“Business is in my blood,” Gabby says of her choice of majors. She got her taste for business as a child in a grocery store that her father’s family has owned for more than 100 years. “I loved watching the variety of people — Amish families, coal miners and farmers — come together at the store in our small coal-mining town of Clymer, Penn.”
The store showed her how business can help connect people and serve their needs. So at Notre Dame, Gabby created a website for a nonprofit that cares for disabled children and has plans to launch a coffee shop to benefit a homeless shelter.
She also directs the Holy Half Marathon, a race that donates to Hurricane Katrina relief. Gabby ran the race as a freshman and was asked to manage the next event with a friend. As director, she leads a team of 13, manages a budget, promotes the event on and off campus, obtains corporate sponsorships and oversees race-day events.
“It has grown from a student and faculty race of 375 people in 2008 to a community event with nearly 1,000 runners,” she says.
After graduating, Gabby hopes to participate in Notre Dame’s ACE (Alliance for Catholic Education) to earn a master’s degree in education while teaching Catholic school children. Ultimately, she would like to start a nonprofit organization focused on children.
Management Consulting and Education
Taylor’s accomplishments at Notre Dame are numerous and impressive. Yet, some of her most meaningful moments have taken place in the dining hall.
“My favorite thing about campus is having insanely long dinners with some of the funniest, most intellectually stimulating and supportive people I think I will ever meet,” she says.
No doubt Taylor’s service to her classmates will give them the same types of stories. Last year, Taylor served as dormitory president of the Hall of the Year, Badin Hall. She was named Woman’s Hall President of the Year and received the Lou Holtz Leadership Merit Scholarship. “I wanted to help cultivate the same spirit and comfort on campus that I felt my freshman year,” Taylor says of her presidency.
A four-year member of the Class of 2011 Council, Taylor also helped unite her class by planning and leading class functions.
These opportunities undoubtedly will be a great springboard for a career as a secondary education business teacher and, eventually, in educational administration.
“I cannot wait to expose teens to business concepts and introduce them to corporate social responsibility,” she says. “I hope to make a difference in their lives and encourage them to make a difference in others', too.”
Class of 2010
From Montrose, Penn. (population 1,800) to a northern Indiana university, to a Toledo ’09 study abroad program, Amber says she has had plenty of time to “find my true identity.” She played soccer for the University during her freshman year, but knee injuries led her to a new position as the Student Leader for ND Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
This “blessing in disguise,” as she calls it, opened her eyes to the reality that she truly was brought to Notre Dame “for such as time as this.” There is nowhere else she would rather be – growing and developing into an individual who will change the world – and is excited to see what God has in store for her.
Amber is the undergraduate representative on the Business College Council, an opportunity she feels allows her to represent the University and Mendoza College of Business as examples of stellar education standards, integrity and service.
After her return from Spain, Amber will intern in Jacksonville, Fla., with Vistakon, the eye care division of Johnson and Johnson. She will work in marketing, a precursor to their Marketing Leadership Development Program. She is excited about the opportunity and feels that the values and work ethic instilled by her parents, and supplemented by everyone at Notre Dame, will fit perfectly with the driven, dedicated and transparent culture at Johnson and Johnson.