Focus on Career

Alumnae mingle

Speakers

Hilary J. Bland ’92, Associate Partner, Talent & Engagement Global Center of Competence, IBM Global Business Services

Hilary Bland ’92 has been with IBM since 2004. Currently an associate partner with IBM’s Talent & Engagement Global Center of Competence, she advises clients on operational and HR transformation challenges and provides expertise and delivery leadership to IBM engagement teams worldwide. Recent client work includes the redesign of a major global investment bank’s performance management process, leveraging IBM Design Thinking to create an improved experience for employees, managers, and human resources, and overseeing user adoption and change management programs for IBM’s internal HR cloud implementations.

Bland’s previous roles include assistant director for Ernst & Young’s Center for People Process Improvement, where she supported the merger of Ernst & Young with Cap Gemini and Gemini Consulting, and various HR roles with Simon & Schuster.

In addition to a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Mount Holyoke College, Bland holds an MA in organizational psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Wendy Pinizzotto Fisher ’00, Human Resources Director, Fidelity Investments

As a human resources director in Fidelity’s talent and leadership department, Fisher manages company-wide efforts supporting manager development and effectiveness. She oversees the team responsible for Managing@Fidelity, a four-month foundational program for front- and mid-level people managers.

Since joining Fidelity in 2005, Fisher has held various roles in human resources, including as a human resource business partner, supporting the Personal Investing Investor Centers and leading the implementation of enterprise-wide human resource initiatives. She is active in the Merrimack, New Hampshire region, participating in the Pride and Women’s Leadership employee resource groups and volunteering as a corporate art ambassador.

Prior to joining Fidelity, Fisher was an attorney recruiter and benefits administrator for a Washington, DC, law firm. Fisher received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Mount Holyoke College and an MBA from Babson College in 2005. Fisher grew up in Richardson, Texas, and currently lives in Massachusetts with her wife, son, and dog.

Emily Lamia ’06, Founder and CEO, Pivot Journeys

Emily Lamia ’06 has helped people grow and develop in their careers for more than a decade. In 2015 she founded Pivot Journeys to create experiences that help individuals navigate their next career move and find meaningful work. She spent the first few years of her career working in politics, serving in various roles on electoral and advocacy campaigns, and for the Democratic National Committee. Recognizing her passion for helping others grow and succeed in their careers, she shifted her focus to supporting individuals as the catalyst to lasting impact in the world.

Lamia served as the executive director of Democratic GAIN, where she oversaw the growth of career development programming and coaching for individuals trying to make a difference through advocacy, nonprofits, government, and campaigns. Prior to starting Pivot Journeys, Lamia worked at Girl Scouts of the USA, managing the Office of the National Board, where she supported the board’s oversight and promotion of strategic initiatives.

Lamia received her master’s in public administration from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, and a bachelor’s degree in politics from Mount Holyoke College. She is certified and trained in key diagnostic tools including The PRINT Survey and the Gallup Clifton StrengthsFinder.

Karen Miller, Senior Associate Director of External Relations, Career Development Center, Mount Holyoke College

Karen Miller brings more than twenty years of experience as an educator and leader to her role at Mount Holyoke College, where she creates opportunities for meaningful engagement between students and alumnae around careers. Miller is passionate about leadership development, career coaching, and helping others discover and maximize their individual talent for career and life success.

Miller has held positions at Wheaton College’s Filene Center for Work and Learning, Amherst College, and admission and housing roles at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. At Amherst College, Miller served as the associate director of the Center for Community Engagement and director of leadership programs. Her background also includes public health and youth development work. Miller has studied with the School for International Training in Kenya and holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Stonehill College, a Master of Education in higher education administration, and an education specialist degree in higher education policy and leadership from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Dyanne Rousseau FP’10, Program Manager, Career Development Center, Mount Holyoke College

Dyanne Rousseau’s FP’10 career began in banking and investment-holding positions with local and nationally-known companies. After a career transition, her higher education career has focused on experiential learning, employer and alumnae relations, and career development. A career coach, trainer, and expert, Rousseau advises students and alumnae on the art of the job search and mastering the job interview, leads workshops, and plans events to aid in advancing the mission of the Career Development Center. Rousseau is also responsible for data systems and analytics, recently completing work on a National Association of Colleges and Employers research project exploring experiential learning opportunities and first destination career outcomes.

Rousseau earned a bachelor’s degree in politics and philosophy as a Frances Perkins Scholar at Mount Holyoke College. A proud mother of three, Rousseau enjoys being an active member of her community as a volunteer with the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, the Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity, and as a board member for the Mount Holyoke Club of the Pioneer Valley. 

Kelly Woods, Associate Director, Career Advising, Career Development Center, Mount Holyoke College

Kelly Woods brings more than 15 years of experience in student development and advising to her current role as the associate director of career advising in the Career Development Center. As a certified global career development facilitator and a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)–certified practitioner, Woods is adept at working with diverse learners and a variety of industries.

When Woods isn’t helping Mount Holyoke students make their dream careers a reality, she can be found inspiring the next generation of girls through her involvement with Girl Scouts.