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2020 Young Women Leadership Council

  • Alexandra Babin

    Fordham University, B.A. American Studies, ’18

    Alexandra Babin

    Fordham University, B.A. American Studies, ’18

    Alexandra Babin is currently an undergraduate at Fordham University, majoring in American Studies with a minor in Political Science. She is a Dean’s List scholar and an Alpha Sigma Nu Honor’s Society member. Outside of the classroom, Alexandra is Fordham University’s Film Society President as well as a layout designer for The Observer, Fordham’s newspaper. Alexandra was an intern for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign and is currently interning for New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Alexandra has a strong interest in political activism and working for women in politics. She aspires to work on campaigns for women in the future and run for office herself one day.

  • Charlotte Bennett

    Hamilton College, B.A. Women's & Gender Studies, '17

    Charlotte Bennett

    Hamilton College, B.A. Women's & Gender Studies, '17

    Charlotte currently works in NYC at the New York State Executive Chamber, where she serves as Senior Briefer to New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. She also serves as Governor Cuomo’s Executive Assistant. She is the first staffer to hold these roles concurrently. Previously, she was a Public Health Associate at Cornerstone Government Affairs in Washington, D.C.

    Charlotte graduated from Hamilton College with a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies and minors in both Psychology and Creative Writing. At Hamilton, she was the Founder and Policy Committee Chair of Hamilton’s Sexual Misconduct and Assault Reform Task-Force (SMART) and Hamilton’s first Title IX advisor organization, Policy Advisors for Sexual Assault (PASA). She was also the Co-Founder of Hamilton’s Planned Parenthood Generation Action chapter. Off campus, she worked as an Education intern at Planned Parenthood. Charlotte also interned with SurvJustice, a non-profit that provides legal services to survivors of sexual violence. Additionally, she volunteered for The Center for Crisis Counseling & Education, a survivor hotline and advocacy center in Stamford, CT, and Hope’s Door, a non-profit in Pleasantville, NY, that provides counseling and resources to survivors of domestic violence.

    Charlotte hopes to pursue a career in women’s legal advocacy.

  • Eilis Bacon-Blaber

    Boston College, The Carroll School of Management, B.S. Finance, '18

    Eilis Bacon-Blaber

    Boston College, The Carroll School of Management, B.S. Finance, '18

    Eilis Bacon-Blaber is a sophomore at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. She is concentrating in Finance with a minor in Philosophy, and will graduate in 2018. Eilis is very passionate about increasing female participation in the finance industry; outside of class, she is involved with Women in Business and Smart Woman Securities, a club that aims to educate and empower women in finance and securities. Last year, Eilis interned with the Boston-based startup company, Luvo Learn. She currently works at her school’s library. In her spare time, Eilis loves to run, ski, bike, play tennis, and read.

  • Molly Carroll

    University of Delaware, B.S. Political Science and Journalism Major, ’16; Suffolk University Law School ‘19

    Molly Carroll

    University of Delaware, B.S. Political Science and Journalism Major, ’16; Suffolk University Law School ‘19

    Molly is a practicing corporate attorney for the law firm Lawson & Weitzen, LLP, where she focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions. She graduated from Suffolk University Law School in 2019 and was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in November 2019 and is in process of being admitted to the New York Bar. During her time in law school, Molly was a member of the Women’s Law Society and served on the Journal of Trial and Appellate Advocacy as the Executive Director of Trial Competitions for the Moot Court Honor Board. Her previous internships include working as the legal assistant to the General Counsel at Primark U.S. Corporation, as well as interning at the law firm Vicente Sederberg, LLC and for the Criminal Section of the Office of the Attorney General in Washington DC. Molly graduated from the University of Delaware in 2016 with a major in political science and a minor in journalism and women’s studies. While at Delaware Molly served as the President and Founder of The Nextworking Club, which is the first female networking club at the University if Delaware. During her free time Molly enjoys volunteering and working with female founded and mission-based start-ups.

  • Maria Coakley

    Temple University, Education Administration, ‘22

    Maria Coakley

    Temple University, Education Administration, ‘22

    Maria Coakley is currently a student at Temple University. She is majoring in Education Administration with a minor in Adult Organization and Development. She plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Education Leadership and will earn a Principal certification. She is a member of the Phi Theta chapter of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority at Temple.
    She hopes to become an Elementary School Principal in a disenfranchised district. She is passionate about childhood literacy and plans to work to improve the education system in the US. She hopes to make a positive impact on the lives of the students and the community in which she serves.

  • Hannah Embry

    SUNY Geneseo, English Literature

    Hannah Embry

    SUNY Geneseo, English Literature

    Hannah Embry majors in English Literature, minors in Gender Studies, and Black Studies at SUNY Geneseo. She works towards exercising intersectional feminism (thanks Kimberlé Crenshaw). She created a support group for survivors of sexual assault and rape on the Geneseo campus. She is training to teach yoga and works towards decolonizing western practices and spreading trauma-informed yoga as a tool for self-care.

  • Sydney Farrell

    University of Vermont, B.S. Early Childhood Education, ‘19

    Sydney Farrell

    University of Vermont, B.S. Early Childhood Education, ‘19

    Sydney Farrell is a graduate of the University of Vermont, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. During her time at the University of Vermont, Sydney was a dedicated women’s activist and fought against campus sexual assault. Sydney is actively involved in the disability community. She invested much of her time in school volunteering and working for the inclusion of all students in sports and academics. Currently, Sydney is working in Madrid, Spain, where she is teaching English to young children. Sydney hopes to work as a public school educator in the US in the future.

  • Maya E. George

    Cornell University, B.S. Policy Analysis & Management, '18

    Maya E. George

    Cornell University, B.S. Policy Analysis & Management, '18

    Maya is a junior at Cornell University, where she studies Policy Analysis & Management, with a focus on Health Care Policy. On campus, she currently serves as Diversity Chair for Outdoor Odyssey, a student-run organization that leads outdoor backpacking trips for incoming students. She is also a member of executive board for Kappa Delta Sorority. She is part of a research group on campus, and is currently working on a project to assess the impact of community gardens. She has previously interned for a public health office, where she analyzed the impacts of their obesity prevention project. She plans to get a Masters of Health Administration after graduation and to pursue a career in Health Care Management.

  • Liz Hammond

    Bucknell University, B.A. International Relations, '18

    Liz Hammond

    Bucknell University, B.A. International Relations, '18

    Liz is a current sophomore at Bucknell University studying International Relations with minors in French and Vocal Performance. She is the current Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Service for her school’s Panhellenic Council, where she organizes large fundraising events for the greater community and oversees the individual philanthropic efforts of each sorority chapter. Liz also works as a Student Development Officer for the University, and is an enthusiastic member of Bucknell’s Women in Finance club and the Bison Girls Dance Team. She hopes to pursue a career in International Business, and takes particular interest in the way that technology continues to play a role in international affairs.

  • Emma Hatheway

    Middlebury College, Psychology and Political Science and Global Health, '19

    Emma Hatheway

    Middlebury College, Psychology and Political Science and Global Health, '19

    Emma Hatheway is a junior at Middlebury College, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Political Science and Global Health. She is a advocate for survivors of sexual assault and is a volunteer for a 24/7 on-call campus service, MiddSafe, dedicated to helping victims of sexual assault and dating violence. Emma’s prior internships include working at the US Attorney’s Office for Connecticut and for The New Agenda Foundation. She is passionate about women’s rights. She plans to attend law school in the future and intends to pursue a career as a criminal justice attorney.

  • Lima Hossain

    Oregon State University, M.S. Applied Economics, ’20

    Lima Hossain

    Oregon State University, M.S. Applied Economics, ’20

    Lima is currently pursuing her M.S. in Applied Economics with a concentration in Environmental & Natural Resource Economics at OSU. Her research primarily focuses on how housing prices are influenced by the urban heat island effect in Eugene, OR. Before moving to the west coast, she attained her B.A. in Mathematics-Economics at Ithaca College. She is passionate about the application of analytics in higher education and attributes her previous role as a Programs Assistant at the Center for Regional Economic Advancement (Cornell University) as the foundation for skills in leadership, networking, marketing & communications, and event management. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, and Bollywood dancing.

  • Lilly Kallman

    Barnard College, Economics and English, '20

    Lilly Kallman

    Barnard College, Economics and English, '20

    Lilly Kallman is a sophomore at Barnard College hoping to double major in Economics and English. She interned at a small fashion design studio in Massachusetts last summer, and plans to intern in NYC this summer in a position where she can combine her love for fashion with her interest in business. On campus, Lilly is the Director of Communications for the Columbia University Fashion Society, a member of the Columbia Women’s Business Society, and an Online Editor for the Barnard Bulletin. In her free time, you can find Lilly running through Central Park, attending a Broadway show, or hunting down the best New York pizza with her friends.

  • Shaireen Karim

    New York University: B.S. Hotel & Tourism Management, ’15

    Shaireen Karim

    New York University: B.S. Hotel & Tourism Management, ’15

    Shaireen currently resides in Washington DC, where she works in Hotel Asset Management at The JBG Companies after graduating from NYU in May 2015. In her spare time, she likes to travel, explore the city, and everything about food culture. Shaireen is passionate about equality of women in all aspects of life, especially in the workforce.

  • Harmehar Kohli

    New York University: College of Arts and Science, B.A. Psychology, Pre-Medical Track, '19

    Harmehar Kohli

    New York University: College of Arts and Science, B.A. Psychology, Pre-Medical Track, '19

    Harmehar is currently a Sophomore at New York University studying Psychology in the Pre-Medical track with a minor in Chemistry and Dramatic Literature. She is currently working as an NYU Admissions Ambassador and interns at NYU Langone Medical Center in the Neuropsychology Department. She is also the creator of Kaurageous Love, a group of young woman based in NYC that host conversations on body image, sexual abuse, and empowerment for young girls. They also plan fundraisers and events for other organizations, especially for the education of young girls in India. Harmehar is also a member of NYU Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity and loves to be in groups of inspiring and extraordinary women.

  • Caroline Larson

    The College of William and Mary, Public Policy and Art History, '20

    Caroline Larson

    The College of William and Mary, Public Policy and Art History, '20

    Caroline is currently a sophomore at The College of William and Mary pursuing a major in Public Policy and a minor in Art History. She is the Special Events Chairwoman and the Official Delegate for the Fraternity/Sorority Sexual Misconduct Prevention Committee for her sorority, Pi Beta Phi. She also volunteers for an organization called the Haven, a student run organization that works towards healing, empowering, and supporting students who have experienced sexual assault or harassment, relationship violence, or gender-based discrimination. In addition, Caroline is a volunteer at the Office of Undergraduate Admission. She has previously interned at Special Olympics in Washington D.C. and is interested in working in the nonprofit field. Caroline is passionate about Latin American studies and plans to spend the fall of 2018 studying in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

  • Rebecca Meaney

    University of Virginia, Global Public Health, B.A., 2021

    Rebecca Meaney

    University of Virginia, Global Public Health, B.A., 2021

    Rebecca Meaney is a junior at the University of Virginia, with a major in Global Public Health and a minor in Spanish. On campus, Rebecca is the Education Chair for Planned Parenthood: Generation Action’s UVA chapter, a Certified Sex Health Educator, and a member of the Community Relations and Diversity Advisory Committee. Additionally, Rebecca volunteers with Hoos in the Office, speaking with prospective students and parents about student life. Rebecca is passionate about the Spanish language and has spent her last two summers studying abroad in Costa Rica and Spain. Rebecca hopes to intern in Washington D.C. this summer, combining her passions for public health and women’s rights.

  • Lindsay McCall

    Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, B.S.'12; Emory University School of Law, J.D. '19

    Lindsay McCall

    Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, B.S.'12; Emory University School of Law, J.D. '19

    Lindsay McCall is a graduate of Emory University Law School in Atlanta, GA where she was a competing member of Emory Law’s mediation team, which is a part of the Emory Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Society. Lindsay is now an Associate at Baker Hostetler in Atlanta, GA. Prior to law school, Lindsay worked as the event manager for the alumni affairs and development office of the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, of which she is a graduate. Lindsay managed many events for the school, including its largest annual fundraiser, the Cornell Hospitality Icon and Innovator Awards dinner, which brought in over 600 industry leaders to raise money for the school’s scholarship recipients. Lindsay is also the proud mother two young children.

  • Kathryn Moos

    Brown University, B.A. Community Health, Sociology, ‘07

    Kathryn Moos

    Brown University, B.A. Community Health, Sociology, ‘07

    Kathryn Moos graduated with a double major in Community Health and Sociology while playing Division I soccer and hockey at Brown. An All-American selection and Captain of the Women’s Soccer team her senior year, Kathryn went on to play professional soccer for Breidablik Futbol Club in Iceland.

    Kathryn is the Founder and CEO of VROU, a Women’s Health company. VROU is dedicated to improving Women’s health through convenient, effective, and reliable nutrition products that target major voids within Women’s nutrition. VROU is passionate about building a community that empowers Women and inspires health.

  • Emily Pursel

    Bucknell University, Literary Studies and Creative Writing, '20

    Emily Pursel

    Bucknell University, Literary Studies and Creative Writing, '20

    Emily is a current junior at Bucknell University studying Literary Studies and Creative Writing with a minor in Classics. She is the current VP of Philanthropy and Community Service on the Bucknell University Panhellenic Council, where she organizes events and oversees the Greek community in their philanthropic and community-based work. Emily is also currently serving as the VP of Service for Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed community service fraternity, and is an editorial intern at West Branch, a literary journal based on campus. She wants to pursue a career in the publishing industry, but also dreams of writing a book or two.

  • Alanah Rafferty

    Marymount Manhattan College, B.A. Communication Arts, Philosophy, '14

    Alanah Rafferty

    Marymount Manhattan College, B.A. Communication Arts, Philosophy, '14

    Alanah Rafferty is an actor and filmmaker who graduated from Marymount Manhattan College, Magna Cum Laude, in 2014, with a degree in Communication Arts and Philosophy. Her main focuses of study were creative media, religious ethics, and the philosophy of political and social justice. In January of 2014, she studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she studied Language and Latin American Culture. Along with her Film and TV acting work, she interned for Working Pictures, Monica Bill Barnes and Co, and was a Production Assistant on the BBC show, Doctor Who.
    She currently is a Development Assistant at Durga Entertainment, a production company who’s mission is to “champion filmmakers…that provide specific, diverse and insightful reflections on contemporary America.” She continues to act, write and direct, and enjoys kickboxing and cooking.
  • Karina Roye

    Middlebury College, Biology and Environmental Studies, ‘20

    Karina Roye

    Middlebury College, Biology and Environmental Studies, ‘20

    Karina is a Biology and Environmental Studies major at Middlebury College, Class of 2020. She is on the Middlebury Women’s crew team and has served as president of the team for two years. She is a public speaking coach at Oratory Now, a campus organization that offers free coaching and workshops to students. Oratory Now does many full class workshops and is currently expanding into professional and corporate workshops as well. In her free time Karina loves being outside skiing and hiking with her two golden retrievers.

  • Jessica Saunders

    Middlebury College, Political Science and Environmental Studies, '20

    Jessica Saunders

    Middlebury College, Political Science and Environmental Studies, '20

    Jessica Saunders is currently a sophomore at Middlebury College but spent her first year at Barnard College in New York City. She is pursuing a joint major in political science and environmental studies with a minor in architecture. At Middlebury, she is a member of the Middlebury Environmental Council, participates in the outdoor club, meditation club, and ultimate frisbee team, and has just started writing for the campus newspaper. She has previously interned at Children’s Hospital Boston, Saving Mothers Organization, and Boston Preservation Alliance. She also worked at Siena Farms, where she learned about the relationships between environmental sustainability, agriculture, and the connections between people and food. Jessica plans to pursue her interests in sustainable living, innovative uses of space, and fostering activism and collaboration.

  • Alana Siqueira

    Cornell University , Performing and Media Arts, ‘17

    Alana Siqueira

    Cornell University , Performing and Media Arts, ‘17

    Alana is currently a Junior at Cornell University, where she is pursuing a major in Performing and Media Arts with a concentration in Films Studies along with a minor in Fine Arts. She is a news anchor and editor for the Cornell Daily Sun’s Multimedia team, where she creates content to engage the Cornell Community. She is also a member of Kappa Delta where she has served as Social Media Chair, Photographer and is currently the Assistant to Public Relations. After college she hopes to pursue a career in filmmaking.

  • Stephanie Tweel

    New York University, B.S. Media, Culture, and Communication, ’17; Columbia University, Master’s Degree candidate, Data Analytics

    Stephanie Tweel

    New York University, B.S. Media, Culture, and Communication, ’17; Columbia University, Master’s Degree candidate, Data Analytics

    Stephanie is a graduate from New York University and works for a digital marketing agency, where she strategizes and executes advertising campaigns across retail & entertainment clients. She actively participates in her office’s Women in Leadership group, where she plans office-wide events to promote gender equality and empower women in the workplace. Stephanie is also pursuing her Master’s Degree in data analytics at Columbia University to develop an in-depth knowledge of data analytics and practical leadership skills. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys reading, cooking and exercising to clear her mind.

  • Samantha Walsh

    Binghamton University, Political Science and Philosophy, '20

    Samantha Walsh

    Binghamton University, Political Science and Philosophy, '20

    Samantha Walsh is currently a student at Binghamton University. She is majoring in Political Science and Philosophy and will graduate in May 2020. Samantha is also in an accelerated Master of Public Administration degree program and will graduate in May 2021. Outside of the classroom, Samantha is involved in College Democrats, Residential Life, the Binghamton Student Ambassador Program, the Center for Civic Engagement, the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development, and is the co-founder of the Adaptive Sports Club on campus. After noticing a lack of availability of accessible sports on campus, Samantha set out to create the Adaptive Sports Club. This club set out to teach both able-bodied and differently-abled students about the fun and exciting world of adaptive sports as well as guarantee equal access to sports activities to all students.

    After Samantha completes her MPA, she plans to work in the public sector focusing on political activism and working with women in politics with the eventual plan of running for political office herself.

  • Victoria Watson

    Cornell University, B.A Government, ‘21

    Victoria Watson

    Cornell University, B.A Government, ‘21

    Victoria Watson is currently a freshman at Cornell University, where she plans on majoring in Government and minoring in Arabic as well as International Relations. On campus, Victoria is the Outreach Chair of the pre-professional government fraternity POLIS, a Middle East affairs researcher for United Nations Association USA, a member of the Cornell International Affairs Society, Association for International Human Rights, and the Cornell’s Club Field Hockey Team.

    Her previous internships include working at the World Childhood Foundation USA, the Millennium Villages Project as an on-site delegate, and most recently as an intern in the Economic Empowerment Division at the International Rescue Committee. Victoria is interested in helping to find strategic solutions to getting more women engaged in government and hopes that empowerment of women will make for a better world.

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