About me

I direct the Wurtele Center for Work & Life at Smith College, an independent women’s college in Massachusetts with students from every state and from 60 countries around the world. My center’s programs teach leadership skills, life skills, stress reduction and reflection, asking students to think about questions like: What is your story? Where have you been and where are you going? What matters to you? What skills will help you to pursue what matters? What do you do if you don’t know the answers? Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong (Plume) emerged from my experiences with students, and from my own steep learning curve as I transitioned into higher education. You'll find articles about my work on Inside Higher Ed, HuffPost Women and The New York Times blog "The Choice." Before coming to Smith, I was an elementary school teacher in New York City, and then worked as a curriculum developer and consultant. I received a bachelor's degree from Carleton College, an MS.Ed. from Bank Street College of Education and an MFA in writing from Hunter College, part of the City University of New York. Currently, I am pursuing an Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management at The University of Pennsylvania. I live in Northampton, MA with my husband, two children and two dogs.