The Power of One

Donato L. Monaco '94

Cromwell, Conn.

Family: Married to Juliet; daughter, Gianna, 2

What he did at Holy Cross: Student Government (class treasurer), volunteer activities (CCD teacher and Habitat for Humanity), Eucharistic Minister, a number of on-campus (intramural referee) and off-campus (security guard at the Worcester Centrum) jobs, Holy Cross Rugby Football Club

How did Holy Cross affect your life?  "I was fortunate to have been brought up in a tight and supportive Catholic family, so I was able to build upon an existing foundation during my four years at Holy Cross. My experiences on campus and in the community helped me appreciate all that I had been given and to which I had access, which was instrumental in starting my personal journey of being a 'man for others.'  "

The working life: Vice president, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.

"Ideally, I would never have to leave my wife and daughter, but until I retire, believing in what I do and what my company stands for is most important. Treating customers, partners and employees with respect results in both good business results and job satisfaction, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance for myself and my family is very important to me."

Memorable Holy Cross moments: "Spending spring break in a small town in Mississippi, building Habitat for Humanity homes with 12 other students was a life-changing event for me. Fr. Ford [Rev. Michael F. Ford, S.J.] was a major positive influence and became a close friend. I still participate in and support Habitat to this day and remain in close contact with Fr. Ford almost 20 years later. And I'd be remiss not to include beating Boston College in the New England Rugby Football Union championship game our senior year to end the season undefeated."

Why he stays connected to Holy Cross: "I'm convinced the quality of the experience and depth of friendships we establish during our four years on Mount St. James are unique among all college graduates. I enjoy returning to campus, spending time with classmates and staying current on recent happenings."

Why he gives to Holy Cross: "I give to pay it forward. Whether it's making a donation to the general fund or planning a restricted gift with a few close friends to honor Todd Isaac, a classmate and friend killed on 9-11-01 at the World Trade Center, it's incredibly important for me personally to give back to Holy Cross to ensure others
have the same opportunity."