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Karen Massey, J90; Karen Richardson, Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management; Maria Maccarone, J90; and Anna Winderbaum, J90.

In June, Tufts hosted the 4th annual TFN Women’s Breakfast, designed especially for Tufts alumnae working in the financial services industry. Drawing 18 participants from a variety of different career backgrounds and levels of experience, the event offered ample opportunity for networking and engaging conversation, all before the workday began.

This year, the breakfast featured Tufts’ Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Karen Richardson for a program entitled “Pulling Back the Curtain on College Admissions.” A highly requested topic by alumni across the university, Dean Richardson’s presentation dove into timely questions like: how do we foster diversity at Tufts? How do we allocate financial aid? How does Tufts stack up compared to our peer schools? And, what are the challenges and opportunities facing both applicants and universities today?

The program inspired a spirited question and answer session, and a discussion about the status of Tufts today.  The group appreciated the day’s topic, a pivot from programming that is typically “finance” focused, and the opportunity to interact with Tufts’ Dean of Admissions in an intimate setting.

Debbie Bunder, J89, shared “meeting Karen was like meeting the Wizard from the Wizard of Oz, who is usually behind the curtain. She is very wise and forthcoming, and I am thrilled to have a better understanding of what goes into the decision-making process and how much work Karen and the entire admission team puts forth all year. She added, “it really was an incredible opportunity to start off my day in conversation with Karen and other alums about the challenges of the admissions process. Thank you to the Tufts Financial Network for putting together such a fantastic breakfast, feeding my body and mind!”