Young Women's Leadership Program New Hampshire - Tilton School

Young Women’s+ Leadership Program

Our Second YWLP Leadership Summit — October 15, 2022

This fall’s Young Women’s+ Leadership Program event will center around developing leadership skills and style in various academic and professional roles. We will again have small group sessions after the keynote with guest speakers facilitating workshops and sharing their own leadership development stories. We will hear from women leading across different industries: technology, law, journalism, education, entrepreneurship, medicine, and more! 

The event also included small group sessions with leaders facilitating workshops about: goal setting, understanding your strengths, and leading with confidence and activism. Please check back for more info in the coming weeks, include speaker bios, session descriptions, and more!

Tentative Schedule

8:00 – 8:30 am: Registration
8:30 – 9:30 am: Keynote Speaker
9:40 – 10:25 am: Breakout Session A
10:30 – 10:45 am: Break (Activities and Raffle)
10:50 – 11:35 am: Breakout Session B
11:40 am – 12:00 pm: Closing Remarks

Guest Speaker Bios

Public radio journalist Laura Knoy is widely known and respected in her home state of New Hampshire for her in-depth coverage of important issues, probing interviews of newsmakers, and the ability to make every guest welcome and every news topic accessible to a wide audience. For 25 years, Laura hosted statewide conversations on The Exchange, New Hampshire’s only daily radio call-in talk show. In June 2021, she stepped away from the host’s chair to pursue other interests, finish her first novel, and spend more time with family.

Laura is highly regarded for her interviews with presidential hopefuls and newsmakers across the political spectrum. Throughout her career in journalism, she’s held discussions with local officials in small towns and cities, regular conversations with New Hampshire’s Congressional delegation and governor, and interacted with hundreds of state lawmakers. She’s hosted Congressional debates, town halls, and candidates’ forums at NHPR and throughout the Granite State. Along with her trusted production team on The Exchange, Laura also steered multi-day, in-depth coverage on topics ranging from mental health and the opioid crisis to enjoying New Hampshire’s beautiful natural environment.

In her free time, Laura’s likely to be in the woods, by a lake, biking or reading a book. 

Miyoshie Lamothe-Aime is a proud 2009 Tilton School alumna. Following her time at Tilton, Ms. Lamothe-Aime earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs. During her time at GW, Miyoshie pursued a dual concentration in Latin American Studies and International Development. She, then, went on to obtain a law degree from the Fordham University School of Law, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Fordham Urban Law Journal, captain of the Jessup International Moot Court team, and Secretary of the Black Law Students Association. 

Ms. Lamothe-Aime is now an Associate in the Corporate Department of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and is based in the firm’s New York office. Ms. Lamothe-Aime’s practice focuses on Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity transactions. Ms. Lamothe-Aime also serves as a Co-Chair for the EDGE working group, which focuses on creating community, developing mentorship and professional development opportunities, and generating awareness on important topics on behalf of their associates and business professionals of color.

Kelly Shen graduated from Tilton in 2013. Originally from Shanghai, China, Kelly had a life-changing journey at Tilton that opened the door for many more new opportunities and experiences to come. She went on to attend MIT and graduated with B.S. degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science and Engineering. Kelly currently works as a senior data engineer at Sotheby’s on art intelligence. Prior to Sotheby’s, she worked at Etsy and fintech startup Button, focusing on the design and implementation of data platforms and applications.

Kelly believes in the power community. She has taken active leadership roles in both employee resource groups at work and non-profits in her communities. In her free time, Kelly also enjoys reading, writing, making art, and playing with her pet bunny.

Lorraine Connell, MEd, MS, is the Owner of Peers not Fears, LLC, and a veteran educator of over 20 years.  As a workshop facilitator, speaker, coach and consultant for schools and youth-serving organizations, she has developed curricula on leadership and empathy.  She works in collaboration with others to provide coaching to educators and students everywhere through her company Peers not Fears, LLC. Lorraine hosts the podcast Unimagined where she interviews students, current and past, on their experiences in education, and listens to their advice on how we could do better. Her work spans the impact of understanding how and where our biases come into play, to develop strong communities.  

In 2022, Lorraine left her full-time chemistry teaching job to work with interested schools, families, and communities to develop more equitable access and empowerment of students. When she is not working with others on developing leadership skills she is supporting her two boys in all their adventures. Lorraine and her husband Justin are both educators and work to improve and develop their and others social and emotional learning.

Jenn Persio, MSN, RN, APRN, ACNPC-AG completed a post-graduate year at Tilton in 2009 and is currently a Nurse Practitioner for the Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program at Yale Medicine and Winchester Center for Lung Disease. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Adult/Gerontology Acute Care from Yale University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Utica College. Jennifer is board-certified by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).

Michaela Callahan graduated from Tilton in 2009 before pursuing a degree in Economics and concentrations in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Massachusetts. She is a passionate advocate for teaching financial literacy and independence to young people and believes in the importance of young women establishing themselves as leaders in their communities. Michaela is an experienced investment strategist who is currently a Risk and Compliance Manager for Protiviti Global Consulting Firm in Boston, MA.


Miyosie will share her personal experiences as a leader at the high school, college, and professional levels before asking students to share their own stories and hopes for the future. This session will push attendees to speak with pride about their journeys and think about leadership in its many forms beyond titles and resume builders.

Twenty-first-century leadership demands that leaders possess the emotional awareness and intelligence to recognize their followers’ need for empathy, validation, and appreciation. Kelly will share stories from her personal journey, from running student organizations to being an early-career tech lead in a male-dominated field, to shaping culture by taking leadership roles in employee resource groups and non-profits. She will share strategies to lead effectively with kindness.

Defining your goals is essential for strong leadership, but the trick to achieving goals is aligning the goal to your core values. In this session, we will uncover the values that drive us and how the values support the work we are trying to accomplish.

During this engaging workshop, attendees will work in small groups and will be introduced to key skills for effective decision-making in fast-paced environments. The session will focus on enhancing strategic decision-making skills through an approach that blends both analysis and intuition. Our goal is to feel confident in making effective decisions while understanding resilience & regrouping after undesired outcomes. Have fun with your peers putting your decision-making to the test!

Women make up approximately 47% of the workforce in the United States, but face innumerable challenges on their paths to success. It is equally as important for women to lead by example in modeling positive workplace culture as it is to act as their own advocates. Michaela will speak to how she built on connections to navigate the male-dominated field of investment banking, and her struggles with gender bias. She will share strategies for re-framing bias and recognizing and advocating for your worth.

WATCH: Highlights from our first Young Women's+ Leadership Program Summit

Thanks to our Young Women’s+ Leadership Program Task Force and Leadership for making this event, and this program, possible!

AaLeiyah DeSimas ’12

Maya Grant ’09

Signe Kurian ’87

Kristen Vaslet Kupperman ’06

Dave and Phyllis Gould

John and Holly Shaughnessy

The Young Women’s+ Leadership Program achieves its mission to aid and develop students by:

  1. Empowering women+ to be leaders in their communities.
  2. Equipping women+ with the tools to fully realize their leadership potential.
  3. Educating women+ through mentorship from successful women and alumni in order to gain real-world experience.
The Young Women’s+ Leadership Program is a brand new initiative offered by Tilton School for students at all grade levels. The program assists students in cultivating the skills, knowledge, character, and global citizenship necessary to be a successful and equitable leader in today’s world.
Signe Kurian

Everyone has a path and a story. My journey took me from Italy to India to California. I have been fortunate to work in consulting, public policy, and technology. But, my curiosity and learning did not stop there — I am passionate about young women’s education, alternative health, and art. 

This journey, my story, started at Tilton, just as yours is right now. This is your story and I am happy to support it and excited to see it unfold. I hope today sparks curiosity, interest, and lifelong memories.

Wishing you every success,
Signe Kurian ’87

About Tilton School

Tilton is a New Hampshire prep school that prepares students to embrace and navigate a world driven by diversity and change. Through the quality of human relationships, Tilton’s community cultivates in its students the curiosity, the skills, the knowledge and understanding, the character, and the integrity requisite for the passionate pursuit of lifelong success and service.