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Laura Tocchet '87
Posted 05/16/2014 10:00AM

GRADUATE SCHOOL/DEGREE: M.B.A./Thunderbird School of Global Management

CURRENTLY: Chief Operating Officer and Head of Marketing for the EMEA region of AllianceBernstein

"York offers a world-class education and breadth of experience; the various alumni stories speak volumes about the world of opportunity the school created for us." 

"When I think back on my time at York, my memories are punctuated by the great teachers we had and how they cultivated our intellectual curiosity preparing us for the brightest possible future. From Frau Vasvary and her whacky laugh, to Mme Oger's utterly French coolness, and Mr. Sturch's playful condescension (who else remembers being called a 'blockhead' in Latin?), each managed their classroom so uniquely while achieving a common goal - creating an environment where we were both challenged and energized.

It's probably not coincidence that my first thoughts gravitate toward three language teachers as I enjoyed those classes the most (and they have served me well in my current role managing the European distribution arm of an American asset management company, especially at our annual Oktoberfest gatherings in Munich!). But the magic of York is there was relevance in nearly every experience. In a work meeting recently, I drew upon something I learned while co-captain of our field hockey team, and I hope to be even half as influential in working with my team of direct reports as Sue Linder was in her understated coaching style. And did anyone else watch The Devil Wears Prada and think back on color study with Mrs. Manchester during the scene where Meryl Streep tells her assistant that the color blue she was wearing was chosen for her?

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