People: Alumni

Five tips from Patricia A. Hartpence ’78, ’86

Before graduating from Rider College (now Rider University) in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in commerce, Patricia A. Hartpence ’78, ’86 visited the Career Development Office (now Career Services) for guidance on business pursuits after college. The advice she received proved invaluable.

The Career Development staff encouraged Hartpence to explore employment at New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company (NJM). After graduating, she began working at NJM as a management trainee. Thirty-seven years later, Hartpence is still working with the company, now as director of corporate giving, where she oversees NJM’s charitable giving, employee matching and volunteer programs, and community outreach.

She returned to Rider in the 1980s and received her MBA in 1986. She continues to be involved with the University in several capacities, including as a member of the Rider Women’s Leadership Council. In her personal and professional life, Hartpence has been guided by her faith in the power of positive thinking.

The Power of Positive Thinking


Positivity can...

…enable you to view the world through a lens of gratitude.
As you approach each day, a positive outlook can enable you to be grateful for
all the good fortune that has entered your life, be it large or small.

…generate energy to move your priorities forward in both life and work.
Positivity often means productivity. Using this energy can propel you toward your personal and professional goals.

…lead to achievements that you might never have imagined.
Maintaining a positive belief in yourself as you work to achieve your dreams can translate into some unimaginable results.

…help you to find the goodness in every person.
As you move through your career and your life, you will no doubt encounter a variety of personalities. If you approach each with a cheerful demeanor, you are apt to receive the same in return.  

…be infectious. Pass it on.
Paying positivity forward can have the power of creating a more content and considerate world. Try it today.

Start leading today. Join the Rider Women’s Leadership Council (RWLC), a community of alumnae and friends committed to taking an active role for a positive impact on students, the University and the council’s members. Contact Pam Mingle at [email protected] for more information.

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