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2018 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Maria Coakley

    Franklin & Marshall College, Environmental Science

    Maria Coakley

    Franklin & Marshall College, Environmental Science

    My name is Maria Coakley and I am a rising Sophomore at Franklin and Marshall college. I am an Environmental Science major with a strong interest in social activism. I am from Long Island, New York. I am a member of the Franklin and Marshall Rowing team. This past summer I worked on the grassroots campaign of Jim Gaughran, a prospective state senator. I hope to one day work as a marine biologist and be an environmental activist.

    I have many interests ranging from yoga and meditation to environmental conservation. I have a nerdy side and I love weird videos on the internet and SpongeBob memes. I have a very unique sense of humor. I love music especially genres ranging from classic rock to rap. I also like funny movies; I especially love a good satire. I consider my best quality to be my strength. I have been through many difficult times in my life and each experience has reshaped me and helped me become the person I am proud to be today. I can finally say that I love myself and that I am comfortable in my own skin. I really do see myself as and individual and embrace my individuality. My family is very important to me, I wish nothing but love and compassion to anyone who is reading my bio.

  • 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. 

  • Olivia Forker

    Ithaca College, English and Documentary Studies/Production ‘20

    Olivia Forker

    Ithaca College, English and Documentary Studies/Production ‘20

    Olivia Forker is a sophomore at Ithaca College studying English and Documentary
    Studies/Production. She is the current president of IC Planned Parenthood Generation Action, a
    club dedicated to developing campaigns that support and empower women in areas of health
    care, political action, and campus culture. Olivia also works on the executive board of IC
    Women in Communications and acts as the liaison for fundraising events that benefit local
    women’s rights organizations. She is an RA on campus and enjoys empowering her residents to
    be agents of change at Ithaca College. In her free time, Olivia likes to watch movies, read, or find
    the best spot on campus to watch the sun set.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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, Undecided

    Karina Roye

    Middlebury College, Undecided

    Karina is currently a freshman at Middlebury College. She has not yet declared her major, but is interested in studying political science and global health. She is a member of the crew team, and also enjoys taking advantage of outdoor activities with the mountain club. She hopes to pursue a career in medicine after graduating.

  • 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.

  • Annabel Thompson

    Wellesley College, English and Women and Gender Studies, '19

    Annabel Thompson

    Wellesley College, English and Women and Gender Studies, '19

    Annabel Thompson is a junior at Wellesley College, where she is studying English and Women’s and Gender Studies. She is passionate about writing in all its forms; an active participant in Wellesley’s slam poetry society, she also serves as both a copy editor and a staff writer for the Wellesley News. She spent last summer working as a news intern at ThinkProgress and plans to pursue a career in journalism. In her spare time, she can often be seen at rallies on the Boston Common, or playing club rugby.

  • 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.

  • 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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