Rockflower's Youth Advisory Board brings together an incredible group of capable and extremely caring young individuals who are determined to bring their skills and energy to advance the cause of empowering women around the world. We are happy to have them on board and look forward to working with them on new and exciting ideas.
Anna graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 with a B.A., Magna Cum Laude, in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics with a concentration in Distributive Justice. Throughout her studies, Anna worked in various capacities at the William J. Clinton Foundation, including as Penn's first campus ambassador for the Clinton Global Initiative University program.
She began her career in investment banking focusing on financial institutions and currently works in private equity investing. Her hobbies include listening to jazz music, playing soccer, world traveling and rooting for the Boston Red Sox. Anna currently lives in San Francisco, CA.
Annelies graduated from Yale in 2013 with a major in Political Science. Throughout her time at Yale, she studied ethnic tensions and the role of education in solving, or in some case, worsening these divides. Since then, she’s been passionate about figuring out ways to better educate people around the world in order to help them move forward and create progress in their communities.
She began her career in investment banking focusing on technology, media and telecommunications. She then moved to Dropbox where she rotated through a number of roles and then eventually helped start the Product Analytics team there. Currently, she just joined the venture investing team at WTI. In her free time, she loves running and working on letterli.com.
Branden Raue is a student of International Relations at Western University. His interests include international law, global health, PR, and marketing. As a student, he volunteers as a political risk consultant, and leads several organizations.
In 2015, he became involved with raising funds to support education and healthcare systems in Rwanda. Most recently, he founded a national campaign that promotes health equality for gay, trans, and bisexual Canadians. Since then, Branden has worked in marketing and communications for a regional HIV/AIDS service. He is thrilled to be joining Rockflower and supporting the empowerment of women across the world.
Chloe Gamlin is currently a medical student at the University of Cambridge, having previously worked in healthcare accounting at KPMG where she developed a keen interest in areas of social medicine such as psychiatry and family planning. Next year will see her study for an intercalated degree in History and Philosophy of Science, during which she plans to write a dissertation on the development of maternal healthcare.
Chloe is involved in many aspects of student life, from two years on the Lucy Cavendish College Students’ Union, to playing in an orchestra and competing in sports, including rowing and running. She is hugely excited to bring a UK perspective to the work of Rockflower, especially in projects concerning education and health.
Clara recently graduated from the University of Vermont earning a bachelors degree in Political Science and minoring in Community and International Development as well as Graphic Design. Going to school in Vermont, Clara is an avid skier and always seeking an adventure outdoors. She was a member of the Political Science Club as well as the Women’s Club Lacrosse team.
Clara has an interest in service-learning and travel and hopes to pursue a career in the field of international development. She has completed service-learning trips to both Ghana and St. Lucia in recent years, working in underprivileged schools with students of all ages. She also fueled her passion for travel during her semester abroad studying in Florence, Italy taking in lots of art and culture. Clara is excited to embark on her next adventure, moving to San Francisco to start a career and explore the bay area.
Connor is a second year student at The George Washington University pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering. Connor has a keen understanding and appreciation of the need for gender equality and, indeed, during his time as Class Vice President at Tabor Academy, Marion, MA, he consistently strove to foster a more inclusive environment.
Connor is a skier, sailor and avid outdoorsman. He has enjoyed volunteering for local youth groups as a chaperone on several outdoor expeditions. Connor is looking forward to taking advantage of the unique opportunity of living and studying in Washington DC to promote and spread the message and work of Rockflower.
Dhara graduated from the University of Gujarat with a degree in journalism and communication. She also completed an internship with the media group, Times of India. During her studies, she spent time at web-based, Radio Asia Live, which works for the unity of Asian countries.
Dhara has always been interested in creating a crime free world and using her personal life experiences and education to better understand how women's empowerment intersects with custom and culture.
Elizabeth is a second year student at Virginia Tech pursing a degree in Business Information Technology with a concentration in Operations and Supply Chain Management. In 2014, she graduated from Georgetown Visitation, an all women high school in Washington, D.C., where she lead and participated in many service-oriented clubs and made service trips to New Orleans LA, Camden NJ, Appalachia, and locally in the Washington area.
Elizabeth is a strong leader who brings enthusiasm to everything she does and especially enjoys helping people. She is a member of the Collegiate Women in Business club at Virginia Tech and is very involved in the philanthropic efforts of her sorority, Delta Gamma. She will be working in the Dominican Republic this upcoming spring semester, assisting Haitian immigrants with their small businesses and developing a presence on the internet.
Francesca is a second year student at the University of British Columbia studying Conservation of Natural Resources. As an avid skier and surfer, Francesca enjoys all that British Columbia has to offer.
Francesca has created a prototype Rockflower surfboard and plans to work with socially conscious companies to develop a line of boards that are designed “for” and “about” girls and women, raising money and awareness for the five keys of Rockflower. Francesca loves to play all and every sport - soccer, lacrosse, ice hockey, tennis, golf, surfing and wakeboarding and thinks every day should be a “five sport” day!
Lindsay is founder and director of The SEGway Project, a nonprofit organization that uses soccer to empower adolescent girls in Nepal, Cambodia, and Kenya. An avid soccer player herself, Lindsay won the 2010 NCAA National Championship while playing for the University of Notre Dame.
Off the field, Lindsay has been an advocate for the use of sports to promote gender equity in the developing world at the United Nations, Clinton Global Initiative, Google Zeitgeist Forum and has been featured on the Today Show and in Seventeen Magazine. Currently, Lindsay is pursuing a Master in Public Policy and Juris Doctor degree at the Harvard Kennedy School and Georgetown Law.
Lulu Ward graduated from Tabor Academy in 2016. She is currently a Freshman at New York University’s Stern School of Business and lives on campus in New York City. Lulu is interested in studying Finance, Global Business, and Economic Theory.
In high school, Lulu started a “Gay-Straight Alliance” on campus to promote awareness and inclusion for students and teachers of all identities and sexualities. She hopes to continue this work through university, paired with her work on the Youth Advisory Board.
Lulu is excited to bring Rockflower to NYU and is looking forward to receiving support and involvement from both the young women and men on campus.
Madison is in her final year at the University of Edinburgh, pursuing a degree in Classics. She recently spent a year abroad at the University of Pennsylvania, where she developed a passion for business for social impact. Consequently, she spent two months in the summer at the Wharton Social Impact Initiative as a research fellow with a focus on Gender Lens Investing. Now back in Edinburgh, she is working as a student non-profit consultant for FreshSight Ltd, and has begun making preparations to start a Social Impact Investment Club.
Madison has always been a keen sportswoman and plays polo on horseback for school, as well as practicing yoga most days. She has also taken every opportunity to give back to the community, by working for an online education company in the Boston area and raising money for Barts and the London Hospital for her charity skydive. Madison is always diversifying her already eclectic music tastes and enjoys playing the guitar.
Nicole currently works for Plan International USA, a development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for children internationally. She graduated from Providence College in 2016 with a B.A. in Economics. There she developed an interest in international development. She has served on the executive board for both Students for Social Action and Students Organized against Racism at Providence College. As a Fr. Smith Fellow, Nicole also spent a summer teaching at St. Dominic’s Children’s Home, a trauma informed environment that caters to the needs of young boys and girls in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Through her involvement in school and her mission trip abroad, Nicole found a passion for empowering the youngest and most marginalized in each community so that they are given the opportunity to achieve their full potential. She is concerned with engaging the world for critical solutions in order to initiate progress for the well-being and equality of others.
Olivia is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania double majoring in Political Science and English and minoring in Arabic and Near East Civilizations. Her focus is International Relations, primarily in the Middle East, and she hopes to go to graduate school to study Conflict Resolution after graduating from Penn.
Olivia writes weekly articles for the Odyssey Online, often focuses on refugee crises, current economic events and political turmoil. She also serves as a board member for Wharton MENA (Middle East/North Africa), where she coordinates high profile speaker events, fundraisers for refugee resettlement, leads marketing efforts for MENA's annual business conference and advocates for economic opportunities for growth in the region.
Olivia is a also bookworm, skier and creative writer.
Samantha recently graduated from University of Connecticut where she studied physiology, neurobiology, and anthropology. Driven by a passion for public health and service, Samantha founded UConn’s chapter of United Against Inequities in Disease and has worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations to promote health access for refugees and other underserved populations in her local community.
She has also researched medical access abroad in Honduras, Panama, and Ghana. Samantha is currently pursuing certification in intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring at the University of Connecticut Graduate School.
Suchi is currently entering her fourth year at The University of Texas at Austin. She is part of the Business Honors Program and pursuing a Masters in Professional Accounting. After embarking on a micro-finance brigade to Ghana, Suchi discovered her passion for social finance and empowerment issues. She has helped create a female mentorship program on campus designed to encourage female student leaders and chaired a campus-wide environmental campaign to commemorate Earth Week.
Currently, she is the CFO for International Youth Council, a UN affiliated organization, and is continuing her research on impact investing/ social finance. She is a daredevil enthusiast and an ardent St. Bernard lover.