Meet Kelly Courington

Author: Thrive!

Kelly Courington

Title: Development Associate, Office of Development

What's the most important lesson you've learned in your career to date? 

My boss tells me every day (seemingly) to not apologize. Instead, say, "thank you for your patience", "great catch", "I don't understand", etc.  

What's an accomplishment you're most proud of?

I was accepted into the M.A. of Theology program, and am currently pursuing a degree, here at Notre Dame! 

What was your first position at Notre Dame? What is your current role?

My first position at Notre Dame was the Team Coordinator for the Academic Advancement team here in development. I'm currently working in an expanded version of this role as a Development Associate. My main responsibilities include sourcing and providing data to the Campaign Administration team, as well as planning/executing educational events for fundraisers.

What is your favorite book, podcast or Ted Talk? What did you learn from it and/or how did it inspire you/why would you recommend it?

I have reread "The Most Powerful Woman in the Room is You" by Lydia Fenet several times over the past year. I love her approach to career management - I think it works for women at any stages of their careers.

Why do you enjoy working at Notre Dame?

In short, the people I work with. I love that I work in a place where I can always learn new things from my colleagues.