Christine Koh ’95 has interviewed actress Salma Hayek, dispensed advice about diapers, held court in meetings at Walt Disney World and garnered a devoted national following as a “mommy blogger” and creator of the Web site BostonMamas.com. But the stylish resource portal for families is a far cry from where she began her career.
A music and psychology major at Wheaton, Koh earned a Ph.D. and was set for a career studying music and brain science. Instead, she took a detour. “I was passionate about my Ph.D. research, but my postdoctoral fellowship sapped my passion for academia at a time when other creative ideas were percolating loudly in my brain. Also, my daughter’s birth and my father’s death made me realize that every moment in life counts; if I was going to have a career it needed to be an inspired one. All signs were pointing me to the exit.”
Combining her skills in writing and design, Koh launched BostonMamas.com in 2006, which has earned her billing as one of the “power pack” bloggers on Nielsen’s “Power Moms 50 List.”
Koh credits Wheaton with helping her develop the confidence to turn her ideas into action, and has no regrets about her decade spent in science; instead, she says, “I truly believe every path leads you to the next and I use all of the skills I honed at Wheaton and beyond every single day.”