Alumni Profile: Liberal Arts Helped Business Alumna Climb the Corporate Ladder

Fall Winter 2021 Issue

Meghan Quinn '97 Dorr Meghan Quinn ’97 DorrFrom her teenage years, Meghan Quinn ’97 Dorr knew that pursuing a business degree was the right choice for her.

She enrolled in the Sigmund Weis School of Business’s business administration program in 1993 and, over the next four years, took advantage of many extracurricular opportunities. Those, combined with the tutelage of passionate professors, gave her a strong foundation for a rewarding career in financial services.

“Susquehanna provided me with the basic building blocks to be successful. Initiatives like Global Business Perspectives, the Women’s Mentor Program and spending a semester in London really helped prepare me for my first job after graduation. I was also so fortunate to land a summer internship, with the help of SU, which really paved the way for my career,” Dorr says.

After graduating, she joined Fidelity Investments as a client service representative. There, she discovered a passion for interacting with clients and spent the next decade working in client-facing roles, including as a retirement counselor, managing director of partner and client relationships, and director of advice and guidance.

In 2009, Dorr became vice president of J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Retirement Link’s management team, which focuses on retirement plan solutions for small to midsize companies. Now, as executive director, she works directly with a book of clients, sits on the company’s management team and coaches a team of relationship managers.

Throughout her career, words from the late William Ward, professor emeritus of management in organizational behavior, have stuck with her.

“I will never forget him saying that people need to feel valued and appreciated if you want to retain them long term in your organization,” Dorr recalls. “I think of his comments often.”

Along with the foundation that her business courses provided, Dorr also credits Susquehanna’s liberal arts education as a major contributor to the success she has enjoyed throughout her professional life.

“Having a liberal arts education makes you a more well-rounded individual,” Dorr says.

“When I take a step back and think about things like the Women’s Mentor Program or the London program, I realize how ahead of the times Susquehanna was back in the 1990s. So many schools are just now trying to implement programs that Susquehanna has had in place for over 20 years,” Dorr adds. “I am so excited for the students who are attending Susquehanna today.”

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