An Informal Biography
and raised in Germany,
Yvonne Raley started her formal college education as
a business major at the University
of Hawaii in Hilo. After coming to the realization that
black-sand beaches and palm trees are overrated, she transferred to William Paterson
University, located in the Garden State. For one year, she again tried to be a
business major, but she soon discovered that a lucrative career in business was
no more appealing to her than the sun of Hawaii. After being corrupted by a few excellent
classes in philosophy, she changed her major to Liberal Studies, Humanities,
Raley then completed a M.A. in philosophy at New York University. A brief moment of indecision, however,
brought her back to the world of business.
Having learned much about the skills of argumentation at NYU, she
convinced the head of a trading floor at a bank in New York of her unique abilities as a
trading assistant. For a time
thereafter, she helped one of the bank’s spot traders both gain and lose a lot
of money. After just a short while, she
concluded that the main challenge of a foreign exchange trader was not to
confuse the red button (“sell”) with the green one (“buy”), which she found
depressingly trivial (although, as it turned out, she herself was quite capable
of such confusion if under pressure).
She also very much missed being able to sleep in, so she went to the
City University of New York to get her Ph.D. in philosophy.
first college willing to give her a chance to try out her teaching abilities
(you’ll have to ask her students how this is going) was Felician College (Lodi,
New Jersey). Working her way up through the
ranks, she is currently an assistant professor.
Yvonne Raley has also taught as an adjunct at Bloomfield College and Hudson County
Community College, but
she mostly enjoys the small classes and direct student involvement that Felician College offers. The subjects she teaches include ethics and
applied ethics, critical thinking, as well as the field closest to her heart
(and topic of her dissertation): metaphysics.
Apart from working on research articles in metaphysics and ethics,
Yvonne Raley also writes philosophical (and not so
philosophical) pieces addressed for broader audiences.
2008, a close friend showed Yvonne Raley how to
string necklaces as a past time. This
turned into a fascination with gemstones, and within 3 years, her hobby had transformed
into the jewelry company “Cecile Raley
“Cecile” is Yvonne Raley’s middle name – the name she
wishes her parents had chosen as her first name, but unfortunately her opinion
was not considered in this matter.
Yvonne Raley does her best to work with
environmentally friendly jewelry production methods, and sells mainly untreated
gemstones. Yvonne Raley
also writes about gems and jewelry on her blog: Yvonne
Raley lives in Jersey City, NJ with her two cats,
Toby and Biffy.
Biffy is a shy but laid back little calico,
Toby, the Main Coon, actively contributes to the gemstone trade by making the
little bags in which they are stored disappear on a regular basis.