S.O.S. Speakers



Alexa Sherr Hartley '96 
Alexa Sherr Hartley is a former Big Law litigator gone rogue. Alexa was reincarnated as a Columbia University-trained organizational and executive coach who works with high-achieving and high-potential mavericks, outside the box thinkers, and progressives interested in disrupting the status quo to achieve outstanding greatness in their careers. Those she has worked with call her (with what she hopes is affection) a "change agent and thought leader." She is President of Premier Leadership Coaching, LLC, and the author of the weekly blog Becoming Outstandingly Great, where she explores strategies for developing the leadership and management skills professionals need to be successful at the highest levels of their careers. In her free time, Alexa enjoys spending time with her husband and three young children, training for marathons and listening to This American Life. Alexa always appreciates hearing from her readers and welcomes you to contact her with ideas, questions or to shoot the breeze at alexa@premierleadershipcoaching.com.

Stuart Sadick '77
Stuart Sadick is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Boston office where he serves in leadership roles in the global Consulting & Advisory Services and Business Services practices. He is also an active member of the Chief Human Resources Officer, Marketing, Sales & Strategy and Private Equity practices. Previously, Stuart served as the vice president of recruitment and professional development at CSC Index. Reporting to the CEO, he was instrumental in recruiting and building talent across the firm in Asia, North America and Europe. His earlier search experience includes a founding role at a boutique executive search firm in San Francisco. He began his search career at another global executive search firm. Earlier, Stuart was an engagement manager in McKinsey’s Chicago office and a consultant at Data Resources. Stuart received his M.S. in management from MIT's Sloan School, and his B.A. in French and economics from Connecticut College. He has also completed the executive management program in strategic human resource management at Harvard Business School.

Kate Woodsome '02
Based in Washington, DC, Kate Woodsome is a television producer with Al Jazeera English's The Stream. After graduating from Connecticut College, Kate took her Latin American studies major and went to work in Cambodia, an unlikely path which she pursued because she wanted to do journalism, not get coffee for a journalist. The gamble has taken her to Cambodia, Cuba, Hong Kong and beyond, where she's filed for Al Jazeera English, APM's Marketplace, Global Post, Huffington Post, NPR, Voice of America and others.

Liana Guzmán '05 
Liana is a marketing director at Axiom. In that capacity, she is responsible for successfully bringing the Axiom brand to life in both domestic and international markets. In 2007, Liana co-founded The Pink Agenda, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization with a mission to prove that fun and philanthropy are not mutually exclusive nor should they be left to older generations. As chair of the programming subcommittee of the Connecticut College Alumni Board, Liana helps plan events all over the country, including her current hometown of New York City. She studied international studies and graduated cum laude with a degree in psychology.

Molly Hayward '10 
Molly is an ambitious, strategy-driven entrepreneur who thrives on developing innovative, sustainable models for socially responsible for-profit companies. She is the founder of Cora, a for-profit social business delivering safe, healthy organic menstrual management products to women monthly by mail. Cora’s launch was the culmination of a seven year journey spanning four continents and twelve countries studying and working for women’s social and economic empowerment. At Connecticut College, Molly majored in government and was a Program in Community Action (PICA) scholar in the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy.

Graham Lincoln '06 
Graham is former investment consulting and private equity analyst, who, after two years of self-reflection in business school, decided to pursue a career in health care. He now works in business development for Humedica, a big data health care company in Boston, where he is responsible for identifying and building new market and product opportunities. Graham began his career at Cambridge Associates, where he helped advise large institutional investors on their investment strategies. He worked with a variety of clients, his favorite of which was Connecticut College, for which he advised the investment committee of the Board of Trustees on the endowment. He then spent 2.5 years at a boutique private equity firm in Boston, Fisher Lynch Capital, before attending business school at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. At Dartmouth he was exposed to many challenges as well as opportunities facing the health care industry and decided that health care was the ideal industry to keep in motivated for the duration of his career. Graham was a government and American studies major and has an MBA from the Tuck School of Business.