Women on the Rise Speaker Series

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

We’re building on the ways we’re already exposing students to career possibilities by introducing a speaker series, called “Women on the Rise: A Baldwin Speaker Series Supported by the Ruth Hochberger ‘68 Fund.” This series will showcase women who are leaders in their professions. These women will talk about where they are, how they got there and what they’ve learned along the way.  Learn more about this special program.

Monica Yunus

We kicked off the Speaker Series with Monica Yunus, an American operatic soprano. A graduate of The Juilliard School, she is the Co-Founding Director of the New York-based Sing for Hope, a non-profit organization whose mission is to make the arts available to all. Through her organization, artists of all types volunteer their talent to communities in need and make art radically accessible.

Born in Chittagong, Bangladesh and raised in New Jersey, Ms. Yunus is the daughter of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus and has recently been honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She has been honored with a 21st Century Leaders Award and, in 2013, received a Congressional Citation, was honored as “New Yorker of the Week” by NY1, and was named one of the “Top 50 Americans in Philanthropy” by Town & Country.

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JiaJia Fei

Our next speaker was JiaJia Fei, Director of Digital at The Jewish Museum in New York City.

JiaJia has more than eight years of experience working at the intersection of integrated marketing, branding, design, social media, web, e-mail, mobile and multimedia content strategy for modern and contemporary art — making museums and cultural organizations more accessible through technology. Fei has been written about in many art news venues for her unique style and approach to digital media and marketing strategy. Fei has a BA in History of Art from Bryn Mawr College. She has lectured on the growing importance of social media and digital marketing strategy at CultureGeek, Fundación Proa, College Art Association, Sotheby’s Art Institute, New York University, TEDx Martha’s Vineyard, MIT Media Lab and Museum Connections Paris.

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Sarah Robb O'Hagan

Our final speaker for the 2016-2017 series was Sarah Robb O’Hagan, CEO of Flywheel.

Executive, activist and entrepreneur, Sarah Robb O’Hagan is described by the media as everything from “Superwoman undercover” to the “Queen of the Jocks” to the ultimate example of where fierce business woman, mother and fitness fanatic combine. Named among Forbes “Most Powerful Women in Sports” and recognized as one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business” Sarah is an internationally recognized re-inventor of brands, but if you ask Sarah, she’ll say she’s in business to help individuals and teams achieve their potential.

Recently named CEO of FlyWheel Sports, Inc., an indoor cycling studio company, O’Hagan plans to transform the business into an omni-channel lifestyle brand through the enrichment of program content, enhanced
services and the strengthening of its technology platform.

Previously, O’Hagan had been president of Equinox, New York, where she started in August 2012. In February 2016, she left Equinox to start EXTREMEYOU, a start-up content platform with inspirational and educational articles for “extremers.” Prior to joining Equinox, O’Hagan had served as global president of Gatorade, where she led the business through a major repositioning and business turnaround. She has also held leadership positions at both Nike and Virgin Atlantic Airways.

Sarah is a passionate advocate for an active lifestyle and believes the lessons learned from sports and fitness can be applied to improve performance in the workplace.

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