Kate Hardy is a Director of Global Services at Arxspan in Boston, MA, coordinating and leading research data management software projects in the biotech, pharmaceutical, and academic research industries. She is passionate about connecting women in meaningful ways and believes that a strong community and social network can help women achieve their goals in all areas of life. She is excited to be working with the very talented people of Women Accelerators to help grow and strengthen their network,
Born and raised in New Hampshire, Kate moved to Boston in 2007 to pursue her Bachelor’s of Chemistry at Northeastern University. She has experience working as a research chemist for federal government agencies and biotechnology companies before making the move to the software technology industry. In her free time, Kate can often be found training for 10K and half marathon road races, practicing yoga, hiking, writing, reading, and playing video games. She especially loves winter days in the mountains on her snowboard, or leasurely summer days on sandy beaches.
Leah Brunetto is a volunteer with Women Accelerators. She graduated from MIT in 2012 with a B.S. in Architecture, where she focused on exhibit and landscape design. She discovered that creative work was better organized and distributable when designed for the web, and made a career out of that experiment. Since graduating, Leah has been designing and building web/interactive projects for arts and educational organizations.
Leah is passionate about helping women build confidence in their skills and unique talents. She would like to see stronger support systems among women in the workforce through mentorship and empowering media (podcasts, writing, creative expression). In her free time, Leah enjoys drawing/painting, salsa dancing, piano, yoga, cycling, swimming, and gardening.
Kana DeLuca moved to Boston from Tokyo in 2015. She studied Government and International Relations at Clark University and returned to Tokyo to kick off her career in international real estate, facilitating business expansion for her clients.
Kana joined Lightstone Ventures as an Investor Relations/Operations Manager upon her move to Boston. She is excited to tap into the Women’s Network in Boston and to learn from and grow with the diverse, talented team at Women Accelerators.
Born in Tokyo and raised in California, Michigan, Singapore, and Tokyo, Kana is passionate about interacting with varied cultures, values, and networks. In her free time, Kana loves to go on nature walks with her husband and dog, snuggle with her kitties, tag along on her husband’s craft beer adventures, and to try out anything life has got to offer!
Nidhi Maniar, MS. Nidhi is an R&D Associate at UMass Medical School (Mass Biologics) in their Process Development team developing antibodies. She believes that the participants of de la Femme are strong independent thinkers who want to excel in their careers and achieve their goals. She is excited to be part of the Executive Team, and to learn and grow together.
In her spare time, she enjoys listening to Indian classical music, practicing yoga, and exploring different places and cuisines. Nidhi graduated with a Masters Degree in Pharmacology at Northeastern University.
Laura is excited to be part of the Marketing Committee Team of Women Accelerators. She is passionate to promote Women Accelerators to the communities and to help people get connected.
Laura moved to Boston in 2016 from Germany to work on clinically relevant scientific problems. At the same time she is finishing her Master’s in Biochemistry at the University of Heidelberg. Before her Master’s, she studied the Bachelor’s program Molecular Biotechnology at the Technical University Munich.
In her free time, Laura likes to get out of the city to explore nature. In summer, Laura enjoys hiking trips and bike tours; in winter she loves to go skiing and to take walks in the snow. To relax, she enjoys cooking or a good book preferably at the beach.
Zin Ma is currently volunteering with Women Accelerators. By joining Women Accelerators, she hopes to able to help host the events, which will improve women to sharpen up their skills that they can apply back into their careers. She is excited to be a part of the team that will help each other discover talents and achieve their career goals. Zin is currently attending graduate school. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, and Zumba.
Pragya Rampuria is a volunteer at Women Accelerators. She is currently working as a Scientist (contractor) at Pfizer, developing biotherapeutics. She completed her Ph.D. in Immunology from University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2015. She is excited to join this team at Women accelerators because this organization is a great place to connect with brilliant women, and to learn from their experiences.
For leisure, she likes to travel, try new things and watch movies.
Susu Wong, MBA: Susu is a co-founder of Women Accelerators (de la Femme) and also the founder of Tomo360, a digital marketing company focusing on helping small- to medium-sized businesses to promote their business. She is also an adjunct Professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and a speaker for local business workshops.
She is passionate about helping women to succeed in business, the boardroom or wherever their career paths lead them. Before starting Tomo360, she has worked in a variety of fields, including Fortune 500, healthcare, universities, and technology transfer.
Susu received her MBA with a focus in Management in Information Technology from Lesley University and a Bachelor of Arts from Magdalen College. She loves the great outdoors and enjoys participating in triathlons, snowboarding, swimming, and biking. She is also a foodie that loves to explore different ethnic food.
Thank you for the generous support and sponsor of Broad Institute. Their tremendous support has helped to grow our organization.
- Kathleen Williamson, Blog contributor
- Monica Markovski, PhD, Blog contributor
- Aimee Boyle, Blog contributor
- Sara Neuman, MPH, Advisor
- Jeremy Brown, Technology Administrator
- Emi Nietfield, Web Developer
- Hilary Bowden, Blog contributor
- Insa Cespedes Elliott, MBA, Advisor
- Michael Hoffman, MBA, Advisor
- Kyle Meetze, MBA, Advisor
- Donato Dandreo, Web Developer
- Garrett Dandreo, Web Developer
*Note: If you are interested in participating with the de la Femme team, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.