Get to know 2011-12 Women’s Leadership Program participant Annalisa Amicangelo

Annalisa Amicangelo
Senior Associate, Corporate Social Responsibility
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Bachelor’s Degree cum laude from Boston University; studies at Oxford University and L’Università degli Studi di Padova

What do you like most about your job?
I love that my job serves a social mission. My colleagues and I work to develop and implement socially responsible programs and practices that serve our customers, our employees, and the community.

Who do you admire in the business world?
A lot of business leaders acknowledge the concept of shared value (the idea that societal progress is connected to economic progress). I admire those leaders who live by that concept and whose businesses demonstrate its potential.

If you could have any job in Boston, besides your own, what would it be and why?
If skill was no object, I’d take Cynthia Gold’s job—she is Boston’s one and only tea sommelier. Her work fascinates me! If I could choose a job outside of Boston, I’d love to be a producer for NPR’s This American Life in New York City. About 90 percent of my working knowledge of the world derives from that radio program.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A decade from now, I see myself continuing to use business (hopefully my own!) as a vehicle to improve the community.  

What is your favorite place or way to unwind after a long day?
With yoga (I’m a beginner and loving it), or a walk home from work.

What reading material is on your nightstand right now?
It’s a serious mix: I Am a Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, and How Children Succeed by Paul Tough.