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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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Marlene Arnold

Marlene Arnold, PhD, specializes in cross-cultural communication, issues, and policy for government, business, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions. This work includes changing and/or merging corporate or organizational cultures, as well as cross-cultural communication within the diverse U.S. work force and internationally. Dr. Arnold combines her in-depth understanding of culture and her extensive international experience to assist clients in applying cultural know-how. Trained in a discipline that centers on people and their values, capacities, and worth, Marlene Arnold uses her expertise and understanding of culture’s significance to improve individual and organizational effectiveness and enhance performance. As a Fulbright Scholar and Kellogg Fellow, Dr. Arnold has traveled and studied in 25 different countries.

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.

Druis Ann Beasley

Druis Ann Beasley is an artist, educator, and activist with an extensive and diverse background in multiculturalism, arts-in-education, arts administration, humanistic community development. For over 25 years, Ms. Beasley has conducted standards-based, interdisciplinary arts-in-education residencies that integrate Performing Arts with English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Visual Arts, as well as literary residencies in Poetry, Fictional Writing, Autobiography and Storytelling. Ms. Beasley also performs throughout Upstate New York, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Vermont. She has also been Program Director for the New York State Alliance for Arts Education, and Director of the FUN Afterschool Program with Long Island University’s School of Education.

Melissa Bradley

Melissa is Founder and President of New Capitalist™ – providing business development, strategy, and capitalization assistance to emerging and social entrepreneurs. Its mission is to leverage human, financial and social capital to create economically profitable and sustainable individuals, businesses and communities. She is also Managing Director of Positive Impact™ – a collaborative initiative to promote diverse voices and visions within independent media. Launched at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, Positive Impact™ is an initiative that seeks to aggregate, document and promote opportunities and achievements of people of color within media. PI’s objectives are to promote ethnic and cultural diversity within independent media through communication, capacity building and capital.

Kamala D. Harris

Kamala D. Harris was elected District Attorney of San Francisco on December 9, 2003. The election of District Attorney Harris is historic on many fronts: she is the first woman to serve as District Attorney in San Francisco; she is the first African American woman to serve as District Attorney in California; and she is first Indian American woman to serve as District Attorney in the United States.

Linda E. Hyman

Linda E. Hyman, Ph.D. joined Montana State University on November 1, 2003 in the position of Montana WWAMI Director and Vice Provost for Health Sciences. She received her undergraduate training at the State University of New York and her graduate training at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, receiving her Ph.D. in Biology in 1987.

Karla Jackson-Brewer

Karla Jackson-Brewer is an African American feminist therapist whose private practice serves women of color, sexual assault survivors, and addresses issues of cultural/ethnic identity, spirituality and empowerment. Karla is an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University in the Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies Departments. She has taught at the college level for the past 23 years. She teaches the course “Dynamics or Race, Sex and Class,” Intro to Africana Studies,” “The Black Woman,” and “African Religions.” She currently advises a women’s activist organization at Rutgers University.

Rose E. Rodriguez

Rose E. Rodriguez was Senior Advisor to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. As Senior Advisor to the Senator she managed the Office of Constituent Affairs, and advised the Senator on matters pertaining to the Hispanic community. Rose E. Rodriguez previously served as an appointee of President William Jefferson Clinton assigned to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development as Special Assistant to Secretary Andrew Cuomo. As Special Assistant to Secretary Andrew Cuomo, she advised the Secretary on housing and policy matters affecting the nation’s Hispanic population. In addition, she served as Deputy Director for the Office of Policy within the Department of Community Planning and Development. In this role, Ms. Rodriguez was part of the executive team that had oversight of policy matters and strategic planning pertaining to HUD federal programs administered in block grants to cities and states. In 1993 Governor Mario M. Cuomo appointed Rose E. Rodriguez as his Special Advisor and Executive Director of the Governor’s Office for Hispanic Affairs. She advised Governor Cuomo on all state issues pertaining to the Hispanic community including healthcare, social services, housing and economic development.

Monica Santana Rosen

Monica Santana Rosen has a deep background in nonprofit management, serving as a grants administrator for the Tiger Foundation in New York City and then as Executive Director for Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), a career guidance program for young minority professionals. At MLT, Ms. Rosen was responsible for establishing the national headquarters, developing an operational infrastructure, and doubling the program’s reach and scale. As a graduate student at Harvard Business School, Ms. Rosen was a recipient of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, a competitive award for individuals pursuing graduate degrees who are first-generation American citizens (Ms. Rosen’s parents are immigrants from the Dominican Republic). Ms. Rosen was recently awarded a Broad Residency in Urban Education, an intensive two-year management development program which places leaders from the private and nonprofit sectors in managerial positions in the central operations of urban school districts. As a Broad Resident, Ms. Rosen is working at Chicago Public Schools (CPS) in the Department of Human Resources as part of the leadership team that is restructuring the entire human capital management structure within CPS, presently the second largest employer in the state of Illinois managing 49,000 employees.