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Sisco graduated from USC with her MSW in 1979 and went on to earn a PhD from the University of Maryland. After spending 30 years in private practice as a psychotherapist, Sisco became the Managing Partner of Sisco Associates, an international management and consulting firm founded by her mother. Family is important to Sisco, and she cites her mother as her greatest influence. “She was an amazing woman. She had basically three careers: she was a mother, a Foreign Service officer’s wife, [and had a] spectacular career in business.” On top of all these commitments, Jean Sisco also modeled the importance of giving back. “She gave a lot to the community, and that’s how we were raised. She was an incredible example to us.”

Sisco has followed in her mother’s footsteps by making philanthropy a cornerstone of her life. She’s served on the boards of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics and Reading is Fundamental, and she currently serves on the board of the Annapolis Maritime Museum and chairs their Education Advisory Committee. In 2008, Sisco established Read for Jane, a fund that honors her late sister. Sisco recently returned to her addiction roots by joining the board of Reach Out Recovery. Reach Out Recovery has developed an online resource “dedicated to the dissemination of information about recovery issues and the provision of prevention and treatment resources.” The organization has also created a curriculum for high school students.

“My career began at USC,” claims Sisco. She believes she had a wealth of “wonderful opportunities at South Carolina,” where her instructors “took a problem-solving approach to clinical work” that has benefited her throughout her career, both in the therapeutic field and in the business world. USC “presented me with the bigger picture,” she says. “Everything I learned there, I used in some way. And all I went there to do is to learn to be a good clinician!”

Sisco sees her shift from clinical practice to non-profit leadership as a move from micro to macro. She maintains her interest in the fields of addiction and child advocacy, but now she takes a broader perspective.

Sisco exhorts new College of Social Work students to “keep an open mind” like she did. “I’m very grateful for my experience at the University of South Carolina.”

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