2012 Events

December 13 (Brooklyn Heights, NY): The Pembroke Center Associates presented “Youth and Privacy in the Age of Social Media” with special guest danah boyd ’00 hosted by Victoria Westhead ’83, Nicole Israel ’00, and Leslie Newman ’75, P ’08, P ’12 .Click here for more information.

November 13 (Providence, RI): Council member Judith Danforth ’77, P’06 and her husband Murray ’77, P’06, continued their 10+ year tradition of hosting a dinner in their home for a few Brown students. This year’s gathering included three children of current Council members and three Women’s Launch Pad mentees.

November 13 (Chicago, IL): In partnership with Women's Leadership Council member and Brown Chicago Women's Network co-founder Donna C.E. Williamson '74, alumna Anne Loucks '87 hosted an event at her gallery for Chicago-area alumnae featuring Katherine Bergeron ADE'05, Dean of the College, who spoke about 'Women, Leadership, and the Future of Brown'.

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November 8 (New York City): On behalf of the Women's Leadership Council (WLC) and Women's Launch Pad (WLP), Council member Marcia Dunn '82 and WLP Mentor Vicky Oliver '82 provided an opportunity for a number of former WLP mentees in the New York metro area to attend Professor Barbara Tannebaum's P'10 sold out presentation 'Secrets of Persuasive Communication', sponsored by the Brown Club of New York.

October 19 (Providence, RI): Members of the Women's Leadership Council gathered on College Hill for their fall meeting to celebrate the Council's past success and discuss plans for future initiatives. The Council was joined by President Paxson during lunch where she shared her vision for Brown and some of the University's key priorities.

October 18 (Providence, RI): Nearly 200 alumnae and students attended the Women's Launch Pad Kickoff, which featured a training offered by Karen Hoffman '83, P'13, Principal of DKS Consulting Group, and her partners Sharon O'Connor and Dale Sokoloff, entitled Practical Tips for a Successful Mentoring Relationship. The training was followed by dinner where attendees heard from President Paxson and alumna Morra Aarons-Mele '98, founder of the digital marketing agency Women Online, and its online marketing network The Mission List, who spoke about the importance of 'Composing the Life You Want'.

May 4-5 (Providence, RI): Women's Leadership Conference: 120 Years of Women at Brown.

The Women’s Leadership Conference: 120 Years of Women at Brown was truly a historic celebration. Thank you to all Conference participants and attendees for making the weekend such a success. Please visit the Conference website to view photos and video highlights from the weekend.

May 3 (Providence, RI): Women's Leadership Council Spring Meeting and Women's Launch Pad Celebration.

April 18 (Naples, FL): The Women's Leadership Council and the Brown University Club of Southwest Florida sponsored "A Birthday Lunch" celebrating 120 years of women at Brown hosted by Council Member Judy Hushon Ph.D.'67, P'93. Brown Alumnae ranging from 1948-1995 attended and reminisced about their time on College Hill. Although they were unable to return to campus for the Women's Leadership Conference in May, they were thrilled to be able to take part in the celebrations on a local level!

March 13 (New York, NY): Cocktail reception to celebrate 120 Years of Women at Brown for New York City Alumnae and hosted by Council members Liz Sherman '77, P'06, P'09 and Joan Berman '74, P'05, P'11.

February 29 (New York, NY): Cocktail reception to celebrate 120 Years of Women at Brown for New York City Alumnae and hosted by Council members Adina Young '82 and Marcia Dunn '82. Council Co-Chair Nancy Neff '76, P'06, P'14 and Corporation Committee Member Javette Pinkney Laremont '80 were guest speakers.

February 7 (New York, NY): Graduates of the Last Decade $1 Million Challenge Party. The Brown Annual Fund invited the classes of 2002 to 2011 to a cocktail reception with members of the Women's Leadership Council, sponsors of the $1 million GOLD challenge.

January 30 (Boston, MA): Dinner celebrating 120 Years of Women at Brown featuring a performance by the Chattertocks with special guests Jody Adams '80 (Chef and Owner of Rialto) and Liz Hayes '01 (Actor and Chattertock Alumna). Hosted by Council members Amy Levine Abrams '75, Marcia Walley Blenko '83, Betsy Burnett ’76, P’10, Sharon Curhan M.D. '83, P'10, Wendy Handler Ph.D. '80, P'14, Pamela Lenehan '74 AM'74, P'03, P'06 and Sandee Ting Simshauser '84.

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January 25 (Chicago, IL): Cocktail reception to celebrate 120 Years of Women at Brown for Chicago Alumnae hosted by Council member Linda Smith Buonanno '67, P'95.

January 13 (Naples, FL): a panel discussion Our Health: What Brown is Doing to Change the World featured panelists Terrie R. 'Fox' Wetle, Ph.D, ADE'02 hon., Associate Dean for Public Health and Public Policy, Dr. Allen Weiss P'97, MD'01, P'98, President, Naples Community Hospital, Dr. Valerie J. Wiess '97, MD'01, Principal, V Weiss M.D. Biomedical, and Alina Markova MD'12. Hosted by Council member Judy Hushon Ph.D. '67, P'93.

January 11 (New York, NY): Women's Launch Pad Winter Gathering hosted by Council member Alexandra E. Mandis '95.

January 10 (Los Angeles, CA): 120 Years of Women at Brown Focus Group open to Los Angeles, CA Alumnae and hosted by Women's Leadership Council members Lauren A. Corrao '83, P'16, Natalie E. Fair '86, P'15 and Donna McGraw Weiss '89.

January 9 (Providence, RI): 120 Years of Women at Brown Focus Group open to Providence, RI Alumnae and hosted by Council member Marsy B. Mittlemann P'00, P'04, Women's Launch Pad Mentor Susan Adler Kaplan '58 MAT'65, Trustee Emerita Liz Chace '59, GP'13, GP'15, Council member Judith P. Danforth '77, P'06 and Trustee Emerita Marie Langlois '64 LLD'92 hon.

2011 Events

December 8 (Washington D.C.): 120 Years of Women at Brown Focus Group open to Washington, DC Alumnae and hosted by Trustee Emerita and Vice Chair of the Pembroke Center Associates Council Nancy L. Buc '65, Council Co-Chair Genine M. Fidler '77, P'04, P'12, Council member Shelley N. Fidler '68, P'09, Council member Stacy E. Palmer '82, and Sophie D. Waskow '07.

October 12-13 (Providence, RI): Women's Leadership Council Fall Meeting and Women's Launch Pad Kickoff.

October 4 (San Francisco, CA): 120 Years of Women at Brown Focus Group open to San Francisco Alumnae and hosted by Council member Mary E. Vascellaro '74, P'07.

May 5-6 (Providence, RI): Women's Leadership Council Spring Meeting and Women's Launch Pad Celebration.

April 27 (Washington, D.C.): Nancy L. Buc ’65, LLD’94, hon, Shelley N. Fidler’68, P’09, and Claudia Schechter’66 hosted an evening for engaging conversation with Brown faculty and alumnae/i, including Kay B. Warren, the Charles C. Tillinghast Jr. '32 Professor of International Studies and Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Pembroke Center, David Waskow '88, Program Director for Oxfam America, and moderator Jasmine Waddell '99, Visiting Lecturer of Sustainable International Development at Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management, about international development. Co-sponsored by the Women's Leadership Council.

March 3 (San Francisco, CA): Women's Leadership Council Executive Committee Member, Mary Vascellaro '74, P'07 hosted 50 women from the San Francisco area to hear a panel on Women and Technology. Theresia Ranzetta '90 was masterful at moderating and the panelists, Galyn Susman '86 of Pixar, Claire Johnson '94 of Google and Leah Perlman '04, who just left Facebook, spoken eloquently on everything from how Brown shaped their lives, the issues of being a woman in Silicon Valley, and the always present issues around child-rearing and the corporate life.

From left to right: Theresia Ranzetta '90, Leah Perlman '04, Mary Vascellaro '74, P'07, Galyn Susman '86, and Claire Johnson '94.

June 21 (Washington, D.C.) - Women's Leadership Council member Shelley Fidler '68, P'09 hosted 45 Brown women for a reception. Featuring three Brown alumnae sharing their professional experiences within the field of law. Presenters included Nancy L. Buc '65, Trustee Emerita and Partner, Buc & Beardsley, LLP; Beverly Burke '73, P'07, Vice President and General Counsel, Washington Gas; and Laurie Robinson '68, Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Office of Justice Programs.

January 12 (New York City) - Women's Leadership Council Co-Chair Nancy Neff ’76, P’06, P'14 hosted the Women's Launch Pad Winter gathering and networking reception at the Hudson Hotel in New York City. Council member and Women's Launch Pad mentor Chandra Metzler '95 served as the keynote speaker to an audience of more than 50 current and former Women's Launch Pad participants. The event provided a great opportunity to make new connections, share mentoring experiences, and see old friends.

January 11 (New York City): Chandra Reddy Metzler '95 hosted the Women's Launch Pad winter gathering and networking reception.

2010 Events

November 11 (Boston, MA)— Amy Abrams ’75 hosted 45 women from the Boston area to hear a panel discussion on entrepreneurship. Alumnae panelists included Chef and Owner of Rialto, Jody Adams ’80; Founding CEO, Z Corporation, Marina Hatsopoulos ’87; and Founder and Managing Partner, Bracebridge Capital, L.L.C., Nancy G. Zimmerman ’85.

October 20-21 (Providence, RI) - Women's Launch Pad Kick-Off and Women's Leadership Council Annual Meeting in Providence, RI

September 27 (Washington, D.C.) - Women's Launch Pad mentor Hannah Seligson '04 generously hosted 30 Brown women at her home for a "Brown Women in Media" event. Alumnae panelists included Women's Leadership Council member and Editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy Stacy Palmer '82; host and published author and journalist Hannah Seligson '04; and bestselling author and journalist Judith Warner '87.

May 3 (Providence, RI) — The Women's Leadership Council officially welcomed 15 new members with an orientation held on campus. Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration Beppie Huidekoper spoke at the Council's luncheon about Brown’s fiscal health and what measures the University is taking to ensure long-term financial stability.


2009 Events

December 8 (Providence, RI) – For the second year in a row, Women's Leadership Council member Marsy Mittlemann P’00, P’04 graciously opened her home to current Women's Launch Pad mentees. Dessert, mingling and a break from studying was enjoyed by 20 young women and fellow Women's Launch Pad mentors.

December 3 (New York City) – Women's Leadership Council members Marcia Dunn ’82 and Andrea Terzi Baum ’83, P'15 hosted a breakfast gathering in Marcia’s home featuring Dean of the College Katherine Bergeron. With more than 20 women in attendance, Dean Bergeron shared news from the University, including recent enhancements to the University’s Undergraduate Advising program.

October 15 (Providence, RI) – Women's Leadership Council Annual Meeting held on campus. Featured speakers included Susan Thurmond and Mary Lou Jackson from the Council for Women of Boston College and Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons. Council members enjoyed cocktails and dinner with guest speaker Dean of Admissions Jim Miller.

October 8 (Washington, D.C.) - Women's Leadership Council members Genine Fidler ’77, P’04, P’12 and Shelley Fidler ’68, P’09 hosted a networking reception featuring Brown alumnae speaking about their professional experiences. Women's Leadership Council member Jennifer Williams Murphy ’86 and former Women's Launch Pad mentee Sophie Waskow ’07 were the guest speakers to a multi-generational audience of more than 100 women.

October 2 (Pacific Palisades, CA) — Women's Leadership Council members Lauren Corrao ’83, P'16 and Natalie Fair ’86, P'15 hosted an event for Brown alumni and parents featuring current Brown parent Ann Sweeney P’12, President of Disney-ABC Television Group. More than 20 people attended.