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The ties that bind us

“True friends are hard to find but so critical, and some of us are fortunate to have found such friends in the halls of Carondelet. I know I did.”
-Lisa Flaig Cooper ’86
  • Lisa Flaig Cooper ’86
  • Lisa Flaig Cooper’s Family ’86
  • Lisa & Quentin Cooper ’86

It was a challenge to tell my story from my time at Carondelet to now, to package it up and tie it off with a bow. It seems as if that bow just kept unraveling time and again.

I vividly recall taking the career quiz in high school, checking off boxes that would determine who I would be. In the end, I got a choice of not just one career but two: either a police officer or I would be a nun. Two careers that couldn’t be more different at first glance, yet both fight for justice. My concept of right and wrong and justice has always lead me in everything I do.

Having worked as a nurse and moved into managing and developing in healthcare, this same moral compass guided my career aspirations. Now, I run the healthcare-centered business Advocare+ that fights for patients care and service while facilitating partnerships between physicians and healthcare facilities.

My time at Carondelet as student body president along with my participation in many of the service and leadership clubs prepared me to lead with compassion and serve with empathy, and I have been blessed with a successful career.

To Carondelet students and young alumnae wondering what the career quiz will tell you, worried what college you will go to, what you will be and who you will become—remember the bows will all unravel and change can be hard but okay.

Find those friends and family members that carry joy to fight the sorrow, happiness to greet the loneliness, goodness to wipe out the evil, and hope to ease the grief. It’s the people who are the ties that bind us even as the bows unravel.

True friends are hard to find but so critical, and some of us are fortunate to have found such friends in the halls of Carondelet. I know I did.

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