About Me: Personally, I'm a 27 year old walking contradiction who finds it difficult to fit into a box or stereotype. I'm a whole lotta funny with a heaping side of grit. I don't like physical violence or hateful arguments, but I love the physicality of American football. I consistently wear floral prints and bright colors and have the mouth of a drunken sailor. I'm a pescatarian which is a wannabe vegetarian. I secretly wish having a themed wedding and dressing up in costume became not only an American wedding tradition, but a global wedding tradition. I would spend my days thinking up and creating elaborate costumes and attending weddings around the world. Most importantly, as an American woman and modern-day feminist, I have never been disrespected or made to feel I should doubt my capabilities as a leader, because I have never let anyone do so.

Professionally, I'm a 27 year old graduate student studying for her Master's in International Peace & Conflict Resolution. I am currently in the second year of my program studying and interning abroad. For four months I am in Kampala, Uganda studying at Makerere University in their Women and Gender Studies program, followed by three months in Sierra Leone interning with the non-profit, Heifer International.

Both personally and professionally, I believe in promoting and empowering women to become the leaders and decision-makers of tomorrow. Should we do this through education, economic empowerment, domestic violence training? The answer is all of them, but I am personally vested in the economic empowerment sector. I believe economic independence allows women to support themselves and their families, and empowers women to not only make decisions relating to finances but with their own bodies too.

I invite you through my journal to openly and candidly discuss the issues of today's women and their role as emerging leaders. My voice often carries a tone of sarcasm and a whole lotta humor. I'm blunt and to the point because I hate to confuse and mince words. I look forward to sharing my thoughts and experiences with you as well as hearing about yours.

My Passions: Empowering women; movies; sports; candy

My Challenges: Biting my tongue; poise; grace; tact; consistency

My Vision for the Future: Influential bodies of government and businesses with caring, compassionate, and strong leaders who believe in the innovative imagination of man AND womankind

My Areas of Expertise: Advertising; marketing; women's issues; American pop culture; candy

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Hi Steph,

I’m so glad and excited to see you in our community! Thanks so much for joining us, you are always free to post to your journal and add comments to others posts too, this is where we can freely contribute for the betterment of women and children all over that world. Please feel free to browse through our group section and post to the groups you decided to join.....On worldpulse everything is free...just be yourself.

Welcome again to our PulseWire Community and I look forward to seeing you more in here!!!

Warm Regards, Sarvina

Regards, Sarvina from Cambodia VOF 2011 Correspondent

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

It’s so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fabulous time with your new online friends as well as find this to be a very positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community. Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!