The Plenary

I am well-informed, prepared, and part of a network of incredibly powerful women

A professor and mentor introduced me to PLEN towards the end of the scholarship application deadline. Scrambling to scrape together recommendation letters, find funding, and construct coherent essays, I felt a distinct pull to complete my application and do it well. I have never felt so proud of a gut feeling! A week at the … Continue reading I am well-informed, prepared, and part of a network of incredibly powerful women

Bringing More Chairs to the Table Instead of Competing for them

I am one of the most indecisive people that I have ever met in my life, but if there is one thing that has stayed somewhat constant in my life, it is the consideration of entering the legal field. Not only have I been unsure of whether or not legal advocacy is the career path … Continue reading Bringing More Chairs to the Table Instead of Competing for them

Reaching Across the Aisle

I first heard of PLEN from my sister. A few years ago, I remember her coming back home from PLEN’s “Women in Health Policy” seminar, proudly wearing her NIH hoodie that she had bought during her time there. As a pharmacy student, she did not know how she could plug in to her interest in … Continue reading Reaching Across the Aisle

Feeling Lost, Feeling Found: What PLEN Taught Me About Finding the “Right” Path

When I stepped out of Dulles International Airport, my first thought was that it had to be at least 10 degrees warmer than Vermont. My second was, ‘I can’t believe this is actually happening.’ I first heard of PLEN when a friend forwarded an email from our school’s Center for Creativity, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship … Continue reading Feeling Lost, Feeling Found: What PLEN Taught Me About Finding the “Right” Path

Mitzuky Orellana

Seminar: Women Unlocking Nonprofits (2016)Occupation: Intake Coordinator, St. Anne'sEducation: MSW, University of Southern California; BA, Psychology and Sociology, Mount Saint Mary's University (PLEN Member) As a high school student at Saint Mary’s Academy in Los Angeles, Mitzuky was ready to pursue a career in health. She participated in a Health Careers Program that allowed her … Continue reading Mitzuky Orellana