About DYLN

Our Mission

Founded in 2012, DYLN inspires, motivates and develops Delaware high school students to become our leaders of tomorrow. A lofty goal, we agree. Through inspirational speakers, mentors and activities that push our students to think differently, we equip DYLN Scholars with the skills, tools and insight to lead impactful lives.

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The DYLN Team

Margaret O'Dwyer

Margaret is the Founder and Executive Director of the Delaware Youth Leadership Network. Founded in 2012, Delaware Youth Leadership Network (DYLN) is a 501c-3 organization with the mission to inspire, motivate and develop Delaware high school students to become our leaders for tomorrow. Margaret earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a double major in Marketing and International Business from Georgetown University. She also has a Master in Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Margaret started her career at Morgan Stanley in the Technology Associate Development Program working with the Fixed Income, Derivative and Foreign Exchange trading floors. After receiving her MBA, she became the Marketing Manager for the Capital Resources division of SEI Corporation before moving overseas. In the UK, she started her own consulting business, working with retail clients and providing advisory services for entrepreneurial ventures. She has lived in four different countries and currently resides in Delaware. Margaret is a member of the Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the Governance Committee of The Independence School in Newark, Delaware. As a Christiana Care Health System Trustee, she is Co-Chair of the Young Friends of Christiana Care and a member of the External Affairs Board Committee. Margaret is also President of the Penn Alumni Club of Delaware Board. She is an active supporter of several philanthropic organizations, including the Delaware Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society where she has served as team captain and member of a MS Walk team for the last ten years. In 2012, Margaret received the iEducate award from the Rodel Foundation of Delaware for her work with DYLN. She is the lead organizer for TEDxYouth@IndependenceSchool, the first event of its kind in Delaware.

Julie Frieswyk

Julie Frieswyk serves on the Board of the Delaware Youth Leadership Network. With a background in marketing and international business, and a passion for all things sustainable and healthy, Julie is always pursuing solutions to the most pressing local and international problems. From 2011 to 2013, she served with the Peace Corps as a Small Enterprise Development Volunteer in the Republic of Moldova. Julie now lives in Delaware and is the external programs coordinator at the Venture Development Center, home of the University of Delaware Horn Program in Entrepreneurship, where she directs the Paul and Linda McConnell Youth Initiative. Under her leadership, the program has grown from two states and two countries to including more than 1,000 students from 5 states and 6 countries, annually. Julie holds a B.S. in marketing and international business from Drexel University and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Entrepreneurship and Design at the University of Delaware.