by Nancy Ridgeway
Noticing the girl in the red sweater at the Cullom-Davis Library, then asking around to find out who she is.
Making eye contact, then smiling, then actually speaking to the guy you see on the way to Bradley Hall for your 10 o’clock class.
Meeting someone at a fraternity party.
Thousands of alumni have come to Bradley as wide-eyed freshmen with dreams of earning degrees that would lead to successful careers in their chosen fields. Many of them graduate, diploma in hand, fiancé or spouse by their side. Much of college life happens outside the classroom, as proven by the many alumni who have fallen in love as they attended Bradley. Sharing all of those stories would take volumes, but here we catch a glimpse of some of those very special pairs on the quad.
Barbie Adler ‘93 offers a solution for those who haven’t met their soul mates. Meet with a personal recruiter, talk about your wish list for your ideal life partner, discuss your interests, and leave the rest up to the experts.
A former corporate executive, Adler opened Selective Search, a matchmaking service in Chicago, about four years ago. She says, “I apply the same proven executive recruitment methodology that works when finding a candidate for a corporation as I do finding the right person for my clients. We’re passionate about making introductions that last a lifetime.”
Adler now has offices in New York, Los Angeles, and two Chicago suburbs. She has been quoted as an authority leader on relationships in Forbes, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. She is an advisor for The Bachelor and The Bachelorette reality series and also is a professor at the Matchmaking Institute, an accreditation program for matchmaking.
Male clients purchase a one-year membership. Adler and her staff do in-depth interviews and home visits to learn about the clients. They also seek female affiliates, who fill out a questionnaire. Women who might be potential matches for clients are interviewed.
Adler estimates 30 percent of her clients begin to date exclusively with their first match, and 45 percent are in an exclusive relationship by their third match.
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