Who We Are

The Butterfly Leadership Program is sponsored by the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, an organization dedicated to cultivating and strengthening the voices and visions of women of all ages.

 

Meet the Team

Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D.
Founding Director, Butterfly Leadership Program

 

Jennifer’s passion is working with women of all ages and from many walks of life.  She earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from New York University in 1994 and has been teaching classes in Comparative Literature, Gender Studies and Media Studies at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA, for more than 20 years. She has published widely on women’s world literature, and has edited three anthologies of contemporary women’s personal & political writing from the U.S., Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Currently her teaching focuses on writing, public speaking and leadership strategies for social and environmental justice.
As a founding Board member of the Berkshire Chapter of UNIFEM-USA, Jennifer began hosting an annual conference in observance of International Women’s Day at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in 2002.  In 2011 she founded the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, and in 2015, she founded The Butterfly Leadership Program with Grace Rossman.
Jennifer has presented papers and given lectures and workshops at numerous conferences at colleges, universities and other venues nationwide. Her environmental memoir, What I Forgot….and Why I Remembered: A Transformational Journey to Awareness and Activism Through Purposeful Memoir, is forthcoming in 2017 from Green Fire Press, along with a companion writer’s guide to purposeful memoir. Read more about her work at jenniferbrowdy.com.

Grace Rossman
Program Facilitator

Grace Rossman is a recent graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock. “Activated” by an activism class she took with Jennifer Browdy during the fall of 2013, Grace developed “The Belly Monologues,” a multimedia project focused on body image, relationships, identity, eating behavior, and the many intersections thereof. Following the example of audacious author-activists like Eve Ensler (of “The Vagina Monologues” fame), Grace hopes to spark conversation and shift paradigms by honestly and unabashedly acknowledging the world as it is. She is an accomplished and award-winning spoken word poet, sharing her poetry and leading youth workshops at the WordxWord Festival and other regional venues.
Grace has studied theater at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA and at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. An accomplished spoken word poet, she has participated in many regional poetry slams. Her one-woman show, “Mark My Words,” premiered at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in November 2015, part of her senior thesis on spoken word poetry and performance as an empowering means of self-expression.