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

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.