IWL Staff 2017 - 2018

Michelle Ozanich

Michelle Ozanich

Student Director

Michelle Ozanich

Majors/Minors: Global Buisness Leadership, Pre-Law Concentration

Hometown: Side Lake, MN

Favorite Movie: Water for Elephants

Involvement: Enactus

What does Women's Leadership mean to you? 

To me, women's leadership is empowering your local and global communities while serving as an advocate for other women. 

What does the IWL mean to you? 

The IWL is an organization that develops engaging and empowering programs to foster women's leadership. 

Annabelle Larson

Annabelle Larson

Public Relations Coordinator

Annabelle Larson

Majors/Minors: Global Business Leadership and Communications

Favorite Movie: Pride and Prejudice

Involvement: CSB Women's Choir

What does Women's Leadership mean to you? Women's Leadership is the confidence to stand in a room full of people and know you have the right answers and the right methods to communicate them. Women's Leadership is what CSB stands for: thinking critically, leading courageously, and advocating passionately. 

What does the IWL mean to you? The IWL is the perfect place for women to express those goals that CSB encourages. Women are the shapers of the world. When we educate and encourage women we are educating and encouraging the next generation. The women that came before us plowed the path, let's pave it!

Rachel Benson

Rachel Benson

Program Coordinator

Rachel Benson

Majors/Minors: Environmental Studies Major, Economics minor

Hometown: Eden Prairie, MN

Favorite Movie: The Heat

Involvement: Fair Trade Committee, ABE Co-leader, Benedictine Friends

What does Women's Leadership mean to you? 

Women’s leadership means leadership that is unapologetic, persistent, and strong for having overcome barriers—both small and structural. It means advocating for other women—especially women that have underrepresented intersecting identities. It means adding “default” to the definition of what it means to be a woman.

What does the IWL mean to you? 

The IWL means empowering women to reach their full leadership potential by providing education on gender studies and intersectionality, resources for professional development, and dialogue on anything from stereotypes to sex so that women can embrace exactly who they are.

Sophia Guezmir

Sophia Guezmir

Program Coordinator

 Sophia Guezmir

Majors/Minors: Global Business Leadership and Communication

Hometown: Plymouth, MN

Favorite Movie: Sing

Involvement: Vice President of Communication Club, Sand and Indoor Intramural Volleyball

What does Women's Leadership mean to you? Women’s leadership means being confident and
comfortable in your skin.

What does the IWL mean to you? To me, the IWL is a place where I have learned to become the best person I can possibly be. I have learned not only how to grow as a female, but as a female shaper of our world. I have gained an immense amount of transferrable skills and discovered how to be a role model to other women.

Zoua Pa Vang

Zoua Pa Vang

Intercultural Women's Representative

Zoua Pa Vang

Majors/Minors: Chemistry

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Favorite Movie: --

Involvement: HAIS

What does Women's Leadership mean to you? Women’s
leadership to me means a form of women’s empowerment engaging in discussion questions for personal growth.

What does the IWL mean to you? IWL means to me an opportunity to inspire, build, and empower future leaders on campus.

Carrie Palmer

Carolina Palmer

Expeditions Coordinator

Carolina "Carrie" Palmer

Majors/Minors: Accounting

Hometown: Grand Marais, MN

Favorite Movie: Moana

Involvement: Associate at Outdoor Leadership Center, Peer Resource Program, Intramural Volleyball

What does Women's Leadership mean to you? 

To me, women’s leadership means encouraging today’s women to have the confidence to become who they truly are.

What does the IWL mean to you? 

IWL is an organization that promotes Bennies to take healthy risks that teach them  to be strong leaders for the future.

 

 

Kalila Moua

Kalila Moua

Hynes Scholars Student Coordinator

Kalila Moua

Majors/Minors: Computer Science

Favorite Movie: Moana and Hidden Figures

Involvement:  Hynes Scholars Alumna

What does Women's Leadership mean to you? 

To me, women’s leadership means gender equity
and equal opportunity. Women’s leadership also means courage, boldness, and
humbleness. Women’s leadership can mean being a CEO, team leader, or grassroots
organizer. Women in any sector can be leaders.

What does the IWL mean to you?

IWL is a place for voices to be heard and is for Bennies to discover their own inner confidence. IWL is an institute whichbelieves in the abilities of Bennies to become current and future leaders.

Magnolia Ditzler

Feminist Social Justice Coordinator

Magnolia Ditzler

Majors/Minors: Gender Studies Major, Hispanic Studies minor

Hometown: Anchorage, AK

Favorite Movie: 10 Things I Hate About You

Involvement: PRP

What Does Women's Leadership Mean to You?: Authentic Courage! Living out your values and being an example to others.

What Does IWL Mean to You?: To me the IWL is where Bennies can learn to be authentically courageous.