“The skills that I learned and upon which I was able to build—good writing, strategic thinking, effective speaking, and the ability to work independently and collaboratively—all came from my Salem education,” says Annette Lynch C’75, who is currently Vice President, Philanthropic Services at The Winston-Salem Foundation.
Lynch says she “owes her career, which she has enjoyed for twenty-four years to Salem.” From 1992 to 1999, Lynch worked in the Office of Institutional Advancement at Salem Academy and College. She says this experience gave her the opportunity to develop and steward extended relationships with many alumnae and friends who are passionate about Salem.
Lynch reflects on the conscious and the subconscious when she describes the journey that led her to Salem.
“I attended a summer camp for girls at Yonahlossee, in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. This is where I first experienced a ‘sisterhood’ that provided me with role models whom I rediscovered in the Salem catalog many years later,” she says. Her mother was a product of another women’s college and her grandmother attended Salem in the early 1900s. Lynch says Salem stood above other schools because it provided a different educational experience than many of her peers were receiving at larger colleges and universities.
When new acquaintances ask her about Salem, Lynch is quick to describe the beauty of the campus, the camaraderie of the students and faculty, and the opportunity to live and learn in a single-sex environment.
“In spite of changing times and levels of equality for women and girls, there will always be a place for separate learning and personal development,” Lynch says. “I believe it will remain important to continue fostering a single-sex education in which girls and women can benefit from self-discovery and growth.”
How do you define Women of Purpose?
Women of purpose are those who approach family, employment, volunteering, life, and well-being with careful attention to a positive outcome.
How do you identify a Salem graduate?
A Salem graduate typically demonstrates her loyalty to Salem in obvious ways and is never reticent about sharing her experiences. The quality of her education, leadership, and personal and professional development allow for easy identification.