Participants

Glykeria Apostolara

Pronouns: she/her

Location: Athens, Greece

Example of Democratic Leadership: Former President Barack Obama

Bio: Glykeria is a law student studying Law, Rhetoric, Human Rights, History, and Literature. Her best aspect of democratic leadership is debate, which she learned at school and other educational programs. During the ICDL, Glykeria hopes to learn more about human rights, history, and literature. Her long-term democratic leadership goal is the prevention of human rights violations. 

Tara Bardella

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Location: Southeastern, Arizona / Washington, DC, USA

Example of Democratic Leadership: Stacey Abrams

Bio: Tara is a Digital Strategist, who enjoys studying Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Creative Writing, and other Humanities disciplines. Her best aspect of democratic leadership is civil discourse, which she developed through a personal passion for politics and political causes and observing it in others throughout her life and career. During the ICDL, Tara would like to grow in her ability to “activate the best within others” and continue to strengthen her own abilities as a democratic leader. Her long-term democratic leadership goal is cultivating her own growth in helping to build collaborative teams in various aspects of her life.

Cheyanne Edwards

Pronouns: she/her

Location: Darlington, South Carolina, USA

Example of Democratic Leadership: My youth group pastor 

Bio: Cheyanne is a college student studying Biology and Education at Coker University. Her best aspect of democratic leadership is her empathy and integrity, which she attributes to reading books and her mother, respectively. During the ICDL and long-term, Cheyanne hopes to work on her patience and communication in her democratic leadership.

Eli Embleton

Pronouns: he/him

Location: San Antonio, Texas, USA

Example of Democratic Leadership: Homer

Bio: Eli works in organizational development and enjoys studying Leadership, Homer, and Poetry. His best aspect of democratic leadership is recognizing others who have something to offer and then giving them an opportunity to step forward, which he attributes to his innate character and observing the efficacy of this approach in other situations. His long-term democratic leadership goal is leveraging partnerships and promoting the value of humanities as a source of leadership development.

Martin Eyrich

Pronouns: he/him/his

Location: Denmark, Copenhagen

Example of Democratic Leadership: Elon Musk

Bio: Martin is a Historian and PhD fellow at the University of Copenhagen where he enjoys studying the Humanities, especially History, Philosophy, and Classical Studies. His best aspect of democratic leadership is his benevolence, which he attributes to his innate character, decades of studying philosophy, and upbringing in a loving family with strong ideals. During the ICDL and long-term, Martin hopes to cultivate non-authoritarian authority.

Terrie Garcia

Pronouns: she/her

Location: Texas, USA

Example of Democratic Leadership: Coach Mack Brown of UNC

Bio: Terrie is an educator from Texas, who is interested in one day leading her own non-profit organization. Her best aspect of personal democratic leadership is empowering others, which she learned from her dad. During the ICDL, Terrie hopes to work on her policy proposal and development skills, and her long-term democratic leadership goal is cultivating role modeling civility.

Jean-François Garneau

Pronouns: he

Location: Montreal, Canada

Example of Democratic Leadership: President Joe Biden

Bio: Jean-François is a professor studying Political Theory, Policy, Management, Leadership, and Strategy. His best aspect of democratic leadership is a strong sense of democratic possibilities without falling into authoritarianism or giving up on idealism. During the ICDL, Jean-François hopes to learn how others do things. 

Andrew Gilmour

Pronouns: he/him/his

Location: Poolesville, Maryland, USA

Example of Democratic Leadership: Greta Thunberg

Bio: Andrew is a Writing and Strategic Analyst and retired CIA. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys studying History and Ancient Languages. His best aspect of democratic leadership is providing intelligence support for policymakers with useful, objective, and well-supported arguments on challenging issues. He developed this skill through practice and learning from the established best practices. During the ICDL, Andrew hopes to study the practice of integrating political virtue into democratic governance. His long-term democratic leadership goal is to cultivate knowledge of best practices of democratic leadership in younger people outside the US.

Leslie Gruis

Pronouns: she/her

Location: Washington, DC, USA

Example of Democratic Leadership: George Washington

Bio: Leslie is a Mathematician and Privacy Author, who enjoys studying Math, Engineering, Ancient Leadership, and the effects of modern technology on society. Her best aspect of democratic leadership is making sure everyone who has an opinion has a chance to share it. During the ICDL, Leslie hopes to work on better synthesizing input from various individuals into actionable plans. Her long-term democratic leadership goal is understanding and applying the lessons of ancient leadership to the modern world.

Victoria Gyori

Pronouns: she

Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Example of Democratic Leadership: First Roman Emperor Augustus

Bio: Vicky is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Classical Studies in London and a Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology in Pécs, Hungary. She received her BA in Classics from Oberlin College, completed her PhD in Classics from King’s College – London, and was a Frances M. Schwartz Fellow at the American Numismatic Society in New York. Her best aspect of democratic leadership is decoding and creating artistic programs and agendas to symbolize and promote various platforms. During the ICDL and long-term, Vicky hopes to further explore the relationship between art and democracy.

Julia Hark

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Example of Democratic Leadership: Congresswoman Cori Bush

Bio: Julia is Kallion’s Communications Manager and a recent graduate of Tulane University with a BA in Gender and Sexuality Studies with minors in Psychology and Classics. Her best aspect of democratic leadership is emotional intelligence, including being open and responsive to the needs of others. During the ICDL, Julia hopes to work on her patience when things do not go as planned and learning about other cultures. Her long-term democratic leadership goals are expanding her advocacy efforts and cultivating a more diverse network of friends, colleagues, professionals, mentors, and mentees.

Barbara Heller

Pronouns: she/her

Location: Washington, DC, USA

Example of Democratic Leadership: Lee Evey

Bio: Barbara is an architect who likes to study an eclectic assortment of topics. Her best aspect of democratic leadership is delegating, which she learned through experience. During the ICDL, Barbara hopes to learn more about relating ancient text to the modern day. Her long-term democratic leadership goal is communication. 

Jennifer Heusel

Pronouns: she/they

Location: Hartsville, South Carolina, USA

Example of Democratic Leadership: Ida B. Wells

Bio: Jen is a Professor of Communication at Coker University studying rhetoric – how people talk about things, ideas, and events. Her best aspect of democratic leadership is listening; they continue to learn how to be a better listener by teaching public speaking. During the ICDL, Jen would like to work on recognizing and defining shared values of a community. Their long-term democratic leadership goal is cultivating affect and emotional intelligence.

Angela Holzmeister

Pronouns: she/her

Location: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Example of Democratic Leadership: Congresswoman Katie Porter

Bio: Angela is a professor studying Ethics, Art, and Ancient Literature. Her best aspect of democratic leadership is listening and thinking through things, which she attributes to her mother. During the ICDL and long-term, Angela hopes to work on cultivating effective partnerships.

Lauryn Jones

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Location: Abington, Pennsylvania, USA

Example of Democratic Leadership: Prime Minister Jacinda Arden

Bio: Lauryn is a student studying English, African American History, Liberation Politics/Political Thought, Film History, and Ving Tsun. Her best aspects of democratic leadership are rhetoric and speechwriting, which she attributes to her innate character that was further developed by teachers and her parents. During the ICDL, Lauryn hopes to work on public speaking and active listening. Her long-term democratic leadership goal is cultivating the ability to speak publicly in a seamless and genuine manner. 

Regina Mason

Pronouns: she/her

Location: Texas, USA

Example of Democratic Leadership: Nelson Mandela

Bio: Regina is an educator and coordinator, who enjoys studying English, including rhetoric, composition, and literacy studies. Her best aspect of democratic leadership is advocacy, which she attributes to being a member of an underrepresented community as a child in foster care who later became a homeless youth. She believes her exposure to exploitation and injustice strengthened her voice to speak out against atrocities. During the ICDL, Regina hopes to stop being a “slacktivist” and reignite her role as an activist. Her long-term democratic leadership goal is learning about advocacy on a larger scale.

Rutendo Mavunga

Pronouns: she/her

Location: Zimbabwe

Example of Democratic Leadership: Former President Barack Obama

Bio: Ruti is a sophomore at Allegheny College double majoring in Economics and Political Science. Her best aspect of democratic leadership is initiating leadership. During the ICDL, Ruti hopes to work on patience in her leadership, and her long-term democratic leadership goal is learning to delegate.

Gavin Maxwell

Pronouns: he

Location: New York, USA

Example of Democratic Leadership: Abraham Lincoln 

Bio: Gavin works in financial services and enjoys studying History and Music.  His best aspects of democratic leadership are “management by wandering around” and “nemawashi.” During the ICDL, Gavin hopes to understanding a true sense of a group’s deeper needs so as to be able to align a shared vision with knowledge and the “right balance.” His long-term democratic leadership goals are confidence and listening.

Tyler McCoy

Pronouns: he/him/his

Location: Hartsville, South Carolina, USA

Example of Democratic Leadership: Dr. Jennifer Heusel

Bio: Tyler is a student at Coker University interested in Organization and Communication. His best aspect of democratic leadership is presenting his point of view and listening to others’ perspectives, which he attributes to his innate character. During the ICDL, Tyler hopes to work on understanding and being consciously aware of leadership styles he might possess.

Dennis Miller

Pronouns: he

Location: Washington, DC, USA

Example of Democratic Leadership: Thomas Jefferson

Bio: Dennis is a scientist who studies efficient conversion at the molecular level of organics into basic gases like hydrogen and carbon monoxide. His best aspect of democratic leadership is encouraging people to “think outside the box” in order to find an efficient and effective way to attain corporate goals and objectives. He attributes his views to working in the US Congress, various executive agencies, and the military. During the ICDL, Dennis would like to work on how best to invest in employee and corporate growth and development. His long-term democratic leadership goal is learning the “basic fundamentals” and how best to encourage creativity and innovation.

Laura Milman

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Location: Calgary, Canada

Example of Democratic Leadership: Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

Bio: Laura is a Philosophy major and Classics PhD student, who enjoys studying Political Philosophy, Astronomy, Classical Greek, and General Science. She believes scientific reasoning, as well as critical thinking of the methods and aims of science, are crucial to democracy. Though she does consider herself an innate leader, Laura’s best aspect of democratic leadership is knowing when it is necessary to speak up. She learned this skill from observing the world around her, particularly at university, and not feeling comfortable letting unjust or wrong things pass by. During the ICDL and long-term, Laura hopes to learn more about different kinds of leadership and how to apply those ideas. 

Aliki Peristeraki

Pronouns: she/her

Location: Athens, Greece

Example of Democratic Leadership: Nelson Mandela

Bio: Alice is student interested in Architecture and Law. Her best aspect of democratic leadership is staying motivated and setting expectations and goals, which she attributes to her innate character and school. During the ICDL, she hopes to work on her communication skills. Her long-term democratic leadership goal is self-reflection.

Kenthia Roberts

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Location: Miami, Florida, USA

Example of Democratic Leadership: Malala Yousafzai

Bio: Kenthia is an undergraduate at Howard University studying Applied Mathematics with minors in Computer Science and Psychology. She also enjoys studying world languages, different cultures, and philosophies of the world. Her best aspect of democratic leadership is empowering and including others by encouraging, honoring, teaching, mentoring, and leading by example, which she attributes to her innate nature and observing others. During the ICDL, Kenthia hopes to build networks of trust and understanding. Her long-term democratic leadership goal is speaking out about problems facing the community in a clear, relevant, timely, and measured manner.

Yanakoray Serry

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Location: Hamden, Connecticut, USA

Example of Democratic Leadership: My former teacher and dorm parent, Richard Simon

Bio: Yana is a remote tutor with Varsity Tutors, who enjoys studying Greek, Egyptian Mythology, and Anatomy and Physiology. Her best aspect of democratic leadership is listening to those of the opposite political party and articulating her thoughts and feelings well. During the ICDL, Yana would like to improve her reasoning skills and her ability to hold space for difficult conversations, especially those of conflicting viewpoints. She also would like to work on being a better listener, who responds only after carefully considering the words of the other. Her long-term democratic leadership goal is to “build bridges” and improve interpersonal skills.

Russell Smith

Pronouns: he/him

Location: Washington, DC, USA

Example of Democratic Leadership: Cyrus (as described by Xenophon)

Bio: Russell is a retired attorney who enjoys studying Religion, Philosophy, and History. His best aspect of democratic leadership is being a “consensus builder,” which he attributes to observing the leadership styles of others. During the ICDL, Russell hopes to identify leadership attributes and understand why leaders fail. His long-term democratic leadership goal is learning about ancient leadership and its applicability to the modern world.

Ifeoma Umeala

Pronouns: she/her

Location: South Africa

Example of Democratic Leadership: Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Bio: Ife is a student and entrepreneur studying International Relations. Her best aspect of democratic leadership is being diplomatic during discussions and debates, which she attributes to her innate nature and development over time. She finds it important to give space to others’ opinions and voices and to allow people to feel heard. During the ICDL, Ife hopes to work on trusting herself more. Her long-term democratic leadership goal is cultivating that self-trust and being more confident in her leadership and teamwork.

Emily Varker

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Location: Westchester, New York, USA

Example of Democratic Leadership: Headmaster of my former high school

Bio: Emily is a student at Iona College double majoring in English and History, who enjoys studying Literature, Greek and Roman Mythology, Ancient Greek and Latin, and History. Her long-term democratic leadership is working on trusting other people so that she can see their potential and help them be successful. 

Angeliki Maria Zampeta

Pronouns: she/her

Location: Athens, Greece

Example of Democratic Leadership: Pericles

Bio: Aggie is a university student studying Law. Her best aspect of democratic leadership is organizing. She has a talent of making time tables, organizing events, and being punctual, which she attributes to her innate nature and school. During the ICDL, Aggie hopes to develop the skills of rhetoric and public speaking. Her long-term democratic leadership goal is acting quickly and making the right decisions under pressure.