Becky Wai-Ling Packard is Professor of Psychology and Education, and Director of the Weissman Center for Leadership at Mount Holyoke College.
Packard is an expert on mentoring and persistence, with a focus on the success of underrepresented groups including first-generation college students, women, people of color, low-income students, and community college transfer students, whether in STEM fields of work or higher education. A multi-racial, first-generation college graduate, Packard has earned research grants from the National Science Foundation, recently completed a Whiting Fellowship abroad, and is a co-PI for a Google-funded initiative. She is the winner of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor awarded by the federal government. She works with individuals (including faculty, staff, advisors, mentors, department chairs, and supervisors) to improve the power of mentoring interactions, including ways to constructively engage in difficult conversations, and with organizations on strategies to strengthen the mentoring infrastructure to foster the success of a diverse student body and workforce.