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Alumni sorority sisters share their message of love and empowerment

Powerful things can happen when four sorority sisters join forces. 

Class of 2012 graduates and Delta Zeta sisters Adriana Carrig, Karen Nici Talarico, Jennifer King, and Aimée Ogbonna recently founded Herself Co., a nonprofit that seeks to promote self-love in young women, and the four women recently returned to their alma mater for a “Happy Hour to Empower” event attended by students, faculty, and fellow alums. 

The event began with networking over mocktails and hors d’oeuvres (and some DIY beaded bracelet-making since Carrig is also the founder and CEO of the Little Words Project) before a panel discussion. 

The women offered a multitude of self-care recommendations — meditation, paint-by-numbers, and skin care routines — as well as strategies for combating self-critical thoughts, which they believe plague women more than men. 

They explained that this is the very reason they founded Herself Co.: to address the common struggles women experience and to make therapy more accessible for more people. 

Herself Co. offers a curriculum designed by women for women to help improve all facets of mental health. The goal is to empower young women with more confidence, compassion, and a better sense of community. 

“I was excited to bring four alumni back to campus to share empowering stories of friendship and career success that all began at TCNJ,” said Amy Walton, director of alumni engagement and event organizer. “By encouraging one another, and dedicating themselves to their goal of bringing support and kindness to women of all ages, they have developed a curriculum that will lift and bond our TCNJ community and beyond.”

The panel ended with each woman sharing one word they live by — resilience, trust, perspective, integrity — and encouraging those in the audience to find their word, too. The word, they said,  can serve as a constant during life’s many changes. 

Learn more about Herself Co. by visiting

happy hour to empower

— Corinne Coakley ’25

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