OWN IT 2017 Sneak Peek

The OWN IT Summit will be on March 18th with main stage speakers in Gaston Hall, breakout sessions around campus and a marketplace in HSFC. Do you find yourself asking what exactly is OWN IT? Well, here is its mission statement:

“Preparing the next generation of female leaders: OWN IT is bridging the gap between female leaders of the 21st century and the millennials who admire them, by shaking up the women’s leadership arena and producing accessible events for college-aged women.”

That’s got me ~feelin myself~.

Last year two-time Olympic gold medalist Abby Wambach helped ~kick off~ the Summit. She sat down for an interview with CBS anchor Norah O’Donnell and received the OWN IT award.

A few of her fellow speakers from OWN IT 2016 will be in attendance this year, including Amani Al-Khatatbeh, founder & Editor-in-Chief of Muslim Girl,

and Sarah McBride, National Press Secretary of the Human Rights Campaign.

Now back to 2017. Before reading any further, I highly suggest you click this link and play “The Future is Female” by Madame Gandhi. Madame Gandhi will be performing at the summit this year. On top of that, she, herself, is a Hoya.

She graduated in 2011 after majoring in Math. Before she launched her solo career, she was a drummer for MIA (brb transferring schools to become a math major).

So, if that hasn’t gotten you excited to #OWNIT, we at 4E are here to update you on some of the speakers, vendors and other happenings at the Summit this year.

Madame Gandhi will not be the sole Hoya to speak at OWN IT. She will be joined by one of the founders of Misfit Juicery, Anne Yang, who graduated just last year. Misfit Juicery uses fruit that was deemed unsuitable to sell due to its appearance to make juice (pro tip: don’t judge a fruit by its cover).

Anastasia Somozoa is another Hoya returning to the Hilltop for the Summit. You might recognize her as one of the speakers at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. She is also an international disability rights activist.

Current Hoya Summer Durant (C ’17), who spoke at TEDxGeorgetown this fall, will reprise parts of her talk at the Summit.

These Hoyas will be joined by the following leading ladies:

Symone Sanders, a CNN Political Correspondent and Former Press Secretary for the Bernie Sanders campaign.

Tina Tchen, former Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama.

Congresswoman Stephanie Murray, a Democrat from Florida who has earned the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service.

These are just a few of the accomplished and game-changing women that will be speaking at OWN IT. If you’d like to see the other speakers, check out the Facebook page.

Not only do they get to listen to women leaders speak on Gaston, but attendees partake in two breakout sessions, smaller, topic-focused panels where they have the chance to interact with speakers and become their best friend.

The Summit will also have a marketplace with over twenty vendors including Sweetgreen, POLITICO and Maracas Ice Pops. Sweetgreen is a sponsor of the event and will be providing lunch for the day. POLITICO will conduct video interviews with attendees for their upcoming website and will present print issues and provide promotional items. Three student groups will also be a part of the marketplace: Bossier, McDonough Women, and Bassigue. Bossier is creating a magazine issue specifically for the Summit which they will feature at the marketplace. McDonough Women will provide promotional items and Bassigue will present their merchandise.

If that doesn’t seem like enough, attendees get swag bags, which last year included an OWN IT pen and definitely helped me #own my finals.

So get ready to #OWNIT! And if you were unable to acquire a ticket, but still want to watch the day unfold, follow the Summit online through #ownit2017.

Photos/gifs: Giphy.com, OWNITSummit.com, TEDXGeorgetown.org, Facebook.com/theownitsummit.com, buquad.com

I Owned It

Own it

This weekend, I owned it. To those of you who may have been living under a rock or may have thrown your phone in the Potomac, Georgetown hosted its third annual OWN IT Summit on Saturday. The summit included speakers such as Megan Smith, CTO of the United States, Dava Newman, deputy of NASA, Anne Friedman and Aminatou Sow, co-hosts of Call Your Girlfriend podcast. Along with Abby Wambach, Two-time Olympic gold medalist & FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion and also this year’s keynote speaker and Own It award recipient. These are just five of the 100 speakers that graced our campus to talk about feminism, equality, life and simply how to OWN IT.

As I heard inspiring talk after talk, not just about how to be a strong woman leader, but how to be a strong woman in general, the owned it feeling kept growing and growing inside of me. It truly was a game changing day (which is the summit’s motto). If you’re already having withdrawal like me, or wish to simply relive the day (also like me) or are just curious about what this summit is all about, below you will find a rundown of my day, supported by small details, pictures, and quotes from the #ladymafia themselves. (If confused at anytime or want to learn more about OWN IT check out ownitsummit.com for more information on the event and the wonderful speakers.)

*Note: These quotes may not be 100% accurate. Scribbling them into my OWN IT notebook, with my OWN IT pen, while owning it, was no easy task.

In planning the first summit, Co-Founder & Executive Director of OWN IT, Helen Brosnan wrote in emails to speakers: “Hillary and Oprah are big fans!”

“I sat next to a man… who smelled like a lunchable” – Ayure Antoinette, Spoken Word Poet. “You give them you, you give them magic.”

“If you ever hear no, I would just ignore it.” – Dava Newman, Deputy Administrator of Nasa.

Megan Smith, United States Chief Technology Officer, on racing a solar powered car across Australia. “I did it. Just do it… take that first step.”

After Newman and Smith’s conversation on THE FUTURE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: Female innovators solving 21st century problems, I – who had been feeling nervous about taking Chem-001 next semester, was ready to own chemistry.

WOMEN IN NEW MEDIA: Breaking barries and creating new spaces for women online and in print Panel: Carla Zanoni, Liza Donnelly, Amel Monsur, Amani Alkhatahtbeh, & Alison Overholt.

“I have a cramp in my back since waiting in formation for Beyoncé’s new album.” – Amel Monsur, Creative Director of Vice’s Broadly’s.

“The people who seem very lucky are the one’s who see opportunity.” – Alison Overholt, Editor-in-Chief of ESPN Magazine & espnW.

“I asserted my voice, asserted my representation in that space.” – Amani Alkhatatbeh, Founder & Editor-in-Chief of MuslimGirl.net on writing a column for Forbes. 

“it is exhausting. I just want to be a leader, not a female leader.” Carla Zanoni, Exectuive Emerging Media Manager, Audience Development at Wall Street Journal. “I can own the sh*t out of it… first of all I would just say own it.”

“Until things are equal you just have to keep spotlighting.” – Liza DonnellyThe New Yorker contributor & political cartoonist. “I was just following my passions and became a leader.”

Abby Wambach and Norah O’Donnell

Two-time Olympic gold medalist & FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion Abby Wambach said a lot of awesome things :

“Everywhere I walk I leave the trailblazing dust.”

“I made a mistake, I’m owning it.”

On not starting in the 2015 World Cup: “I didn’t want to be pissed off for the rest of my life with not winning the World Cup… I can pout and whine about this or I can own it… Every time I say that do I get a dollar?” (one of the best quotes of the day).

“I was able to stay focused on playing soccer for 30 years, that’s pretty good.”

“What do you want to do now? I guess I want to change the world… you guys, wanna change the world with me?”

As the youngest of 7 children Abby decided, “I’ll just become a pro-athlete so there’s no way to look away.”

“What it meant to be a champion… to sacrifice yourself and represent your country” on what Mia Hamm taught her.

“We do deserve to be treated equally” – Norah O’Donnell, Co-anchor of CBS This Morning. 

So then I went to some pretty awesome breakout sessions…

The First was, Gun Reform: Is It A Feminist Issue?:

“It takes everyone’s voice and creativity.” – Abbey Clements, Elementary school teacher; Survivor of the Sandy Hook shooting on December 14, 2012 and advocate for gun reform.

“And I found myself organizing a dildo protest.” – Jessica Jin, Founder of #CocksnotGlocks campaign to fight campus carry. “None of us planned to get into this.”

“No one’s gonna mess with the moms… they’ve done the work to build communities.” – Amber Goodwin, National Advocacy Director at Americans for Responsible Solutions

“We have kids, they have guns… if we lose our kids, we have nothing left to lose.” – Shannon Watts, Founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

My second Session was Run Like a Girl: Women in Sports: 

“The biggest win for me is [my players].” – Natasha Adair, Head Coach of Women’s Basketball at Georgetown. “Tired isn’t an option when you have a job to do.”  “Don’t let anyone tell you it can’t be done… we have to tell ourselves not to be afraid.” The Women’s Basketball team is incredibly lucky.

“Live with or chip away at the bias.” – Liz Boardman, Senior Client Partner in Global Sports Center of Expertise at Korn Ferry (also Georgetown alum and former field hockey player!)

“You have to be persistent with who you are.” – Tisa Huff, Ballerina and dance teacher in D.C.

After the Breakout Sessions we went back to Gaston for more main stage panels!


Redefining Activism Panel, cartoon by OWN IT speaker Liza Donnelly.

“I am just running from the haters and having fun, who doesn’t love a dildo march?” – Jessica Jin. “I’ve started something I didn’t mean to, and I’ve owned it.”

“We should all be lighting each other up… it might be the thing that gets [someone] through the day.” – Sarah McBride, LGBT Activist & Campaigns and Communications Manager at Center for American Progress.

“Get involved and repair the world.” – Shannon Watts

“Taking ownership of our own freedom.” – Jamia Wilson, Director of Women, Action, and the Media.

“If you google hell the DMV is the first thing to pop up.” – Jenna Arnold, Co-Founder of ORGANIZE. She had a lot of wisdom to offer:

“Being human means being confused 99% of the time.”

“When you wanna get something done give it to a busy person.”

“That was a great lesson my mom gave me, no one really cares what you’re doing.”

Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow interviewed by Dr. Marcia Chatelain.

“There’s not a better time to be a lady than today.” – Aminatou Sow, Co-host of Call Your Girlfriend Podcast & Founder of Tech LadyMafia.

A great reminder from Sow: “when you think about someone just get in touch with them in that moment.”

It’s true… “Secrets out. Women make great friends.” – Sow

“We don’t think periods are personal.” Ann Friedman Co-host of Call Your Girlfriend podcast & New York Magazine columnist.

“Mainstream media doesn’t treat young women like they matter.” – Sow “Young women put Michelle in the White House.” – Friedman

“What’s your guilty pleasure? Reading the Wall Street Journal.” – Sow

Friedman on her and Sow’s friendship… she gives me “permission to be myself, to be great, to be vulnerable… and really good GIFS.” Sow’s response to the GIFS: “when someone gives you something you didn’t know you needed, it’s beautiful.” I feel like they both would make great additions to 4E. (Okay so they may have said gifts but I heard gifs… same thing right?)

That was it for the speakers, but perhaps two of my favorite quotes came at the close of the summit. Co-founder of OWN IT and recent graduate, Kendall Ciesemier congratulated her Co-Founder and Helen Brosnan:”if you don’t know Helen to know her is to love her.”

and to that Helen responded “that’s gross no one likes that.”

It’s hard to accurately capture how amazing this day truly was in just a short blog post. But “when the patriarchy is just pulling me down” – Helen Brosnan, I will return to the memories of this game-changing day, and go out and OWN IT.


The wonderful OWN IT team


Pictures: Facebook: Georgetown University & OWN IT. Twitter: @xoamani & @lizadonnelly.

MINDBLOWN: GOP, Women and Dolla Bill$

GOP_Logo1Whether you are politically inclined or you spent the first couple hours of the debate thinking it was reality TV, we all can agree that there was some level of personal utility to be gained from the GOP debate, whether it be entertainment or education. We want to commemorate the absurdity of one question in particular, and what it means for half of our population: women.

Candidates were asked which woman should be on the ten dollar bill. A question that, if posed to children ages elementary through college, could likely be answered with a little bit of homework, some google searches and a short paragraph. The GOP candidates, however, took it to a whole ‘nother level. 

First up: Rand Paul.

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He says Susan B. Anthony, served up with an acknowledgement of women’s suffrage. Not bad Rand Paul, thank you for at least looking over your homework.

Next we have Mike Huckabee with a charming digression from a serious answer.

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“Now that’s an easy one,” he said. “I’d put my wife on there.” He then explained, saying that if she were on the ten dollar bill, she could “spend her own money,” a well thought out implication on the role and priorities of women in America at large. Thank you for using your opportunity to support the great women of our history by perpetuating the idea that all women do is spend money. Also, super glad to hear that the act of putting up with you warrants recognition on the $10 bill.

Marco Rubio:

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“Rosa Parks, an everyday American that changed the course of history.” Okay, 1 point for you Marco Rubio.

Ted Cruz agrees with Rubio,

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But first, takes all of his time to acknowledge the significant role Alexander Hamilton played in history. Thanks for that Ted Cruz, but why not use your time to talk about women?

Then there’s Ben Carson, also not choosing to take the question seriously.

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He says his mother. Thanks Ben Carson, if only we could put all of our mothers on the bill… But wait, women are more than just mothers aren’t they?

Then we have America’s boy Donald Trump, whose answer, in relative terms, did not outshine his counterparts.

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“Ivanka Trump” because she’d been sitting there for 3 hours. Followed up by the acknowledgement that he was joking (ahem Huckabee and Carson). He then added to the more credible Rosa Parks talley.

Trump was followed by Jeb Bush.

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Scott Walker:

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Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross. Okay, Scott Walker, I see you.

Carly Fiorina follows with perhaps the biggest plot twist of all.

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Perhaps the deepest thinker of them all, Carly Fiorina said that we should would not make any changes. In her deep analysis, she indicates that this “gesture” is only a gesture and implied that we need to acknowledge our history not change it.

Governor Kasich:

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Mother Theresa. You really can’t think of one women in America’s history? Is this just the first woman that came to mind that wasn’t a member of your direct family?

Alas, Chris Christie followed with another (less) thorough analysis.

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(Side Note: Perhaps this silhouette could be fit for the bill?)

“Our country wouldn’t be here without John Adams.” *Queue suspenseful music* So, naturally, he says “Abigail Adams,” because everyone knows a great man doesn’t do anything great without a woman in his shadow.

Thank you GOP candidates for paying attention in your elementary school history classes, preparing for the debate and really giving thoughtful acknowledgement to the salient roles of women in this country’s history.

Great to know the (dishearteningly low) respect you hold for women and America.

See for yourself.

Photos/Gifs: youtube.com, wikimedia.org

OWN IT 2015

Own It

Hello Georgetown, we here at 4E are coming to you live from Gaston Hall for the 2nd Annual OWN IT Summit. Things started here at 9am and time is starting to fly!

We started off with a beautiful introduction from Summit co-founders Helen and Kendall, reminding us that this day is about us and that we all need to OWN IT!

Azure Antoinette led off with an inspirational poem, embodying why we are here and what we need to do. Kara Swisher and Danielle Brooks had a great conversation, even though Danielle was basically choking (feel better!).  

Next up was the Image panel, filled with Georgetown alumni, talking about being leaders and trailblazers in the media industry! These women find the news so inspiring in this ever-changing world. You need a support system, not just in your personal life but also in your career. We are all here to help each other succeed. How do you balance work and home? To Norah, that’s a ridiculous question. It’s never asked to men, and it makes us feel inadequate.

At 11:40 the first round of experiential sessions began, I personally set out to attend the Women in Tech panel. There, I heard from a variety of women: from the White House to Air BnB. These women told us to be comfortable with what we know and to keep our vision in our minds. My biggest takeaway? This panel pointed out the difference between being a woman in tech and a technical woman. Just because one is not an engineer does not mean they cannot play a substantial role in the technology conversation.

After a rapid lunch thanks to Hilltoss and a pit stop at the Girls Lounge to say hi to Shelley Zalis, I headed to my second session this time with the college prepster!

 It was so amazing and refreshing to hear from a recent Georgetown grad who is doing something she loves and making money for it. Her boyfriend accompanied her and was super supporting, which made the session so much better.

Our next panel was the innovation panel, discussing everything from Google Glass to 3D printing. That was soon followed by the Identity and Impact panels, culminating in a overwhelming emotion of empowerment.

The day ended with Megan Smith receiving the OWN IT 2015 Award and, after hearing her speak 3 times today, I can honestly say that she has become my newest role model!

Overall, OWN IT was an amazing and truly empowering event. For those of you who were unable to make it, you surely will not want to miss next year. As each year passes by we grow the conversation more and more and I cannot wait to see what next year brings!

We Came. We Saw. We OWNed It.


“I think there is a hunger and a thirst for answers to these questions about women and leadership and solving what is a problem. There are not enough women in leadership.” –Norah O’Donnell (COL ’95, GRD ’03) 

Georgetown University Women in Leadership’s inaugural summit has been one of the most highly anticipated events of the semester. Students, both female and male, waited anxiously for tickets to go on sale in late February. Within 24 hours of the Eventbrite going live, every ticket to the summit had been snatched up and the event’s Facebook page became a frenzy of people looking to score a ticket from those lucky enough to get in on the action early. The anxious attendees were finally satisfied at 8:45 a.m. this past Saturday when orange, pink and purple adorned a packed Lohrfink Auditorium and the crowd became silent, awaiting the first panel of speakers.

If you didn’t have the chance to take part in the summit or you want to relive the experience you had this weekend, we’ve got you covered. After spending all day at the event, we’ve tried to narrow down all of the great moments into a top 10 list that will knock your socks off.

The 10 Best Parts of the OWN IT Summit

1. The Dynamic Duo


Helen Brosnan (COL ’16) and Kendall Ciesemier (COL ’15) were the co-chairs of the OWN IT Summit, and oh they OWNed IT! From delivering killer intros to being fangirled by many of the distinguished speakers, these two absolutely ran the show and did it well. Throughout the day, Brosnan and Ciesemier – and the entire Summit Team – orchestrated the behind the scenes logistics while making it a point to engage the summit attendees whenever they could. I wonder what they’ll come up with for OWN IT 2015!

2. The Alums

When sitting in on the panels, it was hard not to notice the abundance of women who have previously called the Hilltop their home. Maria Shriver (CAS ’77), Kara Swisher (SFS ’84), Norah O’Donnell (COL ’95) and many more made their way back to the Hilltop to address the summit attendees. It was great to see how excited the women were to be back on campus!

3. The Tech

They did tech, and they did it big. Upon registering, the smart phone-equipped (read: EVERYONE) downloaded the Usher Id App to check in to the panels and experiential sessions of the day. Attendees were also able to share contact information over Bluetooth with the app. In addition to the mobile app, each breakout room had projector screens filled with stats and graphs about the attendees throughout the day. Those who attended the event made thousands of connections via the app and took advantage of all of the technology available.

4. The Poem 

If you don’t know Azure Antoinette, OPEN A NEW WINDOW AND GOOGLE HER AS FAST AS YOU CAN. Every second you wait is just one second more you don’t get to experience this brilliant and hilarious poet. To kick off the summit, Antoinette performed a poem specifically written for the OWN IT Summit. She brought the house down. Not only did she deliver a stunning performance, but I think she befriended nearly everyone at the summit!

5. The Food


At Georgetown, it’s expected that events provide food options that are average at best. NOT THIS ONE! The quality of the food was right in line with the rest of the event: extraordinary. Attendees had access to complimentary crepes, cupcakes, ice cream and snacks from tech-driven vending machines. At lunch, everyone was given delicious Jetties sandwiches. Not to mention, everyone got to enjoy it all on the lawn on a beautiful spring day.

6. The Panels

Some of the biggest names in the biggest industries took the stage in Lohrfink Auditorium to speak about their personal and professional experiences, covering subjects ranging from business to media to technology. Panelists spoke on advancing women in leadership positions within their field. The panels sparked conversations that inspired the audience with every word. They also provided PRIME Instagram opportunities.

7. The Hashtag

#ownit2014. It seemed like the OWN IT Summit took over social media for a few hours on Saturday. And in many ways it did. Filtered snapshots of the MSB, perfectly-cropped close ups of Maria Shriver (CAS ’77) and angled selfies with Judy Smith were strewn across our news feeds, all accompanied by the #ownit2014 hashtag. On Saturday, #ownit2014 was the number one trending hashtag in Washington, D.C.!

8. The GUWIL Bags

Every summit attendee left the MSB at 5 p.m. with a complimentary GUWIL bag in hand. The bags were filled with information about the summit, plus deals from local stores and restaurants. I’ve already started planning my buy one get one free burrito bowl Chipotle visit.

9. The Office Hours

I know. I doubted it too. I mean, the office hours I go to usually leave me with more confusion than before. These were a little different. Attendees met with some of the most accomplished women in their respective fields in groups of 6 to 12 and got to have personal conversations with their heroes.

10. Judy Smith

The real Olivia Pope was there. Need I say more?

Photo: Sofia Layanto|The Hoya, twitter.com, georgetown.edu

Owning It: An Interview With the GUWIL Summit Team

owning itThis week, The Hoya guide profiled Georgetown University Women in Leadership, whose sold-out Own It Summit is slated to bring a slew of inspirational women to the Hilltop on April 12. Judy Smith, inspiration for “Scandal” character Olivia Pope; Richelle Parham, chief marking officer for eBay; and Norah O’Donnell, co-host of “CBS This Morning,” are among the many big names set to take the stage at GUWIL’s inaugural event.

Here at 4E, we’re undeniably fans of Maria Shriver, Ambassador Melanne Verveer and the numerous others who will be making an appearance at the GUWIL Summit; however, we are even bigger fans of the dynamic team who put the event together. We sat down with the women behind GUWIL’s Own It Summit to talk about everything from girl crushes to summit aspirations to how one team member avoided being eaten by a bear.

ui9dketxvaz6svj13haiKendall Ciesemier
Summit Co-Chair
COL ’15

What has been your favorite part about being in GUWIL?
Okay, I’m about to get super cheesy on you all. I really believe that planning this summit will be the most rewarding experience I have at Georgetown. I have found incredible friends through this organization. I have an incredible co-chair. I just really love being a part of something I believe in so much. GUWIL is an organization that pumps you up. We are all about that: supporting each other, celebrating success, etc. It’s really an amazing community and it’s really become one of my “homes” at Georgetown.

What are you looking forward to most about the GUWIL Summit?
I am most looking forward to the media panel. I swear I’m going to poop my pants, or cry, or both, standing in the same room as Norah O’Donnell and Alex Wagner. I think they are the bees knees. And then of course it’s always fun to think about the day when my work for nearly a year will come to fruition.

Who is your biggest girl crush?
That’s a really hard question to answer because I have so many of them. Top two as of now are probably Lisa Ling and Mindy Kaling. I basically want to be Lisa Ling when I grow up. She tells amazing stories and is such a fantastic journalist. As for Mindy, I just want to be best friends with her because she would make me laugh so hard that I wouldn’t be able to drink because it would come out of my nose. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love coffee shooting out of her nose?

The ideal manbassador:
My ideal manbassador would be Bradley Cooper for a few obvious reasons.
1. He went to Georgetown, so as far as being a GUWIL manbassador goes, he fits the bill entirely.
2. He’s incredibly good-looking.
3. He seems like a really nice guy.

Leading by example:
When I was little, my friends and I desperately wanted to be like Lindsay Lohan from The Parent Trap. But instead of just eating Oreos with peanut butter, I took it a little farther. I successfully developed a plan of action, convinced my brother and three of my friends to follow and carry out a Lindsay Lohan makeover via a “side-bang” haircut. Of course one of my friends had to be in a wedding the next day and her mom made her cut off all of her hair to match the damage. I was grounded for two weeks and at age six I started to think that I was heading down the wrong path.

Power style:
I think my power style during the duration of this summit planning has become the “make-them-think-I-just-worked-out” look. Others feel lazy because they didn’t work out (that’s a plus). You all know what I mean. Basically, you didn’t have time to shower and have no intention of actually going to the gym, so you just wear workout clothes because you don’t have any clean clothes and you don’t have time to do your hair or makeup. Yep, that’s it. That’s my secret sauce. I’ll make up for my poor hygiene on the day of the Summit. I already bought a banging bright colored dress that I’m pumped to wear!


xjsmlgae7vh6elg6zqkaHelen Brosnan
Summit Co-Chair
SFS ’16

What has been your favorite part about being in GUWIL?
It is beyond cool to meet a group of women who you know are all advocating for your and women’s success in general. That, and working alongside the one, the only, Kendall. We’ve shared a few frantic phone calls and a few more rolled eyes in meetings where people did not take well to the Summit. I consider myself very lucky to work with someone who has a work ethic of all of the best animals combined, you know?

What are you looking forward to most about the GUWIL Summit?
Probably when Kara Swisher and I inevitably end up taking a selfie on stage. No, this was not in her speaking contract, but I did tell her it was a dream of mine so we shall see. Also, on a serious note, I am really looking forward to having women and men at Georgetown realize how many insanely awesome and non-linear career paths there are out there.

Who is your biggest girl crush?
They change from day to day, but right now I’m on a complete Madeleine Albright binge. I just read her book, Prague Winter, and couldn’t put it down. She’s incredibly astute, extremely loyal and literally saved our country from multiple disasters. Disclaimer: I dressed up as Albright for four consecutive Halloweens.

On manbassadors:
Manbassadors are a HUGE part of our organization, especially as it pertains to the mission of the Summit. A large part of generating and supporting women’s success is contingent on men’s efforts (and if both are successful, then the world is more successful!). It is a simple fact that the majority of CEOs are men and they will still be the majority for the next few years. Accepting this, we need to make sure men know the best ways to elevate the women in their companies. The same goes for government — if we have male leaders in place, we need to do a better job at making sure they are capable of advocating for the women around them. My ideal manbassador, as of late, is Seth Meyers. I want him to teach a course to Congress on being a manbassador. One time he said this and I cried: “When you work with the sort of really strong women that I work with, the idea that anyone would want to make decisions for them is hard to wrap your head around.”

Leading by example:
When I was chosen to be a line leader in second grade – FIRST GIRL TO BE CHOSEN, OH YEAH – I led everyone straight to the cafeteria when it was gym time. #priorities

Power style:
I’ve definitely tried to rock the Madeleine Albright brooch and cannot pull it off. I would say my power style is a black coat with black sunglasses that blantantly don’t fit my face. This look is sort of a la Hillary Clinton (not this) but really there is just something about wearing aggressively large black sunglasses even when it’s raining out that makes you feel 1/28 as powerful as Hillz.


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Co-President of GUWIL
SFS ’16

What has been your favorite part about being in GUWIL?
Seeing the organization grow from 0 to over 100 members in just under a year is so inspiring because there is a true need for this community and network on campus. Also, I love meeting new and interesting people all the time!

What are you looking forward to most about the GUWIL Summit?
I’m looking forward to inspiring the attendees to #Own their success and reach for what they want in life. Also, I’m so excited for all the amazing speakers who are going to blow people away with their personalities, stories and wisdom.

Who is your biggest girl crush?
My biggest girl crush is Kristen Wiig because she’s hilarious. She doesn’t hold back anything. I’ve seen every single one of her “SNL” skits.

The ideal manbassador:
John Hamm, or Don Draper as some people may know him from “Mad Men.” John Hamm actually has spoken out a lot for women’s rights and equality and I think he would set a good example for other men in the room if he attended.

Leading by example:
When I was 8 years old at camp, my counselors had forgotten to follow regular camping protocol of leveraging the food high up in a tree in order to prevent bears and other animals from coming near the campsite, and a bear ended up being right outside our tents at 3 a.m. I somehow managed to remain calm even when my counselors had no clue what to do and comfort the other 8-year-old campers who wanted to hysterically cry. I call that crisis management.

Power style:
I love wearing all black. It instantly commands a room and is just so classic and powerful.


girqhtrjyfuaekxsjnmpAlana Snyder
Co-President of GUWIL
COL ’16

What has been your favorite part about being in GUWIL?
I’ve gotten to lead an incredible team of women and men. I’ve met so many people who are just as passionate about the things I hold near and dear to my heart. It’s nice having such a close-knit community available to support me and encourage me to always do my best. No matter how cheesy that sounds, it will always be true. I’m forever thankful that this group I put together with Ava sitting at a back table in Saxby’s my freshman year has exploded into quite the Georgetown buzz. It makes me happy to be able to say I’ve been here since the beginning.

What are you looking forward to most about the GUWIL Summit?
I’m most looking forward to seeing the reaction that the attendees will have the day of the event. I know that sounds pretty generic, but I don’t think people recognize what they have coming to them. This event is going to be fun, inspiring and representative of Georgetown, and I think people won’t be able to get enough of it!

Who is your biggest girl crush?
My biggest girl crush is Maria Shriver. She’s done so many incredible things for women everywhere that it’s impossible not to be impressed. She gets things done. She meets with the president. She’s a mom. She might as well have super powers.

The ideal manbassador:
My ideal manbassador for GUWIL would be Calvin Millien. He is the kind of guy who focuses on himself but always has time for others. He doesn’t discriminate based on gender. He comes to a lot of our events. He is supportive. He is honest. He isn’t afraid to tell people that he is a manbassador. He goes out of his way to make sure that we know he’s on our side. It’s very flattering and I think GUWIL is only made stronger by its members, especially the men. It’s important for us that men be part of the conversation because we need them to be aware of the obstacles women face. Men are just as much a part of the solution to a lot of the problems we address as women are.

Leading by example:
When I was little, I was on a dance team. At one of our performances, I forgot the moves so I made up my own and the rest of the girls on my team followed. We ended up with a routine of seven year olds trying to do the worm on stage.

Power style:
I love all things pink. And I still manage to get taken seriously!


lmfzzh0meivatal5rxvnAllyn Rosenberger
Director of Marketing
COL ’17

What has been your favorite part about being in GUWIL?
Meeting absolutely amazing people, both students and speakers, has been the best part of GUWIL! These connections are invaluable and I’m so lucky to be making them.

What are you looking forward to most about the GUWIL Summit?
Even though every single moment of the Summit is going to be equally incredible, I am most looking forward to the conversations that attendees will have with each other and our speakers. Just like in my previous answer, I really value connections.

Who is your biggest girl crush?
Chelsea Clinton. I love her. Her dedication to improving the lives of individuals both here and globally is truly inspiring.

The ideal manbassador:
My ideal manbassador would have to be Jon Stewart. His progressive thinking is the essence of advancing women in leadership.

Leading by example:
In third grade, I successfully founded and ran a “pencil fixing” business with a girl in my class. Basically, we charged people candy to take the erasers off their pencils (in retrospect, we obviously weren’t fixing anything!). Sadly, our teacher learned of this secret business and ended it forever.

Power style:
I wear a silver ring on my left thumb and I don’t go anywhere without it!


adahufwdvqndi6xx6a8aElizabeth Buffone
Director of Speakers & Host Committee
COL ’14

What has been your favorite part about being in GUWIL?
My favorite part of being in GUWIL has been being able to connect with other like-minded, strong females. Many of my friends who are also seniors are focusing only on graduation and “what’s next.” It’s really been nice to be surrounded by a group of girls who are so present in the moment. We are focusing on making Georgetown a better place for now.

What are you looking forward to most about the GUWIL Summit?
I am most looking forward to seeing Judy Hofflund and Louisa Spring because they are two of my own personal role models. They are both in the entertainment industry and that is the industry that I am looking to go into next year. I also have an existing relationship with both of them so I am excited to see how the summit strengthens that. But, let’s be real, I’m also really excited to see the real Olivia Pope, Judy Smith.

Who is your biggest girl crush?
My biggest girl crush is probably on Brit Marling just because I want to do exactly what she has done. She also made movies at Georgetown at a time when the technology made it a lot harder. Back then, you really needed to want it in order to put the effort into making a film. That is something I really admire.

The ideal manbassador:
Bradley Cooper would be my ideal manbassador because he is so relevant to Georgetown, so good looking and so cool.

Leading by example:
One time when I was little, I steered a sled with my dad down my driveway. Right as we passed through, a huge tree fell down. It missed us by two seconds. Leadership, luck or superpowers? You be the judge.

Power style:
My power accessory is my signature red Goyard bag. It has my initials on it and I love it.


zfir1g5gnoeq0q7l8udaKatherine Key
Director of Logistics
SFS ’15

What has been your favorite part about being in GUWIL?
I have loved getting to know all of the other great women involved in leadership across Georgetown’s campus.

What are you looking forward to most about the GUWIL Summit?
I am very much looking forward to all the speakers. I think I will probably freak out the most about Reshma Saujani, the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, because I am starting to learn to code so she is an inspiration to me.

Who is your biggest girl crush?
Amy Poehler, bar none. I am obsessed with both her organization, Smart Girls at the Party, as well as her work on “SNL” and “Parks and Recreation.”

The ideal manbassador:
My favorite “male feminist” is probably Jimmy Carter. He realizes the importance of empowering women as an agent for change. He is also a fellow Georgian.

Leading by example:
If you know me, you know none of my leadership stories are short…

Power style:
I can’t leave my house without my favorite watch. It is set three minutes ahead so I am always early, and I have worn it every single day since seventh grade.


kxreplp7pqpixo7acvoq-1Kelly Mosser
Director of Sponsorships
SFS 2015

What has been your favorite part about being in GUWIL?
Working with such a talented team of amazing female leaders and seeing a strong reaction to our cause. And bowling.

What are you looking forward to most about the GUWIL Summit?
I can’t wait to feel the buzz of having all of these amazing women interacting together in one room!

Who is your biggest girl crush and why?
My older sister, Kim. She #owns her awesome Capitol Hill career and is an amazing mom to my niece, who just turned one. She teaches me so much about balance.

The ideal manbassador:
Derek Jeter, because I like to think we have similar styles of leadership. He’s always composed, energetic, and knows that actions speak louder than words. He’s all about the team.

Leading by example:
I started a Disney sing-along on an airplane at age 4. #LeadersAreBornNotMade

Power style:
I’m obsessed with jackets. You can go pretty much anywhere in a blazer and jeans.

For more information about GUWIL, head to their website here, and click here to find out all the latest information about the inaugural Own It Summit.

Photos: Courtesy GUWIL

Galentine’s Day: Your New Favorite Holiday


Well, Hoyas, Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. For some, this means a lovely evening with a significant other, but for others, it means dwelling on the fact that they will be alone this Feb. 14. The bad news is that reading this will probably not help you fall in love by Friday. The good news is that NBC’s hit series “Parks and Recreation” has coined an exciting new holiday to celebrate something everyone has: friends!

Galentine’s Day is Feb. 13 and serves as a chance for women to celebrate all the other fabulous women in their lives. If you’re a guy, don’t stop reading! I suggest you spend the day before Valentine’s Day with all the friends you appreciate, too.

Galentine’s Day is basically an opportunity to kick back with friends before all the pressures of dating or the unpleasant loneliness set in. Try catching a movie, eating out, ordering some takeout or maybe watching the Olympics. Do whatever it is that helps you relax and appreciate the people you are most comfortable with. Just try not to go too hard.


Also, don’t forget to check out the Georgetown University Women’s Center Galentine’s Day event on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Leavey 327 to really get in the spirit for this important holiday!





 We agree, Leslie. We think Galentine’s Day is great.

 Photo: NBC; gifs: tumblr.com

Big Miss Steak


A steakhouse is a pretty easy concept to grasp, right? Well, that’s what I thought until I read about a new steakhouse opening up in DuPont called STK that is, wait for it … a “female-oriented steakhouse”.

I have so many questions and concerns:

1. It’s a restaurant, not a public bathroom or a french noun. Since when were steakhouses specified by gender?

2. This commercial It just baffles me and makes me just the slightest bit uncomfortable. As a woman (at least, that’s what my birth certificate says … ), I would say that this doesn’t make me want to go to this restaurant for fear of being challenged to an arm wrestling match when I’m just trying to have a nice meal.

3. Jonathan Segal In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Jonathan Segal, the CEO of the One Group (who owns the restaurant), says that the idea “was to create a steakhouse for women” and “if you cater to a female market, men will follow happily and empty their wallets into your tills.”

So … your “female-oriented” steakhouse is really just a ploy to get more men in there? I would say that if that’s your end goal, it successfully classifies it as “male-oriented”. But maybe that’s just me.

4. “Research”  In the same Wall Street Journal interview, they state “Via his team’s research, Mr. Segal discovered that women liked steakhouses.” Uh, did this really take a research team to discover? Who doesn’t like steakhouses? I’m just perplexed by all of this, hence the aggressive use of italics to make my point and express my incredulity.

5. Why is this weather so absurd? I’m sorry, that’s not about this ridiculous steakhouse, but it’s still something that baffles me. Freezing rain cancels classes, then people are wearing shorts and now we live in a wind-tunnel and are expecting snow this weekend. Someone fix this so I can know what to actually wear outside. Thanks.


There is nothing I love more than a good cut of rib-eye served medium rare with fresh horseradish (dang, now I’m hungry), but I don’t think I could ever muster up the ability to set foot in STK. What about you, my 4E readers, could you?