Title: Micaela Melley Chiaramonte
Class Yr: 2008
Title: Director of Main Presents and Centennial Celebration
Group Title: The Nightingale-Bamford College in Manhattan, New York
1. In a single sentence, what does your job entail?
Basically, I work in gross sales – however it’s rather more fascinating than typical gross sales work (i.e. vehicles, software program platforms, and so on.) – as I work with people’ private belongings and philanthropic donations. When somebody makes a philanthropic donation, s/he doesn’t essentially get something tangible in return besides a heat feeling that s/he has helped improve the frequent good. This giving spirit is extremely empowering to be round. Pre-COVID, I additionally oversaw affiliated fundraising gala occasions and was most not too long ago main a 1,100 individual occasion at The Metropolitan Museum of Artwork.
2. What deliberate and unplanned occasions related you to your business and your first employer after Holy Cross? How did you study/resolve it was an excellent match for you?
My first two jobs after faculty have been an entire results of the Holy Cross alumni community!
My first job was at a software program startup firm, then referred to as OpenAir. One of many co-founders was a Holy Cross graduate (Tom Brennan ’86) and he employed many Holy Cross college students, with all varied majors. He was pushed by the notion that with our liberal arts background, we might have the ability to simply adapt and study the software program business – and he was proper! I labored of their Buyer Assist and Account Administration departments for 4 years and discovered so very a lot about gross sales and the enterprise business.
Whereas I loved being in gross sales, I knew that I wished to transition to non-profit to discover the world of gross sales I preferred probably the most – constructing relationships with shoppers however in a extra significant capability.
I then transitioned to the non-profit world and began working at Harvard College of their Alumni Affairs and Improvement division. I used to be launched to my supervisor via a Holy Cross alum (the Holy Cross alumni community is superb and is in every single place – you need to all the time be prepared!) After Harvard, I moved to New York Metropolis and labored for The New College for 5 years and have become extra targeted and specialised in main giving and particular occasions at Parsons College of Design and the Faculty of Performing Arts. I organized fundraising occasions throughout style week and a Centennial Celebration at Carnegie Corridor. I had the distinctive alternative to work with a Parsons’ donor who established a scholarship in reminiscence of his late, shut pal who was a Holy Cross graduate. It was very particular to work with these households in constructing fairly the legacy present. I then transitioned to The Nightingale-Bamford College, an all-girls Okay-12 impartial faculty in Manhattan the place I’ve been main the cost on their endowment marketing campaign and main giving the final three years. My work within the fast-paced occasion world includes many late nights and weekend work however it is extremely inspiring and rewarding.
3. What was your main and the way did it have an effect on your profession selections?
I double majored in historical past and Spanish and spent my junior 12 months overseas in Leon, Spain.
The abilities I discovered from each majors have performed a essential position in my profession. Being a historical past main supplied me with unimaginable analysis and writing abilities that I exploit day by day in my position. My Spanish main was influential in serving to me construct my communication abilities, particularly listening abilities. Most significantly, each majors and finding out overseas, supplied the muse in giving me the arrogance to ask questions.
4. What are one or two abilities that you simply developed at Holy Cross that you simply use in your work?
Analysis and writing abilities from being a historical past main: Earlier than I meet with a donor, I analysis each doable angle of this particular person’s life so I will be ready to align a solicitation/my group’s funding priorities to his/her greatest pursuits. I’m continually writing – from small emails, to handwritten thanks notes, to advanced donor proposals.
Listening abilities from being a Spanish main: An enormous a part of my job is to really take heed to the donor (you’ll be stunned how many individuals wrestle with mastering this talent!). My Spanish main taught me the significance and taking a step again and actually listening and specializing in what the individual is saying.
5. What recommendation do you have got for college students on campus right now?
Embrace the Holy Cross alumni community; begin familiarizing your self with its sources as early as you possibly can. You’re the greatest advocate in your profession. Nobody goes to assist advance your profession – you need to take the initiative. At all times take heed to your intestine!