120 Years and Counting: What happend when 550 alumnae come to campus?

“Brown women are changing the world,”said keynote speaker Cecile Richards '80 at the successful Women’s Leadership Conference. Over 550 alumnae came together to celebrate the past and present of Brown women, and the first of many future encounters with friends.

Women’s Leadership Council Member Amy L. Reiss '85 shared her favorite memories from the conference and celebration, highlights for Amy include the Reproductive Rights talk moderated by Nancy Neff '76, P '06, P'14 with Professor Dr. Rebeca Allen and Professor Melissa Nothnagle '93; “Flight” a solo performance written and performed by Sophie Netanel '12; and President Simmons’ address at the Gala dinner. “Surrounded by 100s of Brown women under the tent, we all felt connected to Ruth.”, said Reiss.

Other signifcant moments mentioned by Amy include eavesdroping on student’s conversations in the Robert’s Campus Center about the nascent stages of their own not-for-profit organizations, and books they were reading. Reiss saw a few students juggling pins (not iphones) on the Campus Green.

Lastly, Amy commented on one surprising occurance which began while sitting on the couch in the Joukowsky living room during a cocktain recetion. Reiss shared that “Unknown to each other as students at Brown, once Sandee Ting Simshauser and I began talking, we were bonded. I think Sandee will be a friend for life – a true Brown moment.”

This is what happens when Brown alumnae come to campus!

What others are saying:

The two-day conference included a packed schedule of campus tours, lectures, exhibits, and spirited panels led by alumnae in spheres as diverse as finance and farming, arts and activism, government and educational reform. An article in the Brown Alumni Magazine (BAM) stated “Amid all the serious talk, there was also lots of laughter.” In the midst of this laughter was the heart of the conference. We send our thanks and appreciation to the connected alumni who drove excitement online during the conference though posts and articles. Here are just a few highlights:
-Charlotte Bruce Harvey '78, managing editor of the BAM attended and reported on the conference.
-Deborah Mills-Scofield '82 met a graduate from the Class of 2010 who inspired her to write the article “Rebellious Optimism = Innovation”.
-Sunisa Nardone '07 wrote how at the conference she saw “a university with a legacy of trailblazers.” Here article is titled “Women making waves”.
-The Pembroke Center Associates Council featured a powerful recap of the conference and presentation of the 2012 Leadership for Change through Education Award to Ruth J. Simmons. Ruth stated, “When I look out at this audience, I think of the wonderful time I’ve had at Brown, and see the friendships I’ve been able to forge and the extraordinary work that we have done together.”


Photo of Women's Launch Pad Mentor Deb Mills-Scofield '82 with former mentees.