Meet the Institute for Women's Leadership Staff
Leah Ranta, Student Director
Hometown: Stillwater, MN
Majors: Global Business Leadership and Asian Studies
Involvement: Bonner Leadership Program, Enactus, Study Abroad Ambassador, Foreign Exchange Student Mentor
Favorite Artist: The Shins
Dream Vacation: Take my dad to scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef
Favorite Feminist: Jessie Diggins
What does Women's Leadership mean to you? Not allowing gender roles or gender stereotypes created by society to define who you are as a woman or who you have the ability to become. "The sky's the limit!"
What are your hopes for post graduation? Find a solid stepping stone that will form a foundation for my MA in International Development
Victoria Adofoli, Fall Program Coordinator
Hometown: Twin Cities
Majors/Minors: Political Science and Peace Studies
Favorite Song: ROAR by Katie Perry
Favorite Feminist: Ida B. Wells
What does Women's Leadership mean to you? Empowering fellow Bennies to follow their passions and to remain confident in their daily activities.
Alexa Erickson, Fall Program Coordinator
Hometown: Woodbury, MN
Major: Communication, Minor: Gender Studies
Favorite Song: Drops of Jupiter by Train
Dream Vacation: Bora Boar, Tahiti
Favorite Feminist: Geena Davis
What does Women's Leadership mean to you? Women's Leadership means empowering all people to respect one another and to understand that gender does not define the abilities of any individual. It means pushing the norms that society places on gender, challenging stereotypes, and striving to help one another reach our goals and potential.
What are your hopes for post graduation? After graduation I hope to move to a big city, possibly NYC. I plan to somehow aid in the progression to change how gender is negatively portrayed in the media. I also hope to continue to explore the world since I love to travel.
Haley Ehleringer, Spring Program Coordinator
Hometown: Randolph, MN
Major: Communication, Minor: Gender Studies
Involvement: Magis Ministries, PMS Bible Study, Intermural Volleyball, Heath & Wellness Community, Companions on a Journey
Favorite Artist: Will Reagan
Dream Vacation: Any where near water and good friends
Favorite Feminist: Jesus, Sarah Bessey, & Rachel Held Evans
What does Women's Leadership mean to you? It means living, learning, leading, and loving first as a human being and second as a woman. Challenging the expectations and stereotypes, while being intentional about celebrating and honoring the uniqueness and fullness within each person are what I see as leadership.
What are your hopes for post graduation? My hopes for post graduation are to in some way work with children, continue to encourage and empower women, and to invest my time into a community.
Megan Lundquist, Women's Expeditions Coordinator
Hometown: Prior Lake, MN
Majors/Minors: Environmental Studies and Hispanic Studies
Involvement: CSB Full Circle Greenhouse, Peer Resource Program, Sustainability Alliance, Outdoor University
Favorite song or artist: Tallest Man on Earth
Dream Vacation: Hiking, kayaking, and exploring in Patagonia, Chile.
Favorite Feminist : Maya Angelou
What does Women's Leadership mean to you? Women's Leadership means that I can be a leader, and I am a woman. Women's Leadership is pushing boundaries to reach gender equality, challenging norms, and knowing that being a woman is not a disadvantage.
What are your hopes for post graduation? I plan on exploring the world around me, doing what I love, and finding adventures!
Natalie Kerber, Public Relations Coordinator
Hometown: Minnetonka, MN
Involvement: Marketing Club, Study Abroad Ambassador
Favorite Artist: Beyoncé
Dream Vacation: Anywhere by the Mediterranean Sea
Favorite Feminist: Michelle Obama
What does Women's Leadership mean to you? Women's leadership means having the courage and dignity to embrace and support equality for all women.
What are your hopes for post graduation? Finding a job and career I love in marketing or public relations. I would also love to travel more around Europe if I can!
Ha Pham, Fall Intercultural Women's Representative
Hometown: Saigon, Vietnam
Involvement: Vietnamese Student Association Club, Aikido Club, Hynes Scholars
Favorite Song: Home by Michael Bublé
Dream Vacation: Kyoto, Japan
Favorite Feminist: Dorothy Parker
What does Women's Leadership mean to you? Women's Leadership means taking pride in being a woman, turning our weaknesses into strengths, and not hesitating to SHOUT when we need to!!!
What are your hopes for post graduation? My top three are: Spending time with my family whenever I can, having my own company and visiting every corner of Japan
Hannah Carlson, Fall First Year Forward Coordinator
Hometown: Vadnais Heights, MN
Major and/or minor: Psychology
Involvement: First Years Forward, Peer Resource Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters
Favorite Artist or song: The Lumineers
Dream Vacation: Exploring Fiji
Favorite Feminist: Dorothy Riddle
What does Women's Leadership mean to you? Women's Leadership means knowing that we are all powerful people and understanding that being a woman is not secondary in any circumstance.
What are your hopes for post graduation? I hope to find a career in psychology that allows me to travel often so I can work with people all over the country.
Emma Fering, Spring First Year Forward coordinator
Hometown: Chaska, MN
Major and/or minor: Psychology Major, Theology Minor
Involvement: Student Supervisor at McGlynn's/O'Connell's, First Years Forward Co-Coordinator
Favorite Artist or song: John Mayer
Dream Vacation: Eating spaghetti in Italy
Favorite Feminist: Hillary Clinton
What does Women's Leadership mean to you? Empowering women with the confidence and drive to make a difference in the world.
What are your hopes for post graduation? To go to graduate school for counseling.
Siri Berg-Mober, Hynes Scholars Student Coordinator
Hometown: St. Paul, MN
Major and/or minor: Biology Major, Political Science Minor
Favorite Artist or song: Mumford & Sons
Dream Vacation: Hiking and paddling the fjords and mountains of Norway
Favorite Feminist: Jane Goodall
What does Women's Leadership mean to you? Empowering women to take on influential and meaningful roles in society has been shown to change communities in positive ways all over the world.
What are your hopes for post graduation? I hope to spend time traveling the world, playing outside, canoeing the Mississippi and Colorado rivers; eventually I want to work with wildlife and help change the way we relate to the natural world and the creatures in it.
Jessica Raboin, Spring Program Coordinator