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Member, Sports Information Office


Advertising Sales Representative

Sports Illustrated


Bergen Record

Private Investor

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Town & Gown: May '99 | State's Greats [cached]

A three-time women's lacrosse All-American, Barb Doran was the first Penn State student to be chosen for the U.S. lacrosse team.She was also a field hockey All-American, selected for the national field hockey team. Barbara Doran sees a lot of parallels between what she does now on Wall Street and what she used to do on an athletic field. Sure, she has to dress better.But she sweats just as much."I love to compete," Doran said, "and I mean competition in the best sense - that you want to have your very best called forth.That only comes from having worthy competition, and every day the stock market is the ultimate competition. "Every day, it's 'Are you smart enough and good enough to beat the stock market?' It calls into play everything - all your intellectual and emotional resources.You have to know your stuff really well - your strengths and your weaknesses.And because the rules of the game are constantly changing, it's a real test of how flexible and quick-witted you are.It's very, very challenging." Doran is a 1975 Penn State graduate and an All-American in field hockey and lacrosse.Now she is a private investor, someone who specializes in raising money for hedge funds, accounts that involve high risk and potentially high return. Also high stress.But she wouldn't have it any other way."When I was graduating from business school in 1984, I said, 'What is it in me that will never change, that will never die?' " she said."It's my love of competition." So she scrambles to spot market trends, to stay a step ahead of the curve.And when she's not doing that, she's playing basketball in an industrial league in New York City, where she lives.And when she's not doing that, she's playing field hockey - still her favorite sport - for teams in New York and Central Pennsylvania.And when she's not doing that, she's playing squash or tennis or going fox hunting. "I always think how lucky I've been to be athletic, because it's a type of pleasure you can't get any other way," she said."When you're going top speed and racing around, it's just too fun!Really just fun." So why, you might ask, is she the way she is? These days, Doran still plays field hockey as a member of the Red Rose Team.Last summer she went to the Netherlands to play in the World Cup Veterans Tournament.. "Genes," she said."My mother, Marian Nattress, was a school nurse.When she was in high school, she was like the first girl cheerleader, the first girl in the band.Barbara wishes tennis had been big when she was growing up outside Philadelphia.Instead, she immersed herself in field hockey, lacrosse and basketball in eighth grade and developed into a star at Ridley High.She came to love field hockey the most because it is so difficult to play well. "When you beat somebody one-on-one with the ball, you've really done something," she said."And of course lacrosse is a fast-paced, fast-breaking running game, and that was a lot of fun.You could actually have a perfect game, where you made no mistakes, which is pretty tough to do in other sports."Women's sports at Penn State were still in their infancy when she arrived.The short lacrosse and field hockey seasons always left her thirsting for more.The silver lining was that she could compete in three sports, basketball being the third.Only her senior year, when she ditched hoops, did she restrict her athletic ventures in any way. The effects of the federal Title IX were just beginning to be felt as her career wound down.She had a field hockey scholarship her final season, and helped Mary Jo Haverbeck (now associate sports information director) open the women's sports information office.Doran was also a sportswriter for the Daily Collegian. "It was very exciting," she said."From the time I was in junior high you're fighting for gym space and never getting the same treatment and always wishing we had championships like the boys did.You were always agitating for change.But of course there probably wasn't a lot that would have happened on the minor level if you hadn't brought federal programs that really forced behavioral changes much more quickly and much more broadly than would have ever happened one by one." And while the popularity of women's sports has increased markedly in recent years, she sees it as a market-based phenomenon.Sports that have come to the forefront are ones already played by men.The other thing, Doran said, is that there are few professional opportunities for women, save those in golf and tennis.Track and field is dependent more on sponsorship deals.Women's pro basketball leagues come and go with regularity; one crashed and burned earlier this year.In the meantime, Doran has made the most of her opportunities.A creative writing major, she continued to work for PSU's sports information office after graduation, and took a job as a newswoman at WRSC as well. Then she headed to New Jersey, working as an advertising copywriter for Prentice-Hall textbooks during the day and as a reporter for the Bergen Record at night.From there, she continued to knock around the publishing industry - as a publicity writer at Family Circle magazine, as assistant to the circulation director at Working Woman magazine and, finally, as an advertising sales representative at Sports Illustrated.The latter job, Doran said, "was just perfect.Had a lot of fun there." In 1975 Sports Illustrated featured Penn State woman athletes and a disappointed Doran who chastised the Collegian's coverage of women's sports.She bought a sarcastic ad "thanking" the paper for their "in-depth" eight lines of coverage of the Lady Lion lacrosse teams' season.Ironically, she was a later a Sports Illustrated advertising sales representative.. But she had applied to business schools, realizing that "what I loved about the job had nothing to do with publishing.When I looked ahead I didn't want to be a corporate person, and I also had started to make investments in the stock market." Next month: Barb Doran, lacrosse. [Table of Contents] [Lunch with Mimi] [What's Happening] [Dining Out][State's Greats] [Penn State Diary] [Website Directory] [Letters to the Editor][Town & Gown Archives] [Neighborhoods] [PSU Football `98]

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