Two Sweet Briar grads make journal’s ‘Women Who Mean Business’ list

Posted on September 09, 2016 by Staff Writer

Michela-English Michela English ’71

The Washington Business Journal’s 2016 list of 25 “Women Who Mean Business” includes two Sweet Briar alumnae — former chair of the board Michela English ’71 and Wendelin White ’74.

White is director and chair of the real estate transactions group, Goulston & Storrs PC. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Sweet Briar, an M.F.A. in English from the University of California-Irvine and a J.D. from the University of Miami — her hometown.

“I grew up with a lot of boys around, which I do think prepared me for the business world,” she told the journal, referring to her five brothers. “Early in my career, almost every meeting I went to, I was the only woman there, but I never even thought about that fact because I was so used to it.”

You can read White’s full profile here.

English is president and CEO of Fight for Children, a nonprofit that supports early childhood education in underserved communities in Washington, D.C. A first-generation college graduate, English earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Sweet Briar College and a master’s in public and private management from the Yale School of Management.

Before taking her current job, English served in senior management positions at McKinsey & Co., Marriott and National Geographic, among others.

Read English’s profile here.