Victoria was recently named the J. Lacy McLean and Sterling L. Smith SCICU Student of the Year by South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Inc. For the first time, SCICU is awarding a $3,000 scholarship to a rising senior who has performed well academically and who has demonstrated a commitment to public affairs, community service and leadership.
Along with being an active Zeta Eta chapter member, Victoria also works as a resident adviser, gives tours and hosts prospective students for Wofford's admissions office, sings in the Goldtones a capella group, and is busy with her own business she started as a sophomore - Wee Celebrations, a children's party service.
Victoria is majoring in finance and economics, and served her chapter as chief marketing officer and alumnae engagement director. Her post-graduation plans include entering the financial services industry and eventually running her own small business.
April 2016 Spotlight
Gayle Bainbridge Alpha Gamma/ Ohio State
Last month, Gayle was recognized as a "Woman of Impact" by the Women's History Coalition of Miami-Dade County, Inc. Through a nomination process, Gayle was one of six women recognized at a ceremony and awarded the prestigious Julia Award named in honor of the "founding mother of Miami" Julia Tuttle. The Coalition was founded in 1983 by a group of women in Miami-Dade County, Fla. to coordinate and promote Women's History Month, celebrated nationally each March.
Gayle is a founding partner of Global Risk Insurance Solutions, and holds several professional designations, including Charter Property Casualty Underwriter, Associate in Risk Management (ARM), Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI) and Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS).
Gayle has been involved in many organizations, including building some from the ground up. One example is the Miami Chapter of Compassion and Choices, which educates the community on end-of-life issues. While supporting CREW-Miami, she encouraged the board to fund a scholarship for women studying real estate at local colleges. While serving as the chair of the FIU Alumni Association and chair of the Women's Studies Board, she was a mentor to many young women. In 2013, Gayle became involved in Geeki Girls, which works to inspire young girls to study science, technology, engineering and math.
Gayle is past-president of the Miami Alumnae Chapter, currently serving as the chapter secretary.
October 2015 Spotlight
Laura Doerre Delta Xi/ North Carolina
Laura Doerre, Delta Xi/North Carolina, was selected as one of Houston Business Journal's Women in Energy Leadership honorees. Award recipients were judged on their career achievement in energy, contribution to company success, community involvement, and leadership. Applicants had to be based in the Houston area and employed in a leadership position at an energy company. Laura and the other honorees will be recognized at an event later this month.
Laura is vice president and general counsel at Nabors Industries Ltd., the world's largest land-based drilling rig fleet and leading provider of offshore platform workover and drilling rigs in the U.S. and multiple international markets. She serves as president of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity, and is a member of the Houston NW Alumnae Chapter.