On May 4–5, 2012, more than 550 alumnae gathered on College Hill…

Women's Leadership Council

…to celebrate 120 years of women at Brown. And what a celebration it was!

Alumnae from around the globe representing eight decades were a part of this incredible weekend. The days were filled with fantastic keynotes, dynamic plenary sessions and panels, engaging tours, powerful performances, enticing exhibits, beautiful venues and delicious meals.

Quite importantly, we also celebrated and bid farewell to President Simmons and had the pleasure of welcoming President-Elect Paxson.

Through videos and photos, we have tried to capture the incredible energy, spirit, excitement and joy that surrounded the Women’s Leadership Conference: 120 Years of Women at Brown. Enjoy!

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Videos from the Conference

Dramatic reading: 120 Years of Women at Brown
Friday evening’s gala began with a poignant, humorous and compelling dramatic reading, 120 Years of Women at Brown, directed and presented by current female students in the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Program.

Robin A. Lenhardt ’89 Presents President Simmons with Award
During the gala, Robin A. Lenhardt ’89 presented President Ruth J. Simmons with the Pembroke Center’s Leadership for Change through Education Award.

Susan P. Friedman ’77, P’08 Announces $1 Million Challenge
During the gala, Susan P. Friedman ’77, P’08 announced a $1 million challenge to establish the first-ever Ruth J. Simmons Women’s Leadership Scholarship.

Keynote: “Still Happy After All These Years” - Sheila Blumstein
Professor Sheila Blumstein reflected on how Brown has changed since her arrival on campus more than 40 years ago.

Keynote: “Women’s Health: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” - Cecile Richards ’80, LHD’10 hon.
Cecile Richards ’80, LHD’10 hon. addressed the history of reproductive health care in the United States, and how access to family planning has improved women’s health and bolstered women’s career and leadership opportunities.

Plenary Discussion: “History of Women at Brown”
Alumnae representing seven decades discussed the history of women at Pembroke and Brown as they experienced it.

Panel: “You Can Have It All — But Can You Have It All at Once?”
In this discussion, a diverse, multi-generational panel of women from a variety of sectors discussed what it means to balance the many facets of life in today’s ever-changing world.

Photos from the Conference

120 Years of Women at Brown Gala
During Friday night's gala, attendees enjoyed a cocktail reception, formal dinner, and a dramatic reading by Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA students before watching President Ruth J. Simmons receive the Pembroke Center’s Leadership for Change through Education Award.

Speakers, tours and closing celebration
The Conference program featured dynamic keynotes, plenary sessions and panels, engaging campus tours, and a closing celebration with a photo booth and a performance by Brown’s oldest all-female a cappella group, the Chattertocks.