The WINGS WorldQuest Junior Council is a group of young women committed to the mission of WINGS and who are passionate about enabling extraordinary women to achieve and discover in the field sciences and exploration. The primary goals of the Junior Council are to:
Support the efforts of WINGS WorldQuest financially, including a dedicated fund to sponsor one WINGS Fellow grant per year through the Women of Discovery Awards, via fundraising events and campaigns.
Increase awareness of the organization and grow the WINGS network among young professionals and scientists alike.
Engage the next generation of women leaders in science and exploration.
Donate to the Junior Council Women of Discovery Fund through the button below or venmo (@wingsworldquest) with your name and email address in the comment.
Valentine’s Day Raffle
The Junior Council is hosting its annual Valentine’s Day raffle. Prizes include gift certificats to a number of New York City restaurants. Winners will be contacted on February 10.
100% of the proceeds go to the WINGS WorldQuest Junior Council Women of Discovery Fund. For more information, click here.
KIMBERLY GOLDSTEIN, CO-CHAIR
Kimi serves as a Care Partner Development Associate at Bright Health, a health insurance startup. Previously, she spent several years as a management consultant in the Health & Life Sciences Group at Oliver Wyman. She holds a B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering with a focus on Biomechanics from Yale University. While in college, Kimi served as both Chief Operating Officer and President of her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, as well as on the board of Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society. Originally from Minneapolis, she now lives in New York City and enjoys being outdoors, exercising, visiting farmers' markets, and cooking. Kimi has been involved with WINGS since late 2016. Shortly after being introduced to WINGS, Kimi founded the WINGS WorldQuest Junior Council and currently serves as the co-chair. Kimi is committed to being a lifelong learner and leader: she loves the intellectual stimulation of hearing from and working with the WINGS Fellows and Flag Carriers and is excited to grow the reach and impact of WINGS through the Junior Council.
LAURA HELLMAN, CO-CHAIR
Laura Hellman is an Associate at Brookfield Asset Management, based in New York City. Previously, she worked at Ardian. She graduated with a BA from Princeton University in 2014, where she majored in History with a focus on recent American economic history. She enjoys cooking new vegan recipes, practicing yoga, running, and classical music. Laura cares deeply about advancing human understanding through scientific research and is excited to support the incredible women of WINGS.
Samantha is passionate about increasing the number of women in senior leadership roles. At Russell Reynolds, she helps organizations build boards and executive teams that meet the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital, economic, environmental, and political trends reshaping the business landscape. Samantha focuses on the consumer digital media space, spearheading data-driven research and market intelligence efforts with respect to leadership changes. She has a BA in American studies from Yale University and lives in New York City. Samantha joined the WINGS WorldQuest junior council in 2017.
Nicole Crescimanno is an organizer, connector, and artist who is deeply concerned about climate change. As the New York State Director of Our Climate, Nicole is working to build a strong and active group of young climate leaders from across New York State to enact bold state-level climate policy. Nicole is a Fellow of the Young Climate Leaders Network, a StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellow, and a Producer for the web-series Climate Countdown. Nicole has her M.A. in Climate & Society from Columbia University, and her B.A. in Environmental Studies & Studio Arts from Stonehill College. In her spare time, Nicole likes to make art, rock climb, hike, and cook vegan food for family & friends.
Elisabeth works as a financial advisor on an all-female team of advisors at Merrill Lynch, where she focuses on impact investing. She is passionate about empowering women, and has a particular interest in STEM. She has worked in four separate research labs, and spent three years as an analyst/programmer at a FinTech firm. Elisabeth graduated from Harvard University in 2015 with a BA in Biology and Computer Science. In her spare time, she likes to volunteer, bake, run, and read sci-fi.
Tori Goldstein is a Senior Marketing Associate at Share Local Media, based in New York City. Previously, she attended and graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Economics. She enjoys traveling, exercising, and spending time with friends and family. While not a scientist herself, she is very passionate about supporting women in all fields, and is excited to be a member of the WINGS Junior Council.
Joanna Stone holds a BA in dance and an MA in dance and women’s studies, is a Registered Yoga Teacher, a personal trainer, and speaks fluent Spanish. Joanna moved to New York City to share her knowledge on fitness, dance, and health through teaching, writing, and performing. She created and founded her own Barre method brand, Barre Vida®. Joanna is a dancer, choreographer, and blogger for Dance to the People. Understanding the body from within (somatic awareness) is her research. Educating others to understand their bodies is her job. Empowering students to reach their personal fitness and health goals is her passion. Dance is her art. Encouraging an intrinsic human relationship with ecosystem through moving with nature her call to action. Joanna is so grateful for the opportunity to serve on the WINGS Junior Council.
TIFFANY WALTER WEITZER
Tiffany is a project coordinator and environmental activist who previously worked in fisheries management at NOAA Fisheries in Miami, FL for the Observer Program. She holds a double B.A. in Marine Affairs & Policy and International Studies from the University of Miami and has worked for the South Florida National Parks Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting projects in the four US National Parks located in South Florida - Everglades, Biscayne, Dry Tortugas, and Big Cypress. She has volunteered in Biscayne National Park performing invasive species checks and lobster fishery monitoring and has deployed as a fisheries observer in the Gulf of Mexico where she monitored swordfish and tuna fishing vessels. An avid world traveler, Tiffany enjoys seeing new cultures, hiking, yoga, and eating. She is incredibly excited to support women scientists and explorers through the WINGS junior council. She lives in Jersey City, NJ with her husband and dog.
Whitney Wilson graduated from Colorado College with a degree in Environmental Science. She completed two years of undergraduate study in Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews, in Scotland. Whitney has worked in private wealth management at Morgan Stanley, as a farm apprentice at the Stone Barns Center For Food and Agriculture, and as a social media and communications intern at Audubon. Whitney’s scientific areas of interest include conservation, ecology, climate change, sustainability, and the transition to clean energy and grid modernization. Whitney is excited about the WINGS Junior Council because she looks forward to promoting and celebrating females scientists. As a longtime student and lover of natural science, Whitney is excited to delve deeper into following and promoting the research of leaders in the field.
SOPHIE HOLLINGSWORTH, JUNIOR COUNCIL EXPLORER IN RESIDENCE
Capt. Sophie Hollingsworth carried a WINGS flag to the Republic of Vanuatu in 2016 on the Female Chiefs of Vanuatu expedition. She is a former ballerina turned award-winning modern explorer. Sophie is a Health Security and Biodefence Specialist with a concentration on the intersection of conflict and water access, for which she has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship from the US Department of State. Sophie was named the 2017 New Explorer of the Year and the Outstanding Youth Delegate to the United Nations in 2018. Sophie holds a Bachelors in Environmental Science and Global Public Health from New York University and is currently working on a Master of Health Security at the University of Sydney. Sophie's passion for adventure and discovering indigenous ways of life has led her undertake descents of uncharted rivers in Madagascar, desert transect treks in Namibia, and ethnographic research in the Republic of Vanuatu. Sophie is an avid sailor, has sailed across the Pacific Ocean, and holds a 200-ton captains license. At the time of certification, she was the youngest female to ever obtain a 200-ton MCA Yachtmaster Captains License. Sophie’s work has been featured by National Geographic and the United Nations. Sophie is a Fellow of The Explorers Club, Post-Graduate Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Header photo courtesy Sophie Hollingsworth.