Bear Pause: Libby Carrier Doran '85

Libby Carrier Doran '85 lives in Lowry Hill with her husband, Tom, and their kids, T.C. '22, Evie '23 and Davis. Her professional life is spent leading executive search firm LymanDoran, alongside her business partner of nine years, David Lyman '84.

Q: What is the most surprising thing about you?
A: I've kept it under wraps for a long time, but most people don't know that I was on Dartmouth's co-ed rifle team and was a nationally ranked marksperson as a teenager. I'm told it doesn't really match my persona.

Q: What is your idea of a fruitful day?
A: Meals and outings with my family, making a difference at work, doing something to help others in the community and focusing on my own wellness. It doesn't happen every day!

Q: If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be?
A: Michelle Obama, Mike Meyers and Dessa

Q: What book has influenced you greatly? How?
A: "Possession" by A.S. Byatt. It sparked my passion for individuals' stories and how they intertwine over time and between places.

Q: If you had one extra hour of free time a day, how would you spend it?
A: At a spin class at The Firm or cooking for kids at the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery

Q: What is something you learned in the last week?
A: I learned, once again, that integrity, courage and forthrightness are always the right choice.

Q: What teacher inspired you the most? How?
A: Ric Drill-Mellum, for two reasons. He taught Comparative Religions, which opened my eyes to multiculturalism and the value of diversity. It was through him that I also learned to defend my ideas with confidence and to advocate for myself with my fellow students and teachers. All invaluable lessons.

Q: What's your favorite family tradition?
A: I love our simple routine of sharing our daily highs and lows ("roses and thorns") at the dinner table. It helps each of us to reflect, celebrate and empathize with each other.

Q: What did you want to be when you were small?
A: First Lady of the United States. I'm not kidding! That didn't quite work out, but I've been lucky to weave together a bunch of amazing career experiences as public servant, management consultant, executive recruiter, entrepreneur and board member.

Q: If you could live inside any sitcom, which one would it be?
A: "The Office." It would be hilarious and would give me serious street cred with my kids.