Historian Katie’s Reflection on Janice DiPietro’s Mentoring Session


Janice DiPietro, A Bentley University alumni, offered a wealth of knowledge in multiple areas of service. Her diverse background allowed many of the Fellows to connect with her on various levels. Janice has taken advantage of the opportunities presented to her throughout life and her career, but has faced hardships along the way. She expressed her frustration about a time when she was not allowed to join the men in the lounge after dinner to discuss business. Everyone was surprised to hear about a meeting where a gentleman refused to address her directly or even look at her – he would only address her male business partner. “Being yourself” was a central theme to Janice’s advice and personal stories. She expressed how important it has been for her to make both her family and business a priority, and the challenges that come with this ambition. Janice always did what she felt was right not only for herself, but for her family as well. The group discussed a series of TV commercials that are part of a greater movement to raise awareness about gender stereotypes and unconscious bias. The Pantene commercial demonstrated how the same characteristics that would describe a man as a “boss” would describe a woman as “bossy.” All of these examples were eye-opening. She left us with eight takeaways, which are:

  • Follow your passions
  • Never stop learning
  • Do not be afraid to ask the question
  • Stand up for what you believe in
  • Live your life your way
  • No one defines you and your success but you
  • Take risks
  • Strive for equality – don’t make gender the issue

Janice encouraged all the Fellows to follow our dreams because we have limitless potential. Her success in the workforce is empowering, and leaves us striving for more.