Planners

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Conference Organizers

Natalya Marusich ’04Natalya Marusich ’04 graduated cum laude, Sigma Iota Rho, with a major in economics and international relations. She worked for three years in New York City in investment and corporate banking and was transferred to Moscow with Royal Bank of Scotland in 2007 to join O&G coverage team as a senior relationship manager. Marusich then moved to Singapore in January 2013 to complete her MBA program with INSEAD and held positions with PayPal and the Development Bank of Singapore in portfolio management and credit risk. She is the Mount Holyoke Club of Singapore’s president and contact as well as Mount Holyoke’s alumnae admission representative for Singapore. She is grateful for everything the College has given her and is passionate about developing an alumnae base in Singapore and Asia and supporting Mount Holyoke’s initiatives across the region. She has a five-year-old son and lives in Singapore with her husband, Tom.

Pooja Daftary ’09Pooja Daftary ’09 graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with a major in economics and a minor in Russian literature and culture. After graduation Daftary worked with MFS Investment Management as an equities investor in Boston for three years. She then went on to earn her MBA from Harvard Business School in 2014, where she met her husband, Rohan. Daftary is now based in Singapore working with MFS Investment Management as a healthcare investor. She is passionate about women’s education and Mount Holyoke’s mission.

Laura Rieber ’04Laura Rieber ’04 graduated cum laude with a double major in economics and math. After Mount Holyoke, Rieber joined Cambridge Associates in Boston as a consulting associate, where she worked with teams to advise institutions on their investment portfolios. (During this time she was on the consulting team at Cambridge that helped oversee Mount Holyoke’s endowment.) She earned her MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management in 2009, and worked at UBS Investment Bank’s M&A group in New York City for an internship during business school and after graduation. In December 2010 Rieber moved to Singapore to rejoin Cambridge Associates as an investment director. She credits her time at Mount Holyoke for giving her the confidence and work ethic that were instrumental in her future endeavors, and has been involved with several Mount Holyoke initiatives post-college.

Ishani Shrestha ’13Ishani Shrestha ’13 graduated magna cum laude with a major in economics and a minor in environmental studies. After graduation she moved to Singapore and is currently working at Sabre, a global travel technology company, in its financial planning and analysis team. Having developed strong friendships with women from all over the world at Mount Holyoke, Shrestha greatly appreciates Mount Holyoke’s international focus and diverse student body.

Planning and Support Team

Ann Blake ’85Ann Blake ’85 graduated from Mount Holyoke with a major in biology and went on to complete her PhD in molecular genetics and neural development at the University of Oregon. Blake worked for ten years at the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Department of Toxic Substances Control as a hazardous materials specialist. Since 2002, Blake has run her own consulting practice, Environmental & Public Health Consulting, working with governments, health and environmental advocates, and businesses to develop safer alternatives to toxic chemicals in manufacturing. Blake’s focus is on the disproportionate impact of chemical exposure on the health of women, particularly immigrant women of color. Her work includes drafting local, state, national, and international chemicals policy, developing curriculum for both frontline workers and professionals selecting safer materials, and setting standards for environmentally preferable products, processes, and supply chains.

Blake was born in Singapore and grew up in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Australia, and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1993. She has been consistently active with both the Mount Holyoke Club of Northern California as well as Singapore-based alumnae on her regular trips back to Southeast Asia. Blake currently serves as an alumna trustee on the Mount Holyoke Board of Trustees, as well as trustee liaison to the Miller Worley Center for the Environment. She is excited about the College and Alumnae Association’s growing efforts to engage alumnae in Asia in support of a truly global Mount Holyoke community.

Eleanor Chang ’78Eleanor Chang ’78 is the cofounder and director of UP Education Services Ltd., an educational summer academy for high school students from Asia who aspire to attend universities in the US. UP’s mission is to provide international students with an American college experience before they apply for admissions.

Chang began her banking career at Chase in New York City and worked in strategic planning and marketing at Bank of America in San Francisco. She completed her thirty years of management and marketing leadership at United Commercial Bank as senior vice president and marketing director.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Chang came to Mount Holyoke College as an international student. She served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Mount Holyoke College from 2009–2014. Chang received her MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie-Mellon University. She was one of the organizers of the inaugural Mount Holyoke Asian Alumnae Symposium held in Hong Kong in November 2014. She resides in San Francisco and visits Asia frequently.

Katherine Hunter ’75Katherine S. Hunter ’75 is the director-at-large for global initiatives on the Board of Directors of the Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College. Hunter has had a long career in international development management and conflict/governance, primarily working with The Asia Foundation in long-term resident assignments across Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Mongolia, and Timor-Leste/East Timor) and in regional assignments for northeast, southeast, and south Asia. She has also managed the Luce Scholars Program, which places young American leaders in Asian organizations in ten countries. In 2014 she completed a fellowship at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Hunter is currently serving on the board of a local Afghan NGO, the Afghanistan Capacity Development & Educational Organization (ACDEO), and served as an advisor for the Global Fund for Women from 2000–2008. After Mount Holyoke, she received masters’ degrees in museum practice from the University of Michigan and in international relations from the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.