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Hill Holliday Chairman and CEO, Karen Kaplan Speaks at Curry College Commmencement 2014

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Published on May 19, 2014

Curry College celebrated its Commencement on Sunday, May 18, 2014 in Milton, Massachusetts, at the D. Forbes Will Athletic Complex.

Karen Kaplan, Chairman and CEO of advertising agency Hill Holliday, served as Commencement speaker and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree.

The College honored Deborah C. Jackson, President of Cambridge College, with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

In his introduction from the podium, Curry College President Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr., praised Kaplan for a remarkable career that saw her rise from a receptionist to CEO at Hill Holliday, now one of the country's largest advertising agencies.

"Your story should serve as an inspiration to our graduates, as it is a testament to the ways in which one's ability, dedication, and perseverance will be rewarded over time," said President Quigley. "Your story also illustrates the important lesson that the path we follow may not always be the path we had envisioned or predicted. You show our graduates that they do have the power and ability to create success on their own terms."

In her address to graduates, Kaplan shared lessons from her own journey and urged the Class of 2014 to seek success while still staying true to who they are.

Kaplan offered this advice in the form of nine lessons, inspired by her own career. Her first lesson: put down that phone or tablet occasionally and really devote time to being creative and original.

"We live in a world where there is a premium placed on the creation of original ideas. And it's my experience that the act of generating original thought is virtually impossible while you're busy transacting with your head down," Kaplan told graduates. "So just make sure you pull up once in a while and pay attention to what's going on around you that can inspire you and fuel your creativity, because the ability to create something original out of absolutely nothing will serve you well in whatever career you choose."

Read more and see photos and video of Curry College Commencement 2014 at: http://www.curry.edu/about-curry/news...

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