“Be who you are and be that well.” – St. Francis de Sales
As part of the Visitation Salesian Center’s Women Who Make a Difference speaker series, Meghan Ogilvie, CEO of Dog Tag Inc., addressed the Visitation community on January 29 to talk about her personal career journey and offer advice to students. She embodies the Salesian Little Virtue of humility: seeing ourselves as God sees us, understanding that our gifts and talents are from God. Meghan shared that knowing who she is and what values she holds close to her heart have caused her to continually ask the question, “How can I serve?”
Meghan’s path since graduating from the University of Richmond has been a winding one, from professional soccer in Iceland to Wall Street to her current role. At each point of her career, she faced tough questions about her future; she asked for the support of friends, family, and God as she took on new opportunities and challenges: “God, don’t make it easier; make me stronger.”
Meghan connected what she does each day at Dog Tag Inc.--equipping transitioning veterans and military families with knowledge, skills, and confidence to pursue their career goals post-service--to the young women in the audience. Visitation is, right now, a huge part of students’ identities, from sharing a uniform to attending and studying for classes together. “What happens when you leave Visitation?” she asked, sharing the familiar quote above from St. Francis de Sales. “This quote is not about the end game; it’s about the journey...figuring out who you are.”
Junior Cecilia Zubler noted that Meghan’s story was “comforting,” reminding students to “work hard at who you are,” rather than giving into anxiety over exactly what’s next. By focusing on knowing themselves well, big decisions about the future--such as what college to attend--will be easier to make.