Stephanie Kloos Donoghue

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Stephanie Kloos Donoghue

Class of 1982

August 22, 2017 • elizabeth.fiore

As a successful entrepreneur, Stephanie Kloos Donoghue ’82 puts her Manhattanville College education to use every day. Her dual majors in studio art and English and her minor in economics led her on a path to work as an editor for several business management publications. Stephanie also earned a graduate degree in journalism at Syracuse University and later started her own business providing marketing and communications services for healthcare companies. Stephanie credits the liberal arts tradition at Manhattanville for her “aha moment in college when I started connecting the concepts being taught.”

As a young adult commuting to New York City, Stephanie read books on the train about women entrepreneurs and how to start a business. In addition, her father had his own business and influenced her decision to venture out on her own. As she says, “My father always said I could accomplish whatever I wanted.”

Stephanie used the strong relationships she formed working in publishing and quickly saw that she could build her business on referrals. She felt confident from the beginning that she would be successful. Her biggest surprise has been how much money she has to continually invest in technology—for example, $500 just to license fonts for a particular project. But working from her home office has given her the flexibility she wanted for her family. “I loved walking my kids to school every day,” she recalls. “That was our time to talk.”

Stephanie’s great affection for Manhattanville now has her giving back in many ways. She has served on the President’s Advisory Council (PAC) for about two years, has participated on panels with the Center for Career Development, and was recently appointed to the Women’s Leadership Institute Advisory Board. With her business perspective, Stephanie feels it is important for Manhattanville to offer programming with wide community appeal. But, she says, “the liberal arts education—I wouldn’t ever take that away.”

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