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Katie Kokol

'05 VSB

Sr. Finance Manager, Johnson & Johnson

Favorite class at VSB and why?

Intermediate Accounting I. Who didn’t love Hydromaint? This class provided me with a strong foundation in Accounting, which has been critical to my success in a career in corporate finance. The fundamentals are key. I also really enjoyed working with a team in what was my first truly collaborative experience at VSB. Learning how to partner and collaborate is a key element in life, personally and professionally.

Most important thing you learned?

Ask questions and never stop learning. My professors at VSB showed me the value in learning something new each day. Whether it was understanding a concept taught in class, appreciating a varying perspective from a fellow student, or reading an article in the WSJ, I learned that the best way to grow is to open my mind and to challenge myself. VSB ignited my passion for learning.

Favorite Villanova memory?

It’s impossible to pick just one. I loved every minute of my time at Villanova! One Villanova memory that is certainly NOT a favorite one is watching the closing seconds of the Villanova/UNC Sweet 16 game in the 2005 NCAA Men’s basketball tournament. I’ll never forget being a Senior, watching that game with friends, and the overwhelming frustration and disappointment at the “phantom walk” call on Allan Ray! I am confident that moment remains one that unifies all Villanova graduates.

What are you currently reading?

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande was recommended by a well-respected colleague. The author gracefully and powerfully addresses end-of-life care and the need for a changed mindset on how our modern society cares for aging family members. It sounds like a not-so-enjoyable topic, but the book is a fantastic read and, so far, I have found it to be hopeful and thought-provoking.

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