Where Are They Now: Olinda Hassan ’10

Olinda HassanPlease give a brief background on yourself and your career.
I was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh and was raised between Japan, Massachusetts, and Arizona. I was always interested in the globalization of things, and knew that I wanted to attend Wellesley and be part of a diverse community. I also love New England, in general.

I am currently a Policy Specialist at the Legal Ads Policy team at Twitter in San Francisco. I lead our Asia Pacific initiatives for advertising policies, and also work with financial services that advertise on our platform. Additionally, I work with different revenue products to be the policy voice. My job is to advocate user safety and maintain trust in Twitter Ads. It was important for me to work for a company with a mission, and globally, Twitter stands for giving people the freedom to express themselves.

How has your career changed since you originally envisioned it at Wellesley? What other careers did you consider as a student?
I studied Political Science and South Asian studies at Wellesley College, and at one point I wanted to be a diplomat. I took advantage of the liberal arts degree and tried different courses in Economics, International Relations, and Sociology, to name a few! I was a Fulbright Fellow after graduation, spent a year in Bangladesh teaching English and researching technology’s contribution to an emerging market economy. Then, I applied to graduate school for policy and in the time from application to acceptance, I decided that I wanted to learn more about tech policy and decided to attend Cornell University for my MPA degree.

I approached Cornell like I approached Wellesley–I took advantage of the course offerings and concentrated on Financial and Economic Policy while taking classes in information systems and entrepreneurship. My two years at Cornell were also influenced by being a graduate intern at Twitter in their Trust & Safety department over the summer in 2013, where I became very interested in the cross section between public policy and protecting people in the complex world of internet.

Now, I am able to use my studies at Wellesley in international relations and political science in the private sector to develop and help enforce ads policies in Twitter’s global offices.

How has Wellesley contributed to your career?
I had the opportunity to participate in the Wintersession program in Morocco as a sophomore, where I was fascinated by the region’s history and political history. While at Wellesley, I studied abroad in Egypt and worked a summer in Delhi, India, through the MIT- India exchange program. Wellesley gave me the opportunity to travel and also learn from some of the best professors in the field. I learned how to work with different people and styles of communication. I also learned that you can still be creative when dealing with grey area issues, as is often the case with policy work in the private sector.

What is a typical work day or work week like for you?
My work consists of projects, many of which I am able to define with my team, depending on our needs and the goals of the company. My work week includes meeting with stakeholders from around the department, including product managers and engineers in the advertising space who are trying to build new products. I have weekly meetings with stakeholders in Tokyo and Singapore to discuss policy, new updates, and challenges that need our attention. The work is a team effort, and I am constantly learning from my team to build skills in negotiation, communication, and time management.

What piece of advice would you offer students looking to get into your area of interest and expertise?
Learn as much as possible and seek out mentors. I did not think that I would be working in San Francisco in a social networking service when I was at Wellesley. By participating in student leadership and actively looking for internships, I was able to realize what I liked and didn’t like. I also got to meet people and hear their stories on how they got where they were. I would also advise students to keep up with industry news and the changes that are taking place, especially if they are interested in tech. Knowledge of the industry always helps you to network with people in an engaging way.

What do you wish you had known as a student?
I wish I knew that there are many options out there in the professional world, and that it is okay to not know exactly where you may be months before graduation. In my last spring semester, I was excited about going to Bangladesh and living abroad for a year on the Fulbright, but I was already thinking about what’s next. Being in an academically rigorous undergraduate program like Wellesley makes us very ambitious but sometimes, we just need to take a step back!

I also wish I’d known that learning does not stop. Once you enter the ‘professional world,’ it is not the end; you aren’t ‘set’ forever. I am still learning and developing as a professional, and it’s actually a fun process!

If you could come back and take one class at Wellesley what would it be?
I would have taken a sailing class, even if it meant waking up at 5 am. I loved sleep at Wellesley, and I think I had the best naps ever in Beebe between classes. I went back to Wellesley this past summer for my five year reunion, and took a boat out in Lake Waban for the first time with friends. We all wondered how we managed to go through four years without ever sailing in the lake! Academically, I wish I’d taken a basic programming course in the CS department in order to further develop my problem solving skills. Basic programming today can help in most career fields.

Where Are They Now: Kendall Bianchi ’15

Kendall graduated from Wellesley in May 2015 with a double major in political science and economics. At Wellesley, she played on the Varsity Basketball team (go Blue!) and wrote a senior honors thesis on the role of private military contractors in war. Kendall is currently studying Arabic in Amman, Jordan, on a Boren Scholarship. These scholarships provide funding for American students to study less commonly taught languages in critical regions of the world, in exchange for at least one year of service in the federal government. Kendall will remain in Amman for one academic year, after which she will return to Washington, DC, to seek employment in a federal agency.



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Where Are They Now: Asia Young ’14

Asia Young-finalPlease give a brief background on yourself and your career.
I graduated in 2014, majoring in Women and Gender Studies with a concentration in Public Health and minoring in Middle Eastern Studies. While at Wellesley, I was a member of Ethos, Wellesley Women for Public Health, and Wellesley Women in Business. I was also a Senator for two years and sat on the Campus-Wide Diversity Initiative Committee. For recreational interests, I joined dorm crew and took a fencing class.

Growing up in Washington, DC, I noticed stark differences in the economic and social conditions of communities and recognized early on that the health of people in my city was determined by which metro stop they lived near. These inequalities sparked my interest in public health and eventually led me to embark on a career addressing health inequities from different perspectives. Since graduating from Wellesley, I have worked in health policy from the advocacy and nonprofit side, as well as the executive and municipal levels of government.

I am currently working for the Deputy Commissioner at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on the city’s health agenda to address health disparities.

How has your career changed since you originally envisioned it at Wellesley? What other careers did you consider as a student?
I’ve always had an interest in health but initially wanted to become a doctor so I started my first year as a pre-med. I realized early on that it wasn’t the route for me and wanted to pursue a track that would allow me to focus on prevention and improving population health. It was actually Dean O’Keefe that told me about concentrating in Public Health through the Women and Gender Studies department, so that is the major that I declared and I absolutely loved it! We spent a lot of time discussing the social determinants of health and brainstorming policies that could be put in place to address these issues. These class discussions and activities prepared me well for the work I do in health policy.

How has Wellesley contributed to your career?
Wellesley (or should I say Professor Viti) shaped me into the strong writer that I am today. There has not been a time at work when I did not have to write a briefing, policy proposal, or a report. All of the tears and stress from rewriting papers in my Writing 125 course paid off! It is amazing how much good writing matters. It is a skill of mine that my colleagues always acknowledge.

Wellesley also taught me how to:

  1. be a leader
  2. ask good questions
  3. communicate effectively and stand up for my point of view
  4. be inclusive

In the workplace, it is important to have a voice and to perform well. Having access to high level officials who are much more experienced makes it easy to fall in the shadows and agree with everything your boss says, but Wellesley taught me that my opinion matters just as much as anyone else’s and that my voice should be heard. I find that people respect a person with their own mind – this is part of what being a good leader entails.

Asking good questions is also important because it drives necessary discussions.

Because Wellesley was diverse, I was able to learn a lot from my peers. Our differences in opinions and experiences helped me challenge my own way of thinking and see things from different perspectives.

What is a typical work day or work week like for you?
Every day varies, but this past week I have been working on the state’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Program and ways hospitals can collaborate with community-based organizations and other partners to improve population health and drive the goals in our upcoming health agenda. I am also helping to plan for our upcoming community consultations, where we go into communities and have discussions with residents about what is impacting their health and what changes they want to see in their neighborhood.

We also have many visitors. You never know who to expect in our office. Just last week, Tom Frieden, the Director of the CDC, visited for a day of meetings. The week before that we had a brown bag series lecture from Dorothy E. Roberts on the history of health inequities in our country.

It is rewarding to work for a Commissioner who is passionate about improving the health of vulnerable communities and who also seeks to educate her employees on the history of health inequities in our country and why it matters today. So often we shy away from these topics in the workplace when they should be discussed.

What piece of advice would you offer students looking to get into your area of interest and expertise?
I strongly recommend that students network, and seek internships and mentors. Grades are important but so are the connections that you have in life. Having a mentor or knowing someone that works in your field of interest can be the extra push that gets your foot in the door. With Wellesley’s reputation of excellence, it is so easy to just focus on grades and forget to have a social life and build a network outside of your friends.

What do you wish you had known as a student?
I wish I would have relaxed a bit and trusted the process. I’ve always been a planner. I always felt like I needed to know what I was going to do next and was the person planning the next 3 to 5 years of my life. Not saying that it is a bad thing, but I never really took time to enjoy the college social life until my senior year. I wish I had gone to more social events.

It is important to know that it is okay to not have life not figured out 100%. Your interests may change with time and different life experiences. It is also important to be open-minded. You can stay committed to your passion and work on things you are really interested in from many different perspectives.

If you could come back and take one class at Wellesley what would it be?
I always wanted to take Beats, Rhymes, and Life: Hip-Hop Studies taught by Professor Jeffries. I am a huge fan of music; especially hip-hop, so dissecting the movement and having academic conversations about hip-hop culture would have been amazing! Unfortunately, this course was always offered the same time as my major requirements.

Where Are They Now: Berit Paxson-Tarnai ’15

Berit Paxson-Tarnai ’15 lives in Beijing, China as an educational consultant at Elite Scholars of China ESC. She advises top students applying to some of America’s best colleges – including Wellesley! In her free time, she sings in the International Festival Chorus, and flies on weekly business trips to the Northeast city of Shenyang. Berit was excited to share some of her post-grad life with us on the CWS Instagram!Berit-insta-1 berit-insta-2 berit-insta-3 berit-insta-4 berit-insta-5 berit-insta-6 berit-insta-7 berit-insta-8

Where Are They Now: Victoria Tsai ‘00

PlVictoria Tsaiease give a brief background on yourself and your career.
After graduating from Wellesley, I worked as a credit derivatives trader. Being at Ground Zero for 9/11 made me reevaluate my life, and I enrolled at Harvard Business School and interned at a global skincare brand. While testing products on my skin, I developed acute dermatitis, which took a year of oral and topical steroids and antibiotics to control.

I began working for Starbucks in China, flying back and forth between Seattle and Asia. In Kyoto, I found myself drawn to the original blotting papers sold by gold-leaf artisans. I asked how they learned that this byproduct of the gold-leafing process could lift away excess oil, and they responded that I should ask a geisha. They introduced me to one, and TATCHA Beauty was born.

How has your career changed since you originally envisioned it at Wellesley? What other careers did you consider as a student?
I went to Wellesley with the intention of working on Wall Street. I wasn’t sure what exactly that meant, but I knew I wanted to go into finance. My mother is an active investor and I grew up in that environment; I found everything about business fascinating. I did become a credit derivatives trader on Wall Street, but I realized that while it fit my interests, it didn’t fit my personality. Being at the World Financial Center next to the World Trade Center on 9/11 made me reconsider what I wanted from my career.

How has Wellesley contributed to your career?
Being in an all-women’s education environment was amazing—among other things, there’s no fear of speaking up because of the men in the room. Also, the alumnae network and friends I made at Wellesley are unlike any other. Some of the most inspiring mentors that I have met, like Lulu Wang and Mei-Mei Tuan, are Wellesley women. And that’s to say nothing of the academics. The economic foundation that I learned there continues to serve me today.

What is a typical work day or work week like for you?
As an entrepreneur, there is no typical day. Sometimes I am in the lab in Japan with our chemists or walking with geisha; sometimes in New York speaking with editors, sometimes in San Francisco working with the team. The only constant is that I am up by 5am to check emails, get my daughter ready to school, and have a day so busy I have to beg people to bring me lunch. I’m asleep like a child by 8:30PM every night.

What piece of advice would you offer students looking to get into your area of interest and expertise?
For those interested in beauty, I highly recommend training at a big beauty company or anywhere with classical marketing training (like Proctor&Gamble, Starbucks or Pepsi). You will never regret having world-class training. For those who are interested in starting your own company: Do your homework and just go for it!

What do you wish you had known as a student?
Everything is going to work out. It doesn’t matter if you have a 3.5 or a 3.7—have fun and know that it’s all going to be okay.

If you could come back and take one class at Wellesley what would it be?
Chip Case was the person who made me fall in love with economics. I would love to take any of his classes again.

Where Are They Now: Lisa Koplik ’13

Lisa KoplikPlease give a brief background on yourself and your career.
My name is Lisa Koplik and I teach fourth grade at Greenwood Elementary School in Wakefield, MA. I have wanted to be a teacher ever since I had a kindergarten buddy in 5th grade! I have worked with children my entire life in many capacities, including babysitting, nannying, volunteering at local preschools and elementary schools, helping out at my own elementary school in FL when I visit home, student teaching, working as an aide in a kindergarten classroom, and finally teaching my own classroom of 20 fourth grade students for the past two years.

At Wellesley, I majored in psychology and received certification in elementary education through the College, which was an extremely wise decision. I went on to only have to complete one year of graduate school, rather than two, and completed my student teaching practicum in its entirety while at Wellesley. I went to Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and got my master’s in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on elementary education immediately after leaving Wellesley, while also working part-time in a kindergarten classroom in Newton as an aide. Upon graduating with my master’s, I searched for jobs and started working in Wakefield the following fall!

How has your career changed since you originally envisioned it at Wellesley? What other careers did you consider as a student? 
I really am exactly where I hoped to be and I am doing what I envisioned as my dream profession after Wellesley. I have wanted to do this work since I was very young, so there was never any other real consideration at Wellesley.

How has Wellesley contributed to your career?
Wellesley had an unbelievably fantastic student teaching program which aptly prepared me for the realities of teaching by offering incredible support from professors, useful course materials, and student teaching placements, putting me right into the classroom. Additionally, Wellesley built my confidence, intelligence, and general excitement about heading into the working world, and the CWS also helped me greatly in my graduate school applications.

What is a typical work day or work week like for you? 
A typical day consists of getting to work between 7:30 and 7:45AM and preparing for the day. The students arrive at school at 8:30 and come in to the building at 8:40. School lasts from 8:40AM to 2:45PM each day, and I teach all academic subjects to my fourth graders. I have them for a total of about four hours a day, in which time I teach math, social studies, reading, writing, close reading, and science. Science and social studies flip flop throughout the year, so we will do one unit of science followed by one unit of social studies, and then switch again. In a given day, in addition to teaching all subjects, I must also differentiate instruction and provide interventions for students who are struggling to grasp concepts.

I have to stay at school until 3:15PM, but usually am at work until at least 4PM. I do most of my planning at school during my 40 minute planning period, and after school for about an hour or so each day. There is a lot of copying, creating, and distributing of materials each day that needs to be prepared. I may also have a work meeting on a Monday for an hour after work, a parent meeting in the morning, or a team meeting with the other fourth grade teacher and the literacy coach.

What piece of advice would you offer students looking to get into your area of interest and expertise?
I would definitely meet with the professors and the director of Wellesley’s education department as soon as you are even remotely interested, because there is a lot to get done. If you have budgeted your time appropriately and can get certified at Wellesley, DO. Talk with the CWS about graduate school programs if that is where you are headed after Wellesley, because you must receive a master’s degree within five years of receiving your certification in order to continue teaching. I went straight to grad school and then began teaching, and I am very grateful I did not jump into teaching only to have to return to school myself.

Do not sell yourself short. I applied to about 200 jobs before I landed my job, but it was well worth it. Do not settle for a job you know you will hate or a job that you know is for someone with less experience and expertise than you. Educators will see your strengths and you will get hired, but it takes a long time, because so many people have very similar qualifications and experiences to you.

What do you wish you had known as a student?
I wish I had known a little more about the MTEL procedure (the teaching exams), and what exactly is entailed in receiving SEI Endorsement (Sheltered English Immersion), a necessary piece of teaching. I also wish I had known what to write in a cover letter to apply for jobs.

If you could come back and take one class at Wellesley what would it be?
Any and all social psychology courses. They were so fantastic and psychology greatly helps my teaching practices every day.

Where Are They Now: Teresita Ramos ’93

teresita ramos - blogPlease give a brief background on yourself and your career.
I am a mother, lawyer, and community volunteer. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and came to the mainland United States to go to Wellesley!

I work as a legal services attorney at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI), the statewide nonprofit poverty law and policy center. In my current job I advocate for the language access rights of limited English proficient individuals through legal action, coalition building, and policy advocacy. My goal is that limited English speakers have the same access to education, housing, health, benefits, and to justice as those who were born speaking English as a first language.

Prior to joining MLRI, I worked for several years as a disability rights and special education advocate and lawyer, focusing on underserved groups with limited English proficiency, especially those in low-income communities.

Before my kids were born I lived around the world for over 10 years working in international government-business relations. I have two girls who are now 13 and 14. When my older child was 3 she was diagnosed with autism and we had to leave our assignment in China and return to the US. I started learning about special education laws, and realizing that the process is super complicated, I wondered how some parents could even begin to understand it. I became involved in helping other parents navigate the process, and later started advocating on behalf of Hispanic families in underperforming school districts.

After a few years I realized that this is what I was meant to do. I had left my dream international job already, so I just refocused my energy to get into law school and find a path forward. I graduated from BC Law School and began working as a special education attorney at the Disability Law Center. While I’ve now expanded my knowledge of the law to help limited English communities in other areas, my heart is always in advocating for children with disabilities.

How has your career changed since you originally envisioned it at Wellesley? What other careers did you consider as a student?
If you had told me in 1993 that I was going to become an education and civil rights lawyer, you could have knocked me over with a feather!

While I come from a family of lawyers (my parents, 2 siblings, and the in-laws are lawyers), I always resisted the idea, because I never found a “purpose” to their lawyering. I went to Wellesley with the very clear idea that I wanted to be a diplomat or perhaps an international print journalist. I focused on learning about the world, current affairs, and languages. I knew that I wanted to do a Masters in Foreign Service after Wellesley and perhaps join the foreign service (I graduated from Georgetown with a Masters in Foreign Service after Wellesley). I also worked at newspapers two out of my three summers while at Wellesley.

“Life is what happens when you are making other plans,” so now I realize that my passion for social justice and my love for foreign policy are not mutually exclusive, and that there is plenty to do right here in my backyard.

How has Wellesley contributed to your career?
Along with my family, Wellesley helped make me who I am today. Puerto Rico is a tiny island that’s 110 miles by 40 miles. I had never been exposed to as many cultures or experiences as I was at Wellesley. It opened my eyes to what an amazing world was out there to explore, and gave me the tools to explore it. It made me a more well-rounded person and a better thinker.

Wellesley has continued to nurture me in different ways over the course of the last 25 years. As a student, you get an amazing education, academic mentorship and a great peer group. The faculty advocates for you by writing letters, making calls, and making sure employers and graduate programs know what I have to offer. As an alumna, you will never find a more supportive group of peers. Alumnae have always responded to my calls for career mentorship. Even as a human being, that connection is there: when I stopped working to take care of my daughter, I received support from other Wellesley alumnae who are also parents of children with autism. In short, Wellesley has always pulled through for me.

What is a typical work day or work week like for you?
I don’t really have a “typical” work day. When you are in legal services, you are the lawyer, the legal researcher, and the admin assistant all in one! I spend a lot of time researching and writing, and meeting other lawyers about their cases. My position is unique in Massachusetts. I am the only attorney in the state whose task is to primarily handle language access issues, and I support lawyers throughout the state who work in other substantive areas of the law who encounter language access problems as part of their work. For example, someone might be denied public housing because they were not provided forms in their native language, and thus did not fill them out correctly. The housing lawyer would call me, and we would co-counsel a complaint or find many other clients in a similar position and file a larger lawsuit. This means that I have to build coalitions with other legal organizations that trust we are going to put together a strong legal case.

In my prior job I did what is called “community lawyering.” I went out to communities like Lawrence, MA, which is primarily Hispanic, and connected individuals needing my services. I represented many families and helped their children get an education. I also gave many “know your rights” trainings to parents.

What piece of advice would you offer students looking to get into your area of interest and expertise?
Find what drives you and what you’re passionate about. There is nothing worse than doing a job that you hate just to earn money. Don’t just go to law school thinking you’re going to “find your niche” there. You will waste three years and lots of money, and will end up doing many legal jobs until you find something you like or leave the law altogether.

If you can afford it, do an internship, because that can be an interesting way to learn about a potential job. Be smart about the internship though—be flexible and do as many jobs there as you can. Don’t think filing, or calling clients is below you. We all file; it’s part of managing an office!

Also, learn to write well while you are at Wellesley. The truth is that the best writers make the best lawyers. Even if you want to become a litigator, there are briefs to file prior to trial and the strongest briefs make the strongest cases.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to network. I had no idea how to do it when I was at Wellesley; I felt I was being fake by calling someone up and wanting to talk to them. Don’t just call them on the phone and make it a dry conversation—make a friend instead. Ask the person out for coffee and pay for it, if you can afford it. Keep it brief but make an attempt to get to know the person, instead of asking questions off a script. I have made some great friends that way, and 10-15 years down the line, they are the ones who have called me about job opportunities. A stranger is not going to refer you to a job, but someone who knows you well, will.

What do you wish you had known as a student?
Life is not fair. The best person doesn’t always get the job or the accolade, because politics are a huge part of life, period. People born with a silver spoon do have a head start in life, and life doesn’t always happen the way we plan it. There’s a reason they call work “work,” otherwise it would be called “fun.” I could go on. I wish I had realized at Wellesley how lucky I was to be coddled and sheltered and not have to think about how hard life can be until I left.

If you could come back and take one class at Wellesley what would it be?
I would love to come back to Wellesley and be a permanent “student in residence”, and take all the classes in the catalog. But if I had to pick one, it would be the class with Professor Marion Just that I dropped my very first day at Wellesley. I fell asleep waiting for her class to start and showed up 10 minutes late, for my very first college class! I was so embarrassed and thinking she would never forget, I dropped the class in shame. I still regret it.

Where Are They Now: Solonje E. Burnett-Loucas ‘02

SolieBurnettLoucas 9Please give a brief background on yourself and your career.
The Den came to be a little over three years ago. After working for years in the nonprofit sector, I left my role as the Director of Development and Communications at the Harlem School of the Arts to do my own thing. I launched a blog called the Hippie Den NYC, which was named after the apartment my partner Jeremy (a Grammy-award winning sound engineer) and I shared. At the time he had a lot of talent coming and going, while I brought in a crowd of music and art enthusiasts. The Hippie Den became a gathering space for the spirit of creativity to really flourish. We hosted parties, after parties, and into the next day hangs…so I launched the blog to talk about that and so many other things that were happening in NYC. Then a couple of different musicians asked me to work them as their “voice,” doing booking and PR. I held my first Hippie Den Session at the Living Theatre on Clinton Street with Perf Production and soon Den Entertainment was born. Now I’m singing, curating music showcases and art exhibitions, managing musicians, and pushing forward the concept of strength in diversity, inclusion and collaboration.

How has your career changed since you originally envisioned it at Wellesley? What other careers did you consider as a student?
I went to Wellesley because the liberal arts experience allowed me to explore both my academic and artistic interests with passion and I hoped would help guide my career path. I decided to study Psychology and Africana Studies with the goal of becoming a Child/Family Psychologist. I took private voice lessons, sang with various groups, played sports, and participated in Ethos and Tau Zeta Epsilon as the Music VP. I was able to express myself freely. Following that, I got a Masters in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College. I thought I wanted to pursue a career in journalism but coverage of the war in Iraq changed that.

How has Wellesley contributed to your career?
Wellesley helped to nurture the belief in self and can-do attitude instilled in me by my mother. It also furthered my belief in diversity and difference as a benefit to our society whether it be class, gender expression, race, culture, etc. Giving back is something that is really part of the education at Wellesley and I believe that is why I began working in communications/fundraising for nonprofits. It is also why I’m working in the creative arena; I believe so much that culture change and evolution takes root in the arts/entertainment. In the end, my exposure and ability to take deep dives into all paths that spark something within me is what allows me to piece together what I do as the Culture Curator at Den Entertainment.

What is a typical work day or work week like for you?
Like most living in New York City, it feels like I’m always working. Whether I’m attending shows I’ve curated, networking at events, or brainstorming with like-minded individuals, I’m on the go from the time I wake up to whenever I decide to take off my dancing shoes. But seriously, my slower days tend to be Monday and Friday because I’m usually hosting somewhere in the city the rest of the week. The benefit of working for yourself is that you can make your own schedule. When I need to go out of town, I can work remotely or simply shut everything out for a few weeks. That said, when most people are settling in to end their day at 9pm, I’m still on the move. My typical week boils down to being present for those I produce shows with and for, as well as making sure that my clients’ career paths are moving!

What piece of advice would you offer students looking to get into your area of interest and expertise?
Start early, keep an open mind and work with those who appreciate you.

What do you wish you had known as a student?
You don’t have to be a politician, doctor, lawyer, etc to impact the lives of many in a truly substantial manner.

If you could come back and take one class at Wellesley what would it be?
Don’t know what’s offered these days. You tell me!

Photo Credit: Helena Kubicka De Bragança