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Carol Hallquist

Carol Hallquist, Founder PrincipalsConnect

Topic: From Hallmark to Harvard to High Schools

Summary of presentation: After a 38-year career in marketing and management, 60-year-old Carol Hallquist went back to school to plan the last third of her life. She traded in her corporate title, big old house and briefcase for a student efficiency, backpack, and a diet of ramen noodles with an occasional martini. Learn about the 100 things she learned during her first 100 days at Harvard and how the experience is changing the “last third” of her life.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about Harvard’s Advanced Leadership program
  2. Laugh
  3. Be inspired to think creatively about your “last third of life.”

About Carol:  Carol Hallquist is the Founder of PrincipalsConnect, a nonprofit that matches retired professionals with urban school principals. She was a fellow at Harvard’s 2016 Advanced Leadership Initiative, where she focused on urban education. Hallquist retired as President of the Hallmark Corporate Foundation at Hallmark Cards, a role she held for eight years. She began her career at Hallmark in 1984 and held several senior leadership positions including head of the 5000 store Gold Crown retail network and Vice President of New Ventures.

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