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The Womxn of Yale

The Womxn of Yale

By Yale Women's Leadership Initiative
Members of the Women's Leadership Initiative at Yale will interview past and current womxn students at Yale about their experiences at Yale and beyond. The WLI offers opportunities to learn from, speak with, and network with womxn leaders in a wide variety of fields, work with a community of passionate and supportive womxn, and launch self-driven initiatives that empower womxn in many ways.

Learn more about us on Facebook (Women’s Leadership Initiative at Yale), Instagram (@yalewli), and website (yalewli.org).
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A Conversation with the InHerShoes Movement
In today's episode, WLI Co-Directors of Partnerships Nancy Lin and Monique Nickolov have a conversation with Judith Martinez, CEO and Founder of InHerShoes; Camille de la Rosa, Content Creator & Jr. Social Strategist; and Bidisa Mukherjee, Bay Area Chapter Lead Catalyst. InHerShoes is a non-profit that has been committed to catalyzing courage for girls around the world since 2014. As part of WLI's upcoming partnership with InHerShoes, today's podcast hosts and guests discuss what women's empowerment means to them, what InHerShoes' work in this space looks like, and what they would each do if they were "1% more courageous." Stay in touch with WLI by liking us on Facebook (Women’s Leadership Initiative at Yale), following us on Instagram (@yalewli), and checking out our website at yalewli.org. Our theme song is from “Entwined Oddity” from Blue Dot Sessions. Other music used throughout the podcast is from Ketsa’s “A Road Less Travelled” and “Summer.”
49:43
January 28, 2021
Digging into the Women's Center Archives
In this episode, Advisory Council member Michaela Markels '24 speaks with current Yale students -- Kanyinsola Anifowoshe '24 and Iman Jaroudi '24 -- about their archival research on the Yale Women's Center. They discuss the history of the women's center at Yale, the important of intersectionality in that history, the nature and future of archival research in general, and more. Stay in touch with us by liking us on Facebook (Women’s Leadership Initiative at Yale), following us on Instagram (@yalewli), and checking out our website at yalewli.org. The Womxn of Yale’s theme song is “Entwined Oddity” from Blue Dot Sessions. Other audio used throughout the podcast include excerpts from Ketsa’s “A Road Less Travelled” and “Summer.”
47:05
January 3, 2021
Ready or Not
In this episode, Advisory Council Member Michaela Markels ’24 speaks with Remembering 50 contributor Pamela Rollings. After graduating with Yale’s class of 1976, Pam went on to receive her law degree from The University of Virginia, which lead to a career in corporate law and later, non-profit law. Today, she reads her piece “Ready or Not,” and goes into more depth about her experience at Yale in its first years of coeducation, the mental health challenges she faced in college and afterward, her advice to women seeking professional positions of leadership, and her take on a career in law. — Our “Remembering 50” book features the voices and stories of alumni of all gender identities, backgrounds, and career paths. It is currently available for purchase on our website at yalewli.org/remembering-50. Stay in touch with us by liking us on Facebook (Women’s Leadership Initiative at Yale), following us on Instagram (@yalewli), and checking out our website at yalewli.org. The Womxn of Yale’s theme song is “Entwined Oddity” from Blue Dot Sessions. Other audio used throughout the podcast include excerpts from Ketsa’s “A Road Less Travelled” and “Summer.”
48:38
December 8, 2020
Using Capital to Make Change
In this episode, Co-President Jen Huang '22 speaks with Eve Ellis, Yale College ’80. Eve is a private wealth advisor and founder of the Matterhorn Group at William Blair, which focuses on investing with both financial and social returns through a Gender Parity Strategy and the Matterhorn/Refinitiv Diversity & Inclusion Strategy. She is also a member of the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF), served on the board of the Ms. Foundation for Women, and received The Women’s Bond Club of New York’s Betty Cook Award in 2018 for her dedication to women's advancement.  In this episode, Eve speaks about her background and what brought her to finance, how she entered a male-dominated field, and the importance of socially responsible investment. — Stay in touch with us by liking us on Facebook (Women’s Leadership Initiative at Yale), following us on Instagram (@yalewli), and checking out our website at yalewli.org. The Womxn of Yale's theme song is "Entwined Oddity" from Blue Dot Sessions. Other audio used throughout the podcast include excerpts from Ketsa's "A Road Less Travelled" and "Summer."
33:47
November 10, 2020
A Room in the Foyer
In this episode, Co-President Jen Huang '22 speaks with Remembering 50 contributor Catherine Kortlandt '85. After graduating from Yale College, Catherine studied law at Columbia University and went on to practice law, and has served on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics in Connecticut. Catherine reads her piece, "A Room in the Foyer" and speaks about her experiences growing up in a family that emphasized women's leadership, being a woman at Yale in the 1980s, and looking back on the journey of coeducation. — Our “Remembering 50” book features the voices and stories of alumni of all gender identities, backgrounds, and career paths. Our book is available to order at yalewli.org/remembering-50. Stay in touch with us by liking us on Facebook (Women’s Leadership Initiative at Yale), following us on Instagram (@yalewli), and checking out our website at yalewli.org. The Womxn of Yale's theme song is "Entwined Oddity" from Blue Dot Sessions. Other audio used throughout the podcast include excerpts from Ketsa's "A Road Less Travelled" and "Summer."
30:38
October 31, 2020
Let it Rain
In today’s episode, Co-President Jen Huang ’22 speaks with Remembering 50 contributor Amy D. Rubin ’76. Amy graduated from the Yale School of Music, going on to a successful career as a pianist, composer, and speaker. In this episode, Amy reads her piece, “Let It Rain,” and speaks about her experiences at Yale, the conversations surrounding gender and sexuality, and what it was like being the only woman in an all-male program. — Our “Remembering 50” book features the voices and stories of alumni of all gender identities, backgrounds, and career paths. Our book will be available to order after our book launch event on September 10. For more information, please visit yalewli.org/remembering-50. Stay in touch with us by liking us on Facebook (Women’s Leadership Initiative at Yale), following us on Instagram (@yalewli), and checking out our website at yalewli.org. The Womxn of Yale's theme song is "Entwined Oddity" from Blue Dot Sessions. Other audio used throughout the podcast include excerpts from Ketsa's "A Road Less Travelled" and "Summer."
32:28
September 17, 2020
A Door Opened on Hillhouse Avenue
In this episode of Womxn of Yale, one of WLI's Conference Directors, McKenna Christmas '23, interviews Remembering 50 contributor Cherie Hart '79 on her time studying at Yale, reporting for the National Enquirer, her thirty years of experience working for the United Nations Development Programme, and her current project Chat in the Flat which benefits COVID-19 aid. This episode covers material not only found in Celebrating 50 but also in Cherie Hart's autobiography From Hollywood to Holy Wars. Cherie Hart is a writer and documentary producer. She spent 30 years as a press officer for the United Nations Development Programme in New York, Bangkok and Istanbul. Prior to joining the UN, she wrote for the National Enquirer, was a television reporter, and a magazine writer. -- Our “Remembering 50” book features the voices and stories of alumni of all gender identities, backgrounds, and career paths. Our book will be available to order after our book launch event on September 10. For more information, please visit yalewli.org/remembering-50. Stay in touch with us by liking us on Facebook (Women’s Leadership Initiative at Yale), following us on Instagram (@yalewli), and checking out our website at yalewli.org. The Womxn of Yale's theme song is "Entwined Oddity" from Blue Dot Sessions. Other audio used throughout the podcast include excerpts from Ketsa's "A Road Less Travelled" and "Summer."
43:46
September 8, 2020
Remembering 50
WLI recently published a book, titled Remembering 50, in honor of 50 years of coeducation at Yale College. In this episode: the book's inception, development, and creation—from an idea, mentioned in passing, to an anthology of personal stories from alumni and current students from Yale College and various professional schools. Join Communications Director Julia Zheng in conversation with Jen Huang and Ananya Kachru, the two co-Presidents of WLI! "Remembering 50" is available to order at yalewli.org/remembering-50.  Stay in touch with us by liking us on Facebook (Women’s Leadership Initiative at Yale) and following us on Instagram (@yalewli). The Womxn of Yale's theme song is "Entwined Oddity" from Blue Dot Sessions. Other audio used throughout the podcast include excerpts from Ketsa's "A Road Less Travelled" and "Summer."
25:28
September 1, 2020
A Home for Women's Leadership
In today’s episode, we speak with the five founders of WLI, who started the organization in 2006 because they felt that Yale required an official organization that would empower and celebrate womxn and offer opportunities for leadership and development. We are joined by Alexandra Suich (Senior Correspondent for Politics, Technology, and Society at the Economist), Allison Pickens (Fortune’s Most Powerful Women, investor, board director and former COO of Gainsight), Marissa Brittenham (Head of Strategic Partnerships at Cityblock Health), Rebecca Taber (Founder and Co-CEO of Merit America, former Director of Government and Non-Government Partnerships at Coursera), and Tamara Micner (Writer, Performer, Journalist currently developing the solo show Holocaust Brunch w/ support from several prominent UK theater organizations). These incredible women talk to us about what it was like starting an organization focused on women's empowerment in a male-dominated environment, how their experience at Yale and leading the WLI affected their life post-Yale, and share advice for young women interested in similar career paths. Stay in touch with us by liking us on Facebook (Women’s Leadership Initiative at Yale) and following us on Instagram (@yalewli).
47:38
July 28, 2020