In an act of true class, Jill Abramson, the unceremoniously dumped former executive editor of the New York Times, kept her engagement to speak to the newly-minted graduates of Wake Forest University. It’s easy to give a speech to new grads about the challenges they might face when you’re at the top of your game; it’s a bit harder to speak from a place of something akin to humiliation.
Abramson was clearly up to the challenge and the college grads she spoke to should take her words to heart:
It’s probably difficult for these shiny-eyed graduates to contemplate to idea of “being dumped.” But each of us will most likely experience that in our professional lives at some point. We dare say, Abramson is showing her mettle in a much better way than Arthur Sulzberger — the boss who, in his ever-changing narrative of why Abramson was fired, suggested that she was a woman who didn’t know her place.
Seems like she know her place just fine.