I’m Hallie and I’m a rising junior at Earlham College majoring in African and African American Studies. I’m passionate about creating inclusive, welcoming, and representative spaces that are safe for all women to succeed.
Why did you decide to join the Pass the Torch team?
I decided to join the Pass the Torch team because their mission aligns with my values and experiences as a woman. I know from personal experience how it feels to be excluded, especially within my intersecting identities as a Black woman. By joining Pass the Torch for Women, I am able to create ways for women to come together as a community.
What are you most excited about during your time as an intern?
I was immediately empowered by the inclusive, compassionate, and collaborative leadership within the Pass the Torch Foundation. As an intern, I’m most excited to empower women who look like me and continue the cycle of creating space through mentorship.
How has mentorship impacted you, personally and professionally?
I wouldn’t be the woman I am today without the many mentors who saw my potential. Personally, mentorship is so special for me because when I was growing up, it was rare to see women who looked like me in successful and powerful positions. The first time I was able to really see myself in successful, leading positions was through mentorship. I believe mentorship is directly associated with a representation that could greatly benefit women who haven’t been able to see themselves in leadership. When all women are given the opportunity to see themselves in mentorship, whether that be through identity, background, experiences, or similar values, all women are given the opportunity to see themselves grow professionally.