Listed below are the details of each workshop and panel in Breakout Session 2.

Workshop: Navigating the internship process

Location: Public Garden 5th Floor

Christiana Cough 

Undergraduate Career Adviser, Harvard University

Christiana is an Assistant Director in Harvard’s Office of Career Services, and serves as a business careers adviser working primarily with undergraduates interested in finance, consulting, and technology. In addition to meeting with students individually, she also conducts a variety of workshops and creates programming related to exploration of these career fields. Prior to Harvard, Christiana was a career adviser at the University of Texas at Austin working with students in the College of Natural Sciences. The majority of her career was spent in Human Resources and recruiting in a variety of industries including government, law, and higher education. In her free time, Christiana enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and her energetic and lovable dog Millie.

Workshop: Pursuing Meaningful and Rewarding Work

Location: Gardner 3rd Floor

Michael g. katz

Founding Director and Lecturer, Interpersonal Development Program, Haas School of Business

Michael believes that all people deserve meaningful work. His approach to coaching and program design reflects this, having conducted thousands of sessions that uncover personal sources of meaning and authenticity, yield career advancement and recruitment strategies, address how to build commitments and shared vision, and practice managing triggers while advocating for oneself. Michael weaves these threads together in his role as Founding Director of the Interpersonal Development Program and Lecturer at Berkeley-Haas.

Previously, Michael spent 10 years as a coach and thought leader in career management, serving as the Director of the MBA Professional Development Program at MLT, America’s premier career development organization serving high potential black, Hispanic, and Native American professionals. Currently, Michael serves on the Board of Directors of Out for Undergrad, a national nonprofit that supports LGBTQ undergraduates.

He holds a BS from NYU Stern and MBS from Goizueta Business School.

Morgan bernstein

Executive Director, Full-time MBA Admissions, Haas School of Business                                 

Morgan is the executive director of full-time MBA admissions at Berkeley-Haas, and a 2009 alumna of the program. She is deeply passionate about helping prospective students navigate the business school landscape, and brings an authentic, compassionate, and transparent approach to her admissions processes. She is inspired daily by Haas students and carefully curates a community that demonstrates self-awareness, curiosity, resilience, and optimism - among other important leadership attributes. Before joining the Haas admissions team in 2011, Morgan primarily worked in marketing and general strategy roles in the technology, education management, and services industries. When not recruiting the next class of future business leaders, Morgan can be found chasing after her two young children with her fellow MBA 2009 husband, training for her next running event, or exploring California wine country with friends.




Insights into tourism and hospitality

Location: Constitution A 2nd Floor

Emily Bernard

Co-Founder at PlacePass

Emily Bernard leads brand and marketing for PlacePass. Previously, Emily was a Vice President at Foreign Policy magazine (FP) in Washington, DC where she led the international media sales team and established an in-house nation brand consulting practice. Prior to Foreign Policy, Emily served as Special Assistant to the President at America Abroad Media, a non-profit that produces radio and television programming on international affairs. She began her career in Harvard University’s communications office, where she was a regular contributor to the Harvard Gazette. She has been a freelance restaurant reviewer for The Boston Globe and has worked with the US Mission to UNESCO in Paris, PBS FRONTLINE, and the Let’s Go! Travel guides. An avid sailor and hiker, Emily enjoys spending time outdoors.  She grew up in Chicago and attended Harvard College, from which she graduated magna cum laude.  She also holds an MA in international relations from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Judy Brillhart

Director of Catering and Event Management at the Sheraton Commander Hotel

A graduate of Boston University, Judy has worked in the food and beverage and hotel industry for over 25 years including working with Wolfgang Puck at Lupo in Las Vegas. She has been at the Sheraton Commander Hotel in Cambridge, MA for the past 18 years where she has served in several roles including assistant front office manager and catering manager. Her current position is Director of Catering & Event Management where she manages the sales and operations of all event spaces in the hotel. Judy currently serves as the International Live Events Association (ILEA) immediate past president , is a past president of ILEA Boston and NACE New England chapters, and a past Northeast Regional Vice President for ILEA. Her designations include CSEP (certified special event professional) & PBC (professional bridal consultant).

Alyson Connors

Finance Manager at Lola Travel

Alyson Connors graduated from Bentley University in 2011 with a BS in Accounting, and in 2012 with a MBA. After graduation, Alyson joined the assurance practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she became a CPA. Alyson worked in the Assurance Asset Management group at PwC for almost 5 years before leaving to work at the travel start-up Lola in early 2017. Alyson currently manages the finance department at Lola, which is a mobile app designed for business travelers.

Rachelle Boudreau

Director of Sales and Marketing at the Langham Hotel

Rachelle Boudreau has been the Director of Sales & Marketing at The Langham, Boston for 12 years. One of the city’s top luxury hotels, it offers 317 guest rooms and suites, three restaurants, a spa and over 10,000 square feet of meeting space. Prior to The Langham, she spent nine and a half years at Millennium Bostonian as the Director of Sales & Marketing. Rachelle graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Business Management and a concentration in Marketing/Communications. She began her career doing asset management for a real estate syndication firm and was then was recruited by the marketing department. Her next role was selling and marketing a 43-unit residential condo complex. When it was completed, the job market had changed and she needed to switch industries, so made the change to hotel sales on the recommendation of a friend. Her hobbies include playing golf, cooking, and doing arts and crafts with her extended family.

Robin Ingle

Senior Vice President of Sales at Trip Advisor

Robin Ingle is responsible for TripAdvisor's global commercial relationships with partners for our auction, display and hotel solutions advertising sales. Her teams are also responsible for advertising operations, research and analytics in support of TripAdvisor's global business. She joined TripAdvisor in 2001 and through the developmental years of the company, held roles in business development and international development before taking on the full scope of the global advertising sales organization. Prior to joining TripAdvisor, Robin served as vice president of advertising at Access Media, vice president of sales for MediaPassage and director of display advertising at the Chicago Sun-Times.


Starting from scratch: Start-ups

Location: Commonwealth 3rd Floor

Kristy Dickerson

CEO of STARTplanner, Author

Kristy Dickerson, businesswoman, mom of three boys, author of Start Balancing, and active CEO and co-founder of STARTplanner, has devoted her life to providing hope for individuals who are looking to achieve balance, success, and happiness within their own lives! Dickerson has been sought-after for keynote speaking due to her relatable story, no excuses tone, valuable advice, and upbeat personality that she entrenches in all aspects of her brands. She believes and preaches that individuals have the ability to do anything they want, and she shows and inspires them how to be more productive!


Rose wang

CEO/co-founder Six Foods

Rose is the co-founder and CEO of Six Foods, a company that makes healthy, delicious, and sustainable foods with insects. She is a Forbes 30 under 30 social entrepreneur, Shark Tank entrepreneur, ELLE USA Impact Award winner, Echoing Green climate fellow, MassChallenge Gold Winner, Harvard Dean's Design Challenge winner, and TEDx speaker. Rose worked in strategy and marketing at Abercrombie and Microsoft. In college, Rose managed HSA Cleaners and The Harvard Shop through Harvard Student Agencies. She also has a passion for education and sits on the board of an education non-profit, Wema Inc., in Kenya. Rose is a graduate of Harvard College and plans to matriculate to Harvard Business School in 2018 as a part of the 2+2 program.

Jennifer Iannolo

Founder and CEO at The Concordia Project

Jennifer Iannolo is a global empowerment catalyst. A featured speaker on women’s entrepreneurship for the U.S. State Department, she speaks around the world from Harvard to the UN, and just returned from a tour of India to fire up young entrepreneurs for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. In 2015 Jennifer launched The Concordia Project™ to disrupt the conversation of empowerment with a global think tank of women 18-25, including a leadership development curriculum and salon dinners around the world. A lifelong entrepreneur and pioneer in digital content, Jennifer co-created Culinary Media Network®—the world’s first food podcast channel—in 2006. She is a graduate of the NYU Stern School of Business, and resides in New York City.

Anjalie Christie

Founder of Ripawear

Anjalie Christie is an Associate at Audax Private Equity in Boston where she works across multiple sectors including technology, healthcare, industrials, and business/consumer services. She has an entrepreneurial background and was integral to the founding, development, and go-to-market strategy and execution for Ripa® Wear (, a successful female-run footwear start-up. Prior to her current position at Audax, Anjalie worked at Morgan Stanley in New York City.

Anjalie is on the executive committee of Boston Women in Private Equity, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and empowering women in Private Equity and Venture Capital. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in economics (cit. data analysis) and was a member of Dartmouth Investment & Philanthropy, Women in Business, the Women’s Lacrosse Team, and the Management Leadership & Development Program.

Hannah Steinhardt

Former Head of Selection at Venture for America

Hannah is the Venture for America (VFA) team's former Head of Selection. At VFA, a fellowship program for recent college grads working at startups in cities with emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems, she scaled the admissions process and executed the selection of the Classes of 2016 & 2017. She sits on the Alumni Advisory Board for Camp Kesem at Columbia University, and is currently enrolled at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she is pursuing an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology.


Workshop: Building a Personal Brand

Location: Back Bay D 5th Floor

Chris Colbert

Director, Harvard Innovation Labs

Since the late 90s Chris has helped build and run several domestic and international companies focused on brand innovation and optimization. After leading a bold revamp of Scholastic’s core Book Club business and its return to positive growth, he left in early 2014 to explore the world of higher education and innovations that might help improve its price/value equation while helping students transition to the real world. That led him to the Harvard Innovation Labs, where he now serves as Director. He is known for his unique ability to help individuals and organizations realize their “arc of possibility”, to achieve their full potential and all that comes with it.

Chris received a BA in History from Connecticut College, an International MBA from Duke's Fuqua School of Business and sits on several boards.  

Behind the Screen: Media and Entertainment

Location: Constitution B 2nd Floor

Arianne Alcorta de Ortega

News Reporter at Telemundo Boston

Arianne Alcorta is an Emmy-nominated news reporter at Telemundo Boston—an NBC Universal Spanish-language news station. At 22-years old, she became the first, out of five journalists hired, to launch its first newscast. As part of the Telemundo team, Arianne works on breaking news, feature and investigative stories, serving the Hispanic community in Massachusetts. She is part of the first news triopoly in the region, where she often collaborates with English-language reports for NBC Boston and New England Cable News. Arianne is also known for producing a 20-minute documentary on student riots in Venezuela, which went viral on Youtube in 2014. Such video was featured on multiple television networks and newspapers such as Fusion, CNN International, and the Miami Herald.

Arianne graduated from the University of Miami, where she majored in Journalism and Theater. In 2012, she became one of two students selected to ask a question to former President Barack Obama— about Latina millennials in the workforce—during a live campaign forum broadcasted by Univision.  Arianne later completed her Master's degree in Journalism, with a focus on documentary filmmaking, at Columbia University

Dr. Crystal Rose

Executive Director of Academic Affairs at OZY Media

Dr. Crystal Rose is the driving force behind OZY’s rocket-launch into the EDU world. Seeking to instill new guidelines to elevate news journalism, Dr. Crystal Rose works to make OZY a shining beacon in an era where academic discourse and current events should be two sides of the same coin. Since completing her M.D./PhD at University of Heidelberg and Harvard, she has worked with top universities globally. Before joining OZY, Dr. Rose was part of an educational coalition that worked with Yale, Harvard and Stanford graduate students in medicine, law, business and engineering to identify sustainable solutions (health services, clean water, etc.) for distressed regions of Brazil, South Africa and beyond. Now, as OZY’s Executive Director of Academic Affairs, she continues to collaborate with schools and universities — all in an effort to bring the real world into the classroom.

Brynn Elliot

Artist at Redlight Management

Boston-based Indie Pop artist Brynn Elliott is a senior at Harvard University studying philosophy. The Atlanta native took a year off after graduating high school and began recording music in Portland. She recently began working with songwriter and producer Nathan Chapman. Following the success of “Might Not Like Me”, Elliott was featured as a vocalist on Dzeko's viral hit “California” garnering nearly a million YouTube views in a week. She followed up her debut single in the summer of 2017 when she self-released the track “Psycho Stupid Crazy”, which chronicles stalking someone on Instagram post-breakup. When Elliott is not writing music, she is often writing on feminism with features in Darling, Obsessee, and The Crimson. On October 23, Brynn will have her first headline show at Brighton Music Hall in Boston.

Adriana Cohen

Columnist at Boston Herald

In addition to being a regular feature on national tv doing political analysis and commentary, Adriana is a nationally syndicated columnist and talk show host who interviews a "who's who" of influencers from President Trump, to major politicians, best selling authors, professional athletes, celebrities , philanthropists, musicians, business executives and entrepreneurs and countless other leaders across industries. To learn more visit or follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16

Workshop: Getting a Foot [in] the Door: How to build your brand and leverage your network on LinkedIn

Location: Liberty C 2nd Floor

Rosalie Nathans

Project Manager at Tesla

·       Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Rosalie Nathans studied Economics and Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard, where she led the Women in Business organization on campus. Inspired by LinkedIn's vision to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce, Rosalie moved to San Francisco in 2016 to join LinkedIn's rotational Business Leadership Program and start her career in technology. Rosalie then transitioned to a role at Tesla, where she is building a Leadership Development Program for senior managers across the company, pursuing her passion for tech at the intersection of luxury retail and sustainable energy. On the weekends you’ll usually find her outside – hiking, backcountry camping, or taking spontaneous road trips along the beautiful Pacific coast.

Revolutionizing Retail

Location: Independence 2nd Floor

Alex Batdorf

Co-Founder, ZipFit Denim

Alex Batdorf is co-founder of ZipFit Denim, a venture backed eCommerce company empowering you to find designer jeans that fit your body perfectly. Unlike the old way of shopping in trying to fit into jeans, ZipFit has developed technology that helps you identify designer jeans that match your body type and style preferences then customize your jeans for free to fit you like a glove. Alex obtained her BA in Sociology from the University of Chicago. Prior to ZipFit, she worked in marketing for companies like Valspar, Starcom Mediavest Group, and provided freelance marketing consulting for local fashion brands in Chicago.

Amy Suchanek-Vacca

VP People at NewStore

Amy is an authentic and energetic leader with more than 17 years of global human resources experience and a passion for teamwork, making a difference, and unlocking potential!

Currently Amy is the Vice President, People at NewStore, and is responsible for NewStore's global people strategy. Most recently, Amy was the VP HR at Hearts On Fire. Previously, Amy spent almost 15 years with adidas Group, where she held various human resources roles and spent much of her time living and working abroad, primarily in Germany and Hong Kong.

Amy loves to explore other countries and cultures, can't get enough of finding ways to sweat (yoga, running, hiking, biking, etc.) and taking pictures to help celebrate the small moments in life.

Abby Wallach

Co-Founder and Co-CEO at Scentivent Technologies

Abby is an innovator, visionary, trend spotter and leader. She is a talented and seasoned entrepreneur and executive with over 25 years of experience in the tv, digital, mobile and media industries with a focus on the beauty, fashion and lifestyle categories. Her newest venture, Scentinvent Technologies is a re-think on the fragrance category which converges technology, innovation and luxury.

Abby Wallach Productions is her boutique digital and creative production studio with a focus on building brands and businesses on multiple platforms. In addition to her executive and entrepreneurial career, Abby serves as an advisor and mentor to various businesses including; Fashion Week Brooklyn, The BK Style Foundation, and N’turview. 

She recently was highlighted as one of 80 women to watch in 2017 by Remodista and became one of 10 finalists. She was one of five winners for innovation in retail disruption.

Becca Freeman

Marketing Lead at LOLA

Becca is Marketing Lead at LOLA, a feminine brand for women, by women offering products made with 100% organic cotton, delivered directly to your door in customizable and convenient shipments. Prior to joining LOLA, she was Senior Manager of Marketing at BaubleBar. Becca graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in International Studies.