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Mount Holyoke College
Weissman Center for Leadership

Student Leadership Workshop Presenters

Spring 2012

Alan H. Bloomgarden

Alan Bloomgarden is Coordinator of the Community-Based Learning (CBL) Program at Mount Holyoke College's Weissman Center for Leadership. CBL supports 30 courses, 50 internships and dozens of campus-community partnerships involving 400-450 students annually in projects combining learning and analysis with action and social change. He co-developed Leadership Hampshire County and the new regional Leadership Pioneer Valley initiative launching in Fall 2011. Alan holds a B.A. from Bucknell University, MPhil from the University of Bradford and an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research on community engagement at liberal arts colleges won the 2009 dissertation of the year award from the International Association of Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement.

Jodie Castanza and Jennifer Sanborn

Jodie Castanza and Jennifer Sanborn are new institutional leaders at Mount Holyoke College. Both have extensive careers in higher education and a passion for appreciative inquiry as a way to develop within themselves and within organizations. They both take great joy in being present when others remember how fabulous they are.

Susan Daniels

Susan Daniels has worked as an actor, director and teacher for over 30 years. She’s performed in regional theatre, Off Broadway and for two years on the daytime drama The Guiding Light. She served as Artistic Director for the Pioneer Valley Summer Theatre, producing 55 shows during 5 summer seasons. Susan currently teaches Audition Technique, Acting and Public Speaking at Mount Holyoke College and does leadership training/consulting work with Drama Works Interactive and Van Ness and Company. Her stories of combining a theatre life with raising her three children have been published in Parents Magazine and aired on NPR. Susan is currently writing a memoir about surviving a life changing event after winning $81,000 on a national game show.

Leslie Fraser

Leslie Fraser is Multifaith Chaplain at Mount Holyoke College, and advisor to the Protestant, Unitarian Universalist, and multifaith communities there. A social activist and mystic, she sees her work as spiritual midwifery, supporting a ministry of truth and transformation.

Sara Laschever

Sara Laschever has spent her career investigating the obstacles, detours, and special circumstances that shape women’s lives and careers. She has written extensively about women in literature and the arts, women in the sciences, women in academia, and women in business. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Harvard Business Review, The New York Review of Books, Vogue, Glamour, and many other publications. Sara has co-authored two ground-breaking books about women and negotiation with the economist Linda Babcock, "Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation—and Positive Strategies for Change", and "Ask for It! How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want". Both books have won rave notices from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Business Week, The Washington Post, USA Today, and the International Herald Tribune, among others. Fortune magazine, in its 75th anniversary issue, included "Women Don't Ask" in a list of "The 75 Smartest Books We Know." Sara is frequently cited in the national and international media as an expert on the persistence of the wage gap, women and conflict resolution, work-life balance issues, and the multiple factors influencing women's long-term career success. See her full profile.

Anita Magovern

Anita Magovern is Catholic Chaplain at Mount Holyoke College and a facilitator of numerous spirituality workshops for women.

Maeve Ryan

Maeve Ryan is a RYT 200 (Registered Yoga Teacher) who has been practicing yoga for more than 10 years and meditation for over two years. She received her training at West Hartford Yoga in Connecticut and is certified as a Power Yoga teacher. Maeve has taken various workshops on meditation and how to achieve emotional balance with teachers Judith Orloff, Sharon Salzberg, and Raphael Cushnir.

Emily Wazlak '12

Emily Wazlak is the Northeast Regional Coordinator for the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network. In 2009 she was a co-founder of the Mount Holyoke College chapter of Roosevelt which went on to win "Best New Chapter" in 2010 and "Best Chapter of the Year" in 2011. In 2010 Emily was a Roosevelt Institute Summer Fellow in Chicago where she worked with the Department of the Environment on recycling and zero-waste initiatives. She then took a year off from MHC to spend her fall interning at the White House and her spring at Fudan University in Shanghai. Last summer Emily was a PPIA Fellow at the Heinz College of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon. Emily is a senior Politics major at Mount Holyoke College with a minor in War and Society.