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Officers

Columbia Women in Business is 100 percent student-led. The Executive Board is elected by CWIB membership - the President and Vice Presidents (second year students) in the spring and Assistant Vice Presidents (first-years) in the fall.

This year's Executive Board of CWIB is as diverse as the school itself, with women of all academic and professional backgrounds who bring a wide range of experience and international insights to the organization.


Jennifer McCaleb, President

Originally from Texas, Jennifer McCaleb ’14 graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in Human & Organizational Development. Prior to CBS, Jennifer worked in human resources at Deutsche Bank in New York, Frankfurt and London. Jennifer is focusing her MBA on Strategy and is interested in social enterprise and non-profit management in the long-term. In addition to her studies, Jennifer enjoys traveling, volunteering and long-distance running.




Jessica Becker, VP Alumnae

Jessica Becker '14 graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in English and Mathematics. Before returning to Columbia for her MBA, Jessica worked in finance at a hedge fund in New York City. Jessica is focusing her MBA on Marketing and Brand Management, and is actively involved in Follies and CBS's Events Committee. In her spare time, she enjoys planning social events, terrible television and dancing around the city.




Kate Kosco, AVP Alumnae

Kate Kosco '15 is originally from the Bay Area and graduated from Scripps College in 2009 with a BA in History. Prior to CBS, Kate worked as a relationship manager at Bloomberg L.P., most recently covering clients on the buy-side. Kate is focusing her MBA studies on marketing and is interested in the technology and retail sectors. She is also very involved with the Marketing Association of Columbia and the Gourmet Club. Her hobbies include food-centric travel, cross-country skiing and watching Saturday Night Live reruns.



Amanda Ernst Kallet, VP Communications and Technology

Amanda Ernst Kallet '14 graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Journalism. Prior to business school, Amanda worked as a reporter, blogger and editor covering everything from business to pop culture and celebrities, so she feels right at home leading CWiB’s communications team. When she’s not at Columbia you’ll find Amanda at the dog run in Washington Square Park with her dog, Ginger.





Kristen Bierfeldt, AVP Communications and Technology

Kristen Bierfeldt '15, is originally from Wappingers Falls, NY and graduated from Boston University in 2008 with a BS in Business Administration/Marketing. Prior to CBS, Kristen managed the email marketing programs at Gilt Groupe and Bloomingdales.com. Kristen is pursuing a career in Brand Management/Marketing. In her spare time she enjoys traveling and running.





Lauren Brom, VP Community

Lauren Brom '14 is originally from Des Moines, IA and graduated from Pomona College in 2006 with a BA in Economics and Media Studies. Prior to attending Columbia, she worked as the Director of Special Projects at Uncommon Schools and was a Teach for America corps member. Last summer, she worked at Bain & Company and is planning to return after graduation. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys swimming, skiing, good food and finding free events in NYC.




Jane Hendrick, AVP Community

Jane Hendrick ’15 graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Government. Prior to CBS, she held a variety of roles in media and marketing and most recently worked at Gerson Lehrman Group in New York City as a Senior Marketing Manager. Jane is focusing her MBA studies on strategy and management and is pursuing a career in management consulting. In her spare time, Jane serves on the Board of Director of GirlSportWorks, a non-profit organization that aims to foster self-confidence and teach life skills through athletics to girls in Peru. Jane also enjoys international travel, photography and video-editing.




Courtney Quick Burdette, VP Conference

Courtney Quick Burdette '14 graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in International Relations and History. Prior to CBS, Courtney worked in New York in a variety of roles in financial services and most recently worked at Credit Suisse in Debt Capital Markets covering Financial Institutions. Courtney is focusing her MBA studies on Finance and Strategy. In her spare time, Courtney continues to enjoy playing squash, which she played in college, as well as serving on the junior board of CitySquash, a non-profit organization based at Fordham University in the Bronx. She is also an aspiring golfer and is always looking for other ladies to play with!



Rachel Bleh McLaughlin, VP Conference

Rachel Bleh McLaughlin '14 is originally from Virginia Beach, VA and graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2006 with a BBA in Finance. Prior to attending Columbia Business School, Rachel worked in consulting for PwC in New York City where she focused on the Financial Services industry. Rachel is currently pursuing a career in Retail and Luxury Goods, and since her admittance to CBS, she has interned at Rent the Runway, Loro Piana and Urban Outfitters. She enjoys Southern food, red wine, spinning, and she loves cats!



Cathy Wang, AVP Conference

Cathy Wang '15 is originally from Cupertino, CA, but spent most of her childhood in Taipei, Taiwan. She graduated from UC Davis in 2007 with a BS in Managerial Economics. Prior to attending Columbia Business School, Cathy worked in transfer pricing consulting for PwC in the Bay Area and Asia, where she focused on the Technology industry. Cathy is focusing her MBA on Finance, and is actively involved in her cluster board and the Technology Business Group. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, spinning, and karaoking in K-town.



Olga Usyk, VP Events

Olga Usyk '14 graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Slavic Studies and Economics. Prior to attending Columbia, she worked in finance in institutional sales and wealth management. Olga is focusing her MBA on Strategy. In her spare time, Olga enjoys exploring New York restaurants, recreational sports and dancing.






Marisa Reisman, AVP Events

Originally from Laguna Beach, California, Marisa Reisman ’15 graduated from Yale University, where she studied economics and Chinese language and culture. Prior to business school, Marisa worked at a boutique consulting firm specializing in fixed income. At CBS, Marisa is focusing on management and marketing and is actively involved in the Wine Society and her cluster board. In her spare time, Marisa enjoys theater, traveling, volunteering and finding interesting workout classes around the city.



Meri Crowther, VP Membership & Finance

Meri Crowther, '14 graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in International Studies. Prior to business school, Meri worked for A.T. Kearney, Inc., a management consulting firm, where she served both the energy industry and local governments. Outside of school, Meri enjoys running, skiing, food & wine, and international travel.





Sophia Dadas, AVP Membership & Finance

Originally from Casablanca, Morocco, Sophia Dadas '15 graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Commerce. Prior to CBS, Sophia worked as a Project Manager at TD Bank in Montreal and Toronto, specializing in product development, regulatory and operational initiatives. Before that, she completed a leadership development program that gave her the opportunity to work in a variety of management roles across the Bank. Sophia is focusing her MBA on finance and social enterprise. In her spare time, Sophia enjoys volunteering, dancing, and long walks in New York City.



Preeta Ragavan, VP Mentoring

Preeta Ragavan ’14 graduated from Cornell University with an AB in Economics. Prior to business school, Preeta worked as an equity research analyst at Barclays. Preeta continues to focus on finance at Columbia and sits on the board of the Columbia Student Investment Management Association, in addition to her involvement in CWIB and her cluster board. She is also a volunteer mentor with Minds Matter of NYC and enjoys practicing yoga in her spare time.




Danielle Kennedy, AVP Mentoring

Danielle Kennedy ’15 graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Economics. Prior to business school, Danielle was a field producer for CNBC Business News where she focused on coverage of Mergers and Acquisitions, the telecom and media businesses, and the banking industry. Danielle also serves on the board of the Black Business Students Association. When not on campus, Danielle enjoys running, watching “Jeopardy” and traveling.




Natali Naegle, VP Careers & Corporate Relations

Natali Naegle '14 is originally from Salt Lake City. After completing undergraduate studies at Utah State University, she worked in bankruptcy litigation consulting, market research and non-profit fundraising before coming to Columbia Business School. She is focused on Strategy and Marketing, and hopes to transition to consulting after school. In her spare time, she loves exploring the New York City food scene, never skipping dessert, and running the reservoir loop in Central Park.



Maria Carabas, VP Careers & Corporate Relations, J-Term Liaison

Maria Carabas '14 is originally from Romania, where she graduated from the Academy of Economic Studies with a B.S. in Economics. She worked as a banker in Romania and London for 6 years before joining CBS, where her areas of focus are Finance and Management. Maria is an avid traveler, counting 32 countries on 5 continents so far, a foodie and she loves yoga.





Pilar Cervantes, VP Careers & Corporate Relations
Pilar Cervantes '14 is originally from Mexico, and graduated from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) with a B.S. in Economics. Prior to CBS, Pilar worked as a Consultant at McKinsey and in Strategic Planning at GNP, a Mexican insurance company. Pilar is focusing her MBA in Finance and Social Enterprise. Pilar enjoys running and exploring new restaurants in her spare time.





Caroline Kirwin, AVP Careers & Corporate Relations

Caroline Kirwin '15 graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.S. in Business. Prior to business school, Caroline worked in investment banking and internal strategy consulting across a variety of industries. Caroline continues to focus on finance at Columbia and is leaving her future career path open-ended. When she is not in Uris or Warren, Caroline enjoys running, cycling and trying new coffee shops.





Kelly Garnes-Pages, AVP Careers & Corporate Relations

Kelly Garnes-Pages is a current first year at CBS. She graduated from the University of Virginia. She also holds a masters from Harvard University in Education Policy. Prior to CBS, she spent her time as a teacher and school leader. Her most recent role was as the Director of KIPP through College. In this role, she placed over 300 students in college. Kelly also managed the team of counselors that supported those students through college. Kelly is empowered by CWiB's mission and is excited to lend her skills to empower the women of CBS. Kelly enjoys running, reading fiction and volunteering.



Caitlin Mahoney, VP Leadership Development

Caitlin Mahoney ’14 graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BBA in Marketing. Prior to attending Columbia, Caitlin worked as a management consultant at Deloitte focusing on talent strategy projects in the M&A space, particularly in the Life Sciences Industry. While at Columbia, she plans to focus on Marketing and Brand Management. Her hobbies include traveling as far as Bali for yoga and running over landmark bridges whenever she visits a new city.




Ashley Hines, AVP Leadership Development

Ashley Hines '15 is originally from Newburyport, Massachusetts and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2009 with a AB in Psychological and Brain Sciences. Prior to CBS, Ashley worked at Fidelity Investments as an equity trader, most recently in the industrials sector. Ashley is focusing her MBA studies on finance and is interested in PE/VC and Consumer and Retail in the long-term. Her hobbies include travel, running, yoga and cooking vegetarian food.