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2017 Women Accelerators (formerly de la Femme) Mentoring Program

January 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


2017 Mentoring Program

Mentor+Mentee=Building Your Futures by Learning Together

Mentors are important sources of information and guidance for your career advancement.  We have gathered an outstanding group of seasoned mentors who are excited to help you.

If you want to participate in the 2017 Mentoring Program, please join us for speed mentoring networking.  The first kickoff meeting will be held on January 12, 2017, where you will meet with the mentors, and we will match you with a mentor based on your application.

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Nathalie Goletiani is a physician-scientist currently serving as a clinical neuroscientist at McLean Hospital and a faculty at Harvard Medical School. Nathalie’s interests are related to brain and brain-related disorders, i.e. in Neurology and Psychiatry. In this regard, she completed basic and clinical fellowships at Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School. She is an author of peer-reviewed publications and a recipient of numerous national and international awards.

In her last fellowship, Nathalie was charged with rebuilding and running the Clinical Research Program at McLean Hospital, which taught her all aspects of management related to the simultaneous running of multiple clinical trials. This experience in addition to her training culminated in the generation of her concepts and mechanisms related to women’s’ disorders, a severely understudied area. She was awarded the Zinberg Fellowship and Livingston Award to specifically address women’s issues and the complex underlying mechanisms in the neurobiology of women.

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Robin Hamilton is Founder and Principal Consultant at Boston Business Operations, With over 15 years of experience and a Master’s degree in Project Management, she brings her expertise in strategy planning, preparation, and execution to clients. She works with entrepreneurs and business owners  to develop scalable business operations which support the maintenance and growth of their businesses while preserving capital investment.

Robin Hamilton earned her Master of Science in Project Management and a Bachelor of Science in Leadership from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

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Miriam Margala, Ph.D.: In both, her academic and professional careers, Miriam’s interest has always focused on gender equality. What started off as research of gendered and androcentric language use and communication, soon developed into practical involvement with and passion for helping women to achieve equality. She holds a dual Ph.D. in English and Linguistics (University of Rochester) where one area of her expertise is communication and gender. Miriam has presented and published on the topic nationally and internationally.

Miriam teaches at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. She also works in the areas of art and literature both in the US and Europe and through her work continues to research and be actively involved with gender issues as they relate to professional, social and cultural aspects of communication.

Miriam is currently a mentor to both undergraduate and graduate students.  She has experience in guiding young women to achieve both their academic and professional career goals.

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Jessica Sullivan, MPH is the Assistant Director of Research in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She oversees the research portfolio for Prof. David Bloom, and a team of six researchers focused on quantifying the value of vaccination, analyzing the economic impacts of aging populations and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and priority setting for global health through the use of multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) tools. Before working at Harvard, Jessica spent five years in Washington D.C. with Population Services International as an Associate Program Manager for programs in Zimbabwe and Madagascar, Global Security Manager, and the Special Assistant to the President. Her professional interests include behavior change communications, cervical cancer prevention and treatment, and emergency planning and response. She has a Master of Public Health degree in Global Health Communication from The George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from DePauw University.

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Michele Whitham is an established employment and privacy lawyer, community leader and owner of Whitham Law LLC, serving clients in Massachusetts, the United States and worldwide.  She is a former Co-Managing Partner of Foley Hoag LLP, where she practiced for twenty-five years, and is a well-known lawyer who has been recognized nationally for her accomplishments.

Her many accolades include recently being listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Employment Law – Management, co-leading the launch of the inaugural Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts’ Women’s Leadership Initiative, and being named one of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s Top Women in the Law.  Michele is a 2015-2016 Inductee into the National Association of Professional Women and the Association’s VIP Woman of the Year Circle; a director of the Partnership Inc. (promoting diversity in management ranks).

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Susu Wong, MBA is an experienced business and marketing strategist who worked on a variety of companies from high-tech industry, healthcare, biotech, higher education to startup companies.  She is also an adjunct Professor in Marketing at the UMass Lowell and a frequent workshop speaker.    She has a unique combination of marketing, business and technical experience that provides a well-rounded advantage for her clients.  See her career profile on LinkedIn.

Susu is an advocate in helping women advancing their careers. She is a founding member of de la Femme, a grassroots organization that provides networking and resources to help women in advancing their career goals.  She held an MBA from Lesley University and was certified by Northeastern University in digital marketing, and website design from Georgetown University.

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Check back for additional mentors.

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The Mentoring Program will run from January to June of 2017.  The kick-off and wrap-up meetings with being held with the entire group, but meetings and correspondence in-between will be determined by yourself and your mentor.

Kickoff Meeting Date/Time:  January 12, 2017, at 6 PM.

Wrap-up Meeting Date/Time:  To be determined.

Location:  Broad Institute (Olympus Room), Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA.

Appetizers and drinks will be provided.  Registration is required, sign-in upon arrival.


Women Accelerators (formerly de la Femme) is a Massachusetts organization passionate about promoting the advancement of women and bridging the gender gap. This can be seen in the wage gap and under-representation of women in senior-level positions and the boardroom, from Corporate 100 to startups. Our mission is to provide a centralized network and community where career-focused women can access resources tailored toward their career goals. We provide resources and information to help women efficiently navigate work opportunities and to provide a supportive environment that will nurture female leaders. Our vision is to generate a community of like-minded, high-achieving women, who help each other to succeed in the workplace.


*No refunds issued once registered.

**Women Accelerators (formerly de la Femme) is a volunteer-based organization striving to provide resources for women to achieve their career potential.  Donations are instrumental in sustaining our mission; any amount is greatly appreciated.


Broad Institute 415 Main Street Broad Institute (Olympus Room)
Cambridge,MAUnited States
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