Alumnae Spotlight: Rachel McKinney ’04

By Jeanette Handelsman ’64, Alumnae Relations Coordinator 

Rachel McKinney ’04  has launched her very own business, Branch Out Market, which supports nonprofits, social enterprise and entrepreneurs around the world. Rachel was inspired by her time in South Africa where she has had the opportunity to met many talented people and passionate organizations creating beautiful products to support their missions and the missions of others.

Rachel detected there was a problem: how to increase their market to match their dreams and aspirations. Rachel created Branch Out Market, described as a Curated Market For Social Impact, with a little help from her guardian angel, to promote the works of these talented and dedicated artists and their missions. It features, handmade crafts from Heart for Africa that supports orphans by providing housing, education and housing, Hope Art, a project supporting orphans growing up in Zambia that produces handmade jewelry and bags, and a training program in Chicago that sells candles and helps young Moms learn job skills and gain placement into permanent jobs.  

See to support Rachel’s efforts to care for the “dear neighbor.”

For OLP Alumnae announcements:

Alumnae Reconnects

  • Saturday, October 13: Los Angeles area Reconnect, time and location TBD
  • Thursday, October 18 Sip and Paint in San Diego, 5:30 – 7:00
  • Saturday, November 10: Bay Area Reconnect at Lake Chalet on Lake Merritt in Oakland, California, 11:00-1:30.
  • Saturday, December 1: Chicago Alumnae Reconnect
  • Sunday, December 2: New York City Alumnae Reconnect

2019 Alumnae Reunion Events

  • Tuesday, March 19: Jewel Jubilee, Mass and Luncheon honoring graduates 50 + years
  • Friday, May 24: Commencement, Class of 2019, 50th Class Reunion Celebration (Class of 1969) August 8-9: Alumnae Reunion Weekend, especially honoring classes ending in “4” or “9” i.e. 1944, 2009.

Watch for update of Alumnae portion of the OLP Website (, emails and Invitations to the events listed above.

“O, my sisters, let us love one another” Mother St. John Fontbonne