Listed below are the details of each workshop and panel in Breakout Session 3.

Finance 201: Buy Side vs. Sell Side

Location: Commonwealth 3rd Floor

Nidhi Shrivastava Mitra

Principal at Alpine Investors

Nidhi is a Principal on the investing team at Alpine, a middle market private equity firm located in San Francisco. Nidhi leads the firm’s consumer services investments and has extensive transaction experience in software and business services. She serves on the board of several Alpine portfolio companies, including Light Wave Dental, Optima Healthcare Solutions and Ingenio. Prior to Alpine, Nidhi was an engagement manager with the Monitor Group (strategy consulting) where she served clients across a wide range of industries, including education, life sciences, technology and consumer. Nidhi graduated from MIT with BS degrees in Mathematics and Management Science (Operations Research).

Ashley Grand

Investment Banking Associate at UBS

Ashley is an Investment Banking Associate in the Global Industrials Group at UBS. She graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Government, and she recently completed her MBA at NYU Stern School of Business, where she specialized in Finance and Global Business. Prior to business school, she worked in management consulting, where she advised the heads of Fixed Income and Foreign Exchange Sales & Trading at several global investment banks. Ashley lives in New York City but she is originally from San Diego, CA. In her precious free time she enjoys food, cooking, and travel.

Rachel Murray

Associate at Moelis and Company

§  Rachel Murray is an Associate in the Restructuring Group at Moelis & Company. Prior to business school, Ms. Murray worked in business management at Moelis & Company and as a Senior Auditor at Deloitte. Ms. Murray holds an A.B. in Government from Harvard University, a Masters in Accounting from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Rebecca Sykes

Managing Director Equity Analyst at Wellington Management Company

§  As an equity analyst at Wellington Management, Rebecca provides fundamental analysis on medical device companies worldwide, as well as pharmaceutical companies in the emerging markets. She is a member of the firm’s Health Care team. Rebecca joined Wellington Management in 2007 from Goldman, Sachs & Co. where she was an analyst in the health care investment banking group. Rebecca earned both her MBA and BS from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton). She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Institute.

Connecting with top business schools, part 2

Location: Gardner 3rd Floor

Elizabeth Jones

Assistant Director of Admissions, Duke University's Fuqua School of Business        

As assistant director of admissions for Master of Management Studies (MMS) and Master of Quantitative Management (MQM), Elizabeth has the pleasure of working closely with Duke's pre-experience business master's programs. She enjoys guiding prospective students through the admissions process—from exploration to matriculation—and collaborating with the admissions team to attract the best and brightest candidates.






Emily Cochran

Director of Admissions, MAcc Programs, Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management

Emily Cochran is seasoned in recruiting priorities for professional services firms, having managed the Audit and Tax practices at KPMG in Atlanta. During her six years there, she developed and executed campus recruiting strategies at KPMG's Premier universities and provided counsel to recruiting partners and other team members. She joined Vanderbilt in August 2013, and she provides valuable, industry-relevant insights to the admissions process for the Vanderbilt MAcc programs. Emily enjoys meeting prospective MAcc students on the various campuses she visits. When she's not spending time on the road or recruiting 'right fit' students for Vanderbilt MAcc, Emily likes to travel, try new restaurants and enjoy virtually any activity outdoors.

Kaitlyn Botelho

Senior Advisor at Yale School of Management

Kate joined the Admissions team in the summer of 2017, after spending most of her career working in undergraduate admissions in Boston. Kate graduated from the University of Rhode Island, where she first realized her passion for working in higher education. Her other passion, food, may not have cultivated her career, but it is certainly something she can talk extensively about. Her hidden talent, at least among friends and family, is her ability to pick out the perfect food and beverage combinations for those at her table.

Seon Jeon

Assistant Director of Admissions at Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business

Seon Jeon currently works at The Johns University Carey Business School as the Assistant Director of Admissions. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of South Florida in Social Science Education. Prior to joining The Carey Business School, Seon worked as a high school teacher and school administrator in Baltimore City. She is also a Teach For America alum. Seon enjoys hiking and trying out new restaurants.

Jen Barba

Senior Associate Director of Admissions at MIT Sloan School of Management

Kathleen Harrington Clark

Executive Director of Marketing at Jones School of Business at Rice University

Innovating the food and restaurant industry

Location: Public Garden 5th Floor

Irene Li

Co-Founder, Mei Mei Group        

Irene Li co-owns and operates the Boston-based food truck, restaurant and shipping container enterprise collectively known as the Mei Mei Group. Founded with her two older siblings, their award-winning food businesses merge modern techniques and genre-bending creativity with sustainable practices and tech-savvy communications. Their work has been featured by Food & Wine, Eater Boston & National, The New York Times, Restaurant Hospitality, People, Bon Appetit, The Boston Globe, and more. Irene believes food can and should be delicious, fun, and just. Her background of living on an organic farm, working the restaurant line, and organizing for social justice inform her leadership of the food and sourcing elements of the company.  She recently graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Food Systems and Cultural Studies, received her third consecutive James Beard Rising Star nomination and an Eater National Young Gun award.

Tiffani Faison

Chef and Owner of Sweet Cheeks and Tiger Mama

Tiffani Faison is the Chef and Owner of the award-winning barbecue destination Sweet Cheeks Q and Tiger Mama, a tribute to the exotic flavors of Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Both restaurants are located in Boston's Fenway neighborhood and have played an integral role in putting it on the map as a dining hot spot in the city and far beyond. Nationally renowned, Tiffani has appeared as a judge on Food Network’s Chopped Grill Masters, placed as runner-up on Bravo’s Top Chef, was named Boston Magazine’s “Best Chef” in 2016, and Boston Business Journal’s top 50 “game changers” for individuals making a difference in their communities. Tiffani is a tireless advocate for LGTBQ rights, and currently resides in Jamaica Plain with her wife Kelly.




Tzurit Or

Founder, CEO & Patsry Chef                                                         

Founder Tzurit Or started Tatte Bakery & Café in 2007, baking 20 hours a day in her home kitchen and selling her delicious creations to Boston farmers’ markets. After only one summer, Tatte expanded to its first brick-and-mortar bakery in Brookline, Massachusetts. When she opened her very first location she wanted it to feel welcoming, as if someone was hugging you, a home away from home. She has since opened additional Tatte cafes but the aim has always remained the same; each Tatte has its own individual sense of identity, feel and style but they all stay true to the original spirit – to what Tatte is all about.

Our mission is to inspire and touch every person, neighborhood and city with our experience and through our food, our passion, and our culture. Tzurit would like to bring Tatte to as many markets possible, to share that unique experience, the food, the pastries and the atmosphere that Tatte brings to every location they open.

Laurent Adamowicz

Founder & President, EChO - Eradicate Childhood Obesity Foundation

Laurent Adamowicz is the President of EChO – Eradicate Childhood Obesity Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity aiming to revolutionize food labels by showing you in real-time how much added sugar your food contains, bypassing food label policy by using Augmented Reality (AR) technology. EChO recently launched SugAR Poke smartphone app using AR.

Laurent’s TED Talks are: ""What has your food been eating?"" and “Secondary Sugar Kills” (

Laurent is the former President & CEO of Fauchon, the gourmet food company that under his leadership operated 650 stores in 34 countries. A member of the Nutrition Round Table at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Laurent holds a BA in International Affairs from ESCP-Europe in Paris, an MBA from the Wharton School, a Master of Arts in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University in New York, and is a Senior Fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University.

Joann Jen

Head of Customer Experience at RBI

·       A proud Northwest transfer and recovering management consultant, Joann now lives in the heart of NYC and serves as Head of Customer Experience for Restaurant Brands International's Digital group. A constant dreamer, Joann loves starting sentences with "Imagine a World If"... and lucky for her, in her current role, she has the opportunity to think about how technology and the power of data can connect the online and offline world, and more specifically how digital can elevate restaurant experiences. In her spare time, she watches reality TV and cooking shows.


Workshop: Resumes and Cover Letters

Location: Back Bay 5 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.  

Intersection of Law and Business: Opportunities in Corporate Law

Location: Independence 2nd Floor

Amy W. Schulman

Senior Lecturer at HBS and CEO Lyndra Inc.

Amy Schulman is a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School where she teaches Legal and Corporate Accountability. Ms. Schulman joined Polaris Partner’s in 2014, simultaneously assuming the role of CEO of Arsia Therapeutics, a company acquired by Eagle Pharmaceuticals in 2016. In 2015, Ms. Schulman co-founded Lyndra, where she is CEO. She is also the Executive Chair of SQZ Biotech and Suono Bio, and was recently appointed CEO of Olivo Laboratories. Prior to these roles, Ms. Schulman was responsible for leading Pfizer Inc.’s Consumer Healthcare Business and served concurrently as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. She is the recipient of numerous awards including: Scientific American’s 2015 Worldview 100 List, Fierce Biotech’s 2014 Top 15 Women in Biotech, and Fortune Magazine’s 2013 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. She serves on the Boards of Directors of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Blue Buffalo, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, and Whitehead Institute.

Maya Florence

Counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flom LLP

·       Maya Florence represents pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and other health care and life sciences industry clients in connection with enforcement and regulatory matters, civil and criminal investigations, and litigation. She counsels clients on matters involving FDA regulatory compliance, fraud and abuse enforcement, federal and state anti-kickback laws, False Claims Act defense, and Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.

Ms. Florence’s practice includes advising clients on voluntary disclosure of statutory and regu­latory violations to appropriate government agencies. She has significant experience developing, implementing and assessing corporate compliance programs for pharmaceutical and medical device companies, as well as health care providers. In addition, Ms. Florence frequently conducts due diligence and related counseling in connection with health care industry transactions.

Ms. Florence was selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2016 and 2017.

Laurie Burlingame

Partner, Life Sciences at Goodwin Procter LLP

·       Laurie Burlingame is a partner in nationally recognized Life Sciences Practice Group at Goodwin Procter LLP. She represents private and public companies across the spectrum of the life sciences industry, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and diagnostics. Ms. Burlingame also represents leading venture capital firms focused on the life sciences industry in connection with their portfolio company investments. Ms. Burlingame often serves as outside general counsel to her clients, closely advising management teams and boards of directors on a wide variety of matters throughout the company’s life cycle, including formation and founder issues, venture capital financings, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, licensing transactions, strategic collaborations, commercial transactions, corporate governance and other general corporate matters.

Rebecca Wilsker

Senior Associate at Choate

Rebecca Wilsker represents private equity funds, growth equity funds, and their portfolio companies throughout their life cycles, including acquisitions, equity investments, sales, and other significant transactions. A member of Choate’s business department, Ms. Wilsker also advises companies on corporate governance matters, equity compensation, financings, and commercial transactions. Prior to joining Choate, Ms. Wilsker worked for Fidelity Investments.

Ms. Wilsker has repeatedly been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer Rising Star.

Leveraging Business for Social Change

Location: Constitution B 2nd Floor

Matt Segneri

Director, HBS Social Enterprise Initiative

Matt Segneri is the Director of the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI). SEI's mission is to educate, support, and inspire leaders across all sectors to tackle society's toughest challenges and make a difference in the world.

Prior to returning to HBS, Matt was a senior leader on the Government Innovation team at Bloomberg Philanthropies and a senior advisor to Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino (whose office he joined as an HBS Leadership Fellow). He also worked in the Special Advisor Program at the FBI and led projects at Monitor Group for clients across the private, public, and social sectors.

Matt was recognized by the Boston Business Journal as one of Boston’s “Top 40 under 40” and by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce as one of Boston’s “Ten Outstanding Young Leaders.”

Matt holds an A.B. with honors in Psychology from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He lives in Newton with his wife and three children.

Bridget Todd

Community Editor at

·       Co-Host Bridget Todd is a writer, activist, and digital organizer who you might find writing for The Atlantic, setting fearless fashion trends with her Black Lives Matter hat at Donald Trump’s inauguration, or fawning over Solange’s live performance after speaking on the intersection of pop culture and politics at SXSW.

Bridget is your friendly feminist ‘gal about town’ who spent nearly all her life in the DC region serving as an activist and digital strategist on behalf of institutions like MSNBC,, and the New Organizing Institute. She’s been featured on the Daily Show and questioned former Pres. Obama about LGBTQ policies on MTV.

A sought-after speaker at colleges and universities across the country, Bridget recently returned from sharing her story with young women at East Carolina University, Harvard, and Georgetown University, and previously taught writing and social change at Howard University.

Most recently, Bridget served on the social media team for the Women’s March on Washington, trained human rights activists in Australia on the principles of social change movements, and helped Planned Parenthood For America bring the latest technology to the fight for reproductive freedom. Bridget earned her BA in English from East Carolina University.

Jem Hudson

Vice President and Director of Engagement at Breckinridge Capital Advisors

Jem Hudson is Director of Engagement at Breckinridge Capital Advisors, a Boston-based investment management firm with over $30 billion in fixed income assets under management. In her role, Jem is primarily responsible for helping strengthen Breckinridge’s ESG and sustainability-related dialogue with a range of key stakeholders including issuers, clients, industry peers, and thought leaders. She joined the firm in January 2016 and has over 11 years of financial services and sustainability experience. Prior to Breckinridge, Jem was the CEO of Caldy Group, a boutique strategy consulting firm she founded to advise financial institutions seeking to expand their presence in sustainable investing. Before Caldy Group, Jem was a researcher with Professor Michael E. Porter at Harvard Business School, where she made contributions in the areas of competitive strategy, competitiveness of nations and creating shared value. Jem started her career as an analyst in Deutsche Bank's investment banking division. She serves as a steering committee member for High Meadows Institute’s Path to Value initiative and for the Wharton School’s Social Impact Alumni Group. She is also a senior alumni advisor to the Harvard College Impact Investing Group. Jem holds an AB from Harvard College and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Ming Min Hui

Chief of Staff at Boston Ballet

·       Ming is the Chief of Staff at Boston Ballet, a role she took after graduating from Harvard Business School in 2015 as part of the Leadership Fellows Program. Since joining the Ballet, she has primarily driven large, strategic capacity building initiatives such as the redesign and upgrade of Boston Ballet's website, and the expansion and relocation of Boston Ballet School's headquarter studio facility in Newton, MA. Prior to getting her MBA, Ming was a Corporate Strategy Analyst and Investment Banking Analyst at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. She also spent several summers working in venture capital and technology startups. Ming received her BA in English from Yale University and continues to be active on the Governing Council of YaleWomen.

Robyn Landry

SVP of Strategy Integration at American Heart Association

Robyn joined the American Heart Association’s Maryland Affiliate in 1989 and in 1995 became Director of Communications for the Washington, DC, media market and AHA’s national media advocacy program.  She moved to the national center in Dallas 1998 and served as EVP of Communications and Health Outreach. In her current role as SVP of Strategy Integration, she is responsible for driving integration across AHA’s strategies and ensuring the organization is positioned to successfully execute these strategies across the field and national teams.  Before joining the AHA, Robyn worked at a Baltimore public relations and advertising agency, with accounts ranging from tourism to banking to real estate.  She also worked in communications and marketing for the Maryland Science Center and spent several years managing public relations and fund raising for the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland.  Her interests include traveling with her husband, snorkeling and playing volleyball and pickleball.

Emily Stewart

Executive Director at Casa Esperanza

Emily Stewart joined Casa Esperanza, Inc. as the Director of Development in 2004, and later served as Deputy Director for six years, prior to becoming Executive Director in 2011. For more than 15 years, Emily has worked with populations facing barriers to care, including marginalized racial and linguistic communities, at risk women and girls, disadvantages youth, homeless individuals and families, and individuals living with mental health and substance abuse disorders. During her tenure at Casa Esperanza, she has more than tripled the annual operating budget and secured and implemented ten competitive grants from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration, bringing more than $14 M to the agency. She led the integration of Evidence Based Practices across all of Casa's programs, increasing residential treatment completion rates by more than 30% and has overseen the construction and development of the Familias Unidas and Nueva Esperanza projects, adding 23 new units of safe, affordable housing for individuals and families in recovery. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from the University of Massachusetts and began her career in broadcasting as a producer for radio and television. She then transitioned into the non-profit sector, and spent several years consulting to start- up businesses, academic institutions, community health centers, government agencies on strategic communications, management, program development, fundraising, special events, and property development. Emily is a person in long term recovery and is a member of the Board Directors for the Association for Behavior Healthcare. She is married to Margaret Murray- Stewart and they are proud parents of their sons, Fionn.

Workshop: perfecting public speaking

Location: Liberty C 2nd Floor

Amanda Hennesey

Founder, Facilitator and Coach at Boston Public Speaking

It’s absolutely no fun to be freaking about speaking! Amanda Hennessey loves to empower people by transforming the way they approach and experience public speaking. She helps her clients get out of their own way, enjoy the ride and make a powerful impact. She has coached passionate people who are entrepreneurs, executives, scientists, writers, students, activists, doctors, lawyers, brides/grooms, artists, an Everest mountain climber and even a top dog trainer Boston Children's Hospital, MIT, Simmons School of Social Work and Women in Bio are among the organizations where she has led workshops on confidence, presence, writing and presenting. She is a co-founder of and teaches acting at Boston Acting Classes. She has taught at the Film/TV Department of Boston University’s and the New York Film Academy. Amanda received her MFA at the Actors Studio Drama School. She has played good guys and bad guys in films, plays and commercials.

Dinneen Grably

Executive Communication Coach at The Speech Improvement Company

·       Dinneen Grably has over 25 years of experience in the field of communication. She began her career as Press Assistant and later Assistant Director of Communications for the Massachusetts Secretary of State where she was honored by being awarded Press Person of the Year by the State House Press Association.

She has trained and coached international business professionals and executives in Fortune 500 companies including Hewlett Packard, Biogen, Raytheon, and The Ritz Carlton. Dinneen has also coached and prepared TED Talk speakers.

Dinneen spent 5 years living in France, where she received her MBA and taught at two prestigious universities. In addition, she provided multi-cultural communication training at a number of well-known international companies to managers, senior-level executives, and public speakers.

Dinneen is also an animal advocate, and on the Board of Directors of Gifford Cat Shelter, the oldest cage-less, no-kill animal shelter in the United States.