IWL is grateful to have an amazing team working at Marquette.  Check out our Leadership Team, Student Interns & Support Staff, and Fall 2023 Faculty Fellows below!

Leadership Team

Jennica Webster

IWL Director — Jennica Webster, PhD
Professor of Management, College of Business Administration

Jennica Webster, PhD, is a distinguished scholar serving as the Director of the Institute of Women’s Leadership and Professor of Management.  Her research centers on diversity and well-being, with a particular emphasis on exploring the unique challenges faced by women and marginalized communities in the workplace.  Webster's current work explores how colleagues can be effective advocates for those who encounter identity-based oppression, the impact of identity-related social trauma on the experience of interpersonal workplace stress, and how leader family-to-work conflict bias can cause social isolation for women.  Her research is published in leading academic journals and featured in top business outlets such as the Harvard Business Review.  She is a Forbes contributor on issues related to DEI and her research has been recognized and supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Webster is a recipient of the Fellows of the Academy of Management’s Award for Responsible Research in Management and Marquette’s Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award. She is passionate about teaching DEI to current and next-generation business leaders and provides consulting to companies working towards creating transformative environments through a lens of belonging, inclusion, and empathy.


Sarah CampIWL Coordinator — Sarah Camp, MCE

Sarah Camp (she/her/they) is a 2009 Business and 2012 Entrepreneurship alumna with a diverse set of skills and experience essential to supporting the smooth operation and foundation building of IWL.  Most recently she served as AmeriCorps Director at Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge Reservation, where she also drove a school bus and was a part-time field researcher for the University of Colorado Denver—Anschutz Medical School’s Thiwáhe Gluwáš’akapi (TG) program.  Prior to that, Camp grew her business acumen and leadership through various rising roles in retail management and events and sponsorship management in the outdoor industry. She is a life-long learner and hopes to continue her studies in law with a focus on mediation, as well as business and nonprofit support as she serves IWL.

X’Zandria Weil

Leadership Development Coordinator — X’Zandria Weil 

Meet X’Zandria Weil, the Leadership Development Coordinator at IWL for Marquette University, from Racine, WI. In her role, X’Zandria is on a mission to cultivate the next generation of transformative women leaders. Her journey from college days at UW-Stout to her transfer to UW-Parkside taught her the value of mentorship, especially from inspiring black women. Even with being an introvert, X’Zandria has blossomed into a great speaker and leader by stepping out of her comfort zone. She volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club and served as the volunteer coordinator and board member for Racine Women for Racial Justice. She initiated a Girls Group in collaboration with a high school nurse, focusing on empowering young girls with tools for self-care and building self-acceptance. She has also shared her wisdom at The National Council of Negro Women, Inc., offering insights into effective time management for college preparation. Additionally, she excelled as the marketing and project coordinator for Tutus and Tennis Shoes, educating non-black parents about proper hair care for black children, leading to sold-out workshops. She's been a mentor for a diverse group of women through The Wisconsin Women’s Network Policy Institute. As a social media marketing lover, X’Zandria has helped countless entrepreneurs through workshops and speaking engagements, including her 'Constant Made Easy' workshop, a hit at the Progress Center for Black Women. Her true passion lies in nurturing women leaders and advocating for the recognition, compensation, and equity of Black women. X’Zandria's journey from introvert to leader epitomizes her unwavering commitment to engage, inspire, and transform. 

Jeanne HossenloppVice President of Research and Innovation – Jeanne Hossenlopp, PhD

Jeanne Hossenlopp, PhD, is Marquette University’s vice president for research and innovation.  She is a professor of chemistry, served as vice provost for research and dean of the Graduate School from 2010-2015, was interim dean of the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences from 2008-2010, and was chair of the Department of Chemistry from 2004-2008.

 Dr. Hossenlopp joined Marquette in 1989. That year she received a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation New Faculty Award, a national award given to 10 new faculty in chemistry, biochemistry, or chemical engineering annually. Dr. Hossenlopp, who has taught chemistry at the undergraduate and graduate levels, was awarded the Rev. John P. Raynor, S.J., Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence in 2003.

In her current role, Dr. Hossenlopp is charged with facilitating growth in campus research and scholarship, as well as working to build an inclusive culture of innovation that includes management of the university’s Explorer Challenge, the President’s Challenge, and the newly created campus Ideation Review Council.  Dr. Hossenlopp has been involved in leading the university’s Beyond Boundaries Strategic Plan and serves as a campus leader for the plan's Research in Action theme.  She oversees the work of the offices of Research Compliance and Research and Sponsored Programs, the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship; the Marquette Women’s Innovation Network and the Institute for Women’s Leadership, research activities in the Athletics and Human Performance Research Center, as well as Marquette’s presence in the Global Water Center.  She is the PI for Marquette’s NSF ADVANCE award, a million-dollar grant to create institutional transformation to support the success of women faculty in STEM-related fields. She is on the board of the Milwaukee Regional Innovation Center and is a member of the U.S. Council of Competitiveness’ Technology Leadership and Strategic Initiative.  Dr. Hossenlopp is also a member of TEMPO Milwaukee and serves on the TEMPO Women’s Affinity Alliance advisory committee.


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Student Interns, RAs, & GAs

headshot of Carsen MurrayCarsen Murray
IWL Research Assistant

Carsen Murray is a student-athlete at Marquette and is in her final year of undergrad, pursuing a double major in Entrepreneurship and Marketing. She has been accepted into Marquette’s Accelerated Degree Program and will be working towards her MBA. Murray is a middle blocker for Marquette Women’s Volleyball Team and was named to the Big East’s All-Conference team as well as the AVCA All-Region team. Carsen was recently elected President of Marquette’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Before being elected to this role, she was a member of SAAC’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Subcommittee. Carsen is passionate about giving back to the community and currently is the Content Curator for a local nonprofit organization called Milotso. Murray envisions that her contributions to IWL will uplift a new generation of marginalized groups as well as emphasize the importance of DEI education.


Kayley Reith 
IWL Technology and Event Planning Intern 

Kayley Reith is a Junior at Marquette University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Data Science with a minor in Computer Science, coupled with a Master of Science in Computer and Information Science with a focus on Software Development. Beyond her academic achievements, Kayley takes the reins in leadership roles as an Executive Board member in both the Women's Rugby Team and Kappa Delta Sorority and is an integral part of the Math Club. Kayley's true passion lies in software development, where she thrives, showcasing a unique blend of mathematical acumen and analytical prowess. With her sights set on a career in data science or computer science, Kayley's eager to apply her skills collaboratively, offering data-driven solutions that make a real-world impact. She continues to excel academically and lead in extracurricular pursuits, shaping a future where her skills will drive innovation in these fields, and is ready to tackle new opportunities with the Institute of Women’s Leadership.


Megan Townsend

Megan Townsend  
IWL Technology and Event Planning Intern

Megan Townsend is a Senior, majoring in Communication Studies and Elementary/Secondary Education. Prior to joining IWL she worked at Westown Association, as an Event Production intern, and gained skills in event planning and event management. She is currently working as a tour guide and enjoys sharing her Marquette experience with prospective students. Megan is looking forward to crafting new skills and critiquing her current strengths with the help of her coworkers and managers. Megan is looking forward to a year of growth and new opportunities with the Institute for Women’s Leadership.  

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Fall 2023 Faculty Fellows

Dr. Heather R. HlavkaDr. Heather R. Hlavka (she/her/they)

Heather R. Hlavka, PhD, is Associate Professor of Criminology and Law Studies in the department of Social and Cultural Sciences. Her teaching and research interests include sexual violence, sex and gender, socio-legal studies, youth, trauma, and feminist embodiment and research ethics. An interdisciplinary scholar with a history of engaged scholarship and advocacy, her research portfolio includes both solo and collaborative projects on gender and violence. In 2012, she was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to complete research published in her book (with Sameena Mulla) Bodies in Evidence: Race, Gender, and Science in Sexual Assault Adjudication (New York University Press, 2021) which was awarded the Senior Book Prize by the American Ethnological Society (2022) and Honorable Mention for the Senior Book Prize by the Association for Feminist Anthropology (2022). She is also co-editor (with April Petillo) of Research Gender-Based Violence: Embodied and Intersectional Approaches (New York University Press, 2022) and her other published work has been featured in Gender & Society, Law & Society, Law & Social InquiryMen and MasculinitiesViolence Against Women, and in public outlets such as the Huffington Post, New Republic, Think Progress, Salon, Milwaukee NNS, the Melissa Harris-Perry Show, MSNBC and Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR). Her most recent work includes research on domestic violence during COVID-19 with Sojourner Family Peace Center and participatory action research on gender, trauma, and embodiment supported by the Institute for Women's Leadership (IWL) and Marquette’s Presidential Challenge Grant. She is affiliated research faculty and advisory board member for the IWL; Associate Fellow of SHaME; Co-Chair of the Social Action Committee, Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS); and on-call advocate for Marquette’s Sexual Assault Advocacy Network.


Dr. Jennifer VanderheydenDr. Jennifer Vanderheyden







Dr. Jessica ZemlakDr. Jessica Zemlak

Jessica L. Zemlak, PhD, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing. She is a community-engaged researcher whose research examines the intersection of violence and the sexual and reproductive health of women who sell sex and women who use drugs. As a trained Advanced Practice Family Practice and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Zemlak utilizes a trauma-informed lens to examine the impact of violence on the mental and physical health of marginalized women.


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