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SACRED HEART ACADEMY NEWS

Betsy Dougert Wiley '04 Shared Her Memories as a "Lifer"

On Sunday, November 4th, Sacred Heart fathers and daughters spent the morning at the Inn at Villanova celebrating Mass and enjoying a breakfast together. Father Tony Burrascano, O.S.A. opened the morning with a thought-provoking Liturgy centered on the Gospel of the day. Many thanks to Nicole Watkinson ’20 for cantering and Mr. Tony Yoo for his music direction. 

Mr. Ron Algeo, Board of Trustee member and current parent of Noelle ’19 and Natalie ’21, welcomed everyone and thanked them for taking the time to be together. As part of the Father-Daughter event, Ron introduced Betsy Dougert Wiley ’04, as the guest speaker. Betsy’s words included many fond memories of her days as a “Lifer” at the school. Betsy credited her strong Sacred Heart foundation for her confidence and for her ability to speak with ease in front of many groups of people.

Betsy recently testified before Congress on Millennials and the Gig Economy. She presented original research and answered questions from the House Small Business Committee. Link to the hearing: https://smallbusiness.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=400899.

Betsy was quoted in Forbes magazine for her research on women’s entrepreneurship (link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/karastiles/2018/06/21/are-women-entrepreneurs-catching-up-its-complicated/?source=bloomberg#6f7ab4ad7766 .

Betsy emphasized the importance of enjoying these times at Sacred Heart and told the students to be thankful for their fathers and for the time they get to spend together. Betsy introduced a “special” speaker, her father, Mr. Rich Dougert. Rich briefly recounted his thirteen years with Betsy at Sacred Heart remembering countless memories that he holds close to his heart. Rich strongly encouraged all of the Dads to take part and pitch in to support the Fathers’ Association in any way possible, suggesting they will never regret the precious time spent at school with their daughters.

The attendees also listened to heartfelt words from Noelle Algeo ’19, Student Council President and Emily Hart ’23, Class President of the Eighth Grade.