Networking | The Power of Festina Lente

The Madeira Networking Group is a new initiative, sponsored by the Alumnae Council, to give our Alumnae greater access to the strength of our network in a professional setting. For our inaugural year, we will host a 1-hour session every other month in Washington, D.C., rotating between mornings and evenings that will follow a consistent agenda:

We have pulled together an impressive lineup of Alumnae across a range of class years, professions, and backgrounds to share their experiences with us. 


2016-2017 Schedule

Holly Paul ’89 | Chief Human Resources Officer, FTI Consulting

May 10th 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Holly Paul serves as FTI Consulting's Chief Human Resources Officer and is based out of the Company's executive headquarters in Washington, D.C. Ms. Paul leads the efforts to attract, engage, hire, develop and retain FTI Consulting's leading professionals. In her role, Ms. Paul is responsible for overseeing all areas of human capital including talent acquisition, talent management, learning and development, workforce planning, compensation and benefits.

Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Ms. Paul served as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Vocus, Inc., a high growth marketing and public relations software company. In this role, Ms. Paul worked directly for the Chief Executive Officer and closely with the executive team and board of directors to develop the Company's people strategy and led the execution of all employee initiatives including executive team recruitment, compensation and talent management.

Ms. Paul began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers ("PwC") in 1994 after being initially recruited as a Certified Public Accountant. During her nearly 20-year tenure with PwC, Ms. Paul held various human resources roles, ultimately rising to become one of the firm's most senior talent acquisition specialists, responsible for all of the senior talent acquisition in the United States and had additional international remit covering geographies such as China and the Middle East.

Ms. Paul is a frequent speaker and subject matter expert on talent, human resource management and career related topics, appearing on college campuses around the country and interviewing with numerous media to offer perspective on such issues. She has been featured on ABC News' "Job Club", Bloomberg Radio's "The Hays Advantage with Kathleen Hays", and is regularly quoted in The Wall Street Journal, FORTUNE, U.S. News & World Report, CNNMoney.com, The Chicago Tribune, MarketWatch, The Houston Chronicle, dozens of campus newspapers and other news sources.

Ms. Paul earned her bachelor's degree in Anthropology with a concentration in Accounting from Lafayette College. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and maintains certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.


July 12th 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Kumea Shorter-Gooden, `70 Ph.D | Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President, University of Maryland

September 14th, 2016 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm- Past Event

Dr. Kumea Shorter-Gooden, Ph.D is the first Chief Diversity Officer Associate & Vice President at the University of Maryland, College Park. Formerly, she served as Associate Provost for International-Multicultural Initiatives at Alliant International University, as Professor and Coordinator of the Multicultural Community-Clinical Psychology Emphasis Area at the Los Angeles campus of the California School of Professional Psychology, and a Director of the student counseling center at The Claremont Colleges.

She is the co-author of Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America, which is a winner of the 2004 American Book Awards. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Shorter-Gooden has presented and published on African American women and identity, psychotherapy with diverse populations, and multicultural and diversity issues in higher education. She is also a licensed psychologist who has had a clinical and consultation practice. Originally from Washington, D.C., Dr. Shorter-Gooden was one of two Black girls to integrate the Madeira School, and she received a bachelor's degree magna cum laude from Princeton University with its first class of women. She earned a Ph.D. in Clinical/Community Psychology from University of Maryland, College Park.

Misti Mukherjee ’84 | Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Towne Park- Past Event

November 10th 7:30 am – 8:30 am

As Towne Park’s General Counsel and member of the Executive Committee, Misti Mukherjee actively partners with the executive, sales and operations teams to ensure that the Company is strategically positioned. Misti has responsibility for all legal affairs, including corporate governance, employment, sales and strategic partnership transactions, IP strategy and regulatory compliance.

Before becoming the General Counsel of Towne Park, Misti spent 25 years in private law practice. During this time, she was selected to be included in the Best Lawyers in America©, the Virginia Business magazine list of “Legal Elite” and Law and Politics magazine’s “Super Lawyers” for both Virginia and Washington DC. Richmond Magazine has listed Misti as one of the “Top 25 Women Attorneys” in Virginia, and Virginia Lawyer’s Media named Misti one of the “50 Influential Women” of Virginia. An active leader in the nonprofit community, Misti is a Director and the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Northern Virginia Family Service. She co-founded and served as President of the Executive Women’s Roundtable, Inc. Dedicated to the advancement of education, Misti has served on the Board of Directors of The Madeira School, and she currently serves on the Advisory Board for Marymount University Reston Center.

Misti earned her law degree from the University of Texas and her BA degree from the Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin.

Brooke (Boo) Lively ’88 | CEO & Founder of Cathedral Capital, Inc.

January 11th 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm- Past Event

Brooke Lively is the CEO and Founder of Cathedral Capital, a team of CFOs and Profitability Strategists who help entrepreneurs and business leaders of fast-growing companies turn their companies into profitable, thriving businesses.

Brooke's mission is to eradicate the struggle that so many small business owners face by giving them the financial insights and strategies they need to create lucrative and successful businesses.

She helps small business owners develop their unique vision of success, defining it on their terms.

Brooke empowers her clients with the 6 Key Elements of Financial Insight that create profitable and sustainable businesses. When these key elements are in alignment, companies skyrocket their growth and maximize their profitability, making the entrepreneurial journey more lucrative, easier, and enjoyable.

Brooke's company Cathedral Capital typically serves as Outsourced CFOs and Profitability Strategists. They are the business owner's trusted advisor, providing strategic financial guidance, education, and mentoring.

This year alone, Brooke was recognized by the Fort Worth Business Press as one of "Fort Worth's 2016 CFOs of the Year," Diversity Journal listed her as one of its "Women Worth Watching" and the Better Business Bureau of Fort Worth named her to their inaugural "Top 25 Women to Watch".

With over 9 years of experience in the financial services industry, Brooke received her MBA in Investments and Corporate Finance from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. She also earned the prestigious and globally recognized Chartered Financial Analyst designation, the highest level of credentials in the global investment management industry.

Brooke works with clients across the nation and lives in her hometown, Fort Worth, Texas, with her dog Katie. 

Merin Guthrie ’02 | Founder & CEO, The Kitmade Company

March 8th 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm- Past Event

Kit is a new type of clothing company that combines the amazing fit and great service of an old-school dressmaker with the ease of e-commerce. 

Merin first dreamed of Kit while running from meeting to meeting in steamy DC summers while wearing ill-fitting, synthetic clothes, and she spends her days ensuring that every part of the business reflects our philosophy of empowering busy women. With a background in nonprofit consulting, fashion, and the arts, she has spent her career in roles that allow her to work alongside smart, talented women growing organizations. All while wearing lots of a-line dresses that flatter her pear-shaped figure (along with the occasional pair of jorts). Merin and her husband Will live in Houston, where they enjoy hanging out in their cozy bungalow with their spoiled but charming rescue cats Franklin and Roosevelt.


10 mins: Gather, refreshments, welcome
25 mins: Featured speaker and Q&A
25 mins: Open networking 


Business Executives for National Security
1030 15th St NW
Suite 200 East
Washington, D.C. 20005

Public Parking is available in a number of garages in the area, but we recommend one of the following: 

1133 15th St. NW
1101 15th St. NW


Cost for membership is $25, which includes attendance to all six speakers. 
$10 for a drop-in session. Non-alumnae guests are welcome to join at the drop-in rate.

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