Institute for Women’s Leadership Staff

Lisa Hetfield
Interim Director

Lisa Hetfield is currently the Interim Director of the Institute for Women’s Leadership at Rutgers University (IWL). Hetfield has worked at Rutgers since 1990, when she joined the university as the Director of Development for Douglass, the women’s college at Rutgers. In that role, she worked to raise over $11 million for the 75th Anniversary Campaign for Douglass.

She began her work with the Institute in 1995 and since that time has directed fund-development activities, raising over $9 million for leadership programs, research, and endowments. She is a cofounder of several leadership programs at the IWL, and is co-editor of Junctures in Leadership - Business, a book of case studies published by Rutgers University Press in 2016.

Hetfield holds an Master of Arts in women’s and gender studies from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Carnegie-Mellon University.

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Mary K. Trigg
Associate Professor and Chair, Women's and Gender Studies | Faculty Director, Leadership Scholars Certificate Program

Mary K. Trigg is Associate Professor and Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies. Trained in women’s history and American Studies, her scholarship focuses on the history of feminism and social movements in the United States; motherhood studies and women, work, and family; and women’s/feminist leadership. Trigg is also Director of Leadership Programs and Research at the Institute for Women’s Leadership, and is the founding director of the Leadership Scholars Certificate Program. In her time at Rutgers she has also served as Associate Director of the Center for Women and Work.

Trigg is the author or editor of three books: the edited anthology Leading the Way: Young Women’s Activism for Social Change (Rutgers University Press, 2010), the monograph Feminism as Life’s Work: Four Modern American Women through Two World Wars (Rutgers University Press, 2014), and Junctures in Women’s Leadership: Social Movements (co-edited with Alison R. Bernstein, Rutgers University Press, 2016 which was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title). Trigg also served as consulting editor for the three-volume biographical dictionary Great Lives from History: American Women (Salem Press, 2016). She is currently series editor for Junctures: Case Studies in Women’s Leadership, Rutgers University Press.

Trigg’s current book project Of Mothers and Time: Temporality and Experiences of Motherhood in the United States, 1920-1960 considers the ways that diverse mothers resisted linear concepts of time that valorized time discipline, productivity, and scientific motherhood. Trigg has her Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University, her M.A. in American Civilization from Brown University, her M.A. in English from Carnegie-Mellon University, and earned her B.S. cum laude, from the University of Michigan, Natural Resources.

Sasha Wood Taner
Program Director and Research Coordinator

Sasha Taner is Program Director and Research Coordinator at the Rutgers’ Institute for Women’s Leadership. Sasha is a Ph.D. candidate, ABD, in Global Affairs at the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers-Newark, where she completed her Master’s of Science in 2005. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies with a certificate in women’s leadership. Her research interests include women’s leadership studies and intergenerational mentoring, first-generation and immigrant narratives post U.S. higher education, and feminist knowledge production using oral history, interviews, and multimedia platforms to highlight women’s activism and leadership globally and locally.

Sasha has worked for over twenty years in the field of education in public and private schools both locally and abroad. Her contributions to the community have included aiding resettlement processes of asylees internationally, supporting refugee families locally, and serving for over eight years women and children survivors of domestic violence.

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Emily Haran
Administrative Director and Communications Coordinator

Emily Haran is the Administrative Director and Communications Coordinator for the Institute for Women’s Leadership. In her communications role she supervises the social media team and coordinates all digital content for the Institute, including the website and monthly newsletter. Emily is a two-time graduate of Rutgers University, earning her in Master of Arts in Communication and Information Studies and her Bachelor’s degree in Communication. She’s interested in women’s leadership, education, social media, and graphic design.

Ludine Daux
WINGS Program Coordinator

Ludine Daux is WINGS Program Coordinator for Rutgers' Institute for Women’s Leadership and School of Management and Labor Relations’ Center for Women and Work. Ludine coordinates the daily activities for WINGS. Her work focuses on the planning and implementation of program activities and events.

Ludine is a graduate of Rutgers University’s Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health with a certificate in Public Health Education. Ludine is a WINGS Mentoring Program alumna and a member of Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society.

Kylie Davidson
Program Coordinator, Alison R. Bernstein Media Mentoring Program and the Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair Programs

Kylie Davidson is the Program Coordinator for the Alison R. Bernstein Media Mentoring Program and the Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair Programs for the Institute for Women's Leadership. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Rutgers University with minors in women's and gender studies and psychology.

Mary S. Hartman
Senior Scholar and Founding Director

Mary S. Hartman is University Professor Emerita and Founding Director and Senior Scholar of the Institute for Women's Leadership. As IWL Founding Director (1991-2010), she initiated model programs including the IWL Leadership Scholars Certificate Program for undergraduate students. Dr. Hartman has led several research projects focusing on women’s advancement, women’s leadership development and community involvement, and racial and gender equity in higher education.

Dr. Hartman served as the dean of Douglass College, the college for women at Rutgers University, from 1982 to 1994. In that role, she initiated a number of nationally recognized programs for women including the Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science, and Engineering; the Center for Women's Global Leadership; the Laurie New Jersey Chair in Women's Studies; and the Institute for Women's Leadership.

Dr. Hartman is a social historian specializing in women’s history and gender studies. She is the author or editor of numerous publications, including: The Household and the Making of History: A Subversive View of the Western Past (Cambridge University Press, 2004); Talking Leadership: Conversations with Powerful Women, editor, and introduction (Rutgers Press, 1999); Victorian Murderesses: A True History of Thirteen Respectable French and English Women Accused of Unspeakable Crimes (Schocken Books, 1977); and Clio's Consciousness Raised: New Perspectives on the History of Women, editor (Harper & Row, 1974).

Dr. Hartman has a B.A. from Swarthmore College and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University.


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