What does it mean to be a globally engaged leader in a rapidly changing world?
In the fall of 2020, the Middlebury Institute launched the “Leaders-in-Residence” program. Each semester, the program will connect students with effective leaders from a broad cross-section of professional areas and representing a diversity of perspectives and experience
The globally-recognized leaders in this new program will hail from different backgrounds, industries, and professions, and share their personal experiences and insights with Middlebury Institute students in a series of events. The program is designed to complement the Institute’s academic curriculum — with its focus on discipline-specific skills and competencies — with a broader emphasis on leadership relevant to students’ professional objectives. By participating in the program students will increase their opportunities for networking and mentorship as well as connections with students from other programs.
Inaugural Leader in Residence
Catherine Lee ’92 (Middlebury College) has enjoyed a global career developing and executing strategies in companies, organizations, and on teams focused on improving performance in changing markets. She currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of Wolf Group Capital Advisors, a wealth management firm based in Washington, D.C.
Previously, Catherine led strategy and business development at Stena, a privately held Swedish conglomerate, and served as Change Director of Stena Line, a major European transportation company. She has also served as Chief Strategy Officer at Höegh Autoliners, a Norwegian shipping company, and Advisor to the CEO of EUKOR, a shipping firm based in South Korea.
Catherine started her career in investment banking at Citigroup in London and JP Morgan in New York. She holds a Master of International Affairs degree with a specialization in international finance from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College. She also has a Leadership Coaching Certificate from Georgetown University.
Catherine currently serves as a trustee of Middlebury College and as the Chair of the MIIS Board of Advisors. She also served on the Executive Board of the World Maritime University based in Malmo, Sweden. She has studied the language in all the countries she has lived, including Korean, Russian, Swedish, Norwegian, and Japanese.