Jill Abramson: “You’re more resilient than you realize. Graduating from Wake Forest means you have experienced success already. And some of you — and now I’m talking to anyone who has been dumped — have not gotten the job you really wanted or have received those horrible rejection letters from grad school. You know the disappointment of losing or not getting something you badly want. When that happens, show what you are made of… We human beings are a lot more resilient than we often realize.” (Wake Forest University)
Cecile Richards: Risks make the best opportunities — so take them often.
“If you hold out for an invitation, chances are good you’ll miss the party. And by the party I mean life. Growing up, Mom always told me: The answer to life is yes. This is the only life you have so make the most of it. Take every opportunity and risk you can. You’ll only regret the things you didn’t do because you were afraid to try.” (Barnard College
Katie Couric: You can’t be criticized for hard work.
“When I became the anchor of the CBS Evening News, the first woman to do so alone, the critics were harsh and unrelenting. They complained about my hair, my makeup, my clothes, my delivery, even the way I held my hands. Some claimed I lacked gravitas, which I’ve decided is Latin for ‘testicles.’ It wasn’t easy. But I kept my head down and I stayed focused because I loved the work … The best antidote to the naysayers you’ll surely encounter along the way is to stay strong, work hard, and put in the time. ” (American University and Trinity College