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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.

Ingrid Hu Dahl

Institute for Women's Leadership (IWL) Scholar Alumna Ingrid Hu Dahl graduated in 2002 from Douglass College and went on to earn her Master's Degree in Women's and Gender Studies.

Ingrid completed her IWL field practicum on the Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls in Portland, Oregon where she learned about youth empowerment, voice, and using media as a tool to gain confidence and leadership. In 2004, she became a founding member of the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls in Brooklyn, NY, where she also resided.

Ingrid has a varied background - she was a consultant for the Bonner Foundation, a national and international speaker, a touring musician in four different bands (two of which were all-female), and a TEDx speaker. In New York City, Ingrid was a guest lecturer at Barnard, The New School, CUNY, and Hunter; and on the weekends, she was a vendor at the Brooklyn flea market after having an eye on design in mid-century restoration and fashion. Ingrid was also a makeup artist, cut hair on the side, and was part of the local NYC queer community.

In her professional career, Ingrid worked as the Editor-in-Chief of the Youth Media Reporter, a professional journal documenting the youth media field, at the Academy of Educational Development. She then was given the opportunity to become a Director of Education at the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), a 40-year-old nonprofit in San Francisco to use media as a conduit for social change and oversee the youth media program. Moving into the position of Senior Director, Education and Field Building, Ingrid worked with the tech sector, City of San Francisco, and secondary and post-secondary institutions to build pathways for underrepresented emerging professionals to get opportunities in tech through a variety of fellowship programs supported by Zynga, National Science Foundation, National Endowment of the Arts, and several foundations. Ingrid then became Managing Director of Education at KQED where she oversaw the development of products and platforms to transform learning nationally. Ingrid recently took on the role of  Director of Service Design at Capital One, scaling a new human-centered approach to "banking for good" throughout the company.

Reflecting on her IWL experience, Ingrid writes:

"IWL gave me the mentors and role models I so desperately needed, a community of empowered women leaders, a context and language to contribute to and adapt transformative leadership, to explore real world working environments through several internships, and to gain the confidence in my ability to be creative, to make social change, to spur and bring people together, and to knit themes of my skill set -- to identify opportunities and orchestrate solutions. IWL gave me access to incredible speakers and to wonderfully supportive mentors, like Dr. Mary Trigg and the rest of the IWL team. It was Dr. Mary Trigg that I first started coming out to as a queer woman, who I still connect with and update her today on my recent marriage to my wife and the adventure we're on together as two women in tech. IWL gave me the space to come into my own power, to cultivate a sense of self and way of being at such an important time in my development. I know I'm an agent of change and I am open to future challenges/opportunities ahead. I've been thinking about running for office and I'm excited about the chapters ahead that have yet to be explored. I hope that it inspires the next generation of women leaders who people look up to, believe in, and recognize. There's still much to be done to change the world and society in the lens of gender equity. We have our work cut out for us."

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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