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Nicole Vorrasi Bates 
Founder and Executive Director of Shattering Glass

Nicole Vorrasi Bates has spent her life advocating for gender equality. From the first time she was told she could not play organized baseball with the boys, and then throughout her career, Nicole has had first-hand experiences with gender discrimination, gender bias and unequal pay.

Recognizing the disparate toll the pandemic has taken on women, and the minimal progress made towards gender equality in the past two decades, Nicole founded Shattering Glass, on March 8, 2021, International Women’s Day. Its mission is to effectuate much-needed changes to ensure our daughters, granddaughters and their daughters will not be held down by gender discrimination.


Nicole is a licensed attorney. Prior to founding Shattering Glass, she practiced corporate transactional tax law, a male-dominated field, for more than two decades and was a commercial litigator prior to that. Throughout her legal career she has participated in countless mergers and acquisitions, ranging into the billions of dollars, primarily representing private equity funds and their portfolio companies. She also runs a growing real estate development company with her husband.


In addition to fighting for women’s rights, Nicole is dedicated to youth sports and advocating for children. She has coached, volunteered for, and served in leadership of youth sports for eight years and currently sits on the Boards of Directors of Washington, DC Little League and the Positive Coaching Alliance, MidAtlantic Region.


Nicole, a graduate of Hobart and William Smith College (BA), Catholic University Columbus School of Law (JD) and Georgetown University (LLM in Taxation), lives in Washington, DC with her husband, and young son and daughter. In her free time, Nicole loves nothing more than coaching. She recently managed her son’s Little League All-Star team, which came two wins away from making it to the Little League World Series, and plans to coach her daughter’s basketball team this winter.


Rachel Gentile 
Social Media Intern

Rachel Gentile is from Darien, Connecticut, and is entering her junior year of college, attending the University of Connecticut studying Economics and Communications.

During her time at the University of Connecticut, Rachel landed a spot as a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi where they discussed women’s issues which motivated Rachel to become an intern for Shattering Glass to make a better world, not only for her sisters but for women all over America. She is also a member of other organizations, including Women In Business.

In her free time, she enjoys staying active, meeting with loved ones, and listening to music. 

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Trista Lara 
Communications & Research Intern

Trista Lara is a rising second-year at the University of California, Irvine majoring in Philosophy and Criminology.

On campus, Rachel is an Opinion Writer for the New University and an Undergraduate Research Assistant with plans of one day leading her own research.

During her time at Shattering Glass, she hopes to learn more about the intersectionality of law and gender discrimination, as well as strengthen her writing and research skills. In her free time she loves to explore new coffee shops, browse old bookstores, and go on hikes. 

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Emily Sklodosky
Digital Communications Intern

Emily Sklodosky, Communications Intern at Shattering Glass, is a senior at Northern Vermont University.

Emily will graduate in 2024 with a double major in Business Administration and Animation/Illustration.

When not working or attending class, Emily is the president of the Lyndon Dance Ensemble and captain of the Lyndon Stingers. Emily is also involved in other clubs on campus, including participating in the Planned Parenthood chapter at her campus.

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