Congratulations to our Leading Woman of the Month for March, Aya Shimizu! Aya is currently a freshman majoring in computer science with a minor in 3D computer graphics and modeling. Not only is Aya extremely accomplished in the classroom, but also is very involved in many on campus organizations. Aya is one of the representatives for the women in engineering advisory board. She is also on the 2017 song girl team. Her future career goal is to work for a company like Pixar enhancing their graphics and animation movie software. You continue to amaze us with your accomplishments every day. Always remember that Theta loves you!
Congratulations to our Leading Woman of the Month for February, Anna Volkmann! Anna is a Sophomore, majoring in Health and Human Sciences with a minor in Forensics and Criminality. During her first semester of college, Anna had the opportunity to study abroad in Paris, France, where she took classes and enjoyed traveling throughout Europe. In addition to being the Executive Assistant for the Omicron chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta, she was recently hired as a Tour Guide for the USC Admissions Office. Anna is also a member of the student-run dance company, Xpressions Dance Company, as well as a member of the USC Chapter of MEDLIFE, a nation-wide organization that works to bring healthcare to under-served communities in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. She recently traveled to Lima, Peru, with MEDLIFE where she volunteered as a medical assistant and helped to treat and educate community members at mobile health clinics. We are so proud of you Anna, and remember Theta loves you!
Congratulations to our Leading Woman of the Month for January, Sophie Faude! Sophie is a Health and Humanity major with a minor in Health Care Studies as well as being in the Thematic Option Honors Writing Program. On top of being a Kappa Alpha Theta Ann Guerin Scholarship recipient and a National Merit Scholar, she is currently a research assistant at the Dinosaur Institute of LAC Natural History Museum and a volunteer teaching assistant at the Keck School of Medicine. She recently went on a medical brigade to Nicaragua where she served over 1000 patients in a small village. We are so proud of you Sophie and remember that Theta loves you!
Congratulations to Alana Lei for being our Leading Women of the Month for December! Alana is currently double majoring in computer science and business administration. She will be interning with bedrock.la next semester as a studio engineer. She is also a teaching assistant for a computer science course and has taught coding to a local school in the area. After interning with Intel this past summer, she landed an internship with Facebook in Seattle for this upcoming summer. She is a member of the USC Rock Climbing team and is a DJ for KXSC (the college radio station). She has a passion for the outdoors and also ran with the bulls this past summer in Pamplona. We love watching you strive for excellence. Keep doing what you do and remember Theta loves you!
Our Leading Woman of the Month for the month of November is sophomore Erin Silliman! Erin is from Danville, California and she is studying Human Biology on the pre-med track with a minor in Spanish. She is an intern and campus ambassador for Gift of Life Marrow Registry and the founder of the USC Gift of Life Club. Erin has been instrumental in putting on cheek swabbing drives between Omicron and Gift of Life. She has worked at the same restaurant for three years when she is at home and she thinks her special talent is helping her friends caption their Instagrams! She is also our newly slated Service Chair and we are very excited to see the events she puts on this coming year!
Our Leading Woman of the Month for October is new member, Sophia Oddi! Sophia was born in Rome and raised in Monte-Carlo. She is part of the inaugural class of the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance here at USC and she is picking up a minor in Art History. Sophia is an aspiring choreographer and she plans on joining a company and traveling the world. She is involved with Artists Collaborative which is an up-and-coming gallery on campus that will display collaborative work. If you didn’t think Sophia was already cool enough, she has performed for the Prince and Princess of Monaco! Keep up the amazing work, Sophia!
Our Leading Woman of the Month for the month of September is junior, Caitlin Hoversten! Caitlin hails from El Dorado Hills, CA and she is studying Environmental Studies with a concentration in sustainability, energy, and society. She spent her freshman year abroad in Paris and played soccer on a French club team during her time there. This past summer, she managed a Kumon math and reading center and volunteered as a soccer coach and soccer camp counselor. Caitlin is described by her friends as a ray of sunshine who is always up for anything! We are so proud of you, Caitlin!
Our Leading Woman of the Month for the month of August is rising senior, Helen Petrow! Helen is originally from Kansas City and she is a Dean’s List student in the Marshall School of Business focusing on Entrepreneurship and Finance. She spent her last semester studying abroad in both Paris, France and Austria. Last summer, she served as Theta’s Recruitment Director and this summer she has been working at a boutique asset management firm as a wealth management associate. We are so impressed with all that you have accomplished so far, Helen and we can’t wait to see what comes next!
Hailing all the way from the United Kingdom, our Leading Woman of the Month for the month of July is Kitty O’Connor! Kitty is a Narrative Studies major and a Cinema minor. She moved to Los Angeles 5 years ago from the U.K., but she spent the last semester back in her native country studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Kitty is spending the month of July studying Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. If all of that wasn’t impressive, she also just spent over three weeks volunteering and making a documentary at an infant home in Malawi, Africa! You absolutely amaze us, Kitty and we can’t wait to see you continue to thrive in the theater world!
Our Leading Woman of the Month for the month of June is our Australian beauty, Genevieve Gorman Deane! Hailing from Paddington Sydney, this 19 year old is the youngest of four daughters. She is majoring in Cinematic Arts Production at USC’s prestigious School of Cinematic Arts. She loves the environment and traveling and she is interning with an entertainment company on a feature film all summer! Those who know Genevieve describe her as intelligent, friendly, and someone who will always make you smile!
Our Leading Woman of the Month for the month of May is recently graduated senior, Jenny Olofson! Jenny just completed her double major in Cinema & Media Studies and Psychology, while graduating Cum Laude and a National Renaissance Scholar. Last summer, she interned in Paris for StudioCanal and she will start working for CAA, one of the biggest talent agencies in Los Angeles in August! We are so incredibly proud of you, Jenny, and we can’t wait to see what you accomplish next!
Our Leading Woman of the Month for April is Brooke Upchurch! All the way from Houston, Texas, Brooke is a freshman at USC and a new member of the Omicron chapter! She is a neuroscience major and has been a Camp Longhorn counselor and a swim coach for the past 2 years. She is one of USC Theta’s Greek Health Educators for the year, and she helps educate the chapter on mental health awareness, stress management, and everything in between. She also serves on Theta’s Membership Development Committee. This summer, she will be working as an EMT as well as volunteering for Camp Kesem, a free summer camp for children whose parents have cancer. She is also starting a volunteer position with the Alzheimer’s association. You have accomplished so much at a young age, Brooke, and we are so proud of you!
Our Leading Woman of the Month for the month of March is senior, Charlotte Sewell! She is a double major in Communication and English Literature with dreams of becoming a high school English teacher. After coming back to USC from studying abroad in Australia last spring, Charlotte started working at Pure Barre in Downtown LA, and she just ran her first half marathon this month. She has danced on USC Xpressions Dance Team for 3 years and is a certified scuba diver. In her free time, she enjoys being an SAT tutor and considers herself a master in consuming baked goods. Charlotte was recently accepted into Harvard University and Columbia University for a Masters in Education and is currently deciding which of the two she will attend next fall! We are so impressed by you, Char, and we can’t wait to see where you end up!
Our Leading Woman of the Month for February is the lovely, Andrea Villegas! She is from Los Alamitos, California, and she is studying Psychology with a minor in Consumer Behavior. Andrea transferred to USC from the University of Alabama and served as our ritualist last year. She enjoyed attending Theta’s Emerging Leaders Institute in Indiana last summer. On campus, she is an admissions ambassador who gives tours around USC’s campus. She also works for University Tee’s as a campus manager. Fun fact: Andrea is the first person in her entire family to attend college! Keep shining, Andrea! We are so proud of you.
Our Leading Woman of the Month for January is senior Rosie Youmans from Westlake Village, CA! Rosie is a Cognitive Science major and she has served as a reference chair on Omicron’s executive recruitment board as well as on our membership development committee for four semesters. At USC, she has enjoyed teaching kids reading skills through the JEP program and also traveling to Ireland to study the revitalization of the Irish language. After graduation, Rosie will be working for Adobe in San Francisco with a sales position for their marketing solutions cloud. Rosie says that she loves Theta because it is an incredibly diverse house and she has benefitted from this group of strong and deeply caring friends from all different facets of life. She has loved all of the events throughout the years, but she says she will miss all of the spontaneous moments of uncontrollable laughter and pure happiness most. We are so proud of you, Rosie, and we can’t wait to see you succeed!
Our Leading Woman of the Month for December is our Broadcast Journalism superstar JT Arowosaye! JT works as a weather anchor and a multimedia journalist for Annenberg TV News where she has covered stories about the Paris Terrorist Attacks, USC Football, and the Republican Debates. She also works as an anchor for USC’s new entertainment show “The Buzz” and she was previously a correspondent for Trojan Vision’s “The Scoop”, where she got to interview talent such as Meghan Trainor, Snoop Dogg, and Katy Perry! When JT isn’t reporting, you can find her with the USC Athletic Department, where she works in game management. If you couldn’t have guessed it already, JT is a Broadcast and Digital Journalism major, but she also has a minor in Spanish. She will be studying abroad in Madrid this spring for her minor and while she is there, she will be interning at a Spanish news station creating digital/mobile news stories. When she returns, she will become a sports journalism intern in the New York area this summer. JT’s passions don’t stop at just Journalism, she co-founded her own charity service project called Share it Forward that donates used, non-perishable food items and electronic items to villages in West Africa. JT, you have us in awe of all of your accomplishments and we are so proud of you!
Our Leading Woman of the Month for November is our very own Chief Executive Officer of 2015, Katherine Flynn! Not only has Katherine successfully led our chapter for the past year, she has also worked at the Dean’s office of the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism for the past two years. Katherine is finishing up her senior year as a Print and Digital Journalism major with minors in Design and Business. This summer, she confirmed her passion for food when she interned for Wolfgang Puck corporate, and her ultimate dream of working at a food magazine. Katherine also attended the Kappa Alpha Theta Service Trip in New Orleans this summer for a week where she helped out the community alongside Thetas from all over the nation. Post graduation, Katherine hopes to travel abroad and potentially work abroad for a couple of years. Katherine says that “it has been an honor and absolute joy to serve as Chapter President this past year!” We appreciate all of your hard work, Katherine and we know that big things are to come for you!
Our Leading Woman of the Month for October is this fit and fiery redhead- Hadley Leatherman! As our chapter's Health Educator, Hadley recently taught a health and wellness seminar for the women of the house. She is currently leading a rigorous 30-day fitness challenge for anyone who wants to participate! Her passion extends not only to fitness, but also to helping others improve their lives in general. Hadley spent last summer living in an orphanage in Thailand, teaching English and doing construction work. During the year, she volunteers at Ranchos Los Amigos doing adult rehabilitation work. This service is just one step in her mission to become an Occupational Therapist so that she can “unleash the fight” in individuals to help them overcome their mental and physical adversities. Next semester, she’ll be off to study psychology in Melbourne, Australia!
Meet our very own Cadet Kelly and Leading Woman of the Month for September, Brittany Reid! Brittany is a broadcast and digital journalism major from Dayton, Ohio. On campus, she is a cadet and a Color Guard Captain in Army ROTC. She is a national ambassador for the Pink Ribbons Girls Organization, which offers help and support to women with breast cancer. Fun fact- she was also Miss Ohio Teen USA 2013!
A daily dose of empowerment from our Leading Woman of the Month for July... Camille Conner came from Colombia to USC to major in biomedical engineering. On campus, she is an advocate for feminism and a neuroscience researcher. Camille travelled Ghana last summer to help create a water sanitation business run by local female entrepreneurs. This summer, she is a biomedical engineering intern at Texas Children's Hospital. Her goal is to one day develop revolutionary prosthetics and medical devices!
Our June Leading Woman of the Month is Pippa Tucker! This Texan sweetheart is a rising junior, an aspiring LA foodie, and a psychology major. Her groundbreaking laboratory research has won several awards, including the SOAR Research Grant. Pippa tutors and mentors local children through USC Troy Camp. Years ago, she founded a non-profit that provides first aid kits to children in disaster situations. This summer, she will travel to Peru with that same organization to deliver bikes to children who would not otherwise have transportation to school. We love watching you change the world, Pippa!
Our May Leading Woman of the Month is the lovely Danielle Norton! This Kansas City girl is a Business Cinematic Arts major who is studying abroad in Helsinki, Finland. She's involved in Society 53 and USG and served as Chief Education Officer for Theta. This summer, she's off to New York City to intern for Fox News. Theta loves and misses you, Danielle!
Our Leading Woman of the Month for April is Kelley Sheets! Kelley is a freshman and a Public Relations major from Tampa, Florida. Recently, Kelley was selected from a competitive applicant pool to become a member of Society 53, the USC Student Alumni Society leadership board. You can also find her walking backwards around campus as an Tour Guide for the Admissions Center- be sure to yell Fight On when you see her! When she's not on campus, you can find her at Theta, where she has been giving back as much as possible since becoming a new member last fall. She currently acts as the Operations Officer for the house and serves on the Member Development Committee. Even all the way from California, she serves as the Alumni Representative for her high school class in Florida and will intern in the alumni office there this summer. In her free time, Kelley can always be found exploring some new hiking trail or discovering the coolest ice cream shops in Los Angeles. Someday, she hopes to incorporate her love of fashion into her Public Relations career. Theta loves you Kelley!
Introducing our March Leading Woman of the Month! Mackenzie Hummel is a senior majoring in Communication with a double minor in Entrepreneurship and International Relations. She served in the past on Theta’s executive board as Chief Education Officer, providing guidance and support to the chapter’s New Member class. Outside of Theta, Mackenzie has been involved in leadership positions with other university organizations such as Society 53 and the Undergraduate Student Government since her freshman year. Additionally, she is a newly inducted member of the Phi Beta Kappa society. She has a strong passion for traveling which she was able to indulge in a semester studying in Prague, Czech Republic. With years of internship experience under her belt, Mackenzie is looking towards a future position in entertainment media.
Introducing our February Leading Woman of the Month! Olivia Carroll is a senior majoring in Occupational Therapy and minoring in Psychology. She began a Master’s program in Occupational Therapy this year, and at the top occupational therapy program in the country no less! Besides her commitment to Theta, Olivia has a passion for volunteering with USC organizations such as Best Buddies, USC Street Voice and Kicks for Kids. She has worked at an early intervention clinic that provides occupational therapy services for children with disabilities as well as many homeless shelters in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Last semester Olivia was also a student intern at Little Company of Mary Medical Center working in the rehabilitation unit. This semester she is looking forward to her internship with Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services! In May, Olivia will begin working at a skilled nursing home doing geriatric rehabilitation. Olivia is interested in working with adults with traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries and her goal is to incorporate some of her favorite hobbies, such as dance and outdoor activities, into therapy! She would like to pursue more research in the future and strives to be an advocate for people with disabilities.
Congrats to our January Leading Woman of the Month...Kate Magee! Kate is a senior majoring in Psychology. Outside of Theta, she is a member of various honors societies and clubs, including Alpha Lamda Delta and the Fashion Institute Association. Kate has followed her 'passion for fashion' for the past two years by interning for couture design houses (such as Gucci and Giorgio Armani) in their VIP Public Relations offices. She also interned in Rodarte's design studio. Kate took a break from her internships last spring to follow her other passion of exploration and travel by studying abroad in Paris for a semester. Kate plans to pair her learned psychology skills with her interning experience by continuing to work on the business side of couture design houses, and hopes those opportunities will ultimately take her on more overseas adventures.
Congratulations to our December Leading Woman of the Month: the beautiful Maggie Ridenhour! Maggie is a senior majoring in Human Biology and minoring in psychology. She has been active in Theta since becoming a member and served as this year’s scholarship director. Outside of her involvement in Theta, Maggie is a member of various academic honor societies and clubs, including Phi Beta Kappa and the pre-physical therapy club. In her spare time, Maggie interns for the USC Athletic Medicine Department, where she assists physical therapists and athletic trainers with the rehabilitation of NCAA athletes. Maggie has a passion for traveling and participated in a study abroad program called Semester at Sea, where she traveled around the world by ship to study and explore thirteen countries in a single semester. She has also been fortunate to volunteer globally, both in Zimbabwe to create a library for children orphaned by AIDS and in Haiti to help with the earthquake relief efforts. After graduation in May, Maggie plans to attend graduate school to become a pediatric physical therapist, and hopes to some day use her skills to help children in need of physical therapy around the world.
Our October Leading Woman of the Month is Kate Arnold! Kate is a senior double majoring in Neuroscience and Medical Anthropology. From her sophomore to junior year, Kate served as Chief Operating Officer at Omicron, and she has remained actively involved by living in the chapter house each year. In addition to her contributions to Theta, she has served as president of Interaxon Educational Outreach, which teaches creative neuroscience lessons in inner-city schools, and as Chief of Staff of the CET Undergraduate Fellows, which collaborates with university faculty to improve the undergraduate learning environment. She has also been fortunate to enjoy incredible experiences abroad, such as a class on global health at Oxford University and four weeks of rotations in a rural hospital in Tanzania. Kate is a Trustee Scholar and has received various academic distinctions during her time at USC, including Dean's List, Phi Beta Kappa, Order of Omega, and several research grants and fellowships for both her anthropology research on spiritual healing in Brazil and her neuroscience research at Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute. In her free time, she loves teaching (and practicing!) yoga and searching for new Thai restaurants. After graduation she hopes to attend medical school, complete a dual MD/MPH degree program, and help expand access to health care through medical practice and work in health policy.
Caroline is a junior majoring in Broadcast Journalism with a double-minor in Sports Media & Business. Over the summer, she interned at Fox Sports Digital where she focused on finding out the best ways to distribute and promote content. Caroline also interned at Mandalay Sports Media, writing coverage reports of documentaries and working as a production assistant for some of their documentaries including an upcoming 30 for 30. Currently, this fall, she is interning at Wasserman Media Group where she edits highlight reels for their current broadcast clients, while also doing researching for potential clients. She is very passionate about pursuing a career in the sports industry and ultimately dreams to be on camera! At USC, Caroline works at ATVN as a multi-media journalist and volunteers in their sports department. She also works for the USC Athletic Department as a social media assistant, helping to manage the official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts and writing and producing video content for the department's official blog USCRipsIt. Caroline is also the recipient of the 2014 Chick Hearn Scholarship Award. Despite participating in a large array of activities outside Theta, she is still largely involved in our chapter as the Event Coordinator!
Nina Harstad is a rising senior pursuing a dual degree in Business Administration and International Relations. She is extremely engaged in the learning experience that USC has provided her, and has complemented the academic aspects with extensive overseas travel and research. Entering her senior year, she has been lucky enough to either research or study abroad in Indonesia, India, Cuba, Rwanda, Denmark, and Singapore. In each of these countries she has taken on a range of different projects, from foreign policy research to sustainable social entrepreneurship. She loves to be put outside of her comfort zone and engage with people from all different walks of life.
Corinne Spears is a rising senior Industrial and Systems Engineering major, ranked first in her class. She is a Half Century Trojan Scholar and Scion Scholar, as well a member of the Alpha Pi Mu Engineering Honors Society. Apart from being a superb student in the classroom, Corinne has a lot of work experience and is involved in a number of student organizations. She currently interns at Ernst and Young doing strategic and technology consulting, and in the past had worked at Fox Sports 21st Century Fox Entertainment, the Department of Commerce, and Tyson Foods. She previously served as Chief Administrative Officer at Omicron, and in 2011, co- founded, "Ending All Roads to Silence," a non-profit organization that raises awareness for those with hearing disabilities. Corinne played on the USC Women's Ice Hockey Team as a freshman, but you can now find her on the football field as a USC Spirit Leader.
Congratulations to Kaitlin Mogentale for being selected as June's Leading Woman of the Month! Kaitlin is a rising senior Environmental Studies major with minors in Urban Policy & Planning and Social Entrepreneurship. She loves to inspire others to think about conservation and sustainability in their lives, and is actively involved on campus with a number of environmental initiatives. She serves as co-director of USC's Environmental Affairs Organization and is currently studying abroad in Australia to augment her studies on the environment. Kaitlin contributes to the scientific community through her research efforts at USC and USC's Wrigley Marine Institute and currently scuba dives for the California Science Center in Los Angeles.
Congratulations to our May Leading Woman of the Month! Sophie Elkus is a senior Public Relations major and the founder of style blog angelfoodstyle.com, a fashion and beauty destination rated one of the top five in Los Angeles by CBS News. She has worked with contemporary brands including Theory, Net-a-Porter, 7 for All Mankind and Marc Jacobs and has been featured by Lucky Magazine, GQ, POPSUGAR and MSN among others. Beyond blogging, she helps curate on-camera looks for Access Hollywood segments and does freelance writing for Women’s Wear Daily. We love you Sophie!
Sarah Bergstrom is currently working two jobs within the USC Athletic Department, one as an assistant social media coordinator and one as a sports information intern. She is also working for the NFL Network as a talent coordinating intern. She helps book travel details for future/current/former NFL athletes and manages the individuals and their schedules when they arrive in Los Angeles. Sarah received both the Allan Malamud and Chick Hearn Scholarships last year recognizing two undergraduate aspiring sports journalists. Combined, she received $11,000 and the Chick Hearn Scholarship was presented to her at half time of a Laker game on center court! Last year, Sarah ran her first marathon in her hometown of Portland, OR. She is hoping to run the Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco this October. Sarah has been to Haiti three times and is super excited about heading back to lead a soccer camp there in July! She hopes to one-day lead international service trips with collegiate and professional athletes.
Sonum Singh is a second year Economics and Creative Writing major here at USC. She is a fashion blogger, contracted model, intern at Whitney Eve and ASOS Brand Ambassador. She collaborates with Civil Clothing on a regular basis. She has written for Teen Vogue online and was Claire's first ever style blogger in 2010. She started her own fashion blog, theurbanfashiongal.com, in 2009 when she was just 15 years old. Sonum also made the dean's list last semester.
Our Leading Woman of the Month for February is Amanda Borland! She is a senior currently serving as the Head Tour Guide for the Office of Admission. She manages a staff of 50 Tour Guides and can be found on campus walking backwards giving tours to everyone from high school students to VIP guests including Steven Spielberg and Rob Lowe. When she's not on campus, Amanda can be found in Santa Monica at her production internship with MPower Pictures. Let her know if you ever want a campus tour! Fight On!
Congratulations to our first Leading Women of the Month! Kristen Randol and Melissa Norton, both juniors, are founders of Body Project, a fitness and wellness company targeted towards females in the USC community. These star health gurus not only provide students with workout and fitness advice, but also offer nutritional and mental health advice as well. Check them out on Instagram at Instagram.com/kmbodyproject. We love you Kristen and Melissa!