The Women Who Empower Ambassadors Program 

Our Women Who Empower Ambassador program comprises emerging leaders from diverse, global backgrounds who have shown a passion and commitment for magnifying the mission and values of the university’s Women Who Empower initiative.

Ambassadors listen, learn, and connect with one another by sharing their personal and professional journeys. They amplify the voices and stories within the Northeastern community and lead efforts to elevate Women Who Empower.

By coming together, these individuals effect bold, meaningful change within our network, at the university, and around the world—and encourage and inspire others to do the same.

Upcoming Events:

MONDAY, MARCH 1—MARCH 5

International Women’s Week 2021 at Northeastern University

This year, instead of having one day long International Women’s Day celebration, the IWC will be hosting a week-long celebration dedicated to showcasing all of (or at least a lot of) the wonderful women at Northeastern. Additionally, we are proud that this week will be co-sponsored by a number of our IWOC organizations, meaning that for the first time in university history, the women’s organizations on campus will be working together for an interdisciplinary IWD event! The week will feature ten different panels and five workshops each centered around highlighting the work and achievements of Women at Northeastern.

THURSDAY, MARCH 11
4:00PM—5:00PM

Breaking Barriers: Designing Your Money Map with Nora Yousif

Ever wish your money came with instructions? Well now it does. Join us as we review your financial roadmap for adulting into your 20s and 30s. Learn how to tackle your goals, unbury yourself from student loans, avoid common investing pitfalls, and be on the path toward financial independence.

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 25
12:30PM

From Northeastern to Now: Alumnae in the Music Industry

Featuring:

Melanie Shark, AMD’14 – Program Manager, Licensing at Mandolin
Stephanie Joseph, AMD’16Manager, Business Affairs at Universal Music Group

Colleen Hall, AMD’09 – Manager, Business & Legal Affairs, Sony Music Publishing

Sabrina Boyd-Surka, AMD’16Radio Operations & Audio Production at WHYY
Timothy Van Bloem, AMD’23 – Moderator

Signature Programs

EXPERIENTIAL PHILANTHROPY SERIES

Powerful philanthropy requires strategic planning, a broad outlook on the needs of society, and a humble perspective on the philanthropist’s role in fulfilling those needs. Established in 2020, the Experiential Philanthropy Series offers the Northeastern community and its volunteer leaders the opportunity to practice integrative, systems-thinking philanthropy that is inclusive of advocacy, empathy, and ethical reasoning. 

INAUGURAL EVENT

A Pursuit of Peace with Swanee Hunt

December 7, 2020

BREAKING BARRIERS

Breaking Barriers is a Women Who Empower Ambassadors program that highlights women from diverse, underrepresented backgrounds who have broken barriers in entrepreneurship to reach positions of power. Through monthly workshops and webinars, these women will tackle topics such as finding funding, acquiring venture capital, and building a company, as well as maintaining good mental health and work-life balance.

UPCOMING EVENT:

Breaking Barriers: Designing your Money Map with Nora Yousif

March 11th, 2021 at 4:00PM EST

Meet our Ambassadors

AllAlumnae AmbassadorsStudent Ambassadors

Elina Agrawal

DMSB'23

Ria Bajaj

SSH'22

Binja Basimike

BHS'12, MPH'14

Kathryn Busemeyer

KCCS'21

Sofia Catalina

E'20

Riya Chandra

DMSB'22

Hansika Chanrai

AMD'20

Connie Dayina

SSH'19

Drishti Dhamani

DMSB'21

Harley Edge

DMSB'20

Nancy Edid

DMSB'20

Leila Marie Eid

AMD'04

Alva Gardner-Perez

DMSB'06

Sophie Gechijian

SSH'16

Rayna Haque

BHS'22

Emerson Johnston

SSH'23

Rebecca Leeper

E'19

Anastasia Leopold

AMD'21

Rose Leopold

SSH'17

Valentina Longcroft

SSH'20

Fernanda Lopez Santos

SSH'20

Stephanie Luiz

SSH'22

Elina Mariutsa

DMSB'21

Emiliana Martinez

DMSB'22

Julia McCarthy

S'20

Lisa Mirabile

AMD'04

Kelsea Morshuk-Allen

SSH'19

Allison Murphy

SSH'18

Miracle Olatunji

DMSB'22

Alyssa Pascoe

SSH'21

Claire Pettit

SSH'20

Kathryn Platt

AMD'20

Katherine Quigley

DMSB'22

Devina Raithatha

DMSB'22

Madison Rifkin

DMSB'21

Lauren Shafik

DMSB'22

Melanie Marie Shark

AMD'14, '15

Yukti Sharma

DMSB'21

Zeena Shehadeh

AMD'21

Kritika Singh

E'20

Annabel Snidow

SSH'21

Natasha Taylor

AMD'17

Jae’da Turner

DMSB'16

Katherine Wilhoit

SSH'19

Danielle Weishoff McCormick

AMD'14

Emily White

SSH'05

Sabrina Zhou

S'21

Leila Zuaiter

DMSB'21

About our Ambassadors

What does a Women Who Empower Ambassador do?

  • Assists the Women Who Empower team with event programming, development, and execution
  • Represents Northeastern University at special events virtually and in regions across the globe
  • Provides ideas for speakers, social media features, and other valuable connections and establishes new relationships with mission-aligned individuals and organizations
  • Engages with alumni, donors, university leadership, and friends of the university to promote and strengthen Women Who Empower programming
  • Participates in Women Who Empower mentoring, and encourage others to do so as well
  • Participates in fundraising activities for Women Who Empower and related funds such as the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative, WISE, Social Justice, Women in Engineering, etc.
  • Women Who Empower Ambassadors serve a one year term (subject to review)

Women Who Empower Ambassador Criteria

  • Has a strong and positive affiliation with Northeastern University
  • Embodies the Women Who Empower mission and demonstrates a commitment to advancing the initiative through their personal engagement
  • Understands the unique experiences that have influenced their time at the university and shows a willingness to share their story and encourage others to do so
  • Appreciates the power of philanthropy and contributes to mission-aligned programs and scholarships
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