Major: Peace Studies
Minor: Gender and Women's Studies
Year of Graduation: 2005
If you attended graduate school, please list the degree and school: I attended 1 year of graduate school at the Washington Theological Union, did not complete the degree.
Current Job Title: Administrator, Wisconsin Women's Network
Please give a brief description of your current position.
I've been nicknamed a "one-woman show," since I am the only paid employee in the organization! My position as Administrator involves a wide variety activities including membership recruitment, outreach, writing grants, supervising interns and volunteers, working in coalition with other organizations on common goals, communications, and media relations.
What path did you follow to arrive at your current job?
While still a student at CSB/SJU, I did a summer internship at Women's Action for New Directions (WAND) in Washington, DC as part of my major. After graduating, I volunteered for a year with the St. Joseph Workers in the Twin Cities, working at Sarah's ... An Oasis for Women, a transitional home for immigrant and refugee women. After I completed that year, I worked as a Women's Advocate at Anna Marie's in St. Cloud. I had the opportunity to study theology at the Washington Theological Union on a full scholarship, so I decided to take a chance and moved to Washington, DC for a year. While I was at WTU, I also worked part-time in an administrative position at a small church. I also serve on non-profit boards and advisory councils at the state and national level. The combination of experience working for the feminist movement with both policy advocacy and direct service backgrounds, as well as my administrative experience, made my work with the Wisconsin Women's Network a great fit.
What advice/suggestions would you have for students who might be interested in your career?
First, get involved on campus. I tended to over extend myself, but being on Senate and working with the social justice clubs on campus gave me experience with advocacy and outreach, as well as dealing with budgets, money, and reporting, which are skills non-profits always need. Take advantage of the opportunity to do an internship, even if it's not part of your major. Having work experience from WAND on my resume has been helpful more than once in my job search. Internships are also a great opportunity for networking and making your mark on an organization early - I recently got a call at my office from the WAND office where I did my internship, and everyone there remembered me!
What skills are important in your field?
Flexibility, the ability to work independently and in coalition with others, efficiency, and being highly organized have all been important skills for me. I've also been pleasantly surprised by how much I use what I learned in Computer Science 130 - being comfortable using a variety of computer applications and willing to learn new ones is a necessity.
What activities/experiences were helpful at CSB/SJU (and elsewhere) in preparation for this career?
Being involved in Senate and student organizations, completing an internship, and my on campus employment with the Gender and Women's Studies program were all very helpful.
What is the most satisfying/rewarding part of your job?
There's a lot I love about my job! Some of the best parts are working with other organizations through our task forces on women and criminal justice, women veterans, and reproductive rights and working with interns and volunteer who are passionate about feminism and equality.