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Moira McLaughlin

The social justice that Visitation teaches can take many forms in a Visitation graduate. For Mary Gasperetti '74, a senior designer at the Holocaust Museum in D.C., working at the museum is not simply a job, it's also a mission.

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Alumnae Spotlight: Isabelle De Leon '09
Moira McLaughlin

Isabelle De Leon '09 graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor's of Music in Jazz Performance (with a concentration on drums), and also with all the pre-med requirements. Her journey has been unique and twisting, and at times challenging. But today, she has discovered how to live her passion as a working musician, writing and playing with a group called Prinze George while also working as Marketing and Events Director at 7DrumCity, a drum lesson and rehearsal studio in D.C.

She spoke with us about herself, her journey, her advice and also why music is so important especially during times like these.

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U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer Mikey Bilotta '09
Mary Cunningham

More than 100 years before women were granted the right to vote in the United States, the Visitation Sisters saw the profound value in educating young women—not just in sewing and linguistics, but also in subjects seen as the domain of men, like science and math. The Sisters were trailblazers in this way. They recognized their students' capabilities long before society did.

Today, women are inarguably just as competent as men, yet many fields are still dominated by men. Like the Sisters more than 200 years ago, the women who pursue careers in these male-dominated professions are trailblazers themselves, fighting stereotypes as they work hard to achieve personal success.

Here, we profile six of these inspiring alums. Each has her own unique story, but all share a common theme: Visitation instilled in them a confidence, an intense work ethic, and a belief deep down in their guts that they could achieve and excel in any field.

And they have. Mikey is one of these women.

  • Alumnae, Featured
Secret Service Agent Amy Szestak '97
Mary Cunningham

Amy Szestak '97 isn't always comfortable in her shoes. Or her suit. It's hard to find women's clothes that are elegant yet support long, physically active workdays. And don't get her started on bulletproof vests. "If I had all the money in the world, I would have one custom-made," she says.

But Amy has never questioned the fit of her incredible 14-year career in the United States Secret Service. She absolutely loves her job.

"It's just always something I was drawn to," she says. "I always felt in my gut that I needed to do this."

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