Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Bridget Pulice ’08

Bridget Pulice ’08National success consultant

Bullhorn, Inc., Boston

An Italian studies major with a minor in psychology, Bridget Pulice was recruited by Bullhorn at a job fair at Wheaton. “I did not intend to pursue a career in technology,” she says.

The Boston-based company is a global leader in the production of software that helps recruiting professionals track applicants.

Initially hired as a technical support analyst, where she provided phone and email assistance to customers in 150 countries, she now works primarily with dissatisfied clients who are at risk for terminating their contracts. Pulling from her Wheaton toolbox, she facilitates relationships with these clients as she works to identify and solve their issues. Her efforts have resulted in a 95 percent retention rate.

Women in technology
In the spirit of the Sit With Me project, the Quarterly is showcasing several alumnae working in the industry. Coming from backgrounds that include a variety of majors and working in a wide range of jobs, from designing Navy destroyers to creating educational software, they illustrate the many opportunities available and the many paths into the field that a liberal arts education offers.

Though her work record is impressive, Pulice is most proud of earning her master’s degree in international relations and communications in 2012 from Boston University while working full time at Bullhorn.

“One of the best things about Wheaton is that everyone has a voice,” she says. “I was never afraid to speak up in the classroom, and this has certainly helped my confidence and communication skills in the workplace.”

Pulice says her undergraduate education gave her a variety of skills and knowledge about a range of topics.

“Thanks to Wheaton, I have all the tools I need to learn new things and succeed in any path,” she says. “You want me to converse in another language? Sure. You want me to fix your computer? No problem.”

Talent, luck star in award-winning producer’s life

Emmy Award–winning television producer and founder and president of Molly Two Productions.“A series of happy accidents,” that’s how Marion Lear Swaybill ’63 describes the journey that took her from a Wheaton freshman to Emmy Award–winning television producer and founder and president of Molly Two Productions.

“There was no path,” says Swaybill, “no bold idea.”

Marion Lear Swaybill ’63Swaybill majored in American history, “mainly because it interested me.” History proved fertile ground for the future documentary filmmaker. Her films have covered a wide range of topics: the Holocaust (“Witness: Voices from the Holocaust,” 2000); growing up in war-torn Kosovo (“A Normal Life,” 2003, winner of the Tribeca Film Festival Best Documentary award); sex trafficking in America (“10,000 Men,” 2012); and choral music (“Conspirare: A Company of Voices,” 2009).

After graduating from Wheaton, Swaybill studied for her master’s degree in social work at Columbia University but left after a year. Though she worked in foster care for a time afterward, social work did not fulfill her, she says.

In the spring of 1966, she met Roger Swaybill, her future husband. “He hated the fact that I didn’t like what I was doing and encouraged me to quit my job and find something more satisfying—and fun. So I did.”

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Which way to medical career

Which way to the medical career?

Anthropology majors map out their varied routes into health care

Why do so many Wheaton anthropology majors work in the health care industry?The question came to Donna Kerner, professor of anthropology and department chair, when she was thinking of a way for her department to participate in “Science at the Center,” a series of lectures and events held at the Mars Center for Science and Technology.“I thought it might be interesting to connect students in our course on medical anthropology—one of the fastest-growing subfields in the discipline—and our alums who had gone on to careers in medicine,” says Kerner.

When she examined the alumnae/i database, she found anthropology graduates in every area of health care, from medical doctors and international health policy experts to scientists with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [Read more...]

Binh Nuygen ’99

Binh Nuygen ’99Director of global operations, InterSystems

My interest in public health developed at Wheaton. As a junior, I had the opportunity to work with elderly Vietnamese immigrants in Dorchester, Mass., who lost their health benefits due to newly enacted health care reform. Most of them were tax-paying, legal immigrants who no longer qualified for benefits because they were not citizens. This moved me so much that I spent a year volunteering as a teacher to help them pass their citizenship test, so that they could qualify for basic benefits. [Read more...]