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Earning what you want.

Jenny Van Leeuwen Harrington '97 started college thinking she wanted to be a veterinarian. "The Hollins science department was current and impressive and the preparation for vet school was exceptional,” she says.

Things have a way of changing, however. "Surprisingly, I could not stomach dissections and astonished myself by falling in love with economics," she says. Thanks to guidance from gifted professors, she "learned that the study of economics made perfect sense to me." She graduated with a degree in economics and then earned an M.B.A. from Columbia University. She worked at Goldman Sachs and Neuberger Berman before joining Gilman Hill Asset Management LLC.

Asked what Hollins taught her, Jenny sums it up this way: "When I got to Hollins I was adrift. When I left, I knew exactly who I was, how to talk to people, who and what I wanted to be when I grew up. I learned that I was a decent leader and had the ability to be the cohesive element in a group. I learned that I was smart and that if I worked hard enough I could actually earn what I wanted."