Alumnae Profiles

Harpreet K. Bedi ’93

Harpreet BediGeneral Manager | hôtel vagabond
Chief Operating Officer and Legal Counsel | Elevation Developments
Director | Garcha Hotels
Founder and Executive Director | Bioethics Legal Research in Singapore (BELRIS)

B.A., Economics; International Affairs | Sweet Briar College, 1993
J.D. | Northeastern University School of Law, 1996
LL.M., Medical Law | University of Glasgow, 2012

After graduating magna cum laude from Sweet Briar and earning her law degree, Harpreet worked for 10 years as in-house counsel for Cisco Systems Inc. In San Jose, Calif., she covered the North American and European markets and was later based in Singapore as lead counsel for Asia-Pacific Procurement and Marketing. Harpreet co-founded Elevation Developments, a property and hotel company, while earning a master’s in medical law. One of the few female hoteliers in Singapore, Harpreet is the general manager of hôtel vagabond, a luxury boutique hotel that has won accolades and rave reviews since its opening in January 2016. She also founded and runs a nonprofit interdisciplinary organization for Bioethics Legal Research in Singapore (BELRIS). While at Sweet Briar, Harpreet was a point-guard for the basketball team and awarded the Presidential Medal her senior year. A global citizen at heart, Harpreet resides in Singapore with her husband and four children.

Josie Beets ’00

Josie BeetsSenior Advisor for Engagement | Chief Financial Officers Council
Senior Advisor | President’s Management Council (PMC)
President | Military Spouse JD Network (MSJDN)

B.A., Government; Minor in Film Studies | Sweet Briar College, 2000
J.D. | Brooklyn Law School

Josie is an attorney, government affairs professional and strategic communications expert in the nonprofit and private sector.

Based in Washington, D.C., she serves as senior advisor for engagement for the Chief Financial Officers Council and as senior advisor for the President’s Management Council (PMC), Office of Executive Councils. Josie works with leadership at the Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. Treasury and the deputy secretaries and chief financial officers of the largest agencies to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of government. Prior to this position, she served as public policy coordinator for the Tennessee Bar Association, where she led a team focused on federal and state legislation impacting the legal profession and was named a Nashville Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award Winner. Josie is the current president of the Military Spouse JD Network (MSJDN) and for the past year has led nationwide efforts to secure law licensing accommodations for the attorney spouses of service members. For these efforts, MSJDN was awarded the American Bar Association’s Grassroots Advocacy Award in 2016.

Josie founded Justice for Military Families, a pro bono project of MSJDN dedicated to serving the legal needs of the families of fallen service members. In 2013, she received the organization’s inaugural Exceptional Service Award. While in law school, Josie was recognized for her public interest work, including with an award for her criminal justice work in post-Katrina New Orleans, which landed her in People magazine.

Martha Tisdale Cordell ’82

Martha Tisdale CordellAssociate Dean for Student Affairs | University of Tulsa College of Law
Trustee | Oklahoma Bar Foundation

B.A., Sociology | Sweet Briar College, 1982
J.D. | Tulane University Law School, 1985

Martha is an attorney who has devoted most of her career to higher education.

A member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the 10th Circuit and the United States Supreme Court, Martha left private practice in 1988 to join the University of Tulsa College of Law (TU Law). At TU Law, she served as assistant dean of students, assistant dean and director for admissions and financial aid, assistant dean for compliance, director of strategic marketing, and assistant to the dean for special projects. As associate dean for student affairs, Martha is responsible for academic advising, enrollment management, academic and bar exam support, honor code compliance, and character and fitness certifications, as well as managing and awarding the law school’s substantial scholarship endowment fund.

She partners with the dean of the College of Law to address accreditation issues, rankings, and changes to legal education and the legal profession. Martha is also a trustee for the Oklahoma Bar Foundation, where she serves as chair of the Scholarship and Awards Committee and a member of the Grants Committee. The Oklahoma Bar Foundation is a nonprofit foundation that awards special grants to courts to improve administrative processes; awards scholarships to deserving Oklahoma law students and law-related educational activities; and ensures justice for all children, individuals, seniors, veterans and victims of violence in Oklahoma. In addition, Martha is a volunteer for Tulsa Lawyers for Children, representing neglected and abused children, and for Tulsa Public Schools’ Reading Partners.

A firm believer in the value of a private education, Martha is an active alumna of Sweet Briar College and Tulane School of Law. She is a member of the Tulane Fund Associates Board and served on the Presidential Search Committee for Sweet Briar College.

Katie Hearn ’85

Katie HearnSenior Vice President | Redgate

B.A., Anthropology | Sweet Briar College, 1985
J.D. | University of Baltimore, 1992

Katie leads Redgate‘s operations in the Mid-Atlantic region, with more than 20 years of hands-on experience in acquisition, master planning, leasing, project management and development. Working closely with key state, local and community-based groups, she specializes in the repurposing of historic buildings and in community-focused redevelopment. Prior to joining Redgate, Katie served as the director of real estate development at Under Armour. There she managed the company’s campus expansion, including acquisition and negotiation efforts in Baltimore’s industrial port zone.

Katie currently serves on the board of directors of U.S. Lacrosse and Mercy High School and is a past chair of the board of trustees of the Friends School of Baltimore. Katie is a member of the inaugural class of the Sweet Briar Athletics Hall of Fame, as well as the Friends School of Baltimore and Greater Baltimore Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse Halls of Fame.