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What Women with Purpose Is All About

Women with Purpose strives to connect, cultivate and empower women who identify themselves as minorities by enhancing professional and leadership skills to help women thrive personally and professionally. We conduct a series of seminars, with topics ranging from (but not limited to) negotiation skills, personal branding and financial literacy. Our goal is to empower women to achieve their greatest potential by providing unparalleled opportunities for professional development and skill building.

Meet our Steering Committee:


Kettianne Cadet

Kettianne Cadet is the founder of Women with Purpose (WWP). An international affairs professional with a passion for travelling, Kettianne has lived abroad in France, the United Kingdom, Spain and in Haiti and has traveled to 30 countries. While in Haiti, Kettianne served as a Fulbright Clinton Public Policy Fellowin Haiti’s Ministry of Women’s Affairs. During her tenure at the Ministry, Kettianne recognized the potential in individuals who benefited from skill-based training which is partially what drove her to create WWP in Boston. Often the only woman and woman of color in the room, Kettianne was motivated to create a forum for women to seek opportunities, skills and resources to help advance women in their professional careers.


Kettianne is currently pursuing her MBA at the Ross School of Business in Michigan. She previously worked at Accion in Cambridge. She has also worked with Dress for Success Boston, Mediation Works Incorporated, Edelman, and the Society for International Development. Furthermore, Kettianne is a certified mediator (in MA) and a negotiation trainer. 


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Cristina Costa

Cristina graduated from Boston College with a degree in Marketing and Latin American Studies. She lived and taught abroad in both Japan and Spain and has a deep interest in learning about different cultures and meeting people from all over the world. Cristina currently works as a Customer Success Manager at a hyper growth startup in Boston called Drift where she also heads diversity and inclusion initiatives. Previously, she was the Director of Marketing and Student Engagement at an education tech startup, the Digital Marketing Manager at Lendbuzz, a small startup focusing on providing equal opportunity for loans for internationals and she served as a Marketing Consultant at HubSpot. Cristina is an active member of Resilient Coders, on the advisory board for ForeFront and a member of the New Leadership Council for social justice and progressive politics. 


Cristina first attended Women with Purpose seminars in 2015 where she left the workshops feeling so empowered that she knew she wanted to be more involved. Cristina understands the importance of having strong women in your life to support you and has grown the efforts of Women with Purpose as the Co-chair and Branding Officer. Her passion for women’s rights particularly for minority and marginalized women fuels her dedication to the values of WWP. Cristina is currently working on diversity and inclusion efforts in the technical vertical.  


Jessica Pires

Jessica received a BA in International Studies and Anthropology from Colby College in Waterville, ME. During her senior year, she wrote her honors thesis on racialized identities among Cape Verdean youth in Boston. Jessica studied abroad in Durban, South Africa, where she conducted an ethnography on street children admitted to a drug rehabilitation program. This experience inspired Jessica  to aid in youth development and children's rights.


Jessica is the in-house event planner for Resource Development at Accion International, a global non-profit that focuses on financial inclusion. Her passion is helping women maximize their potential which is why she believes Women with Purpose is so important. She started as a seminar participant, but was so excited by the work Kettianne was doing that she wanted to be involved. Jessica would love to see WWP expand to include a program for middle to high school girls.

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