About Us

Brown University’s Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) was established in 2004 by President Ruth J. Simmons with foresight and guidance provided by founding member and Chair Emerita Susan Pilch Friedman '77, P'08.

The Council consists of a diverse group of Brown women selected by the President who, through their leadership, philanthropy and volunteerism, work toward measurably enhancing Brown by inspiring and engaging the alumnae community as active participants in the life of the University.

The Council accomplishes this by:

  • Demonstrating and encouraging a commitment to philanthropic and volunteer leadership at Brown.
  • Providing opportunities to connect Brown alumnae with students as mentors, role models, and advisors.
  • Organizing events, activities and initiatives that engage Brown alumnae with each other and with the intellectual excitement of the Brown community.


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