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Examining and advancing women's leadership in education, research, politics, the workplace and the world

IWL Alumnae
Welcome to the Alumnae portion of the IWL Leadership Scholars Certificate Program!

The IWL Leadership Scholars Alumnae Program serves the alumnae of the IWL Leadership Scholars program. The alumnae program offers opportunities for networking, career-building, and mentoring for alumnae and current Leadership Scholars alike.

The mission of the IWL Leadership Scholars Alumnae Program is to enrich and serve its alumnae in their continuing role as women leaders as well as to connect them to the IWL as valued supporters of the organization's educational and social change initiatives. This mission is currently supported through opportunities to serve as internship supervisors and/or informal mentors to current scholars, and social events that allow classmates to reconnect with one another. The Alumnae Program is advised by an alumnae board comprised of staff and faculty from the IWL, as well as representatives from graduated classes.

Janine GianfrediJanine Gianfredi, has worked for Google since 2005. Currently, she is an Agency Business Development Manager, responsible for developing partnerships with creative advertising agencies as they build marketing experiences for consumers using online platforms and digital media. During her career at Google, Janine has created innovative programs designed to engage the advertising community through technological immersion, and has been responsible for scaling these initiatives to Europe, Asia, and Latin America. In 2009, she was awarded the prestigious Americas Achievement Award, given to 1% of Google's sales and marketing organization for her dedication to the company's values. Janine maintains her work-life balance by committing to a steady yoga practice and spending quality time with her husband and two dogs in New York City.

Reflecting on her IWL experience, Janine writes:

"The IWL fostered my desire to mentor young women as they begin their careers and transition from college into the workforce. It is not enough to simply build a network by collecting business cards and email addresses throughout your travels. To truly flourish in your career, it is essential to genuinely engage peers, teachers, and the next generation of young leaders. I love sitting down with young women as they launch their careers, to learn about their ambitions and help them find a path to success, even if that path occasionally runs in a circle! The IWL gave me the skills to mentor other women, but also the courage to ask for guidance. Because the IWL builds a close-knit and supportive community of like-minded women, Leadership Scholars learn to be accepting of others' interest in their careers, helping to make us even more successful. “By dedicating a significant portion of my undergraduate education to the study of leadership, I developed a keen understanding of how individuals manage, motivate, and inspire people to accomplish great endeavors. I am a lifelong student of leadership, always using my scholarly eye to dissect the people who lead corporations, countries, and even bake sales. Leadership is an essential part of affecting change, big or small, and conscious attention must be paid to how it is enacted. Studying women leaders and feminist activists helped me to internalize many of the qualities possessed by great leaders. I credit the IWL not only with giving me the tools to lead, but also for inspiring my passion for leadership."

IWL Alum Opps to Give Back
Opportunities to Give Back

Serve as an Internship Supervisor
Each spring semester, current scholars are placed into internships with leading nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and corporations. Join the growing list of alumnae who give back to the IWL by sponsoring an intern with your organization. This is a great way to mentor a current student, and the Institute covers student commuting expenses.

Informal Mentoring of Current Scholars
You've been through it. Now share your wisdom with a current Leadership Scholar. On an as-needed basis, the IWL would like to refer current scholars to you for informal mentoring on career decisions, thoughts on graduate school, and insights on life after college. Mentoring helps enrich the minds of a new generation of women leaders.

Outstanding IWL student opportunities are made possible from support from alumnae, friends, foundations, and businesses. To find out more about ways to give or to make a gift on-line, link to To speak with someone about making a personal or company gift, contact Lisa Hetfield by email at or phone 848-932-8447.

IWL Alumnae Board
The mission of the IWL Alumnae Board is to provide ongoing support, education and professional growth opportunities to the program's alumnae as they continue to pursue their life goals as informed, innovative and socially responsible leaders. As part of this mission, the Board will support the continued growth and success of the Institute for Women's Leadership.

Board Members:
Mary Marchetta O'Dowd, Class of 1999
Sara Bluhm, Class of 2000
Jessica Greenstone, Class of 2000
Kristy Perez, Class of 2001
Ingrid Dahl, Class of 2002
Sivan Yosef, Class of 2003
Kara Grieco, Class of 2004
Melissa Weisz, Class of 2005
Judith Simms, Class of 2006
Ashley Haughton, Class of 2007
Alexis Kennedy, Class of 2008

Leadng the Way: Young Women's Activism for Social Change, forthcoming in 2010 from Rutgers University Press New Anthology of Essays by IWL Alumnae
Leading the Way:
Young Women's Activism for Social Change, forthcoming in 2010 from Rutgers University Press

Edited by Mary K. Trigg
Introduction by Mary S. Hartman

From the Book's Back Cover:
Leading the Way is a collection of personal essays written by twenty-one young, hopeful American women who describe their work, activism, leadership, and efforts to change the world. It responds to critical portrayals of this generation of "twenty-somethings" as being disengaged and apathetic about politics, social problems, and civic causes.

Bringing together graduates of a women's leadership certificate program at Rutgers University's Institute for Women's Leadership, these essays provide a contrasting picture to assumptions about the current death of feminism, the rise of selfishness and individualism, and the disaffected Millennium Generation. Reflecting on a critical juncture in their lives-the years during college and the beginning of careers or graduate studies-the contributors' voices demonstrate the ways that diverse, young, educated women in the United States are embodying and formulating new models of leadership, at the same time as they are finding their own professional paths, ways of being, and places in the world. They reflect on controversial issues such as gay marriage, gender, racial profiling, war, immigration, poverty, urban education, and health care reform in a post-9/11 era.

Leading the Way introduces readers to young women who are being prepared and empowered to assume leadership roles with men in all public arenas, and to accept equal responsibility for making positive social change in the twenty-first century.

"Are you fearful for our future? Read Leading the Way and be inspired. The twenty-one activists you meet in this book are perfectly attuned to the sense of responsibility and complex consciousness required to be an ethical citizen today." -Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, authors of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future

"Trigg's collection provides rich evidence that feminist praxis is alive and well among a new generation of feminists." -Nancy A. Naples, author of Feminism and Method: Ethnography, Discourse, and Activist Research

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