Alumnae Spotlight is a blog that showcases amazing Laurel women and the paths they have charted since graduation.
Whether entrepreneurs, doctors, scientists, teachers, designers, artists, engineers, authors, lawyers, pharmacists, civic activists or volunteers, Laurel women inhabit nearly all careers and corners of the world helping to make it a better place.
Our alumnae and the journeys that they have taken speak to the essence of a Laurel education and what makes this School and the community of women who call it their own distinctive. This space highlights their fascinating lives and the mountains they continue to move.
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For Dierdra “DeeDee” Howard ’98 success is all about personal relationships. From the teachers at Laurel who inspired confidence and direction, to being an active member of Delta Sigma Theta and her work as a Chief Administrative Law Judge for the Social Security Administration,she believes, “Individuals who are successful yet cannot develop good working relationships are only performing 50% of their job.” DeeDee works every day to leave a positive imprint, focusing on overcoming hurdles and then eliminating them for those after her. She wears many different hats as Chief Administrative Law Judge—from managing other judges and overseeing budgets to fielding legal inquiries and conducting hearings—but the skills that guide her are always compassion and humility. Read on to hear more about DeeDee’s journey from art major to judge and beyond!