Cap and Gown in Paris

Paris is always a good idea.” Having been to Paris before, I never doubted this line that Audrey Hepburn delivers in the movie, Sabrina. However, I didn’t fully appreciate it until through a twist of events I found myself buying a Eurostar ticket from London to Paris this past July. I had tacked on a business trip to London to a family vacation in Greece and Turkey after my boss returned from her holiday in Paris and told me that I just had to go see these art exhibits in Paris. I could work from the London office for a few days and then go to Paris for the weekend. That’s hard to turn down. So I reconfigured my travels plans and bought a ticket to Paris with no plans for what to do when I would get there besides see a couple art exhibits. I was a bit nervous about not knowing anyone in Paris and searched through my Facebook friends to see if someone I knew had by chance moved to Paris and set my status to “looking for anyone who knows anyone in Paris.” Then it occurred to me that there was a larger network I could tap into: Cap and Gown alumnae. I asked Michelle Galloway if there were any Cap and Gown members in Paris and she connected me with Deborah Rubenstein, Class of 1989. I was delighted and a bit surprised when Deborah responded to my out-of-the-blue request to meet in Paris. We arranged to meet near the Boston Consulting Group office where Deborah manages EMEA marketing. Working in marketing myself, we had...