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  1. Kerri Axelrod ’22DPD

    Kerri Axelrod ’22DPD completed the Didactic Program in Dietetics Certificate at Simmons, and now offers nutrition counseling through her private practice, Kerri Axelrod Wellness, where she focuses particularly on the connection between gut health and mental health.

  2. Sara Stender Delaney and Beatrice, a renowned specialty tea plucker in the northern province of Rwanda, on the Crop to Cup Tea trip in January 2023. Photo by Sean Moore

    Years before founding a nonprofit in Rwanda, Sara Stender Delaney '00 grew up in Vermont among a family of entrepreneurs. "I had seen a lot of family members build small to medium-sized businesses," she recalls. "I had small businesses as...

  3. Photo of Alum Brooke Lake

    Brooke Lake founded Monocurate , a personal archiving company, in 2021. We checked in with Lake about the company, what kind of materials they preserve, and how she created this unique archival niche business. What led you to Simmons School...

  4. Baby on Tranquilo Mat

    Since graduating from Simmons, Melissa Gersin '10 has transitioned from registered nurse to entrepreneur with the invention of the Tranquilo mat, designed to soothe babies. We caught up with Gersin on what she has learned as a small business owner, and her experience on ABC's SharkTank.

  5. Joanna Edwards ’16MSM

    What led you to your Master’s of Science in Management at Simmons? For fifteen years, I was an advocate for survivors of domestic violence. I had a bachelors degree in criminal justice and psychology, but my manager told me that...

  6. Julia Rodgers

    What led you to Simmons? I love the idea of an all-women’s education. When I took a tour of Simmons and learned about the environment, women empowering other women, I knew that’s exactly what I wanted. Simmons was a safe...

  7. Ande Lyons

    Lyons understands the struggles of starting a business. An entrepreneur for over 30 years, she has started four of her own businesses in that time. Now she hosts StartUp Life LIVE Show, a weekly live stream show offering business advice to entrepreneurs.

  8. Areen Shahbari

    In 2013, Areen Shahbari ’11MBA, ’11C established Cactus International, which has provided hundreds of consultation sessions and dozens of courses, workshops, and lectures on entrepreneurship for Arab and Middle Eastern women.

  9. Chef Keesha O'Galdez, graduate of top MBA program for women

    "If the calling is calling you, figure out how to answer it," says MBA alum, Keesha O'Galdez. After leaving corporate America, O'Galdez didn't look back. Learn how she combined her business acumen with a passion for cooking to create Gourmet Diva, Inc.

  10. Headshot of Lolita Walker

    Founder of Walker & Walker Enterprises and author of "The Intersection of You & Change," Lolita Walker, discusses her journey to becoming a "Change Champion," and gives her expert advice to the graduating class of 2021.