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June 18, 2018

B.A. Rudolph Foundation to Co-Host Speed Networking Event with the Wing DC

On the evening of August 2nd, the Wing DC and the B.A. Rudolph Foundation are thrilled to be hosting a “19*-minute speed networking” event for women on their way. Designed for women of all stages of their careers, and with a focus on careers in public service, we’ll have three rounds of networking on dozens of topics, ranging from "careers on the Hill" to "how do I ask for what I want?".

P.S. *Why 19 minutes? Because of the 19th amendment, of course! (And because research shows that’s enough time to make meaningful connections with others and generate next steps!)

Bios for our conversation hosts will be published on a rolling basis. Check out our 2018 Scholars here.

Questions? Email Anna Foster at

Access to Education

Courtney Cothran-Fenner - Educator and Writer, the Maret School 

Courtney is a career educator and writer. A teacher at Maret School in northwest DC, she also spent several years working in conjunction with the Young Women’s Leadership Network, teaching at their East Harlem school, The Young Women's Leadership School. In 2014, she published Kollege Knowledge, an advice book for first-generation college-bound girls.


Civil Rights Law

Ally Coll Steele - President & Co-founder, The Purple Campaign

Ally Coll Steele is the President and Cofounder of the Purple Campaign, a non-profit organization to  address workplace sexual harassment. Before launching the Purple Campaign, Steele was litigator in private practice in Washington D.C., where she also worked for several years in electoral politics and on Capitol Hill as a staffer in both the House and Senate.


Economic Justice

Yuh Wen Ling - Operations Program Manager, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 

Yuh Wen Ling is the Operations Program Manager for the Division of Research, Markets, and Regulations at the CFPB. She is also a life and leadership coach who supports high-achieving young professionals from minority, immigrant, and working class backgrounds break free from cultural and societal expectations.


Immigration Law/Policy

Emilie Hyams - Policy Consultant, Immigration Strategies, LLC 

Politically savvy immigration attorney and policy consultant with experience working at a corporate firm, on the Hill during consideration of the 2013 comprehensive immigration reform bill, and in the Executive Branch at the Department of Homeland Security during the Obama Administration.


International Development

Ashley Quarc00 - Africa Regional Coordinator, USAID

Ashley Quarcoo is the Africa Regional Coordinator with USAID's Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, where she conducts policy advocacy and strategic planning support to USAID missions in the region. Ashley previously served at the State Department’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs.


International Development

Kara Rogers - Management Analyst, Inter-American Foundation

Kara Rogers has been working in international development for over 10 years and is currently at the Inter-American Foundation as a Management Analyst. She previously worked at Peace Corps Headquarters and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Rwanda.


Maternal Health Policy

Elizabeth Dawes Gay - Founder, Sisu Consulting 

Elizabeth Dawes Gay, MPH is the founder of Sisu Consulting, where she works with organizations and individuals to advance social, racial, and reproductive justice for women of color. Her life's mission is to create a world where women of color have what they need to achieve their ideal health and well-being.


Nonprofit Operations/Management

Jennifer Bledsoe - Consultant, Bellamy Consulting Group 

Jennifer Bledsoe is a non-profit fundraising professional living and working in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Jennifer works to bring experience from various non-profit organizations in the Washington, DC area including ProInspire, National Children’s Center (NCC), Metro TeenAIDS, National 4-H Council and various consulting projects.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Jessica Graham - Strategic Partnerships in the Office of Inclusion and Collaboration, Cisco

Jessica Graham works to engage Cisco employees in volunteerism and philanthropic giving; since 2012 Cisconians have given over $55M to 3,800+ nonprofits in 65 countries. With Cisco for six years, Jessica is an AmeriCorps alum and has 15 years of experience in civic engagement, fundraising, and private/public partnerships.


STEM for Good 

Elle Millender - Research Associate, National Institute of Health- Vaccine Research Center

Elle Millender is a research associate with the NIH HIV vaccine research group, where she leverages her background in molecular and micro-biotechnology to improve the ways we combat infectious disease. Elle is skilled in molecular and microbiological assays, bacterial identification, and mammalian cell culture & protein expression.




About the B. A. Rudolph Foundation
Established in 2011, the B.A. Rudolph Foundation champions the educational and professional development of progressive women for whom a small amount of support could make a significant difference. Currently, the B.A. Rudolph Foundation provides scholarships to women participating in unpaid or underpaid public service internships in the Washington, D.C. area as well as nationwide in STEM fields.

BA Women's Alliance

The BA Women’s Alliance is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization which supports the educational, personal, and professional development of women who seek to make a difference in the world.

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