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Parallels

Jennifer O. Leshnower ’00

  • Returned Peace Corps Volunteer in Saint Lucia
  • Majored in political science at HWS and earned a master’s of social work from Columbia University
  • Manager of Community Outreach at KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to ensuring that all kids get a childhood filled with play.

1. What’s your proudest achievement? Serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

2. What motivates you to give back? Working with people from all walks of life and being inspired by their commitment and daily heroism. I like the idea that people can connect when they’re in the trenches working toward a common good.

3. Where do you turn for inspiration? Young people, creative solutions and my mentors’ determination to never accept “no” as the final answer.

4. What advice would you give your 13 year old self? Imperfection and failure are essential ingredients to living a happier adult life.

5. If you could travel in time, where would you go? Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

6. What is the most pressing issue facing today’s college graduates? Making the world just for all, not the select few or the lucky.

7. What is your personal mission statement? Stand for what you believe in.

8. What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume? I’m a drummer in an all-women’s afro-Brazilian samba reggae band that promotes women’s empowerment and the rich culture found in the Bahia region of Brazil.

9. What quality do you value most in your friends? Unconditional love.

Emily Surprenant ’15

  • Peace Corps Volunteer in Kosovo
  • Majored in International Relations and participated in the Teacher Education Program
  • HWS leadership roles in Relay for Life, Colleges Against Cancer and the Debate Team; Writing Fellow and member of String Ensemble.

1. What’s your proudest achievement? Being accepted to serve in the Peace Corps.

2. What motivates you to give back? I have found my calling in servant leadership. I am motivated by this reciprocity and knowing that through the simplest actions, I could be making someone’s life, and they could be making mine, infinitely better.

3. Where do you turn for inspiration? My father. He uses his wisdom, humor and passion to educate and inspire individuals on how to change the world through service and leadership.

4. What advice would you give your 13 year old self? Own your decisions; the only person you are responsible for pleasing is yourself.

5. If you could travel in time, where would you go? The Seneca Falls Convention in 1848.

6. What is the most pressing issue facing today’s college graduates? Finding a profession that balances passion, mission and vocation, and justifying that over a career that may offer financial security.

7. What is your personal mission statement? We all possess the tools and share the responsibility to shape a changing world.

8. What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume? I am in every way Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation.

9. What quality do you value most in your friends? Authenticity

 

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