We’re shining the spotlight on Ingrid Hofeltd, Weitz Fellow here at the Women’s Fund. Ingrid joined the Women’s Fund in August 2017 as a year-long Weitz Fellow. She works on a wide range of projects at the Women’s Fund and assists in many aspects of its operation. Ingrid graduated from Carleton College with a BA in sociology/anthropology, with a concentration in women’s and gender studies.
While at Carleton, she worked in the admissions office and ran the tour guide program. She was also the captain of the mock trial team and served as a facilitator for a discussion group on women’s issues. Through this work, she learned how to hold people accountable and stand in solidarity with groups that she’s not a part of while making space for people to learn and make mistakes.
We sat with Ingrid and asked her a few questions about her experience at the Women’s Fund so far, and what she likes to do outside of work.
What’s your favorite part of working for the Women’s Fund?
I really like the sense of community, I feel like it is a place where we all care about important issues. Self care is emphasized and everyone has been really helpful and kind, which I appreciate.
Describe the Women’s Fund in 3 words.
Compassionate, Bold, and a little Silly
Best thing about living/working in Omaha?
I really like how accessible the city is. I can walk everywhere. Whether I’m walking to the farmer’s market or yoga class everyone is always really friendly!
When you’re not working, what’s your favorite thing to do?
I really like reading, and I’ve read a lot since coming to Omaha. That was something I said I would do. I’m making it a goal this year to only read books written by women.
What’s one goal you hope to accomplish within the next year?
I think I want to do as much as I can here and give myself as much as I can to the projects that I work on. I want to get as involved with social justice work as I can in Omaha.
What’s the most interesting or unusual job you’ve ever had?
Last summer I interned at a dual-language educational nonprofit, where they taught children in English and Lakota. That was probably the most bizarre job I had only because my office was the time out space.
What are you reading or listening to these days?
I just finished a book called How Does It End, it’s basically an essay written by a woman that was an interpreter for children in immigration court.
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?
Maybe I’ll go with the woman that plays Phoebe in Friends, Lisa Kudrow. Growing up watching her, I liked the fact she had a body that wasn’t super skinny.