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At LEAP, nearly 300 Mount Holyoke students present about their internships and research experiences. You will hear from future policy makers, activists, entrepeneurs, data scientists, teachers, researchers, and market analysts. Most will tell stories of unmitigated success and transformative learning. Others will share details of unexpected challenges they faced, and how they were required to shift and adapt in response. Students worked in 42 countries in every imaginable field. They will discuss important issues of social justice, relate how they met challenges of communication and expression in new contexts, and talk about how to find and succeed in summer internships.

LEAP is designed to give students who aspire to undertake internships and summer research the opportunity to learn from their peers. It is also for the whole Mount Holyoke community where family, friends, faculty, staff and our alumnae come together to celebrate the work and contributions of the presenters.

We are hugely impressed by students in College 211 and inspired by their individual success and collective learning. Their work in bringing the LEAP Symposium to fruition was exceptional. We thank the faculty, staff, alumnae, donors, and internship and research providers whose contributions have make this event possible.

LEAP presenters: Congratulations.
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Friday, October 20 • 1:30pm - 2:25pm
Navigating Diverse Business Environments through a Liberal Arts Lens

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Our panel brings together our collective reflection on how our liberal arts background shaped our experiences this summer, specifically in organizations with a business focus. We will be discussing the work environment, culture, size, roles, and responsibilities among other key factors that heavily influenced the start-ups, consulting, and law firms in which we worked. Our internships drew upon the skills we have honed as Mount Holyoke students including problem-solving, adaptability, creativity, and much more. Coming from diverse academic backgrounds, we each bring a unique perspective to our panels. At the core of our personal narratives, we hope to share stories of our personal and professional growth, as well as provide advice for students who are considering pursuing internships in business fields.

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Rick Feldman

Lecturer in Economics; Entrepreneurship, Organizations and Society; Entrepreneurship Coordinator, Mount Holyoke College
Entrepreneur and social business entrepreneur; business as well as NGO CEO and Board member; worked closely with Valley Venture Mentors for 7 years; currently faculty member at Mount Holyoke College teaching and helping students to enjoy and prosper with entrepreneurship and social... Read More →

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Shruti Khullar

Importance of a Liberal Arts Education in Big Business, Economics Major
As a capital markets communications intern in one of the largest business advisory companies worldwide, FTI Consulting, I learned quite a lot about investor relations: consulting, my primarily role, as well as related fields of corporate finance, corporate reputation, digital communications... Read More →
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Alessandra Massa

How a Liberal Arts Education Prepared Me for Finance, Politics & Russian Studies Major
As a politics and Russian studies double major, I embarked on a daunting task this past summer. Sparked by my interests in the markets, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and into the world of wealth management. Working as a capital raising and marketing intern for a boutique... Read More →
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Xinyi Zhao

Exploring Marketing in a Law Firm, German Studies & Philosophy Major
Why does a law firm needs a business development department which focuses on marketing? My summer internship in one of the biggest law firms in China may provide an answer to this question. Working as a marketing intern in King & Wood Mallesons, my experience offers a different perspective... Read More →
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Anna Zheng

Connecting the Classroom and Campus Experience to Consulting, English Major
What does it take to grow a business? How can a liberal arts education background add a valuable perspective to consulting? How can consultants play a role in creating social change and impact? This summer I went behind the scenes as an intern for The Azara Group, a leadership and... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 1:30pm - 2:25pm EDT
Cleveland L2