I like Colby. Some days, I really like Colby, like when I opened my e-mail this morning and found a cheery note from Christina Feng ’08, in her second year with Teach For America in New York City.
This is her story:
Feng had her “high finance” students at the High School of Arts and
Technology fired up. Lloyd Blankfein, chief executive officer of Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs, had agreed to visit their class.
Then Blankfein had to cancel. Feng, who had tapped all of her finance contacts to make sure her students were versed in mergers and acquisitions, proprietary trading, and hedge funds, wasn’t giving up.
She went to the Colby Alumni Directory and found an e-mail address for another star of international finance, Barclays head Bob Diamond ’73, the chair of the Board of Trustees. Feng wrote Diamond a note.
“I explained my situation and asked politely if he might consider coming in,” she said in an e-mail to Colby. “I was straightforward in stating that I wanted to show my students that they deserve and are able to receive the attention of successful and talented people like himself (especially a Colby alum at that!), no matter what their own personal backgrounds might be. Because my students are talented, and can be successful, too. They just need the tools and opportunities.”
Diamond fired a note right back.
"Should have asked a good Colby man before Lloyd,” he said.
The Barclays chief arrived for class promptly on Wednesday morning, May 19, and put the students at ease. “My students loved Bob's down-to-earth personality and even my shyer students asked great questions,” Feng reported. “I sincerely hope that every prospective student understands the willingness of Colby alumnae to support each other. It's absolutely amazing.”