Promise of possibilities
When Bowling Green State University alumna Susan Mucciarone addressed candidates at the commencement program for the colleges of Business Administration and Education and Human Development Saturday afternoon she spoke about the possibilities that lay before them. Numerous possibilities.
“I set out [from BGSU] feeling humbled to be a first-generation college graduate in my family, and confident that BG had provided me with the best flight plan possible,” she said. “I was ready for challenges, ready for opportunities. In fact, I was so ready that I graduated early, landed my first job and set out without even pausing to participate in my commencement ceremony or savor the possibilities before me.
“I could say that those same possibilities await you, too. Except that would not be entirely true. Because the possibilities for you are more. Exponentially more.”
Mucciarone earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a major in accounting from Bowling Green State University in 1979, and a Master of Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University. She is the managing director of Private Client Relationship Management at The Glenmede Trust Company (Glenmede) and a member of the Glenmede Management Committee. In her role, Mucciarone leads the private client investment and wealth advisory business for individuals and families throughout the country.
During her address, Mucciarone spoke to the candidates about engagement and its correlation with personal happiness.
“For me, this concept of engagement was tested several years after graduating,” she said, explaining how two possible job positions were pulling her in different directions. “The marketing position was the one that engaged my mind – and my heart and gut instincts. I pivoted into that role and onto a new path – and it was truly my path. This was a defining experience; the first time I knowingly tapped into the power of full engagement.”
Prior to joining Glenmede in 2010, Mucciarone served as the executive vice president and senior managing director of Wells Fargo Family Wealth. During her tenure at Wells Fargo, she held several key positions including managing director of wealth management for the mergers and acquisitions group, managing director of the investment consulting group and managing director and president of the alternative investments group. In total, Mucciarone has 30 years of experience in investment management, private wealth and family office services, and business accounting.
“My advice to you? Be willing to search for and find the power of full engagement in you – in your career and in your life,” she said. “Be open to exploring the promise of possibilities. Be anchored in your values and strengths, yet flexible and brave enough to pivot – to pivot toward that which makes your heart sing.”
Mucciarone is a member of the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania and serves on the Board Development Committee; she has been a board member for Girl Scout Councils in other communities for the past 20 years. In addition, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Natural Lands Trust, and serves on the Finance and Investment Committee, the Governance Committee and the Conservations Programs Committee. She is also a member of the Forum of Executive Women, serving on the Executive Leadership and Governance Committee, and serves on the Visiting Committee of the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western University.