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The KS WELI is for students by students

Student voices guide the KS WELI in true entrepreneurial leadership fashion. Through the Student Board, Student Council, and Student Interns (aka SHEarmy), KS WELI focuses on the needs of its customers — students.

KS WELI is proud to center the student voice directly into its mission to empower women to lead to support the next generation of courageous & creative women founders and leaders whole will change the world in business – and beyond.

FoundHER Program Coordinator (Part-Time)

Working closely with the Director for the KS WELI, the FoundHER Program Coordinator is responsible for developing and leading the KS WELI FoundHER Program with an overall goal to equip, empower, and build community amongst the female-identifying founders on UT’s Forty Acres. 

The FoundHER Program equips FoundHERs by providing access to resources including: Mentors, SHEspeaks, EmpowHER Hours, SELL Workshops and the Beam Network. FoundHERs are empowered by the community through sharing their story via KS WELI marketing efforts, including: website, newsletter, social media platforms, and through our partnership with Stories of Austin. Community building is created for the FoundHERs via exclusive FoundHER events and a private Slack Workspace channel. 

The FoundHER Program Coordinator is also responsible for maintaining campus and community relationships that lead to additional opportunities for the KS WELI FoundHERs. Current FoundHER Collaborations include: Wood Next Foundation, Dell Technologies, SELL, Beam, Jessica Vollman Foundation, and Stories of Austin. We expect these campus and community partners to continuously grow year after year as part of the KS WELI Business Network.

Events Program Associate

Working closely with the Senior Events Program Coordinator for the KS WELI, the Events Program Associate is responsible for providing support to the Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute through a variety of channels; including program & event support, marketing & communications support, and others to be assigned. The Events Program Associate will assist with the development and design of core KS WELI initiatives, and other strategic tasks as assigned. 

Applications close on 6/5/2022 at 11:55 p.m.

Staff

Lesley Robinson

Lesley Robinson, M.S.

Founding Director
Lecturer, College of Fine Arts

About // Lesley Robinson

Robinson brings to the role a mix of experience in higher education, the nonprofit and business worlds and has a proven record of supporting both students and early-stage entrepreneurs. Most recently, Robinson worked as the head of Americas for INCO, a Paris-based global leader in the movement for a new economy, to support entrepreneurs at every stage of development. Through the INCO Global Network, Robinson was the program director for the Tarmac TX accelerator, graduating two cohorts of social impact and environmentally focused startups.

Robinson has also worked extensively in higher education, and she served as the director of the Global Engagement Office at St. Edward’s University in Austin, the assistant director for international programs at Princeton University and senior manager of partnerships at Cross-Cultural Solutions, a nonprofit volunteer abroad organization. She also taught English abroad with the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program.

Currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Colorado State University, where her research is focused on assessing entrepreneurship curriculum with a gender lens.

Samantha Bryant

Catherine Scoggins

Senior Events Program Coordinator

Rashu Jain

Jessica Sutherland ’21

Creative Design Coordinator
Alumni Board Co-President 2021-2022

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Julie Nguyen

Senior Administrative Associate

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FoundHER Program Coordinator

Contracted Managers

Rashu Jain

Tiffany Galligan ’00

Too Good Strategy
Website Manager

Samantha Bryant

Vaishali Jadhav ’99

Certified Executive Facilitator
Curriculum Manager / Guest Lecturer

Student Interns

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Kamryn Crossley ’23

Public Relations / Communication & Leadership
Multimedia Associate

I am a Public Relations and Communication & Leadership major. As the Multimedia Associate Intern, I innovate the KS WELI media creation including the creation of equipping Youtube series and engaging short-form videos, as well as the exciting new SB podcast Founding Fearless to empower women to find their fearlessness. To me, empowerment is about gaining confidence & power to make an impact.

Samantha Bryant

Emma Dixon ’24

Design
Creative Design Associate

I am a BFA Design major and the KS WELI Creative Design Coordinator. In this position, I create graphics for social media campaigns, support large design projects, and collaborate with the events and marketing coordinators. To me, empowerment means being equipped to overcome any obstacle, and achieve any dream.

Rashu Jain

Anna Esaka ’24

Marketing
Special Projects Associate

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Luisa Gabaldon ’22

Marketing
Digital Strategist Associate

Samantha Bryant

Ainslee Harrison ’22

Marketing
Events Program Associate

Rashu Jain

Rashu Jain ’22

Business Honors, Finance, Mathematics
Student Board // President 2021-2022

Rashu Jain

Alyssa Lumanog ’22

Design
Illustration & Web Design Associate

Jessica Sutherland

Ashley Raymond ‘20, ‘22

M.S. Technology & Commercialization
FoundHER Program Coordinator
Alumni Board Co-President 2021-2022

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Ingrid Villarreal ’23

Biology
Student Board // President 2022-2023

I am a BSA Biology Honors major and the KS WELI Student Board President. In this position, I support and direct the KS WELI’s Student Board and innovate how the board can represent the student voice for all self-identifying women on campus interested in entrepreneurship, including a new SB podcast Founding Fearless. To me, empowerment means cultivating confidence in others to believe in themselves to create positive change in their communities.

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Events Program Associate