Annabel Schwedes Monaghan

Degree and Year: 
BA 1991
Professional Title: 
Author, Columnist
Employer: 
Self-Employed

Professional Background: 
My first job out of college was at Goldman Sachs in New York. I got swept into Wall Street and went on to get an MBA from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania. After many years, I have returned to writing and am the author of three books for young adults. I am also Lifestyle Columnist at The Week and am a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. I also teach novel writing at The Writing Institute at Sara Lawrence College.

How has being an English graduate from Duke University helped shape your professional success?: 
The quality and breadth of my education at Duke allowed me to venture far from my literature studies to take a job in investment banking. But the seed was planted at Duke for my career as a writer. In particular, the essay writing class that I took with Christina Askounis is the basis for the work I do at The Week. I am so grateful to have had that workshopping experience.