Welcoming participants for 2018! We are now accepting applications until December 15, 2017. 

Join us in the new year for our 5th Mentoring Program! Mentors are important sources of information and guidance for your career advancement. We have gathered an outstanding group of seasoned mentors who are excited to help you.    

There is a wide range of areas where mentors can help:

  • Providing tips on how to be promoted in your job
  • Navigating a workplace conflict or politics
  • Issues specific to women, for example: How can women get recognized for their strengths when they are less likely to speak up?
  • Providing personal stories about how they overcame challenges
  • Giving advice about how to buy a suit
  • And more!

Program timeline:

December: Application period (deadline: 12/15). We will match you with a mentor based on your application.
January:  Meet and greet event with mentees and mentors.
February – May: Groups meet in-person or over Skype at least once a month, opportunities to network with mentees in other groups.

This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for women in the Boston area. Mentees with our program have made leaps in their careers and personally, such as reaching their dream jobs, finishing dissertations, and gaining confidence overall. Read success stories in our 2017 program conclusion blog post.

Apply nowPlease apply now for the application to participate as a mentee. We look forward to hearing from you! Contact info@womenaccelerators.org with any questions about the application process or program.

To find out more about our Mentoring Program, take a look at our list of FAQs!

Meet our 2018 mentors!

Sarah Pasyk Andrews

Sarah celebrated her 10-year anniversary with Eli Lilly this year, the 10th largest a pharmaceutical company devoted to making life better for people around the world. After a seven-year career in Marketing, Sarah transitioned functions and took an assignment in Human Resources, overseeing Lilly’s Campus recruiting strategy within Global Recruiting and Staffing. While it was that role that led Sarah to pivot her career function towards HR long term, she initially joined Lilly after completing her bachelor’s degree in 2007 from DePauw University and came on board as a Global Marketing Associate supporting the Cymbalta brand team. After two additional commercialization roles, she returned to school to get her MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Sarah graduated from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2012 and returned to Eli Lilly to work as a Market Research Consultant within the Diabetes Business Unit. Her extra-curricular involvement in recruiting led her to the campus strategy role and ultimately led her to discover her passion for Human Resources. She recently transitioned to her second HR role in the International Business Unit, where she supports the organization from a strategic HR perspective. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys traveling with her husband, Jeff, cooking, wine-tasting, and hanging out with their pets—Simba and Yogi.


Laura Appleton
(Mentor since 2015)

Laura is a senior consultant at IPR. Her expertise includes primary/secondary market research and quantitative analysis. She has held senior marketing and research positions at Digital Equipment Corporation, Data General, SUN Microsystems and Qwest Communications. In the area of storage and software, she is an alumna of Storage Technologies and McDATA. Laura was also a research director for Centennial Ventures – focused on telecommunications. Prior to work at IPR she consulted for the technology research firm IDC.

Laura graduated from Boston College with a BA in Economics, Boston University with an MBA and the University of Denver with a master’s in Telecommunications. She also completed biology/chemistry coursework in preparation for her PharmD program at the University Colorado Health Sciences Center. Her outside interests include on-going animal rescue efforts, downhill skiing/racing and learning Italian.


Regina Au
(Mentor since 2015)

Regina is Principal, New Product Planning/Strategic Commercial Consultant at BioMarketing Insight with 20+ years experience in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostic and healthcare industries.  She helps companies to maximize the benefits of their technology by conducting the business due diligence early in product development to de-risk the process and increase commercial success.

Ms. Au also serves as an advisor for the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center Platform Meetings,  Advisory Board member for an entrepreneur team at the Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship at MIT, an Executive Judge for Entrepreneurship at Suffolk University and NHHTC Entrepreneur Forum, and a mentor for the Boston University Kindle Mentoring and EforAll for entrepreneurs.






Brenda Loan Baker

Brenda is recognized for taking large-scale visions and developing a systematic, step-by-step approach to process creation, performance outcomes, and measurable success. She is masterful at researching options, developing detailed strategic plans and then consistently implementing until successful outcomes are achieved. She excels in helping teams re-define old systems or develop new ones to serve their needs at the highest quality level.


Samira Farboodmanesh

Samira is a Technical Manager for Parenteral Combination Products in Pharmaceutical Technology & Development Team at AstraZeneca. She has been an experienced professional in developing biomedical and combination products and related supporting technologies, ranging from nanofibrous materials to combination products to purification processes. She is passionate to be part of Women Accelerators, especially that she has had successful women as mentors throughout her education and industry experience.

Samira moved from Tehran, Iran for graduate studies and received her Masters and Doctoral Degree in Mechanical Engineering at University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell). She became a post-doc and conducted research in Biomedical/Mechanical Engineering joint research with Tufts University and UMass Lowell. She joined the medical device and pharmaceutical industry after her post-doc.

Samira enjoys spending time with her family and outdoor activities. She is an avid skier and swimmer.


Amy Rebecca Gay

Amy is a mediator, coach, and consultant specializing in conflict resolution, negotiation, and communication. She works with individuals, teams, and organizations to productively discuss difficult issues, work effectively across silos and business units, and engage with strategic business partners. She has taught conflict resolution, mediation, and negotiation at LeMoyne College, Syracuse University, UMass Boston, and Babson College School of Management. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees are from North Central College and Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.


Nathalie Goletiani
(Mentor since 2015)

Nathalie is a physician-scientist currently serving as a clinical neuroscientist at McLean Hospital and a faculty at Harvard Medical School. Nathalie’s interests are related to brain and brain-related disorders, i.e. in Neurology and Psychiatry. In this regard, she completed basic and clinical fellowships at Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School. She is an author of peer-reviewed publications and a recipient of numerous national and international awards.

In her last fellowship, Nathalie was charged with rebuilding and running the Clinical Research Program at McLean Hospital, which taught her all aspects of management related to the simultaneous running of multiple clinical trials. This experience in addition to her training culminated in the generation of her concepts and mechanisms related to women’s’ disorders, a severely understudied area. She was awarded the Zinberg Fellowship and Livingston Award to specifically address women’s issues and the complex underlying mechanisms in the neurobiology of women. Nathalie has been a Women Accelerators mentor since 2015.


Dana Luksha

Dana has been in retail sales and management for the last 7.5 years for 2 multinational companies in the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry and was laid off due to a company merger in 2017. Going through her career management program offered as part of her severance, she has reevaluated her goals and realized that her passion truly lies in helping people become clear and understand their choices, build their confidence, trust their decisions, and create positive change in their life. She likes to help people focus on what’s most important to their success so that they get the results they want and enjoy helping identify what matters most to people and to help create the tools they need to succeed both personally and professionally. She aspires to become a trainer, team builder, help with process improvement, staff development, change management, leadership development, and to become a Professional, Leadership and Career Coach.

Being a Mother and having been a working woman in the corporate world, Dana personally understands the struggles women have to go through and feels as though her calling is to help them. Her personal journey of going through a career management program has inspired and motivated her to help spread the knowledge she has gathered to others while keeping spirits high and bringing awareness to their true potential so that they can be their best selves either stepping into the workforce for the first time or stepping back into the workforce after taking a break and to remain optimistic during the search.


Miriam Margala
(Mentor since 2016)

In both, her academic and professional careers, Miriam’s interest has always focused on gender equality. What started off as research of gendered and androcentric language use and communication, soon developed into practical involvement with and passion for helping women to achieve equality. She holds a dual Ph.D. in English and Linguistics (University of Rochester) where one area of her expertise is communication and gender. Miriam has presented and published on the topic nationally and internationally.

Miriam teaches at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. She also works in the areas of art and literature both in the US and Europe and through her work continues to research and be actively involved with gender issues as they relate to professional, social and cultural aspects of communication.

Miriam is currently a mentor to both undergraduate and graduate students.  She has experience in guiding young women to achieve both their academic and professional career goals. Miriam has been a Women Accelerators mentor since 2016.

Susu Wong
(Mentor since 2016)

Susu is the Principal and Founder of Tomo360, an online marketing agency in Lowell, MA. She is an experienced business and marketing strategist who worked on a variety of companies from high-tech industry, healthcare, biotech, higher education to startup companies.  She was an adjunct Professor in Marketing at the UMass Lowell and a frequent workshop speaker at CWE and small business accelerators.   She has a unique combination of marketing, business and technical experience that provides a well-rounded advantage for her clients.  See her career profile on LinkedIn.

Susu is an advocate for helping women advancing their careers. She is one of the co-founders of Women Accelerators.  She holds an MBA/MIS from Lesley University.  Susu has been a Women Accelerators mentor since 2016.