Donald Trump: Meet Katie Gibbs

February 22, 2008 at 8:00 am 3 comments

Katie Gibbs, also known as Katharine Gibbs School or Gibbs College, is closing in Boston when the current students graduate. The school, founded in 1911, started off as a finishing school for women who were entering the working world. The original focus was on office skills, but other programs such as digital media were added in recent years. Before Katie Gibbs goes away, I have an idea for its resurrection, and there couldn’t be a better savior.

Donald Trump has a blog now, and writes in it about topical issues such as how a man “can get migraines, feel less satisfied with his overall life, and even get clinically depressed” if his wife earns a larger salary. This particular post includes a link to research and advice, including the concluding “if you still can’t deal with it, then go out and get a better job.”

While the blog states that there are other contributors, this particular one was posted by Donald Trump. I have trouble imagining him writing this himself. Does he go through the process of having an idea, jotting down a few notes, running the idea by a colleague, checking for grammatical errors – it’s not that I think he’s lazy, it’s just that I imagine more likely that there is a staff tasked with posting interesting blog entries, possibly based on his initial idea, or, more likely running a few ideas by him and scurrying off to write up the ones he doesn’t grunt at.

But who are these employees? Here’s my idea: Donald Trump could make Katie Gibbs a new school within Trump University. Most universities have multiple schools within them; Harvard University has the Medical School, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, etc. This new online school could teach the skills needed to help CEOs succeed – not teach the CEOs, but teach their assistants, like the original Katie Gibbs did. There would be “Blogging 101” to teach how to write blog posts that make your boss sound like an insightful person, “Inbox Management”, and the other skills necessary to survive today. Since so many involve technology, how perfect that the school will be online.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. donald chase  |  October 15, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Was married to KG graduate and she couldn’t stand on her own either. “Thank God and Greyhound They’re Gone”.

  • 2. Maria Vilani Maia Fu  |  January 6, 2009 at 6:54 am

    I am a 76 Class graduate from Katie Gibbs, Boston, and I am very sad to learn that the school is closed. I was on the Dean s list in the year of 1976, more specifically in the One-Year Secretarial Program. I am Brazilian, live in the city of Rio de Janeiro, and I am job hunting.

    my e-mail address is

  • 3. Melanie Zibit  |  March 2, 2008 at 1:12 am

    Lisa – Love your solution for Katie Gibbs. It would ensure that the old tradition continues into the online age – that is “behind a successful man is a woman! ”

    Trump’s post places money as the critical element in making a man depressed and in the relationship, e.g., the more money a woman brings in the easier life becomes. But even with two salaries life isn’t easy these days. The article cites the research as saying that with two partners carrying the crushing load of two jobs, kids, and a mountain of laundry, the problem is not who is making what salary, but how you both will get everything done in a way that is fair to everyone.

    Maybe a man’s depression is not from inequality in salary but the demands of today’s dual career families to manage the hectic pace and responsibilities.


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Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM

Lisa GualtieriLisa Gualtieri is Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine. She is Director of the Certificate Program in Digital Health Communication. Lisa teaches Designing Health Campaigns using Social Media, Social Media and Health, Mobile Health Design, and Digital Strategies for Health Communication. Contact Lisa:


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