Major at MMC
Life is sweet for Diane A. Holland ’89, owner of the award-winning company Blue Tulip Chocolates. A professionally trained Chocolatier and Pastry Chef, Holland says, “There were many people who thought a fine chocolate business would not survive, but it is best to follow your own heart and talents—and, of course, to have a good business plan.”
Although she has worn many hats in her career (including gaining experience in marketing and historical preservation), Holland declares that her liberal arts education at MMC has reaped endless benefits. “As an English major, I learned how to research and critically analyze, and apply those skills to all facets of my life. A great education gives you a great foundation,” she says.
The Westchester, New York, resident and mother of two also credits MMC for sparking her interest in community building and volunteerism. As a student, she actively supported Campus Ministry. Today, through her company, she donates time and resources to roughly a dozen local charities, including hospitals, schools, and community centers.
Holland says, “If you love what you do, it is worth pursuing. And it is never too late to follow your passion.”