The HUWIB Advisory Board is comprised of highly established business professionals whom are dedicated to promoting women in business. They are leaders in their respective industries and serve as crucial advisors to the HUWIB alumni and undergraduate community.
She started her banking career at Chase Manhattan in 1977,before a 20 year spell at Citibank. From 1999 until 2001 she served as CitiGroup's Head of corporate banking for 18 Western European countries.Her last post was as President of Global Transaction Services (GTS) at Citigroup with 22,000 employees worldwide, and as a member of the board. In June 2007 Alemany took over as chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland's U.S. operations and subsidiaries, a business employing 27,000 people, generating $8.9 billion in revenues and holding a total of $150 billion in deposits, making it the sixth-largest US banking operation. Alemany was named to the Federal Advisory Council, which advises the Federal Reserve. In October 2005, U.S. Banker named Alemany number five on their annual "The 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking" list. In 2008, Forbes named her as the 26th most powerful woman in the United States.
Gina Helfrich, Ph.D. is Director of the Harvard College Women's Center, where she leads the HCWC's work to support and promote gender equity and women's leadership at Harvard. She supervises the interns who staff the center and generally works to improve the experience of women and the LGBTQ community at Harvard. Gina serves on the Tutorial Board and teaches courses for the Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard, and her research interests include feminist theory, ethics, political philosophy, human rights, and the development of solidarities across identity categories.
Jennifer Kushell is the author of "Secrets of the Young & Successful," a New York Times Bestseller. Called the “Career Doctor” by Cosmopolitan and a “guru” of her generation by US News & World Report, Jennifer has worked with tens of thousands of young people in over 100 countries for more than 15 years. She is co-founder and president of YSN.com (Your Success Network) which connects driven young people with experience, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities around the globe.
Partners in Health (PIH), a not-for-profit organization that operates health care and poverty alleviation programs in nine countries in settings as diverse as rural Haiti and Rwanda. She is responsible for all financial activities, individual giving, foundations and corporations, and grants. Prior to PIH, Donella served as Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development at Harvard University, Chief Financial Officer for the Harvard Business School, and Senior Manager for Price Waterhouse. MBA from Harvard Business School.
Elizabeth Vale serves as the Director of External Affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), where she has primary responsibility for the Bureau’s engagement with Capitol Hill; the media; consumer and industry groups; local, state, and international governments; and community banks and credit unions. Prior to being named Acting Associate Director, Ms. Vale was a Senior Policy Advisor to Elizabeth Warren on the CFPB’s Implementation Team. In this capacity, she served as the liaison to community banks, credit unions, and small businesses.
Previously, Ms. Vale served as the White House Business Liaison and Executive Director of the White House Business Council. She coordinated a consistent White House message to and from the business community. Prior to her career in public service, Vale was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley. She has 22 years of investment experience. Before joining Morgan Stanley, she was a Vice President and portfolio manager at Philadelphia National Bank, now a part of Wells Fargo. Earlier in her career, Ms. Vale was a Legislative Assistant in economic policy for Senator John Heinz, supporting his work on the Senate Banking and Finance Committees.
Vale received an A.B. cum laude in government from Harvard University and studied at the London School of Economics. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Associate, Altamont Capital Partners
Seema Amble graduated from Harvard College in 2009. She concentrated in Economics and Government and lived in Quincy House. In college, Seema served as the 2008 Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business President, 2007 Fundraising Chair, and on the 2006 Outreach Committee. Seema also served various positions on the Undergraduate Council, Strong Women, Strong Girls, and Harvard College in Asia Project, in addition to being an Economics Unit Test grader and working as an Economics research assistant. Seema was also elected to Senior Class Committee.
Seema currently is an investment professional at Altamont Capital Partners and previously was at The Blackstone Group in their Corporate Advisory Group in New York, focusing on financial services clients. She is also involved as a mentor with GirlsQuest, serves on the Social Investment Council for Echoing Green, and is involved with several other Harvard Alumni groups.
The Carlyle Group
Sun-Young Chung graduated from Harvard College in 2009. She concentrated in Economics and lived in Adams House. In college, Sun-Young was a member of the HUWIB Corporate Development Committee and later served as Co-Director of the Corporate Mentorship Program. Sun-Young also served various positions on The Harvard Crimson as well as Global Platinum Securities, a student-run investment fund across eight different universities.
Sun-Young currently works at The Carlyle Group in their Energy Mezzanine Fund in New York, focusing on Oil & Gas and Power investments. Previously, she was with Citigroup in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group in New York. Sun-Young currently is a mentor for Global Platinum Securities and on the Advisory Board of Sacred Heart School-Highbridge in the Bronx. She is also a member of the 2009 Harvard Associates Committee.
Account Manager, EMI Strategic Marketing
Christy O’Neil graduated from Harvard in 2009. She concentrated in Economics and lived in Lowell House. As an undergraduate, she served as the Design and Branding Director on HUWIB’s External Communications Committee. Christy was also a member of the Harvard Crimson Dance team for four years, performing, choreographing, and managing the team’s marketing and branding. She was also a member of the Lowell House Committee and Kappa Kappa Gamma. After graduating, Christy spent a year at First Manhattan Consulting Group in NYC managing the creative development and production of direct mail campaigns for mid-sized retail banks.
Christy is currently an Account Manager at EMI Strategic Marketing in Boston, working on direct mail and online marketing campaigns for clients in the financial services industry. She also serves as Development Chair on the Harvard Crimson Dance Team Alumni Board and is one of the 2009 Class Reps for HUWIB. In her spare time, Christy performs with DanceWorks Boston, the city's largest performance-based dance organization for trained dancers who want to continue choreographing and performing after college.
Head of Business Development, 85 Broads
Meghan Doherty is currently Head of Business Development for 85 Broads, a global network for professional women. In this role she works as part of a small team handling the day to day operations of the organization, securing new members and corporate partners, launching new global chapters and working with the chapter and club officers to promote the 85 Broads brand.
Prior to 85 Broads, Meghan was a consultant at the Hay Group in their Leadership & Talent Practice. Meghan graduated from Harvard College in 2008 with a degree in Psychology. During her time there Meghan was an active member of Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business, Habitat for Humanity, Kappa Alpha Theta and the Harvard College Fund. Starting this Fall (2012), Meghan will be attending Wharton Business School for her MBA.
Senior Consultant, Liberty Mutual
Kelsey Calhoun graduated from Harvard College in 2004 with a concentration in Economics. She graduated from Harvard Business School in 2010 as a Baker Scholar and Forte Foundation Fellow. Currently, Kelsey is working at Liberty Mutual Group, a Fortune 100 insurance company, as a senior consultant in the Corporate Development Program. She has lead projects that have focused in the areas of corporate finance, auto physical damage lean process improvements and facultative catastrophe reinsurance strategy. During her time at Harvard College, Kelsey served as the Treasurer and Public Relations Chair at HUWIB, and sat on the advisory committee of the Ann Radcliffe Trust. She also worked at Harvard Student Agencies as Director of the Center for Enterprise.
After college, Kelsey spent a year working in Public Relations at the National Football League in New York before becoming a Manager in the NFL's Corporate Development group. During her three years in Corporate Development, Kelsey worked on various strategic initiatives for the League including ticket pricing, revenue sharing, and international expansion.
Kelsey currently lives in Beacon Hill in Boston, Massachusetts with her husband, Ian Calhoun. She helped Ian develop his business plan for his restaurant, 80 Thoreau, and enjoys everything related to food and wine!
Event Coordinator, The Castle Group
Nicole Gonzalez graduated from Harvard University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and a minor in French. In college, Nicole lived in Adams House, served as Programming Associate Director for Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business’ 2008 Intercollegiate Business Convention, as Director and Choreographer for Candela Salsa Dance Company and as Public Relations Director of her sorority, Delta Gamma, among others.
Nicole has a background in planning corporate and career development events, panels and conferences as well as in non-profit fundraising. She is also well-versed in web development, inbound marketing and social media. Over the past several years, Nicole has worked at the U.S. House of Representatives, Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division and a Boston law firm. She enjoys being involved in the community and, after graduation, joined a professional salsa company that performs at diverse events across the U.S. Nicole is currently an Events Coordinator at The Castle Group, where she plans corporate and nonprofit events, incentive programs and also works on company inbound marketing initiatives. Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Nicole enjoys teaching salsa, traveling, trying new restaurants, and spending quality time with her husband and two dogs