We caught up with alumnus Howard Goodrow recently. Howard is Senior Director of Partner Relationships in CT, RI and Southern MA for the American Cancer Society.
When did you attend CSJ and what degree did you earn?
1989-1991, BS Management
What have you done during your career and/or furthering your education since you were at CSJ?
I started my career in retail and commercial banking in both Woodstock, VT, and Brattleboro, VT, ultimately managing a start-up bank in Woodstock.
After eight years of banking I decided to change my focus and began my career with the American Cancer Society. I began as a Planned Giving Officer, move on to VP of Income Development for the state of VT, took on a new role as Senior Operations VP for the New England Division of ACS, accepted a role on the national level as a Senior Director of National Business Development, focusing primarily on our Coaches vs. Cancer platform, and finally I landed in my current role as Senior Director of Partner Relationships in CT, RI and Southern MA. During my first two years with the American Cancer Society I decided to get my MBA at night at Plymouth State College (now University) in NH.
What things from your CSJ education have helped you in your career?
When I came to CSJ it was as a transfer student from UCONN. The reason I chose UCONN in the first place was because I was offered a football scholarship, so financially it made sense. Unfortunately that was the only reason it made sense.
Once I transferred I immediately felt more at home. I was able to make friends quickly, play on the basketball team, complete an internship with a local company, get to know my professors, and generally begin to live again.
All of these things led to greater confidence and more fulfilling experiences. I’ve always felt that we learn more through experience and emotion than through class work.
What parts of your education did you feel were most important?
Again, the most important things for me were experiential and emotional. That said, the most important factors for me were the smaller class sizes and the personal relationships with the professors.
What advice would you give graduates who want to enter your field?
Be passionate about the cause you are supporting. At some point most jobs become just that, a job. For something to be more, to be a career, you will need to be able to sit back on days when things are hard and remind yourself why you do what you do. For me it’s easy; whenever work starts to feel like just a job all I need to do is listen to a dedicated volunteer or cancer survivor to center myself and re-focus. Life is way too short and way too long to do something you’re not passionate about. Money will come if you are dedicated in your field, work hard, take chances and express your opinions (appropriately).