Immaculate Conception high school alumni and students had an
opportunity to meet a well-known businesswoman, philanthropist, author, and IC
sister last Thursday when alumna Tina Santi Flaherty was in town to promote the
release of the expanded commemorative edition of her book What Jackie Taught Us: Lessons from the Remarkable Life of Jacqueline
The University of Memphis, Flaherty’s college alma mater,
celebrated the book’s release by hosting a special event, during which Flaherty
spoke about Onassis’ courage and vision and the indelible impression she left on
style and image.
While she did not know Onassis personally, Flaherty developed an
admiration for the former first lady when they lived in the same New York City
ICCS senior Anna Perry who attended the event with her
mother, head of school Robin Perry, and sister Emilee, an ICCS freshman, was
struck by the wisdom of her IC sister, who she said exemplifies the values
instilled in ICCS students.
“Ms. Santi spoke about perseverance.
She said that as you work hard to accomplish your goals, treat people well.
She said there is never a reason to be unkind or disrespectful to anyone,
I think that is something that is sometimes lost in our society. You can
achieve great things and be successful without knocking someone down.”
Flaherty began her career as a radio
and TV broadcaster and went on to become the first female vice president of
three of the country's largest corporations: Colgate-Palmolive, Grey
Advertising and GTE (now Verizon). She serves on the boards of the Statue of
Liberty-Ellis Island Society, the Churchill Centre, the Irish Repertory Theatre
and the Animal Medical Center. Her other
books include The Savvy Woman's Success Bible
(with Kay Gilman) and Talk Your Way to the Top.
Photo: ICCS students Anna Perry ’16 and Emilee Perry
’19 join their IC sister, alumna Tina Santi Flaherty, at Flaherty’s April 28
book signing event hosted by the University of Memphis.