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Meet Tori Key'03
Alumni Board Member
What is your current occupation?
I am currently a manager with Grant Thornton LLP’s Global Public Sector practice based in the Washington, D.C., area. In this role, I support federal agencies who seek management consulting services to conceptualize and complete projects and special initiatives around everything from financial management, information technology, policy analysis, and project management.
What was your major and how has that played out into your life today?
I majored in Economics & Management with a minor in Women’s Studies. My Beloit education gave me the foundation needed to pursue graduate studies in public affairs and build a career around supporting public sector agencies and their missions.
Tell us your favorite Beloit memory.
My favorite Beloit memories revolve around the people—from my eclectic classmates to Bill Behling’s ice cream sandwich-throwing stunts in Commons to the housekeepers in each of my residential halls and the professors who pushed me forward, sometimes unwillingly. I also have fond memories of the “Great Blackout” of 2002 and an illicit sleepover with friends in the library. Some of my closest friends to this day are my Beloit classmates.
What is your favorite alumni event?
My favorite alumni events are the informal ones. Living in the nation’s capital, I have the benefit of being somewhere that many Beloiters pass through for both business and pleasure. I get excited when I receive an email or text from a Beloiter asking if I am available to meet up. The Beloit connection seems to transcend time. Hearing what everyone has been up to and how much good we are still trying to do in the world inspires me and challenges me to do more in my own life!
What do you consider your greatest achievement that Beloit has played a part in?
I recognize that the person I have become today is heavily influenced by the foundation I laid at Beloit, which included an appreciation for diversity, willingness to take on new challenges, creativity in problem solving, and a knack for tactfully questioning authority and the status quo. This foundation has helped me build my current career and gives me the confidence to imagine and pursue new opportunities.
Why do you support Beloit College?
I support Beloit because I recognize how much I gained from my time and experience there. I was fortunate enough to attend Beloit College using a variety of scholarships and financial aid. In recognition of this fortune, I strongly believe I have an obligation to pay it forward and support the students who come after me, specifically first-generation college students and those who have limited means.
What do you hope to accomplish on the Alumni Board?
I look forward to reconnecting with my classmates and mobilizing our appreciation for Beloit into tangible benefits for the college’s current and prospective students.
Any advice you have for current students?
Don’t wait! If you are curious about something—even a little—do it now! Take that photography class. Do the study abroad in Tanzania. Learn Farsi. It only gets harder when you have a career, family responsibilities, a commute, and financial burdens. Who knows? What started out as a curiosity may end up being your chosen path in life.