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Alumnae on Global Education

Peggy Wolff ’76

Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, New York, NY

“In today's global world, being able to communicate across different frames of reference and work effectively in other cultures is increasingly important for successful careers and citizenship. An international internship integrated with a liberal arts education offers students a unique opportunity to develop these abilities and a sense of themselves in a global context.”

Peggy Wolff is Of Counsel to the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where she specializes in domestic and international mergers, acquisitions and contested takeovers, and general corporate and securities law. Her clients have included Alcoa, Cooper Industries, and Daimler-Benz. Ms. Wolff created and implemented Skadden’s Partner Training Program, and was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2009. She serves on several boards in the non-profit sector.

Lynn Pasquerella ’80

President, Association of American Colleges and Universities

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“Mount Holyoke's commitment to global education reaches beyond a discrete set of experiences had by individuals to a collective focus on communities and the design of a curriculum that includes local knowledge systems that have been too often marginalized. The particular experiences of our students, alumnae, and faculty inform our shared understanding; thus, the education we provide is continually enhanced and refreshed by their perspectives.”

Lynn Pasquerella has been president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities since July 2016 and was president of Mount Holyoke College from July 2010 – June2016. She is a teacher, scholar, and prominent ethicist. She launched her academic career at the University of Rhode Island where she advanced to be professor of philosophy and vice provost for research and dean of the graduate school; she was then selected as provost and chief academic officer at the University of Hartford. Pasquerella has been recognized for her service to the boards of the Africa Center for Engineering Social Solutions and Paul Newman's Discovery Center, and is committed to women’s education, educational access, and liberal learning as an agent of transformation for individuals and communities.Pasquerella is a graduate of Quinebaug Valley Community College, Mount Holyoke College, and Brown University.

Erin Ennis ’92

Vice President, US-China Business Council, Washington, D.C.

“A vital part of living and working in the global community is to see the world through others' eyes. That does not mean you have to always agree with what you see through that perspective. But being aware that other cultures, societies, governments -- and even companies -- have valid views based on the realities of their own circumstances can form the basis for conversations across different points of views. Conversations may not change the world, but they can broaden the understanding of those who participate in them.”

Since May 2005 Erin Ennis has been Vice President of the US-China Business Council (USCBC), where she directs the USCBC’s government affairs and advocacy work for member companies and oversees the USCBC’s Business Advisory Services. Prior to joining the USCBC, Ennis worked at Kissinger McLarty Associates, an international consulting firm. Before entering the private sector, Ennis held several positions in the US government, all of which focused on international trade. A native of Louisiana, Ennis earned a Masters in International Affairs from Catholic University in Washington, DC.

Erica Lutes ’02

Executive Director of Fulbright Belgium, Brussels, Belgium

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“My internship experience as an undergraduate at the U.S. embassies in Caracas, Madrid, and Brussels led to my career as a diplomat. I wanted to give current MHC students the opportunity to gain professional experience and see what working overseas is truly like. In my profession, international experience is an absolute must. Students who study and intern abroad gain important skills that help prepare them for a competitive job market.”

Erica Lutes graduated as an IR major and romance language minor. After graduation she worked on the European Sales desk for Goldman Sachs in their Equity Department. She holds three master's degrees from the University of Leuven in political economy, conflict and peace studies, and international business. From 2006-2008 she served as the staff aide to the U.S. Ambassador to Belgium. She has been working for the U.S. State Department as the EducationUSA adviser and Fulbright Belgium-EU program officer since 2009.