Hobart & William Smith Colleges

Meet our Ambassadors

Olivia Dudo

Name: Olivia Dudo

PLEN Program: Women & Congress, Spring 2013

Major: Public Policy, Spanish, Education

My Favorite PLEN Moment: My favorite PLEN moment was talking with the very inspiring Anne Darconte at our mock reception dinner. The whole point of PLEN is to soak in all of the wisdom the women on the Hill are willing to give. Anne was very honest with me, like most of the seminar speakers were, and she motivated me to believe in myself and to commit to returning to DC in order to make tangible social change in our capital and our nation.

Why I’m a PLEN Ambassador: I am a PLEN Ambassador because PLEN changed my life. This is no exaggeration. PLEN made me feel powerful, intelligent, and capable. PLEN helped me to fall in love with DC and helped me to determine a career path. I will always be in debt to PLEN and those involved with PLEN.


Name: Tatiana Soto

PLEN Program: Women & International Policy 2012  

Major: International Relations and Anthropology

Favorite PLEN Moment: I honestly cannot pick one favorite moment. The entire PLEN experience was incredible. PLEN really does give its participants the opportunity to meet people they otherwise wouldn’t get to meet. If I absolutely had to pick a day, it would be the day we went to the Egyptian Embassy and were able to speak to the Deputy Chief of Mission on the day of Egypt’s Presidential Elections. That very same day we also went to the Canadian Embassy and spent time with two phenomenal Foreign Officers who gave us tons of insights in their respective fields. Overall the seminar was informative and inspirational.

Why I’m a PLEN Ambassador:After being surrounded by amazing women who have established themselves in Washington and amongst the diverse and intelligent young women participating in the seminar, I cannot help but share my experience. After the seminar I was moved, inspired and amazed; I would love for others to feel the same way about their future. I know that once more young women hear about PLEN and experience it for themselves; they will feel the same way.


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Name: Dana Williams

PLEN Program: Women & International Policy 2013

Major: Political Science and Public Policy

My Favorite PLEN Moment: My favorite PLEN moment was listening to the keynote speaker, Pamela Reeves. To me, she encapsulated what women involved in the program are striving for, to be strong, successful, compassionate leaders inspiring change around the world.

Why I’m a PLEN Ambassador: I’m a PLEN Ambassador because PLEN opened so many doors for me that I previously did not even know existed. I want to help other women realize the opportunities available to them to affect positive change.


Incoming Ambassadors 2014-2015


CourtneyFranceschiName: Courtney Franceschi

PLEN Program: Science and Health Policy 2014

Major: Biology

My Favorite PLEN Moment: My favorite PLEN moment was visiting the National Institute of Health. On the panel, each woman spoke about her professional career, personal life, and how it is possible to succeed in both realms. The strength and determination exemplified within their stories were empowering. During the tour of the institution, we visited labs and spoke with scientists about their research. As a biology major and aspiring physician it was an unbelievable experience.

Why I’m a PLEN Ambassador: I am a PLEN Ambassador because of the new attitude that I left the PLEN seminar with – I can succeed and I will. This attitude was shaped as a reaction to the inspiring women that I met during the PLEN seminar and I want to help other young women benefit from this experience.


ChalwynCaulkerName: Chalwyn Caulker

PLEN Program: Women’s Leadership in Public Policy 2014

Major: International Relations and French

My Favorite PLEN Moment: Walking around with my group on our way to the many site visits.

Why I’m a PLEN Ambassador: Being surrounded by a group of diligent students and hearing from the various accomplished women in Washington was an eye-opening experience. I can confidently say, due to the concrete foundation that PLEN created for me, I know the path I want to take during my college years and beyond: a strong, stable leader that strives for imminent change in the world. I want other to explore and experience the countless opportunities that PLEN has to offer.