The Class of 2019

Rebecca Dobert

Project Manager, Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program; Practice Manager, Division of Geriatrics & Palliative Care, Baystate Health; Age 33
Education: STCC (AS), UMass Isenberg School of Management (BA in process)

Rebecca Dobert

Rebecca Dobert

What three words best describe you? Energetic, dedicated, hardworking.

What are you passionate about? I am and have always been passionate about reading. Growing up, I was the girl on the playground or on the school bus lost in my own little world with my nose buried in a book. As an adult, I know better than to pick up a book before bed because it is far too easy for me to lose track of time.

What goal do you set for yourself at the start of each day? It is far too easy to get caught up in the daily chaos of trying to balance work, school, and home. I make it a goal to try to start each morning by taking a big-picture look at my multiple to-do lists while I’m sipping my morning coffee. From there, I decide my three must-do’s for the day and what it’ll take to get them done. Doing this daily allows me to be more present and focused throughout my day instead of worrying about the never-ending to-do list that’s always competing for my time and attention.

What fictional character do you relate to most, and why? Elle Woods from Legally Blonde. Like Elle, I am a fiercely independent and ambitious woman who loves high heels and the color pink. I even have one of those page-a-day flip calendars showcasing a different heel each day (best Christmas gift ever, thanks Dad!). Elle proves that intelligence can come in all shapes, colors, and sizes, and that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. I can relate to many of the challenges she faces on her journey to jump-start her career and life and admire her for refusing to let anyone’s preconceived notions or opinions slow her down. What I love most about her character is that she stays true to herself and doesn’t change who she is in order to fit the mold of what a successful businesswoman is ‘supposed’ to be. I feel this sends a great message to young women trying to find their way.

 

Photography by Leah Martin Photography

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