Alums Leading the Way
Mount Holyoke alums have been opening doors, breaking barriers and launching into the world as leaders since the founding of the College. Our graduates are leading the way — in the boardroom and in the classroom, in the lab and in public service, in the field and on the runway. Every day alums are lifting up others, calling out injustices and advocating for change.
In celebration of the achievements of our alums and to highlight the many ways Mount Holyoke prepares its graduates to lead in the world, we present a conversation series between interim President Beverly Daniel Tatum and a diverse group of graduates. These alums exemplify an intellectually adventurous Mount Holyoke education in action. Their interviews will be posted to this page as soon as they are available.
Addison Beaux ’99
Addison Beaux serves as an executive leadership, strategic communication and management consulting asset. Before becoming a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, he served as a staffer to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, speechwriter to the President and Board of Trustees at Stanford University, congressional liaison and speechwriter at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and lead researcher at the Center for Economic Integrity. Addison is trained as a child and family therapist and is also a celebrated storyteller and public speaker.
Charisse Pickron ’08 and Kira Banks ’00
Charisse Pickron ’08 is an assistant professor at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota Twin Cities. As the director of the Child Brain and Perception Lab, Charisse and her team examine the ways in which social experiences shape how infants and children perceive and represent people in their environment to better understand the way early experiences influence face perception and how young children begin to respond to and understand social constructs such as gender and race.
Kira Banks ’00 is co-founder of the Institute for Healing Justice and Equity at Saint Louis University, where she is a professor in the Department of Psychology. She also served as a racial equity consultant for the Ferguson Commission and continued as the Racial Equity Catalyst for Forward Through Ferguson. Her research, teaching and facilitation around equity, diversity and inclusion have helped frame racial equity in the St. Louis region and beyond.
Tahmima Anam ’97
Tahmima Anam’s first novel, "A Golden Age," won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and went on to be translated into 27 languages. It was followed by "The Good Muslim," "The Bones of Grace," and most recently, "The Startup Wife." She is the recipient of an O. Henry Award and has been named one of Granta’s best young British novelists. She was a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and was recently elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, she now lives in London.
Monica Landry ’90 and Farah Khan ’98
Monica Landry ’90 joined Farallon Capital Management in January 1994, where she began her career in the accounting department and office management. After two years, she transitioned to start the operations group and began trading. In 2001, she was promoted to Partner and led the Trading and Operations Department until she retired in December 2019. Prior to joining Farallon, she worked in a variety of finance and office management roles at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Farah Khan ’98 is a Partner at L Catterton, where she focuses on consumer growth investing in Latin America. Prior to joining L Catterton, she was a Vice President at Sandler Capital Management, where she specialized in growth equity, leveraged buyouts and financings of middle market companies. Prior to that, Farah worked at Apax Partners and in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs. She has held a number of volunteer positions at Mount Holyoke, and currently serves as a member of the Mount Holyoke College Board of Trustees. She also sits on the Global Advisory Board for Womensphere.
Caitlin Lambert ’09
Caitlin Lambert ’09 is the executive director and co-founder of the Children’s Legal Defense Center, a nonprofit legal assistance organization in Hargeisa, Somaliland, that defends wrongfully imprisoned children. Lambert previously served as a legal officer and advisor for the Horizon Institute, developing and managing a criminal justice paralegal program that provided legal assistance to more than 3,000 detainees in Somaliland. Lambert earned a juris doctorate from Villanova University and a master’s degree in international human rights law from the University of Oxford.
Lambert is a recipient of the 2023 Mary Lyon Award from the Alumnae Association, along with Umama Zillur ’18, Mayesha Alam ’10 and Veronika Kivenson FP’13.
Lessons in leadership
Mount Holyoke alums are leading in varied and nuanced ways and using their spheres of influence for good — through professional achievements, volunteer experiences, advocacy work, special passions/projects, and more. We want our community to hear these important stories.
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Alums in the News
Leadership and Service Awards honor students
Mount Holyoke College students were honored at the annual Leadership and Service Awards ceremony for their contributions to the community.
Launching Leadership: Caitlin Lambert ’09
Mount Holyoke alum Caitlin Lambert ’09 is working to free children from prison while also advocating for juvenile justice reform in Somaliland.
Launching Leadership: Monica Landry ’90 and Farah Khan ’98
Two Mount Holyoke alums and members of its Board of Trustees met with Interim President Beverly Daniel Tatum to discuss finance careers, changing plans and leaps of faith at the latest Launching Leadership conversation on April 11.
How will you make your mark?
Mount Holyoke alums have always blazed trails and challenged the status quo. Scientists. CEOs. Politicians. Entrepreneurs. Pulitzer-Prize winners. Oscar winners. And everything in between.