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  • 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.

  • Kristen Barnett

    Cornell University, Dyson School, B.S. Applied Economics and Management, ’15

    Kristen Barnett

    Cornell University, Dyson School, B.S. Applied Economics and Management, ’15

    Kristen Barnett is a senior at Cornell University studying Applied Economics and Management with a focus on International Development. She has served as President of Mountains for Moms, a student group that raises money and awareness for women with obstetric fistula by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, and co-founded the Dyson Symposium on Women in Leadership. Currently, Kristen serves as President of her business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi, and advises the current executive board of Mountains for Moms, as well as many other younger students on campus. She has interned for a non-profit in Cusco, Peru doing business development, followed by a summer at Barclays doing Sales and Trading. Most recently, Kristen interned at the NYC office of Boston Consulting Group, where she will be returning after graduation for full-time.

  • Charlotte Bennett

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

    Charlotte Bennett

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

    Charlotte is a Hamilton College senior with an academic focus in Women’s Studies, Psychology, and Creative Writing. She is 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 is also a Co-Founder of Hamilton’s Planned Parenthood Generation Action chapter. Off campus, she works as an Education intern at Planned Parenthood. Charlotte also recently interned with SurvJustice, a non-profit that provides legal services to survivors of sexual violence. Additionally, she has 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. Upon graduation, Charlotte hopes to pursue a career in women’s legal advocacy.

  • Sophie Beshar

    Stanford University, B.S. Management Science & Engineering, '19

    Sophie Beshar

    Stanford University, B.S. Management Science & Engineering, '19

    Sophie Beshar is a sophomore at Stanford University, where she is planning on studying Management Science & Engineering. During the school year, she works as a part-time intern at WomenCount, a non-profit crowdfunding startup that aims to increase female presence in politics. On campus, she is a member of Stanford in Government and the club lacrosse team. From June to August 2016, she interned for Hillary For America in the travel operations team. While her past experiences skew toward the political sphere, she is very also interested in business technology and hopes to one day live abroad.

  • Alessandra Biaggi

    New York University, B.S. ’08; Fordham Law School, J.D. ’12; Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, ’14

    Alessandra Biaggi

    New York University, B.S. ’08; Fordham Law School, J.D. ’12; Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, ’14

    Alessandra Biaggi is a graduate of Fordham Law School, where she served as a member of the Fordham Law Review and co-chair of the Law Review’s Academic Action Committee. With a strong interest and faith in empowering women through legal and political processes, she attended the Women’s Campaign School at Yale Law School to guide her pursuit of a career in public policy and politics. Alessandra has interned for Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY), the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, and was an editor for the Presidential Succession Clinic at the Feerick Center for Social Justice. She was recently appointed as the Assistant General Counsel for the NYS Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery.

  • 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.

  • Anna Brooks

    Hamilton College, Undecided '20

    Anna Brooks

    Hamilton College, Undecided '20

    Anna Brooks is a freshman at Hamilton College. While she is unsure what her academic field is going to be, she is leaning towards a major in Government or Psychology. At Hamilton, Anna is the Co-chair for the Policy Committee of Hamilton’s Sexual Misconduct and Assault Reform Task-Force (SMART), and is being trained to be part of Hamilton’s Title IX advisor organization, Policy Advisors for Sexual Assault (PASA). She is also a Sexual Assault Violence Education & Support (SAVES) Peer Advocate, a tutor at a local elementary school, and a member of Hamilton’s Newman Council. She has interned with New York City Council Member Ben Kallos (5th district) as well as Judge Ronnie Abrams (United States District Court for the Southern District of New York). In her free time, Anna likes to be with her friends, go to sporting events, and spend time outside.

  • Molly Carroll

    University of Delaware, B.S. Political Science and Journalism Major, ‘16

    Molly Carroll

    University of Delaware, B.S. Political Science and Journalism Major, ‘16

    Molly is a senior at the University of Delaware studying political science, journalism and women studies. She has studied abroad in Rio De Janeiro researching the effects on tourism regarding the 2016 Summer Olympic.  Her previous internships include interning for the Criminal Section of the Office of the Attorney in Washington DC and working as the lifestyle intern for HGTV magazine in New York City. Molly is also the President and Founder of The Nextworking Club, which is the first female networking club at the University if Delaware. Molly is also a contributing writer to her school newspaper The Review, and is a skimm’bassador for the newsletter theSkimm. She is preparing to attend law school next fall.

  • Leah DeFusco

    Ithaca College, B.S. Public Health, ‘19

    Leah DeFusco

    Ithaca College, B.S. Public Health, ‘19

    Leah is a sophomore at Ithaca College studying Public Health through the school of Health Sciences and Human Performance. She is currently a member of the Ithaca College Environmental Society, which seeks to raise awareness of sustainability and encourage environmentally friendly behaviors. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, hiking, and spending time with friends. In the future, Leah hopes to pursue a Public Health career with a focus on women’s health!

  • Jamie Ehrlich

    The University of Chicago '18 B.A. Political Science

    Jamie Ehrlich

    The University of Chicago '18 B.A. Political Science

    Jamie is a second year at the University of Chicago, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Human Rights. At UChicago, she is involved with the Model United Nations Team, the Institute of Politics led by David Axelrod, UChicago Students for Hillary, and serves as the chair for the Student Government Committee on Campus Sustainability. Off campus, Jamie is interested in furthering female involvement in politics — she has worked on the Senate campaigns of both Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). She spent last summer in the United States Senate interning for Senator Warren, and feels fortunate to have so many amazing female role models in her life. Following her time at UChicago, Jamie hopes to some day be that role model for other young women like her.

  • 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 freshman student at the University in Vermont, pursuing a degree in early childhood education. She is a writer for her campus’s chapter on “HerCampus”, and is passionate about bringing awareness towards the issue of sexual abuse, especially with college students. Sydney volunteers at a homeless shelter in Burlington once a week to spend some time with the children, and plans on becoming a early childhood educator. She also plans to study abroad in New Zealand the spring of her junior year. 

  • 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.

  • Lima Hossain

    Ithaca College, B.A. Economics and Mathematics, '17

    Lima Hossain

    Ithaca College, B.A. Economics and Mathematics, '17

    Lima Hossain is a Junior at Ithaca College (IC) studying Mathematics and Economics with an Outdoor Pursuits minor. She currently serves as a Student Director for the Alumni Board of Directors (AABD) at IC. As a Student Director her work primarily focuses on institutional advancement for diversity and inclusion on campus. She also serves as the Vice President for South Asian Students Society (SASS) and is an active member of the Leadership Scholars Program. Lima will be presenting her research paper on Price Elasticity of Demand for the Town of Ithaca to the New York State Economics Association later this fall. In her free time she enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, and Bollywood dancing.

  • 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.

  • Sarah Kingsley

    University of Rochester, B.A. Computer Science, B.A. Studio Arts, ’17

    Sarah Kingsley

    University of Rochester, B.A. Computer Science, B.A. Studio Arts, ’17

    Sarah Kingsley is a sophomore at the University of Rochester. She plans to graduate with a double major in Computer Science and Studio Arts with a minor in Business. At the University, she partakes in a student run theatre company, TOOP, as well as she is a member of the D’lion club that lives with and engages freshman students within the community. After college she hopes to pursue a career in software and website design.

  • 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.

  • Lindsay McCall

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

    Lindsay McCall

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

    Lindsay McCall is a first-year law student at Emory University Law School in Atlanta, GA. She is currently a competing member of Emory Law’s mediation team, which is a part of the Emory Law Alternative Dispute Resolution society. Lindsay’s goal is to work in labor and employment law after graduation, and she is currently a part of the Employment Law society. Prior to entering 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 of a one and a half-year-old boy.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Karen Reppy

    Barnard College of Columbia University, B.A. Political Science, ’19

    Karen Reppy

    Barnard College of Columbia University, B.A. Political Science, ’19

    Karen is a sophomore at Barnard College of Columbia University pursing a BA in political science, with a focus on American politics. She is also a member of the Athena Scholars Program. Most recently, Karen interned at Hillary for America, primarily working on the state operations team to support grassroots outreach and state programs. On campus, she also co-founded Columbia Students for Hillary, and is a member of the Student Academic Advisory Committee, which works to improve Barnard’s academic policies for students. Previously, Karen worked as a junior research assistant at Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago. In this capacity she assisted with research related to education policy in Chicago and worked on Chicago’s Thrive Initiative. She is passionate about politics and policy and has a strong belief in the importance of increasing the number of women in politics and ensuring that elected officials truly represent the diverse communities of America.

  • Jessica Saunders

    Barnard College, undecided, '20

    Jessica Saunders

    Barnard College, undecided, '20

    Jessica Saunders is currently a freshman at Barnard College in New York City. She has not yet decided her major but is pursuing her academic interests in environmental policy, economics, human rights, and architecture. She currently works with the Amnesty international organization on campus, writes for Spoon University, a prominent food publication, participates in the outdoor club and regularly practices yoga. In the past, Jessica has interned both at Children’s Hospital Boston and at Saving Mothers, an international organization which works to care for the medical concerns of women during pregnancy and childbirth in underserved areas. Jessica hopes to pursue her interests in environmental rights and creating safe spaces for victims of sexual assault on campus during her time at Barnard.

  • Norah Senftleber

    Middlebury College, B.A. Undecided, '19

    Norah Senftleber

    Middlebury College, B.A. Undecided, '19

    Norah Senftleber is currently a freshman at Middlebury College. She has yet to declare her major, but has a strong interest in political science, Spanish, and gender studies, and hopes to pursue a major in one of these fields. She is a member of the women’s basketball team, and is also an employee at Crossroads Cafe, the only completely student run business on campus. Additionally, she is a certified member of the Green Dot violence prevention project at Middlebury College.

  • 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.

  • Sophia Tulp

    Ithaca College, Roy H. Park School of Communications, B.A. Journalism, ’19

    Sophia Tulp

    Ithaca College, Roy H. Park School of Communications, B.A. Journalism, ’19

    Sophia Tulp is a sophomore at Ithaca College, hailing from the heart of the Midwest: Kansas City, Kansas. She is currently studying journalism with minors in spanish and politics through the Park Scholar Program at IC, a scholarship program that combines her passions for leadership, community service and communications. Sophia is a digital producer for USA TODAY College and is passionate about all things media — namely women, and their representation in it. She has a particular interest in the way women are portrayed in media, as well as their roles in creating it. At IC, Sophia is on the editorial board of The Ithacan, and volunteers with Catholic Charities’ immigrant services, working to bring programs to refugees in the Ithaca area, as well as working on media literacy with students at Ithaca high schools and incarcerated youth. In her free time, Sophia enjoys crossword puzzles, coffee, non-fiction and pretending she’s the sixth member of Fleetwood Mac.

  • Stephanie Tweel

    New York University: Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, B.S. Media, Culture, and Communication, ’17

    Stephanie Tweel

    New York University: Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, B.S. Media, Culture, and Communication, ’17

    Stephanie is currently a Sophomore at New York University, where she is pursuing a major in media and cultural studies along with a cross-school minor called the Business of Entertainment, Media, and Technology. She is also a member of Zeta Tau Alpha where she has served as Sisterhood Chair and will be the Philanthropy Chair for the upcoming year. Stephanie has held many internships including ones at Raker Goldstein & Co., ODA Public Relationship and, most recently, in the fashion department of Krupp Group Communications. Looking to the future, Stephanie hopes to pursue a career in public relations, hoping to one day own a firm of her own that specializes in beauty, fashion, and lifestyle brands.

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