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Casey Lintern Rogers ’98
Senior Program Officer for the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Major: Dance, and I also received my elementary education teaching certification

Leadership roles: President of Congress 1997-1998 and Secretary of Congress 1995-1996

Extracurricular activities: Involved in William Smith Congress, the dance program

Favorite professor: Donna Davenport

First job after college: Fifth grade English teacher in Tsumeb, Namibia through the volunteer program WorldTeach.

Accomplishments at William Smith
As president of Congress, it was my duty to lead the student government, interface with the Deans' Office, as well as Hobart's student government.  During that time, the drug rohypnol had been used on female students and both student governments led an effort to expose its use, educate students about protecting themselves and begin a debate and zero tolerance campaign on campus about rape and sexual violence against women.

On leadership
By offering women and men equal leadership opportunities there was a system in place to foster leadership of women and to allow for women leaders to develop along with their male leader peers. Strong women who attended William Smith prior to me served as role models for what's possible for women.  Dr. Blackwell's pioneering work coupled with the women's suffrage movement, which has its roots just miles away from Geneva, influenced my awareness of women's leadership.  Because of the struggle for women's rights that allowed women to gain access to opportunities, I was able to hold the position of Congress president and take on leadership roles in my life after William Smith.

On the coordinate system
The impact was that there were an equal number of opportunities for women; women and men were not competing for one position.  It was also worthwhile to work with my fellow leaders from Hobart, to work in a coordinated manner.

Current events
Working: Senior program officer for the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation - managing the Foundation's early childhood development, blindness, and disaster relief and recovery grantmaking.
Volunteering: Senior warden (board chair) of All Saints' Parish (the church where my husband and I attend); Co-chair of Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families 2006 annual conference.

 
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