his office. "Going down the hall," he said. "Let's see. Williams, Georgetown, University of Richmond, Harvard. It's all liberal arts."





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