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Economics Alumnae Stories
Mount Holyoke students and alumnae can conduct informational interviews with alumnae working in the field through the Alumnae Association Career Directory. Search alumnae by major or career field. In addition, some alumnae are participating in the Alumnae Stay Program which is a network of Alumnae who have offered to temporarily host students or alumnae traveling for academic or professional growth.
Zilin Cui '11: I learned how to engage with Spanish speakers on a cultural, intellectual and professional level, and became a true world citizen.
Catherine Herrold '2000: I gained the courage to pursue research in Egypt & I was "in the right place at the right time" when the Arab Spring broke out.
Erica Metzger Hare '98: after graduating from MHC, I worked for several years in management consulting before obtaining my MBA in Economics and Management.
Social entrepreneur Ellen Chilemba ’17 is showing the women of the world's poorest country how to lift themselves out of poverty.
Alexandria Decatur '16: take math courses and gaining some research experience, whether it is through an internship with a professor or writing a thesis.
For Aderike Ajao '16, career exploration at MHC leads to a summer internship in New York City at banking giant Barclays.
Chen '16 reflects on her summer internship with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and how it relates to her potential career path.
After an internship in Pakistan leading to a thesis, Natasha Ansari ’13 coauthored a book on economic altruism and microlending with mentor Shahrukh Khan.
Donna Williams ’84 used her business savvy to found Field Goods, which transforms the model of how to get fresh food from farms to families' dinner tables.
Julia Berazneva ’04: MHC was a critical stepping-stone from my academic interests to a career bettering the lives of the poor and marginalized.
Mary A. Francis ’86, Chevron’s chief governance officer, said critical-thinking skills fostered at MHC have proved valuable in her professional life.
AnneElizabeth Konkel ‘14: the difference between reading accounts of the Taliban in the classroom & talking face to face with a former Taliban negotiator.
Weixi Lei '13 explains how the critical thinking skills she developed at MHC help her contribute valuable perspectives when assessing business projects.
MHC alumna Amy Norman ’95 built Little Passports, a business working to get kids interested in other cultures with activity packages mailed to their homes.
Founder of On-Her-Own, the first work-study program in Ethiopia helping to provide low-income female students with non-exploitative means of income.
Empowered by the skills she gained at Mount Holyoke, Woyneab Habte ’17 founded a copy shop in her country to provide peers an alternative to sex work.
Evgenia Sokolova '01: My passion is creating linkages at the water-renewable energy-food nexus, enabling small business opportunities and economic growth.
A Zin Oo '06: a rigorous curriculum, deeply engaged faculty and an extremely diverse student body pushed me beyond the many learning opportunities here.
Susan Bateson '76 talks to economics students about entering the workforce
Gayathri Ramani '12: my education and internships paved the path to a better understanding of my research interests and professional aspirations.
Ye Li '11: one of my proudest achievements during my undergraduate journey is my thesis in Spanish.
Tea Gongadze '12: at MHC, I developed sophisticated analytical skills and prudent judgment necessary to address firm`s financial and strategic concerns.
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