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At Woodhull we understand that all issues are “women’s” issues from social justice to education, from the constitution to the economy, from science and politics to mathematics. To that end, Woodhull has reached out to women experts in all fields. Woodhull Fellows do not share a single partisan or political position; they stand across the political spectrum. What they do share is the commitment to raise issues in a conscientious way, to encourage open debate, to challenge and to enlighten public discussion in America. Woodhull Fellows are selected by a committee, they are experts in their fields and they have committed to to lead with honesty, respect, courage and compassion; to strive for the common ground in decision-making; and to share in community service.

Woodhull Fellows are available for speaking engagements. Please forward all quesitons and booking requests to: Wende Jager-Hyman, Executive Director at wjagerhyman@woodhull.org.

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Cheri Kalil Anisman

Cheri Kalil Anisman, PhD, is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and personal and professional coach in Amherst, New York. As a practicing psychotherapist and coach for over twenty years, her clientele are mainly comprised of professional women in the business, education and healthcare industries. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and attended Wayne State University where she received a Master’s degree in School and Community Psychology and a Ph.D. in Educational and Clinical Psychology. A member of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, Cheri is licensed to practice in several U.S. states and in Canada.

Joan Walsh

Joan Walsh has written on presidential politics, interracial romance, youth violence, motherhood and baseball for publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times to Mother Jones to Vogue. Ms. Walsh has run her own consulting business, working with foundations and think tanks on education, race, poverty and youth issues while freelancing for national magazines and raising her daughter. She sits on the board of two non-profits and is a founding member of the Global Women’s Action Network for Children. Her writing, activism, curiosity, diverse networks and management ability have all found full engagement at Salon, where she is excited to move into a new phase of work: building a thriving, self-sufficient, must-read magazine that’s as smart and authoritative about culture and lifestyle as it is about politics, that fulfills the promise of the Web by taking advantage of its immediacy, interactivity and community, and that develops the mass audience it deserves by breaking news, making sense of an increasingly fragmented world, and being a pleasure to read.

Erica Jong

Erica Jong is a poet, novelist and essayist best known for her seven best-selling novels: Fear of Flying, which has sold 20 million copies in thirty-seven languages, How to Save Your Own Life, Fanny: Being the True History of the Adventures of Fanny Hackabout-Jones, Parachutes & Kisses, Shylock’s Daughter (formerly Serenissima), Any Woman’s Blues and Inventing Memory. Her mid-life memoir, Fear of Fifty, also became a major international bestseller. Ms. Jong is also the author of six award-winning collections of poetry. Known for her commitment to women’s rights, authors’ rights and free expression, Ms. Jong is a frequent lecturer in the U.S. and abroad. She established a program for young writers at her alma mater, Barnard College. The Erica Mann Jong Writing Center at Barnard teaches students the art of peer tutoring and Columbia University acquired her literary archive in 2008. Her twenty-second book, due out in February 2009 from Penguin, is Love Comes First: A Collection of Poems.

Alissa Quart

Alissa Quart is working on her third book, to be published by FSG, tenatitvely titled The Maverick Principle. She is the author of Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers (Basic Books 2004) and Hothouse Kids: How the Pressure to Succeed Threatens Childhood (Penguin Press 2006). In addition to writing for The New York Times Magazine and The Atlantic and many other publications (see alissaquart.com), she is a Contributing Writer to Mother Jones. She teaches at Columbia’s Journalism School and Columbia’s Teacher’s College, where she is a senior fellow. She is also the author of a book of poetry. She has an M.S. from Columbia Journalism School and a B.A. from Brown University. Alissa is an expert in film and screen culture, consumerism and advertising, adolescence and childhood (especially as they intersect with media and business), gender identity and expression, psychology and “independent” music and media, among other things, She comments frequently on a variety of subjects. Her books have been the feature of segments on The Today Show, 20/20, Lenny Lopate and The Diane Rehm Show, and Marketplace among many others, and have been translated into 10 languages. She has spoken all over the country at many event spaces and at colleges, Brown University and Columbia University among them. Branded was a Common Book at a number of schools and colleges.

Deborah Siegel, PhD

Deborah Siegel, PhD, is an expert on gender, politics, and the unfinished business of feminism across generations. She is the author of Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild, co-editor of the literary anthology Only Child: Writers on the Singular Joys and Solitary Sorrows of Growing Up Solo, and co-founder of the webjournal The Scholar & Feminist Online. Deborah’s writings on women’s lives, feminism, masculinity, contemporary families, sex, and popular culture have appeared in venues including The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The American Prospect, More, Psychology Today, The Progressive, and The Mothers Movement Online. A Fellow at the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership and a Board Member of the Council on Contemporary Families, she is a frequent media commentator and lectures at campuses and conferences nationwide.

Agapi Stassinopoulos

Agapi Stassinopoulos was born and raised in Athens, Greece. At age 18, she entered the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, where she received the Ronson Award for best actress of the year. After drama school, Agapi became a member of the Young Vic in London. She developed a TV series called The Gods of Greece for PBS with Adrian Malone, producer of The Ascent of Man and Cosmos. Ms. Stassinopoulos is the author of two books Conversations with the Goddesses and Gods and Goddesses in Love: Making the Myth a Reality For You. Ms Stassinopoulos utilizes the myths of the Greek Gods and Goddesses as archetypes to help in personal relationships. Her insightful understanding and humor stirs the imagination, enriching our understanding of ourselves and each other. Ms Stassinopoulos has brought her insights into achieving a fulfilled an balance life to Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, the Soho Rep in New York City, and may colleges and universities around the country.

Robin Stern, PhD

Robin Stern, Ph.D., is a licensed psychoanalyst, educator, and author, with over twenty-five years of experience treating individuals, couples, and groups. She develops and implements training programs, and writes about personal and professional growth emphasizing the importance of self-awareness, emotional competencies, and ethical leadership. Robin holds a doctorate in Applied Psychology, as well as a post-doctoral certificate in Psychoanalytic Group Psychotherapy. She is on the faculty of Teachers College, Columbia University, The Training Institute for Mental Health, in New York City, and, is a consultant to the Health, Behavior and Emotional Lab at Yale University. Robin is a founding board member of The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, where she co-created the curriculum for the Woodhull retreat experience and continues to teach and train women of all ages. Additionally, Robin is a Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association. Her first book, The Gaslight Effect: How to Spot and Survive the Hidden Manipulation Others Use to Control Your Life (Random House May ’07) was written up in all the top women’s magazines: Elle, O, Allure, Cosmopolitan, as well as in newspapers, such as Metro NY, Philly and Boston. Dr. Stern was featured as a guest on local and syndicated radio stations nationwide, providing commentary and answering questions for call-in segments. She also traveled extensively, speaking at the Jr. League, The American Psychological Association, The National Association for Domestic Violence Prevention, Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders, Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, Daemen College and Columbia University. She continues to travel, speak, train, teach and counsel. She has a thriving private practice in New York City and lives in Riverdale with her husband and two children.