French Tea and Career Panel
Virginia Layton-Leal ‘80
Admissions Director, LanguageCorps
Virginia (Ginny) Layton-Leal graduated from Mount Holyoke in 1980 with a degree in Romance Languages—specifically, French and Spanish—and is currently Admissions Director for LanguageCorps, a company that provides training and job placement for teaching English abroad. Her previous experience spans a range of roles from French and Spanish translation to international pharmaceutical marketing to environmental project management. She has studied and traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
Marion Leaman '90
Speech Language Pathologist
Marion Leaman graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1990 with a double major in French and Economics. In 1993 she earned a Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Boston University. Her area of expertise is diagnosing and treating acquired neurologically-based communication and swallowing disorders in adults, with a particular interest in aphasia. She is an adjunct faculty member at Southern Connecticut State University where she shares her clinical expertise with graduate students in the Neurogenic Communication Disorders Clinic. In addition, she continues her practice in a consulting capacity with adult neurologic patients at Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk, CT.
Elisabeth Anne Holmes ‘93
Elisabeth (Eli) graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1993 with a major in French and a Five College Certificate in African Studies. After graduating from MHC, Eli received her M.A. from Middlebury College School in France and studied at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal. She conducted research analysis for a health care management company before attending Boston University School of Law, after which she served as a law clerk for the Justices of the Massachusetts Probate & Family Court and worked in private practice. Twice nominated as “Rising Star” in the field of family law in Massachusetts, she is in the process of switching her area of legal practice from family law to international environmental law and fully expects to use her French language skills in her new career. Eli travels extensively backpacking into remote locations and has used her French on the Albanian border, in the Tasmanian rainforest, and in the Peruvian Andes among other places.
Ayesha Naeem ‘04
Managed Care Analyst
Blue Cross Blue Shield, Boston
Ayesha graduated from Mount Holyoke in 2004 with a major in Economics, and a minor in Computer Science and French. She is currently working at the Boston office of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, a healthcare insurance company. Prior to this, she worked for four years at the Boston and Montreal offices of Analysis Group, Inc., an economic consulting firm. Ayesha writes, “I cannot emphasize enough how tremendously my French background has prepared me for a wide range of careers in business and provided me with excellent transferable skills that I have been able to apply in my professional and personal life.”