MEET THE OWN IT 2018 TEAM! 

Sarah Clements, Co-Chair

COL 2018 Newtown, CT 

Favourite Quote: "A strong woman is a woman who loves strongly and weeps strongly and is strongly terrified and has strong needs. A strong woman is strong in words, in action, in connection, in feeling... Strength is not in her, but she enacts it as the wind fills a sail." ~ Marge Piercy

How do you OWN IT? I own it by being true to myself, by remembering the women I came from, by honoring my heritage, by never compromising my values, by being open to criticism, by surrounding myself with strong people, by doing what makes me happiest, by always learning new things, by forgiving myself, by working harder than I ever thought possible, by also giving myself room to rest, by challenging myself and others to do better.

 

Sienna Mori, Co-Chair

North Salem, NY

Favourite Quote: “It’s interesting how we often can’t see the ways in which we are being strong – like, you can’t be aware of what you’re doing that’s tough and brave at the time that you’re doing it because if you knew that it was brave, then you’d be scared.”

How do you OWN IT? Laughing louder than anyone else in the room.

Nicole Heitsenrether Deputy Co-Chair

SFS 2019 Morristown, NJ

Favourite Quote: "Be the change you wish to see in the world." -Mahatma Gandhi

How do you OWN IT? I OWN IT by doing what I love - traveling, studying counterterrorism, and striving to make the future female!

Sofia Carratala, Chief of Staff

SFS 2019 Miami, FL 

Favourite Quote: "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams"- Eleanor Roosevelt

How do you OWN IT? I OWN IT by trying to embody courage and confidence in all aspects of my life

Paige Taylor Deputy Co-Chair

COL 2019 Wellesley, MA

Favourite Quote: "If you've got it, flaunt it. And if you don't got it? Flaunt it. 'Cause what are we even doing here if we're not flaunting it?" -Mindy Kaling

How do you OWN IT? I own it by surrounding myself with badass women everywhere I can and always laughing at myself.

Cassie Saenz, Co-Director of Logistics 

COL 2018 McAllen, TX

Favourite Quote: "To all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams." -Hillary Clinton

How do you OWN IT? I OWN IT by surrounding myself with women who inspire me in everything they do, by embracing & loving who I am and where I come from, and by balancing out my schedule with extreme amounts of TV show binge-watching

Grace Laria, Co-Director of Logistics

SFS 2019 Baltimore, Maryland

Favourite Quote: What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in Love, stay in love, and it will decide everything. - Pedro Arrupe

How do you OWN IT? I OWN IT by not being afraid to ask questions, dig deeper and engage in new spaces and relationships. I've come to understand the importance of honest, empathetic conversations as well as critical self-reflection in my own personal growth, both of which have provided me not only with the opportunity to form incredible friendships at Georgetown, but also to better understand, appreciate, and challenge myself.

Emma Turner, Deputy of Marketplace

COL 2021 Birmingham, Alabama 

Favourite Quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”- Margaret Mead

How do you OWN IT? I OWN IT by trying to continue the work of all of the great feminist activists who came before me.

Naba Rahman, Deputy Director of SWAG bags

SFS 2019 Sarasota, Florida 

Favourite Quote: "And though she be but little she is fierce."

How do you OWN IT? Showing everyone what a girl in charge can do and supporting other girls in their own ventures!

Amanda Shepherd, Director of Communications

SFS 2019, New York City

Favourite Quote: "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”- Eleanor Roosevelt

How do you OWN IT? I OWN IT by getting back up when I get knocked down

Bethany Hou, Deputy of External Affairs

MSB 2020 Roseland, NJ

Favourite Quote: Who run the world? Girls! -Beyonce

How do you OWN IT? I OWN IT every day by inspiring others and taking inspiration from the amazing women in my life.

Ravisa Kalsi, Deputy of Marketing

COL 2020 New Delhi, India

Favourite Quote: "If you have the opportunity to play this game of life you need to appreciate every moment of it. A lot of people don't appreciate the moment until it's passed." - Kanye West

How do you OWN IT? By letting go of what others think and choosing to embrace each day with buckets of laughter and happiness! 

Karen Shi, Deputy of Speakers

COL 2020 New York City

Favourite Quote: “The brain is a monstrous, beautiful mess.” -Susannah Cahalan, "Brain on Fire"

How do you OWN IT? I OWN IT by embracing my background and doing what makes me happy.

Jocelyn Ortiz, Co-Director of Speakers

COL 2020 Chino, California 

Favourite Quote: “What are men to rocks and mountains?” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

How do you OWN IT? When life gets hectic and I lose sight of why I'm juggling a million things, I remind myself of my ancestor's struggles to get to this land in the hopes of creating a better life for their future lineage.I remind myself that I have the privilege of reaping the rewards of the farmers and railroad workers who had hard lives so I could end up at Georgetown. With that in mind, I study a little later, walk with a little more confidence, and believe in the power of the fierce women and men who made my dreams attainable.

Madeline Moreno, Co-Director of Speakers

SFS 2020 Laramie, Wyoming

Favourite Quote: Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but how we react.

How do you OWN IT? By unapologetically believing in myself, supporting other women, and constantly pushing the limits of what I can do.

Emma Vahey, Director of Volunteers

COL 2020 Fairfield

Favourite Quote: “Do I contradict myself? Very well then, I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes.”

How do you OWN IT? I OWN IT by spending time with the phenomenal ladyboss role models in my life. The #ladymafia is alive and well!

Ida Adibi, Co-Deputy of Volunteers

COL 2019 Charlotte, NC

Favourite Quote: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead

How do you OWN IT? I OWN IT by celebrating my entire authentic self, working to create the change I envision, and eating more mashed potatoes than any individual should

Abigail Ulman, Co-Deputy of Volunteers

SFS 2019 Fairfield, CT

Favourite Quote: "It's not nice, it's necessary to include women." -Manal Omar, Acting Vice-President for the Middle East and Africa Center at the US Institute of Peace

How do you OWN IT? I'm visibly, sometimes overwhelmingly, passionate about my interests (which mainly include feminism, gender and sustainability, reproductive justice, and environmental sustainability) and don't care who knows.

Virginia Hanstad, Director of Philanthropy

MSB 2018 Holliston, MA

Favourite Quote: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

How do you OWN IT? I OWN IT by surrounding myself with badass women who inspire me to be better everyday!

Emma Woodruff, Deputy of Philanthropy

SFS 2021 Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Favourite Quote: “I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being.” - Maya Angelou

How do you OWN IT? I'm an avid proponent of shine theory, or the idea that befriending other amazing women will lead to happiness for all. By surrounding myself with ladies who inspire me, we collectively OWN IT!