Empowering stories shared around the globe on International Women’s Day


Ashley Paré, AGS'09, Juliette Mayers, BS'88, and Jessica Yamas, MS/MBA'12 participate in a panel for a Women Who Empower event at the Alumni Center on March 8, 2018. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

This year’s global event, “Women Who Empower: Our World,” featured three diverse panels of women in three cities. Speakers shared their stories of success and offered advice on making a mark in the professional world. Two D’Amore-McKim School of Business alumni Juliette Mayers, DMSB’88, and Jessica Yamas, MS/MBA’12, were panelists at the Boston event “Succeeding Together.”

“This is a tangible manifestation of Northeastern’s 2025 vision as a global university system,” said Diane MacGillivray, senior vice president for University Advancement, in opening remarks in London. “These events aren’t a destination, but a beginning.”

Juliette Mayers, DMSB’88, is president and CEO of the strategic consulting company Inspiration Zone LLC. Mayers’ career span includes leadership positions at GE Capital, The Bank of Boston (now BankBoston), and Blue Cross Blue Shield. During the panel, she told her audience to remember the three C’s: competence, credibility, and confidence.

I lived in poverty, and since then have overcome a lot of barriers and struggles. I’m now living the life I envisioned,” said Mayers. “I feel like I am living the dream.”

Jessica Yamas, MS/MBA’12, is the current New England Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Director at The Center for Women & Enterprise. In this role, she helps women get their business certified as “women owned” and helps create a connection between these local businesses and larger corporations. During the panel, she highlighted the importance of flexibility in planning a career trajectory.

“It’s a tricky game and success is an elusive target,” said Yamas. “I encourage you to cut yourself a little slack sometimes. Success will come and go.”

Read more about the other panels on News@Northeastern.