Margaret Gooch P’24

Margaret Gooch

Margaret Gooch P'24

Stewardship & Donor Relations Manager



Prior to joining the Advancement Office in November 2015, Margaret was program manager at The Women’s Advancement Initiative, a distinctive program at the University of Hartford that uniquely positions women for success through education and leadership training. Before returning to her home state of Connecticut, Margaret and her family resided in Wilmington, North Carolina for 10 years where she was proprietor of a small art business. For almost 13 years, Margaret worked in various positions at Fidelity Investments in Boston and attended Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA. Margaret, her husband, Jon, and daughter, Lilia, who is currently attending Walker’s, reside in West Simsbury.

What was it about The Ethel Walker School that made you want to work here?

I loved the School’s mission to empower girls to lead with integrity, respect, confidence, courage, conviction and a love of learning. Many of our alumnae have proven these skills remain with them throughout their lives and go on to accomplish great things.

Who is your biggest female role model?

I have tremendous respect and admiration for all women who have accomplished great things in life even when the odds seemed insurmountable. Women in history who were the first to demonstrate their capabilities and women who have promoted and voiced the significance of women’s rights throughout the decades are also those I consider to be role models.

What was your favorite subject when you were in middle or high school? Why?

I loved English and especially literature. I’ve always enjoy reading novels and continue to be awed and inspired by an author’s ability to create images in the reader’s mind which transports them to another place, time, event, etc.

What is your favorite Walker’s tradition?

My favorite Walker’s tradition is the Holiday Chapel as I love to hear the girls speaking about their unique holiday traditions, the banquet and the Holiday Ride which showcases fantastic riding skills on beautifully lit horses.

If you were to give advice to an incoming Walker’s student, what would it be?

Walker’s allows you to find your voice and use it. Let’s hear what you have to say!

What advice would you give to a graduating Walker’s senior?

Trust yourself and all that you’ve learned at Walker’s; continue to work hard and make a place for yourself in the world.

What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?

Travel, garden, hike and read.

What is the most rewarding part about working at Walker’s?

Working at Walker’s is rewarding as one can see and hear firsthand how girls gain confidence through experiential learning and exploring new opportunities every day. The energy is palpable and the girls voice sincere appreciation for all that is Walker’s.