The second Journey Day of the year, March 9, was a day of action and discovery. Freshmen spent the day on service projects throughout Monterey County, sophomores took tours of two San Francisco Bay Area universities, and juniors and seniors heard from several alumnae and parents who shared stories and advice from their professional lives.
This last portion included three keynote speeches, a career panel, and break-out sessions. Below are highlights from the keynote speakers, all alumnae.
Lindsay Heller '95
Heller is a practicing clinical psychologist whose specialties include helping adolescents who have experienced trauma. She is more broadly known through her consulting business, "The Nanny Doctor," providing families step-by-step guidance in the process of hiring a nanny and resolving any conflicts that arise.
She is an avid boxer who trains 12 to 15 hours a week in a gym owned by world champion trainer Freddie Roach. Her nickname: Dr. Hellcat.
On Journey Day, Heller talked about what it means to be a dynamic woman, such as being multi-faceted, empathetic, passionate, and embracing a get-it-done attitude.
"Always ask for what you want. You just might get it."
"It is important to listen. But it's even more important to learn what wisdom is and when someone is just talking at you. ... If an adult is truly speaking from experience, really, really listen to them."
"[Being a dynamic woman] doesn't mean being friends with everyone. Sometimes people aren't going to like you, and it's OK. You have to get comfortable with that."
Marie Cantin '70
Cantin is a film and TV producer who in February 2017 was awarded the prestigious Frank Capra Achievement Award from the Directors Guild of America, honoring her active leadership in the union and her service to the industry. She has taught film production at a number of colleges and universities, most recently at the American Film Institute Conservatory, where her students turned out a crop of award-winning thesis projects.
Whether stepping in to rescue a movie in trouble or taking over an art and music camp, Cantin often works on projects in transition. A voracious reader, she is currently working on her first novel.
For Journey Day, Cantin talked about lessons learned from the often-shifting trajectory of her career.
Cantin opened up her Journey Day talk by asking students what kind of tree they would be and why: "What we just did is probably the most important thing that you need to spend your time doing: thinking about those kinds of questions and what the answers are. Because if you don't know that about yourself, it's very hard to navigate all the choices that are going to be thrown at you."
"Keep at it. ... There are no overnight successes."
"The bad times go away, and the good times do too. So you can't dwell on either one. ... Tomorrow will be different."
Renata Engler '67
Engler, who this year celebrated her 50th reunion, is a retired colonel with the U.S. Army Medical Corps, where she served as a physician for 38 years. Currently, she is a clinical and research consultant in the areas of immunology and integrative medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
The daughter of immigrants who survived Nazi Germany, she worked her way through Santa Catalina, became a U.S. citizen at age 16, and earned her medical degree from Georgetown University. Her Journey Day presentation centered on health, healing, and learning. She talked about the power of forgiveness, hope, spirituality ... and sleep.
"It is such a joy over the past decades to see the shackles come off of women, to become what their inner spirit, their immortal diamond, their unique creation, drives them to become. ... You have within you a potential that the world needs."
"How your life goes and the opportunities you can pursue and the work you can do is based on how well your car runs. Your body is the car for your soul, and you want to take good care of it."