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Kathy Tronsberg Macciocca ’98

When you first meet Kathy Tronsberg Macciocca ’98 you can tell she is successful. She is meticulously ordered in her appearance, her every sentence measured to be efficient in its delivery. She displays a calm self-control born of years of focused, round-the-clock work.

She credits her success to earning her master’s degree from Drexel’s College of Engineering.

“Having these credentials has allowed me to live the life I want and provide that same life for my children,” she says.

As a Director within a financial advisory services firm in Philadelphia, where her work with energy companies allows her to utilize the technical and environmental knowledge gained from her time at Drexel, her success inspired Tronsberg Macciocca to give back, "When I was reminded about my reunion I thought, what a great way to recognize my great year by supporting Drexel's Reunion Giving campaign. I like knowing that I'm helping to make the place that allowed me to achieve my goals continue to help others achieve theirs," she says.

“I like knowing that I’m helping to make the place that allowed me to achieve my goals continue to help others achieve theirs,” she says.

She credits Drexel’s curricula, which focuses on practical skills combined with academics, as the key to advancing in her career.

“Drexel’s philosophy of marrying real life experience with academic credentials is much more valuable than academics alone,” she says. “The faculty in the graduate program gave of their time to teach us and brought their own work experience to what they were teaching. They gave you the theory but also told you where it’s going to matter, what to look for, how to tell an agency what that theory means… I valued that.”

She continues to value that about Drexel and hopes to be a part of advancing the University’s mission. “Giving to Drexel supports the fact that I want [the University] that my children may one day attend to be strong… that Drexel’s vision of expanding aligns with what I want them to do,” says Tronsberg Macciocca.

She says that personal giving is a duty to fulfill once one has achieved a certain position in life.

“I try to set an example for my children so they don’t forget that these contributions are expected,” says Tronsberg Macciocca. “As you achieve your goals, the security you gain allows you to create that security for others.”