Jennifer Bernhardt Steadman, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Aurora Women and Girls Foundation. Steadman leads Aurora’s efforts to focus the region’s public and private sectors around the need to educate and support innovations that enable women and girls to be leaders and active participants in their communities. She comes to the role with a deep understanding of gender-based challenges and is strategically positioned to serve as the organization’s new face and leading voice. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Emory University and a B.A. from Wake Forest University. Previously Steadman was Adult Programs Manager at the Connecticut Historical Society, Manager of Fundraising Operations and Gala Coordinator for the New Britain Museum of American Art, and Visiting Assistant Professor at Trinity College teaching graduate and undergraduate students in their American Studies Program and English Department.