Reunion Alumni Spotlight

Pamela O’Leary

B.A. Environmental Science, Alpha Omicron Pi (now Delta Sigma)


What have you been up to since graduating from UC Berkeley?

I worked in D.C. for a number of years before returning to my beloved Bay Area. I completed an M.A. in applied women’s studies from Claremont Graduate University and am working on a Ph.D. in organizational development. My career adventures have taken me to Capitol Hill, the United Nations, Stanford GSB, and Singularity University, and led me to serve as executive director, appointed commissioner, and adjunct instructor. Now, I’m a principal at Korn Ferry management consulting firm, helping companies become more diverse and inclusive.


How did your experience at Cal and in your sorority have an impact on you?

Working for my sorority was my first job after Cal. Sorority recruitment taught me the nuances of networking in professional situations. I later applied those skills to working the room at political receptions in D.C.


What is one of your favorite memories from your time in your sorority?

I loved going to football games together with my sisters.


Do you have any advice for current collegiate members of sororities at Cal?

As ambitious young women, we are often perfectionists and too hard on ourselves. Love yourself and be kind. This is an important success skill you need to build early on. You can read more of my thoughts on this in the first op-ed I ever wrote, for the Daily Cal.