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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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Liz Lierman

Mount Holyoke College
Executive Director, Career Development Center
Liz Lierman directs the Career Development Center at Mount Holyoke College. She leads a growing CDC that prepares students to navigate through careers that will include transitions and positions that don’t yet exist; provides opportunities for students to connect with employers and alumnae in a variety of fields; and helps students connect their academic experiences with their plans for the future.

A dedicated advocate for the liberal arts, Lierman previously founded the first Career Services office for Bard College at Simon's Rock, and managed career development programs for Oberlin College. She has served on national committees through the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) for four years, including her current role with the Principles for Professional Practice Committee, and is an alumna of the NACE Leadership Advancement Program. Lierman has presented at conferences and as an invited speaker and trainer, and her career development advice has appeared in publications including Forbes and Career Convergence.

Lierman holds master’s degrees in social work and nonprofit management from Case Western Reserve University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in women’s and gender studies from Williams College. No stranger to transitions and evolving careers, Lierman worked in outdoor education with Outward Bound before specializing in career development, and still loves to spend time outdoors.