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Stuart alumnae share entrepreneurial journeys, leadership lessons for Women in Leadership Panel Series

Students in all divisions opened the school year by hearing from three alums for the second of the NCGLS Women in Leadership Panel Series of the year. Joining virtually were Sianna Elise Peal '14, Shana Jordan '09, and Michelle Gillen-Doobrajh '01 who spoke of their non-linear journeys into entrepreneurship, challenges through COVID and lessons on life and leadership. The panelists took turns answering questions presented by student moderators Serenity Bellamy (fifth grade) and 11th graders Sonya Jin and Kelsie Bouyer. The students were all selected because they demonstrated entrepreneurial skills in work that they are bringing to Stuart. Serenity runs her own crafting business and Sonya and Kelsie are the founders of "Girl Up" in the Upper School. The full panel is available to watch on YouTube below. The next Women in Leadership Panel is in April, 2021. Click here to learn more about the series and the NCGLS. 

About the Panelists: 

Sianna Elise Peal is the founder of FÀNDÉ, an African inspired fashion brand, which includes the“The Give Back” initiative that provides a percentage of proceeds to fund school products for Liberian children.

Shana Jordan is the Chief Operating Officer and a founding team member of leading bitcoin rewards company, Lolli, which allows users to earn free bitcoin when they shop online at 1,000+ top stores including Sephora, Bloomingdales, and eBay.

Michelle Gillen-Doobrajh is the co-founder of Tildie’s Toy Box in Philadelphia. She has a background in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. After the birth of her first child, she stayed home with her eldest daughter for 3 years. During this time, she realized the importance of quality, well-chosen toys in a child’s overall development. This began her goal of making gender neutral, basic, and open-ended toys available and accessible for everyone.

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