What is your name and your profession?
Meredith Damore, I’m a Vice President at Clinovations, part of the consulting division of the Advisory Board Company, a best practices research and technology company for the higher education and healthcare industries. I’ve spent my career in healthcare professional services and consulting.
Why did you choose to attend Penn as an undergraduate and what sport(s) did you play?
I played volleyball at Penn and chose to attend because of the incredible education I knew I would receive coupled with being a part of a highly successful volleyball program. Prior to joining the Penn Volleyball team they had won the Ivy Championship the last two years, and we had a ‘three-peat’ my freshman year which was one of the highlights of my career.
What is your favorite memory of Penn Athletics?
Aside from the many fun times and laughs with teammates on the long bus rides, getting to play in the NCAA tournament in 2003 was an incredible and memorable experience.
Why do you choose to stay involved with and support Penn Volleyball?
Some of my closest friends in life are friends I met through Penn Volleyball, and I am so incredibly grateful for that. I’ve met many incredible people through Penn Volleyball and Penn at large over the years, and participating in the Penn Volleyball Board as well as donating to the program are two ways that I can show my gratitude for those friendships and connections year in and year out. My hope is that the current Penn Volleyball players have the same deep friendships and rich experience that I had, and the best way to guarantee that is by giving money and time to the program.
What do you enjoy the most about your engagement with the team?
I’ve been involved in the Penn Athletics Mentorship Program since its inception, and have had the great fortune to mentor many volleyball players since that time. It’s been so rewarding to know players on the team since I’ve left and to help them grow personally and professionally. One of my previous mentees now works at my company in Washington DC and it’s wonderful to have seen her flourish at Penn on the court and now see her shine professionally here in DC. It’s so nice to come back to Penn for Alumni Weekend and still have connections/know names and faces on the team!