"Girls - Raise your Hands instead of Lowering your Standards."


Education

    Smith College, BA 1990 | University of Chicago Law School, JD 1993

Career


Experience

    Columbia University, Guest Lecturer | Skadden Arps, Knowledge Strategy Counsel | Skadden Arps, M&A Associate | U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Intern

Interests

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    Read about the new YouTube series #FastForwardGirls, created by GoldieBlox CEO Debbie Sterling in partnership with the Lyda Hill IF/THEN initiative, and see why it is redefining STEM mentorship for girls! Each episode features an aspiring young innovator and two female role models in different STEM fields – think conservationists using drones to prevent poaching, slime scientists, tech experts and more - and includes challenges, lab tours, Q&As and the final selection of a STEM mentor for life. Être's interview with Debbie Sterling will tell you more.

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    Read about the ideas developed by five middle school students selected by 3M to be finalists in the 2019 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Created with partners Discovery Education, the #YoungScientist Challenge encourages kids in grades 5 to 8 to submit a 2-minute video describing “a unique solution to an everyday problem.” All 10 finalists’ ideas blew our mind, and Être was thrilled to interview five of them, learning more about what drew them to the challenge, their projects and how 3M mentorship is changing their lives.

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    New Jersey, United States Founder, Être

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    You could almost feel the energy before you walked in. Women arrived breathless, shaking off the rain from a sudden NYC storm, in anticipation of a day they knew would mesmerize. This was, after all, Ellevate Network’s third annual #MobilizeWomen Summit, and word had gotten out. You can’t imagine – girlfriends last year said knowingly – everyone was there. After the keynote, another would add, the standing ovation lasted three minutes. My office is sending all of us this year, the emails continued, and I’m not letting you miss it. And so, they all came. It was So. Worth. It.

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    New Jersey, United States Founder, Être

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    “I don’t think there is a right age to find a mentor, and I don’t think mentorship is only for ultimate career decisions. Just think of the problem you want to solve right now, and then leverage your network. The support and encouragement you need is there.” - Wise words for women and girls spoken by Ellevate Network CEO Kristy Wallace. Read more about Être's interview with her here.

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    New Jersey, United States Founder, Être

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    “When I was 10 years old I learned that 375,000 kids in my state of North Carolina suffered from food insecurity. I wanted to make a difference. Today I’m 14, and my food pantry has served 1.5 million meals. People thought hunger relief was a phase with me. But, I guess…it wasn’t.” Meet MacKenzie Hinson and know that you don't have to be a grown-up to be a change-maker.

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    New Jersey, United States Founder, Être

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    What’s cooler than getting your first patent? Being the only female inventor in 3M’s 116-year history to hold over 100 patents. Cooler still? Starting your record-breaking journey as a junior in high school. Innovative girls everywhere, listen up. You’ve got to meet the division scientist holding 131 patents, Audrey Sherman.

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    New Jersey, United States Founder, Être

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    "What if in one night your student government suddenly, and spectacularly, changed complexion and direction. It would matter." Reflections on the 2018 Midterms and Leadership Lessons For Girls

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    New Jersey, United States Founder, Être

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    Five things today's change makers want girls to know - from CEOs, astronauts, veterans, activists, olympians and more!

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    Illana Raia 76
    New Jersey, United States Founder, Être

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    Awesome @Illana Raia 76 

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    New Jersey, United States Founder, Être

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    Why women (and girls) should care about crypto...and how Mogul's Crypto Event is the start!

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