I Belonged Here
Her family gave her the choice of where she would attend school, but after visiting Mercy,“ I had the feeling I belonged there,” said Rebecca (Becky) Marie Dale Girthoffer ’99. And belong she did whether it was on the softball team all four years, working in theatre, or participating in numerous clubs, or doing volunteer work at the Habitat for Humanity or Open Mission.
“Mercy helped to form the person I am today. I am confident and I now know how important service really is in forming a person. I have tried to impart that lesson to my own children,” she said.
The mother of three, she currently works with LinkedIn, the world’s largest social media professional networking platform in the world, as a Project Manager. She has also worked at Hewlett Packard (HP), as an event planner in Washington, D.C. and at Lutz Technology. She attended Benedictine College in Kansas for a year following graduation from Mercy. While at HP she completed her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication.
“ Mercy provided stellar examples of what intelligent, strong females could be and do. The school also made me understand and value relationships and helped me maintain them over the years,” she added.
Becky said that ability to build and foster relationships has proofed invaluable in her career.
“Changing jobs frequently and being mobile has characterized the practices of my generation’s work force. Mercy instilled in me that ability to adapt and adjust to not only to different person’s styles but the variety of approaches to tasks,” she explained.
As an alumna she has been looking for additional ways to give back to the students and is exploring possible workshops for them to enhance their professional networking and resume writing skills. Becky participated in a review process of the Strategic Plan recently and sees some additional possibilities for doing more information sessions for alumnae.
Although her career has taken her many directions, she knows the values and skills she learned at Mercy have helped prepare her for any challenge.