Arches in Mary Woolley Hall on the Mount Holyoke Campus in South Hadley, MA

Alums Leading the Way

Mount Holyoke alums have been opening doors, breaking barriers and launching into the world as leaders since the founding of the College. Our graduates are leading the way 鈥 in the boardroom and in the classroom, in the lab and in public service, in the field and on the runway. Every day alums are lifting up others, calling out injustices and advocating for change.

Our alum network, by the numbers

#9

Best alum network

In the 2023 鈥淏est 388 Colleges,鈥 the Princeton Review ranked 精东传媒 #9 among private colleges for 鈥淏est Alumni Networks.鈥

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Global alum network

Our network of alums around the world share their time, insight and connections 鈥 these of course being code words for power. Alums of women鈥檚 colleges arguably constitute the most influential professional-women鈥檚 networks on the globe.

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Keeping Mount Holyoke鈥檚 global community vibrant and engaged is dependent on the efforts of thousands of alums, parents and friends of the College who volunteer their time, talent, and resources.

Launching Leadership

In celebration of the achievements of our alums and to highlight the many ways Mount Holyoke prepares its graduates to lead in the world, Interim President Beverly Daniel Tatum held a series of conversations with a diverse group of graduates. These alums exemplify an intellectually adventurous Mount Holyoke education in action.

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum and Addison Beaux 鈥99 during their Launching Leadership discussion

The final Launching Leadership conversation for 2022 was with Addison Beaux 鈥99, the founder and CEO of Beaux & Arrow. The wide-ranging conversation touched on student activism, gender affirmations and self-love.

Interim President Beverly Daniel Tatum speaking with Suzan-Lori Parks 鈥85 and Debra Martin Chase 鈥77 on stage following a performance of 鈥淭opdog/Underdog鈥

Love, work and the importance of connection were the overarching themes of a Launching Leadership discussion with Mount Holyoke alums Suzan-Lori Parks 鈥85 and Debra Martin Chase 鈥77 after an electrifying performance of Parks鈥 play 鈥淭opdog/Underdog.鈥

Tara Roberts 鈥91 and Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

Tara Roberts 鈥91 is the Rolex National Geographic Explorer of the Year and the inaugural Launching Leadership interviewee at 精东传媒.

Alums in the News

Demonstrating leadership

精东传媒 alum Debra Martin Chase 鈥77 won her third Tony award for producing 鈥淭he Outsiders,鈥 the best musical of 2024.

Suchi Saria 鈥04 is the John C. Malone Endowed Chair at Johns Hopkins, where she directs the AI, Machine Learning and Healthcare Lab, and was presented with the honorary degree of Doctor of Science at the 2024 精东传媒 Commencement.

More than 120 students participated in the twentieth annual Stoling Ceremony. The Commencement weekend tradition celebrates the achievements of students of color and honors their Mount Holyoke mentors.

Artists are made here

DJ Chmba at the 90s Dance Party

Chmba Ellen Chilemba

Class of 2017

Producer-DJ artist, named in Forbes Africa 30 Under 30

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Candy Alexandra Gonz谩lez 鈥14

Candy Alexandra Gonz谩lez

Class of 2014

Multidisciplinary visual artist, poet, activist and trauma-informed educator

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Chlo茅 Zhao

Chlo茅 Zhao

Class of 2005

The first woman of color to win an Academy Award for best director

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Suzan-Lori Parks

Suzan-Lori Parks

Class of 1985

First Black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama

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Susan Kare

Susan Kare

Class of 1975

Pioneer of pixel art and graphical computer interface

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Activists/Advocates are made here

Ruth Muskrat Bronson, class of 1925

Ruth Muskrat Bronson

Class of 1925

Cherokee poet, educator and indigenous rights activist

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Umama Zillur

Umama Zillur

Class of 2018

Co-founder and leader of Kotha, an organization dedicated to ending the culture of gender-based violence in Bangladesh

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Barbara Smith, class of 1969

Barbara Smith

Class of 1969

Co-founder of the Combahee River Collective and co-author of the Combahee River Collective Statement

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Changemakers are made here

Addison Beaux

Addison Beaux

Class of 1999

鈥淎ffirming my gender really gave me confidence to trust myself,鈥 Beaux said. 鈥淚 believe when we love ourselves, it makes it a lot easier to love and understand other people, and how we treat others is a reflection of what goes on in our own inner world.鈥

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Aim茅e Eubanks Davis

Aim茅e Eubanks Davis

Class of 1995

Founder of Braven

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Rumbi Bwerinofa-Petrozzello

Rumbi Bwerinofa-Petrozzello

Class of 1994

The first woman of color to serve as president of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants

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Mona Sutphen 鈥89

Mona Sutphen

Class of 1989

Partner and Head of Investment Strategies, The Vistria Group

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Problemsolvers are made here

Florence Sophie Schorske Wald

Florence Sophie Schorske Wald

Class of 1938

former dean of Yale School of Nursing, credited as 鈥渢he mother of the American hospice movement鈥

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Kira Banks 鈥00

Kira Banks

Class of 2000

Psychology professor, St. Louis University and Co-founder of St. Louis University鈥檚 Institute for Healing Justice and Equity

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Alison Rogers Cofe 鈥12

Alison Rogers Cove

Class of 2012

Founder of USEFULL

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Kaneka Turner 鈥16

Kaneka Turner

Class of 2016

Founder of educational consulting company ReImage

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Sheila Lirio Marcelo

Sheila Lirio Marcelo

Class of 1993

Entrepreneur and founder of Care.com

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Frances Perkins, class of 1902

Frances Perkins

Class of 1902

First woman Cabinet member, U.S. Secretary of Labor and creator of Social Security

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STEM leaders are made here

Charisse Pickron 鈥08

Charisse Pickron

Class of 2008

Assistant professor at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota Twin Cities and Director of the Child Brain and Perception Lab, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

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Veronika Kivenson

Veronika Kivenson

Class of 2013

Postdoctoral fellow at Oregon State University and recipient of the Tory Burch Fellowship from the Innovative Genomics Institute

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Natasha Mohanty 鈥03

Natasha Mohanty

Class of 2003

Head of engineering for checkout experiences at Stripe, a financial infrastructure platform

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Jean Sammet, class of 1948

Jean Sammet

Class of 1948

Co-developer of the computer programming language COBOL

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Storytellers are made here

Alum Lan Cao 鈥83 during Commencement 2023

Lan Cao

Class of 1983

Author of 鈥淢onkey Bridge鈥 and 鈥淭he Lotus and the Storm鈥

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Tahmima Anam 鈥97

Tahmima Anam

Class of 1997

Award-winning novelist

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Debra Martin Chase

Debra Martin Chase

Class of 1977

Tony Award-winning producer

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Tara Roberts 鈥91

Tara Roberts

Class of 1991

2022 Rolex National Geographic Explorer of the Year

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Deborah Harkness photo by Scarlett Freund

Deborah Harkness, Ph.D.

Class of 1986

Best-selling fiction author, TV producer and professor of history

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Wendy Wasserstein

Wendy Wasserstein

Class of 1971

Tony-winning playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner

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Trailblazers are made here

Esther Howland, class of 1847

Esther Howland

Class of 1847

Created the United States Valentine鈥檚 Day card industry.

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Gabi Greg 鈥08

Gabi Gregg

Class of 2008

Fashion blogger and designer and advocate for the representation of plus-size Black women in fashion spaces

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Holly Metcalf 鈥81

Holly Metcalf

Class of 1981

Top crew coach and champion in expanding access to the sport of rowing

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A photo of an Emily Dickinson U.S. Postal stamp.

Emily Dickinson

Class of 1849

One of the greatest and most original poets of all time, literary rebel and author of 鈥溾楬ope鈥欌 Is the Thing with Feathers鈥

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