Brenda McCormick ’89

Edina, Minnesota

I feel like you need to support the community and get involved in things that are so important to you. St. Olaf is one of those things for me. I’ve been involved with Ole Biz, and I also helped to start the Twin Cities Women’s Ole Network a few years ago. So when I was asked to join the Alumni Board, it felt like a good fit. I’m particularly looking forward to working with this great group of dedicated alumni and Ole parents to advance the college’s alumni engagement strategies.

What I really like about the board is that everybody brings a different perspective. Some members are more business driven, and some are more service focused — and everyone is at different stages in their life. During my career, I’ve had opportunities to mentor many new graduates as they navigate careers in business, and I hope to bring that perspective to the board. Oles stand out in business. Networking is also important in any line of work, and I appreciate how generous Oles are in this area. One of the key strategies for the Alumni and Parent Relations Department in 2020 is around social media and creating new platforms for Oles to network outside of Facebook or LinkedIn. This is a great way to stay connected with St. Olaf and other alumni, and I’m excited to support this initiative.