Harpswell Council of Women Leaders
The Harpswell Council of Women Leaders is a distinguished group of women who are leaders in the business world or in their work for the advancement of women. The Council Members endorse the mission and work of the Harpswell Foundation and serve as emblems and role models for that work. The Council Members help Harpswell engage with the non-profit and business communities, with other women leaders and with potential partners and funders. Most importantly, they serve as inspirational role models for Harpswell’s students.
Laura is a Senior Fellow at PYXERA Global and passionate about the power of business to solve–or help solve–the world’s most intransigent problems.
Prior to her current role, Laura was a VP at PYXERA Global, following her 30 years with the Dow Corning Corporation. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Net Impact, a network of more than 100,000 emerging leaders committed to making a positive, sustainable impact with their careers. Laura is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Sustainable Innovation MBA Program at the University of Vermont. She writes for The Global Engagement Forum: Online and is ranked among the Top 500 influencers on Twitter for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Alma College and a Master of Science in Organizational Development from Case Western Reserve University.
Pamela is President of Springboard – Partners in Cross Cultural Leadership which consults on building inclusive leadership within corporations and organizations. Springboard has collaborated with an indigenous leadership company in Australia; led leadership workshops in Morocco and Bangkok for International Rescue Committee; and launched the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement at Spelman College. Springboard conducts research on women and women of color leadership, including Eve of Change: Women Redefining Corporate America and Black Women Executives Research Initiative. Pamela is a frequent speaker on women’s leadership.
After a 23-year career as a financial services executive, Pamela retired as a Managing Director in Equity Research at JPMorgan Chase in 2003. Prior to that, Pamela was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley and attorney at Cleary Gottlieb. Pamela earned a B.A. from Williams College and J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Yale. She is on the Boards of New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia Threadneedle Investments.
Mallika is the founder of global human rights organization, Breakthrough, and led the group as its President & CEO for 17 years. She has served as Program Officer for Human Rights and Social Justice at the Ford Foundation’s New Delhi Office. She was Associate Director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University, an institution that was at the forefront of the global movement demanding recognition for women’s rights as human rights. She has served as the Director of the Norman Foundation, and is also a co-founder of Sakhi for South Asian Women.
Mallika has served on several boards and committees and is a member of New York City’s Commission on Gender Equity. She has been the recipient of several awards and received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2016. Mallika began her career as an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton. A graduate of NYU Law School, and Columbia University’s School of International Affairs, she is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from her undergraduate college, Mount Holyoke.
Marissa is the Chair of the Global Advisory Council of Women Win and Co-founder of Win-Win Strategies, for which she served as CEO before its 2019 merger with Women Win. A long-standing advocate for women and girls in diverse settings, Marissa is on the Board of Directors of the Canadian global women’s fund, MATCH International, and was previously on the Board of Directors of the Global Fund for Women.
Marissa is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and speaks and writes regularly on the role of the corporate sector in empowering women and girls and the power of grassroots women’s organizations in that work. Prior to founding Win-Win Strategies, Marissa was a Fellow at Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative and a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center, affiliated with the Center’s Global Women’s Leadership Initiative. Prior to 2014, she practiced corporate law in New York and London at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Marissa lives in New York City with her husband, and has one daughter who is the Cartoon Editor of The New Yorker.
For over 30 years, Roberta provided individuals and companies with financial planning/investment advice, guiding them to their goals of financial security and independence. She started in the business as a financial assistant/para-planner and worked her way to positions of branch manager and Principal. Her clients entrusted her to manage over $250 million in assets.
Prior to her financial services career, Roberta designed costumes for the performing arts. Her works appeared on stages for dance, ballet, opera, and regional theaters, including San Francisco Opera, SF Ballet, California Shakespeare Festival. In addition to designing, she managed the production of costumes and was a Performing Arts Design Consultant for the Zellerbach Family Fund Foundation for many years. Her designs were critically acclaimed and nominated for industry awards. Roberta also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chile, South America after graduating from the University of California, Berkley.