Tuesday, March 26, 2013
How Paqui Kelly, the Other Half of “Fighting Irish” Football Coach Brian Kelly, Marked up a Big Win against Breast Cancer
10 years ago, Paqui Kelly was a 9th grade teacher and wife of Notre Dame Football Coach Brian Kelly, (then the coach of the Central Michigan University football team). Although she did not have a history of breast cancer in her family and she was one of six sisters, her doctor talked her into having a mammogram at the age of 37 as part of a physical exam – the first one in her life. That test saved her life and shaped much of the work of the Kelly Cares Foundation. This is her compelling story of how life sent her an unexpected and eye opening challenge. Listen here to Dr. Marc Hardy interview Paqui as she opens her heart and talks about how modern medicine, love, family, faith and community helped her survive and give back.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Julie Murray, former CEO of Three Square Food Bank
Listen to the interview here!
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Roxanne Spillett recently retired as CEO and President of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and is now a Fellow at the University of Notre Dame's Nonprofit Professional Development program. In this short video she tells her story of how one invitation to a holiday party when she was a shy girl in her early 20s gave her the confidence to rise to be the leader of one of the most respected nonprofits in the world.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
|Dr. Marc Hardy|
She stayed with various relatives and friends until she graduated, then moved to Indianapolis to live with her sister, who was planning to attend Purdue University. Not knowing what to do with her life, Samantha decided that she would also attend Purdue and major in veterinary science since she loved animals. Naively, she picked up the phone and made an appointment to meet with the Dean of the Veterinary School. Since I work at the University of Notre Dame, I know how difficult a task it is to get an appointment with the Dean, even if you are a director or a department chair. Dean’s are very busy people, so the fact that she secured an appointment with him was very impressive. She arrived for her appointment and met with the puzzled Dean, who asked who she was and wondered how she had secured an appointment with him. She said she just called up and insisted on an appointment, then she went on to explain her educational plans and shared her high school transcripts with him.
He told her, very frankly, that she did not have the academic background to be accepted into the veterinary science program. However, he was very impressed with her ambition and her drive and told her he believed she had something going for her. He was so impressed that he gave her the names of two people to contact at Indiana University in Indianapolis. He promised to call them to make an introduction, and she was to make appointments with them when she returned to Indianapolis. She followed through on his suggestion, attended college and completed her Bachelors degree, and today she holds a Law Degree. Near the end of our conversation, her eyes revealed an “ah-ha” moment, her mouth dropped open and she said, “Oh my gosh, everything that I am today, my entire life since high school, is the direct result of my 20 minute meeting with him and his belief in me. And I don’t even remember his name!”
I suggested that she try to locate him and send a letter telling him how her life turned out. Chances are he doesn't remember her name either, and may not even remember the meeting from so many years ago. But he deserves to know that sharing his fire with Samantha had a positive ripple-effect on her life and on the world. He needs to know that his life and his efforts counted with this one, promising young lady who needed someone to believe in her more than she believed in herself. Stay tuned for part two, after I hear back from Samantha and the result of her expressing her gratitude to the stranger who took a moment to change her life forever.