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By Madison Perrotti ’23

Tammy Cardillo Wolf

Tammy Cardillo Wolf ’94, is a services sales representative at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, where she started working at the age of 16. Working diligently throughout high school and college, Tammy always aspired to be in a leadership position in her career.

In the sales field, she reflects on the importance of gender parity and diversity, stating, “Everyone learns from one another, and having different perspectives balances the traits that are important in sales. You pick up and learn from other people along the way. Overall, to stay at a competitive level, I think diversity is key.”

She mentions that “Nichols gave me the foundation, that baseline that I needed to get out there and be who I am and be a leader in the market. When I think of the academics – whether that was study groups, marketing research, my professors — everyone was top-notch amazing.”

Looking back at her time on the Hill, “I was VP of the management club and because I worked remotely while at Nichols, I also stayed involved in corporate America. I worked in corporate legal, I worked in corporate security, I went into different positions that allowed me to really get a flavor of the environment and how to run a business.” She recalls that she was also, “a part of the work-study program, and worked in the business office all at the same time. I think the more you can be involved while on campus, the more you feel you truly make a difference and pave the way for the next round of students coming through.”

Now a member of the Nichols College Board of Trustees, Tammy advises young women striving for their goals to, “Challenge yourself. Learn something new every day. Find your passion. Have a 5- and 10-year plan, focus, and identify the steps to achieve that plan. Be quick to adapt, should the market change, should your company have an opening that you never thought you could consider — don’t stay in your comfort zone,” She concludes by saying, “Sometimes getting out of your comfort zone really pulls out the best of you.”

This interview is part of a series focused on women’s leadership, conducted by Research Associate Interns Victoria Palkon ’24 and Madison Perrotti ’23. As part of their Spring 2021 internship, the students assisted Prof. Jean Beaupre research and develop the 2021 Massachusetts Women’s Leadership Index.


Madison is a rising junior concentrating in International Business. In addition to being a panelist for the Institute for Women’s Leadership, she also serves on SGA (Student Government Association), is co-founder and President of the It’s On Us chapter, plays on the varsity volleyball team, and is an Admissions Ambassador at Nichols College.


We are proud to release the fourth biennial Massachusetts Women’s Leadership Index, which can be viewed here.  The purpose of the index, first calculated in 2015, is to assess and monitor the status of women in power in the Commonwealth.

The aggregate score is calculated based on women’s representation in  political, corporate, and nonprofit leadership as compared to the goal of gender parity. The scores in each category are then adjusted based on whether Massachusetts is ahead or behind rest of the United States. A comparison of the total scores is listed below. A score of 100 would mean Massachusetts has either achieved gender parity in leadership, or has come close and is ahead of the national averages.

MWLI Year Total Score (out of 100)
2015 36
2017 39
2019 40
2021 45

This year, lead author and Associate Professor Jean Beaupre was assisted by two Nichols College students and members of the Institute for Women’s Leadership, Victoria Palkon ’24 and Madison Perrotti ’23.

For more information and our perspectives on the results, we invite you to read the 2021 release. With any questions or feedback, please contact us at

Releasing the 2019 Massachusetts Women’s Leadership Index

The Institute for Women’s Leadership is proud to release the 2019 Massachusetts Women’s Leadership Index (MWLI), designed to assess and monitor the status of women in power in the Commonwealth. It is the third such release, following the 2015 and 2017 indexes.

mapTo calculate an aggregate score, women’s representation in leadership is measured across political, corporate, and nonprofit sectors, then compared to gender parity and to the rest of the United States. A comparison of the total scores is listed below.  To read our perspectives and understand how the score was calculated, we invite you to read the 2019 MWLI release. With any questions or feedback, please contact us at

MWLI Year Total Score
2015 36
2017 39
2019 40