Tamar Piehler, Class of 1982 and NHS Trustee, graciously agreed to spend some of her time on campus in advance of the Board of Trustees meeting this week, speaking with female students about Women, Leadership, and the workplace. Tamar is the Chief of Staff for VP of Operations at Cisco Systems. She is also a member of the New Hampton School Board of Trustees.
As a student, she lived on campus in Smith House, a day student turned boarding when her single-mother moved away. Tamar has wonderful stories about her time as a student at New Hampton. Her husband is also an alumnus of the school (Scott ’82) and they returned to be married at the New Hampton Community Church on Main Street.
Tamar led a wonderful evening session with the students. Over 20 female students and many female faculty gathered in the common room of O'Connor to speak with her about female leadership. She immediately engaged her audience by asking each student to share why they chose to participate in this gathering, garnering valuable information which she used over the course of her conversations to better involve the students. Tamar spoke about the many ways in which we can all be leaders whether serving coffee at Starbucks or directing a small business. She spoke about integrity, consistency and determination, staying true to yourself. She encouraged the students as they leave NHS and begin their college experiences to seek out smaller groups – clubs, dorms, volunteer work – that will help them better acclimate to the college environment. She shared stories about some of the challenges she faced and how she turned these challenges into opportunities to educate her colleagues. As a female working in a predominately male industry, the students had many questions for her and many stayed after the discussion to ask individual questions about networking, Linkedin, challenges and triumphs.
More students had the opportunity to connect with Tamar today in Jacque Little's “Student Leadership – Ethical Literacy” class that features guest speakers throughout the term. We are so grateful for our generous alumni who return to the school to share their personal and professional expertise with our students. The connections and insights they gather from real life stories and experiences are always memorable and meaningful.