Faculty & Guest Speakers

Dr. Beth Sondel

Dr. Beth Sondel is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Instruction and Learning and the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh. Formerly a middle school Language Arts and Social Studies teacher, Beth now teaches and conducts research on teaching for social justice and critical citizenship. She has her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin, her MEd in Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her BA in cultural anthropology. Beth grew up going to summer camp in Northern Wisconsin and her favorite job to date were the three years she spent as a Camp Director of an arts and science camp in Oakland, CA.

When she is not teaching, researching, or writing Beth loves to dance samba, engage the community in Theater of the Oppressed workshops, run, and go on adventures with her partner Jamie and their toddler, Hazel. Beth is very excited to be a part of this first-year launch of the GirlGov Leadership Summer Academy!

Heather Arnet

At WGF, Arnet spearheads our efforts to develop the female leaders of tomorrow, while investing in better public policy today. Heather joined WGF as its first CEO in 2004. Prior to joining WGF, Heather worked in marketing, business development, and government affairs in the private and non-profit sectors. She is passionately committed to social justice and gender equity. While working for women’s rights is her work at WGF, it is also her life’s work.


Arnet has been identified as one of Pittsburgh’s “Top 40 under 40” by Pittsburgh Magazine, as one of the “Top Twelve Noteworthy Business Leaders” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and received the Diamond Award, for “Outstanding CEO Leadership” by the Pittsburgh Business Times. Arnet has her B.A. degree from Carnegie Mellon University. In addition to her work with the Foundation, Arnet serves as a Board Member of the Ms. Foundation for Women and on the Advisory Boards of WQED Multimedia and The Forbes Funds.

Dr. Audrey Murrell

Audrey J. Murrell  is an Associate Dean at the College of Business Administration at the Katz Graduate School of Business at University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Murrell conducts research, teaches, and works with organizations on strategies to enhance overall effectiveness by utilizing their most valuable assets–their human and social capital. This includes topics such as mentoring, breaking the “glass ceiling”, diversity, and workplace discrimination.


She is the author (along with Crosby and Ely) of the book titled Mentoring Dilemmas: Developmental Relationships within Multicultural Organizations and the author (with Forte-Trammell and Bing) of the recent book Intelligent Mentoring: How IBM Creates Value through People, Knowledge and Relationships. Dr. Murrell received her BS from Howard University, magna cum laud in 1983 and a MS in 1985, and a PhD in 1987 from the University of Delaware.


She serves as a consultant in the areas of mentoring, organizational effectiveness, teamwork, diversity, and leadership development. Audrey’s community service activities include serving as the board chair North Side Christian Health Center.

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