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.
Brenda Loan Baker
As an executive coach with proven success in the finance and sales industries, Brenda Loan Baker empowers individuals and organizations to reach their full leadership potential. While she serves leaders at all levels and across a broad range of functional roles and industries, she has a special interest in partnering with women and minorities in normally male-dominated industries like STEM, finance and law, to help them become more confident, visible, and influential leaders. It is Brenda’s passion to assist women and minorities in building greater confidence, improving their communication and public speaking, forging relationships with senior level influencers, and strategically promoting their efforts. As a result, these leaders are able to reach their full potential and companies realize the full value of their employees. Brenda helps these leaders to recognize and embrace their strengths, find opportunities that best leverage their unique talents, and develop the confidence and strategies needed to advance their careers. Prior to coaching, Brenda worked as a Financial Advisor at John Hancock. Brenda has a BS in business and is an official coach for the City of Boston on-site technical assistance program. She is an ICF-Professional Certified Coach(PCC) .
““I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” — Ginni Rometty, IBM”
Brandy Houser, Ph.D is a co-founder of Women Accelerators (de la Femme). She is also the New York and New Jersey site-head for Celdara Medical, which builds academic and early-stage innovations into high-potential medical companies. Previously, she worked at Brandon Capital Partners as an Investment Associate and Partners HealthCare, where she focused on the development and commercialization of life-science technologies.
She enjoys triathlon, skiing, traveling, and drinking excessive amounts of coffee. Brandy received her PhD in Immunology from Harvard University and her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Rutgers University.
Melissa Hunter-Ensor, PhD is Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Melissa counsels clients in strategic patent portfolio development, licensing, and collaboration agreements. Melissa has experience advising clients and providing legal opinions regarding patentability, freedom-to-operate, validity and infringement. She also assists venture capital firms and other investors in assessing the IP risks of target investments and conducts IP patent and licensing due diligence in connection with life science technology transactions.
Before becoming a lawyer, she earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania and her thesis research resulted in a first author paper in Cell. She followed this accomplishment with a four-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology laboratory of Nobel laureate H. Robert Horvitz where she was a Jane Coffin Childs fellow.
Sze Ng, PhD: Sze (pronounced Sue) is a co-founder of Women Accelerators (de la Femme). She is currently a Scientific Investigator at GSK, working on drug discovery and development. Previously, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard, where she studied regulatory T cells in the autoimmune disease multiple sclerosis.
When not in the laboratory, she is deeply committed to science outreach and affecting social change. She also has a passion for food, travel, and learning new things. Sze has a PhD in Biochemistry from Harvard University and dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry and Physiology from Michigan State University.
Miriam Margala, PhD: 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 PhD 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.
In her free time, Miriam enjoys singing – any genre – and performing with her chorus. Wherever she finds herself, she looks for galleries, museums, theatres and performance places to visit. Miriam enjoys a good power walk, especially very early in the morning when it’s accompanied by a beautiful sunrise.
Susu Wong, MBA: Susu is one of the co-founders of Women Accelerators, formerly de la Femme, and the founder of Tomo360, an online marketing company focusing on helping businesses and nonprofits to promote their business. She was 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. She enjoys participating in triathlons, snowboarding, swimming, and biking. She enjoys cooking and tasting the different ethnic food in the cities and you can visit her food blog page.