Maribeth Rahe had dreams of a multi-lingual future where her French, German and Spanish language skills would land her a job working in the government with the CIA, State Department or United Nations.
So she pursued degrees in romance languages and literature, studying for a Ph.D. from Ohio State University. Her plans changed, though, while spending a semester abroad and later a summer in Madrid, Spain, when her father called to say: “I think it’s really interesting that you’re going to be fluent in these languages. But I think you ought to get a business minor because I really don’t know what you’re going to do.”
Her riposte was certainly no counterstroke. “You know, you’re probably right,” she told her father. It turns out she was having second thoughts about working for the government anyhow, so she took dad’s advice and minored in business as a fallback position. That did not exactly settle things, though, because Rahe was not sure what to do wi