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English Major in a Business World

Tracie Keenan, Class of 2006Tracie Keenan never took a business course while majoring in English at Saint Anselm College; yet she was hired by one of the world's largest beauty and cosmetics companies, L'Oreal USA, where she is a supply chain analyst in the Consumer Products Division.

L'Oreal recognized that Keenan's liberal arts background and communication skills made her a good fit for their company. It was the firm's commitment to philanthropy that convinced Keenan that it would be a good fit for her. L'Oreal sponsors an annual event that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for breast cancer.

Keenan grew up in Lincoln Park, N.J., and now lives in the shore town of Manasquan. Her guidance counselor suggested she visit Saint Anselm, but she thought it would be too far from home. Her decision was made after attending a prospective student open house at the home of an alumnus. "It was so family-oriented. I thought, ‘This place is for me.'" She made friends with several students that night, and those friendships remain strong today.

As a student, Keenan traveled with the college choir to sing in Europe. She also participated in a service trip to Costa Rica, part of the college's Spring Break Alternative program. After college, she began a career as an English teacher. However, she loves her corporate job and feels that her transition into the corporate world is a testament to the value of a liberal arts education.

At L'Oreal, Keenan works with internal departments to ensure efficient flow from ordering through receipt of product at account locations. She supports the Target Corp. account, traveling to the company's headquarters in Minneapolis frequently.

Service is still part of Keenan's life. She brings her therapy dog, Sweet Pea, to visit nursing home residents and teenagers at a rehab center, and she coaches a Special Olympics swim team.