Alumnae Spotlight

Current Alumnae Spotlight

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.

If you would like to be featured in our Alumnae Spotlight, or know of an alumna who might, please email Megan Findling.

In the Spotlight...

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  • April 2022: Kathy Collen Gisser '83

    The proud holder of 12 patents and a Sherwin-Williams Research Fellow, Kathy Collen Gisser ’83 credits the willingness to be wrong, the persistence to figure out what is right and collaboration with colleagues as the most important behaviors for discovery. Many ideas for new products she has worked on have come from colleagues in marketing who understand the customers’ problems. Then Kathy leads teams who conduct experiments and analyze data,  coming up with new product solutions such as the first EPA-registered microbicidal paint! As the leader of new product development teams, Kathy relies not only on her STEM skills, but her love of learning, reading and writing honed at Laurel and as a double chemistry and classical civilization major at Yale University. Her diverse interests and the ability to learn new skills has been critical to her success from working on photographic/film technology at Kodak to developing paint technology at Sherwin-Williams. Read on to find out more about everything from working on a product that won a technical Oscar® to her biggest career surprise.
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