Emily Barnaby '07, G'12
Who influenced you when you were a student at Springfield College and what role did they play in your life?
As an undergraduate, I specifically remember several inspirational conversations and an introductory course with Dr. Jean Wyld, and many years later as a graduate, she recommended that I deliver the welcome speech during commencement. She was always encouraging and identifying the unseen potential in students - she had a bold yet pragmatic manner to solving problems and I appreciated her fresh and direct approach to helping students excel. Aside, I spent six years with the Business Department - a small and unconventional nook tucked into the 2nd floor of Locklin Hall and I can attribute my success to a handful of professors including but not limiting: the late Kathryn Heler, Sandy Coyne, Kerry Calnan, John Doyle and Robert Fiore - all of whom taught me various technical skills and provided the knowledge and tools I need to make the best decisions for personal growth and prosperity.
How has having a Springfield College degree impacted you professionally?
I have been extremely fortunate professionally to experience a diverse and eclectic variety of industries and my degrees from SC have only amplified my qualifications. Immediately following my bachelor's degree I was accepted into and joined the Peace Corps in West Africa - believing that Springfield College had imparted a desire to give back and contribute in a humanic and meaningful way. Having both a bachelor's and master's degree from Springfield College has unlocked many doors and led me to the current path of working in IT Risk and Disaster Recovery in the Banking industry - well known for it's traditional patriarchy. [In] my current role ... I am typically the only woman and standing in the front of the room, facilitating and leading exercises in a male-dominated sector. I have no problem leading the charge.
If you could share one piece of advice with today's current Springfield College student, what would it be?
Learn everything you can, ask questions, form credible opinions, travel to learn perspective, meditate, and be kind. That's lot of advice! Springfield College taught me Humanics and how to be a good person at the core. Starting right with Precamp and NSO, Springfield College set up the foundation needed to become a mature student with awareness, respect, and consideration for others and the environment. For example, saying 'hello' to other students as you walked around campus was ingrained from day one, as well as, not walking on the grass (taking shortcuts)! They seem like simple requests but they teach core values and to this day it reminds and helps me become a better person.
Who are the people in your life who you want to thank personally for the role they have played in your success.
First and foremost my family - mom, dad, and sister. They continue to provide endless support and love through all the great times, hardships, miles, challenges, and emotions of life. I cannot thank them enough for the opportunities growing up, the confidence they instilled, and molding me into the person I am. My mentors and influencers, Sandy Coyne, Jeanie Marsh, and the late Kathryn Heler were instrumental in empowering me and identifying potential I didn't know existed. I would also love to thank the time and women when I was with Open Pantry Community Services working with the most incredible group of women - Kim Kennedy, Darlene St. Jacques, Carol Wren, and Carol Allen, among others, all of whom dedicated their lives to service and taught me selflessness. I wouldn't be where I am today without the positive influence of those around me and in my life including close friends and extended family. I owe my success to hard work and all of the support, feedback, opportunity, and encouragement I've received over the last 31 years.