WDYDWYD?Why do you do what you do?
I am from a small southwest Louisiana town and grew up with ten siblings. My dad was a major source of inspiration and strength for me.
My sense of myself was forged in my extended family.
Did I think I would go to HBS when I was eight years old and lost my mom to breast cancer? Not really. But education was definitely emphasized by my dad as a vehicle to growth and expanding my horizons.
I got a BS in Mathematics and then worked in computer programming before managing the computer facility at a major company. That sounds like an easy thing now – but imagine being a female in 1971 and thinking "I can do that!"
My goal was to lead a meaning-filled life.
My HBS MBA led to a real estate opportunity in Houston which led to another opportunity which led to me starting my own successful company. I have married and had two wonderful children. I have great clients. I am still close with my family.
I love my life and I do what I do...because I can! No Mt. Everest, no CEO spot, just life!
— Margaret Regan
Photography by Fletcher Thorne-Thomsen, Jr.
McNeese State University
St. Cecila Community; Dow Chemical; Weingarten Realty & Hines Interests; Regan & Associates
Tony Deifell (MBA 2002) created WDYDWYD?, a social media meme of people answering the simple question, “why do you do what you do?” by combining an image and text. To honor the 50th anniversary of women students at HBS, the Women’s Student Association Alumni Team (Annie Wheeler, MBA 2013; Danielle Slutzky, MBA 2013; and Tara Hagan, MBA 2014) partnered with Tony and asked alumnae to answer the question, “why do you do what you do?”
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