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Vanessa Christman
LEAP Cohort Director
(610) 526-6594

Ellie Esmond
Director of Service and Activism

Jessica Hollinger Vinson
Associate Director of Experiential Education, LILAC

Leadership Empowerment &

Advancement Program (LEAP)


Program Facilitators


The series will be co-facilitated this year by Vanessa Christman, Ellie Esmond and Jessica Hollinger. The LEAP student coordinators this year will be K.C. McConnell, Christina Cho and Shaina Robinson.

Assistant Dean and Director of Leadership and Community Development, Vanessa Christman served on the initial LEAP planning committee and has been a facilitator for the program for the past seven years. She serves as Interim Posse Liaison, administrative coordinator for the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and campus lead for the Tri-College Summer Institute. Prior to coming to Bryn Mawr, Vanessa was an educator, actor and film consultant. In addition to her work at Bryn Mawr, Vanessa’s leadership responsibilities currently include the Alumni Board of Franklin and Marshall College. She previously served on the board of First Person Arts and the Haverford Township High School Parent Teacher Student Association.

Ellie Esmond, Director of Service and Activism and Co-Director of Civic Engagement, not only co-facilitates the program but also coordinates the LEAP Leadership in Action Externship Program. Ellie has helped shape and nurture LEAP since it was launched through a Surdna Foundation grant to Civic Engagement to support a sustainable student leadership program on campus. Ellie is also one of the administrators of the Tri-College Summer Institute.

Jessica Hollinger, Associate Director of Experiential Education at LILAC is a graduate of the College and has worked here for four years. She has been on the administrative team for the Tri-College Summer Institute for two years and coordinates the Empowering Learners Partnerships branch of the Teaching and Learning Initiative each academic year..

K.C. McConnell '16, student coordinator for LEAP's 8th cohort, is a Religion major at Bryn Mawr College. An alum of LEAP Cohort 7, she has also been involved with the Pensby Center through the Tri-College Summer Institute cohort of 2012. In addition to participating in LEAP, K.C. is also the president of Bryn Mawr for MLAR and the co-president of Bryn Mawr's Video Game Club, as well as a member of several other clubs on campus. Outside of Bryn Mawr, K.C. spent her summer as an intern at the Philadelphia Zoo and currently volunteers at a local animal shelter.


The series was developed by Dr. Margie DuBrow. Margie has 30-plus years of combined experience as a trainer, organizational consultant, and administrator in educational systems and social service organizations. She has worked with both county human service departments and small to mid-sized nonprofit organizations in strategic planning, outcomes-based evaluation, fundraising, and human resource development. Currently the Director of Bryn Mawr’s Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute, Margie holds a doctorate in organizational development.