EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CO-CREATOR, EILEEN FISHER LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
Antoinette Klatzky is the Executive Director and Co-Creator of the Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute (EFLI) an initiative of the Eileen Fisher Community Foundation.
Founded in 2010, EFLI promotes leadership in young women through self-empowerment, connection with others and activism in their communities. Through her work with the Foundation, Antoinette has also co-developed the Choose Handloom project, a Human Rights initiative in the areas surrounding the Eileen Fisher supply chain community in India, helped to start the GREEN EILEEN recycled clothing initiative and continues to facilitate leadership programming and empowerment workshops. Antoinette is passionate about facilitating profound connection to self, each other and the larger community in service of local and global systemic change.
Antoinette graduated from Bucknell University with a B.A. in Geography, International Relations and Spanish and furthered her education with the International Honors Program: Rethinking Globalization and the Presencing Institute’s Master Class.
She has been recognized by the YWCA’s Salute to Women and Racial Justice as a ‘Person to Watch,’ honored by the Westchester County Board of Legislators for her work with the Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute and, most recently, recognized with the Westchester Business Council’s Rising Stars 40 Under Forty award.
Antoinette serves as the Co-Chair on the boards of both the Westchester Women’s Agenda and Theater of the Oppressed NYC.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Hannah Baalbaki is the Community Outreach Coordinator at the Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute (EFLI). Raised in Eastchester, NY she is familiar with Westchester County as well as the larger NY area.
Hannah graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2017. There she obtained degree in Psychology as well as a minor in Education and a specialization in Social Work. Throughout her college career she became a part of a Disability Advocacy group called the Boltwood Project. Starting as a volunteer as a freshman, she became the Co-Coordinator her senior year overseeing a group of over 100 student volunteers.
Hannah has always has had a passion for advocacy and working to empower young voices. Being a part of an organization with such similar values inspires her to creatively think every day. She loves to interact with former/current EFLI members as well as connecting to the community, partners and potential groups to work with. She is always looking to continually learn and meet new people so send her a message!
Victoria Tarantino is the Executive Assistant at the Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute (EFLI). Victoria was born and raised in Bronx, NY. She graduated from Colgate University in 2016 with a double major in Women’s Studies and Spanish Literature.
Victoria first joined the EFLI community in 2011 as an Activating Leadership participant in the summer prior to her senior year at Hackley School in Tarrytown, NY. In 2012, Victoria was a LiFe Fellow and aided in the journey of other young women through their own EFLI experiences. During college, Victoria worked to bring EFLI to her college campus, and helped pilot the ETC (Engage, Think, Create) program. Through partnership with EFLI, she exposed and involved her college peers with the foundations of EFLI programming. After graduating from Colgate, Victoria spent a year living and working in Buenos Aires before rejoining the EFLI team as the Executive Assistant in the summer of 2017.
Edinson Rodriguez-Castaño was born in Santiago de Cali, Colombia and is based in Westchester, NY. He passionately works for the empowerment of individuals and communities through facilitated dialogue, athletics and empowerment workshops.
Through his work with the Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute (EFLI) he has developed Leading From Within, the boys program of the institute. He has facilitated numerous groups of young people in topics such as leadership development, confidence building, embodiment, civic engagement and mindfulness practices. As a Level 2 U.S. Swim Coach and certified Water Safety Instructor, Edinson has coached hundreds of young swimmers to set and achieve their personal goals over the last decade.
Edinson continues to support existing programs and develop new ones with EFLI by contributing his creative mindset, background in embodiment practices such as dance and percussion and his continued desire to learn and grow. He actively continues his trainings in methods such as Theatre of the Oppressed, Creative Facilitation, Presencing and Theory U, Social Presencing Theater, and Life Purpose work with Marcelo Cardoso. As a graduate of SUNY Purchase holding a B.A. in Language & Culture and Latin American Studies, Edinson brings his love for culture, social justice and connecting people across perceived boundaries to each part of his work. He actively seeks out new partners to grow the work of empowering and improving individual lives and communities.
Melina works as the Education Manager at the Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute. Mel was born and raised in New York. She graduated from Boston University in 2014 majoring in Hospitality Administration.
Mel first joined the EFLI community in 2011 as a fellow during the second year or programming. She later worked on a collaborative Women and Leadership Festival with EFLI and Boston University to help target college students on campus.
Mel has a love for travel, sports, music, cooking, and hiking. She uses her passion for training, facilitation, and workshop development to help empower the young adults in the Westchester community.
Born and raised in Irvington, New York, Jado fell in love with EFLI in the summer of 2012 when she first participated in Activating Leadership. Since then, she has continued in EFLI programming, served on the Youth Ambassador Board, completed the 2014 LiFe Fellowship, and now serves as a facilitator.
Inspired by her experience in Activating Leadership, where she had the chance to explore her own identity as a half-Japanese, half-American young women, Jado is currently living out her dreams in Tokyo, Japan. While there, Jado is currently attending Temple University as a Political Science major. She is also working on developing EFLI's Japan Project initiatives, which has been made possible through the generous support of the United States Japan Foundation.