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Testimonials (Executive Board)
Lauren Preski, Co-President, Class of 2020
Gina Maria Vreeland, Director of Communications, Class of 2020
Liz Sweeney, Assistant Director of Communications, Class of 2021
Maddie DeMarco, Co-President, Class of 2022
Sophie Page, Secretary, Class of 2021
Testimonials (General Members)
Tommy Orr '20, IHS Major (minors in Health Care Ethics and Faith-Justice):
"I was always aware of WLI's presence on campus because I knew others who were dedicated members and leaders within the organization. However, it was not until my sophomore year that I became involved. I have enjoyed all the WLI events that I have attended so it is difficult for me to pick a favorite. I would have to say that the Mental Health meeting in November of 2017 was my favorite. It really had an impact on me. I think that was when I realized that through WLI I could gain a better understanding of the struggles that others face because of their race, gender identity, class, or sexual orientation. If anyone at SJU is seeking a welcoming environment or network, I cannot think of a more valuable organization than WLI."
Taylor Wallburg '18, Former Co-President, Political Science Major (minor in Communications):
"When I saw the Women's Leadership Initiative booth at the Activities Fair freshman year it was like I was staring at a beacon. I remember the booth so clearly. I was at the end of one of the seemingly endless and crowded rows of booths. The first time passed through that row I notice the booth, but I did not stop at it just yet. Admittedly, I was a little nervous to strike up a conversation. Later my friend and I went to the WLI booth together because I could not get it out of my mind. I knew I needed to be a part of WLI. Looking back it was the best decision I ever made. WLI is an organization full of strong powerful women that I was so lucky to be a part of for 4 years. I was even fortunate enough to be a co-president of WLI during my final year at SJU. Each meeting and event had valuable takeaways and left me feeling powerful enough to change the world someday. I thank WLI for instilling me with knowledge and confidence to navigate the real world after graduation.
Zoe Malone, Former Co-President, Class of 2018
“What I like about WLI is our monthly meetings, because every meeting tends to be so educational for me. There is so much research put in prior to each meeting so not only are there great breakout discussions, but I’m also learning! Whether its about the history of feminist movements or how to manage my finances I know to bring a pen and paper and write this stuff down!”
Rodesha Washington, Former Director of Marketing, Class of 2018
“When I joined WLI I was so excited because it is a group that actively facilitates women learning. My role in the organization as Director of Marketing is to create promotional materials like flyers and brochures. Also, I manage outreach efforts to help the organization grow. Taking on this role has encouraged me to build my confidence and be more innovative not only on campus but also in life.”