Conference Program

Friday, May 4th | Saturday, May 5th

Friday, May 4th, 2012
7:00 am – 10:00 pm Registration
Maddock Alumni Center
Brown’s beautifully restored Maddock Alumni Center serves as the hospitality center for the Conference. Pick up your name tag and schedule here when you arrive on campus. The Center will be open throughout the weekend.

8:00 – 9:30 am Breakfast and Keynote Address
Inside the film MAKERS: Women Who Make America
Breakfast Keynote Address by Betsy West ’73, Trustee Emerita, Corporation of Brown University; Executive Producer, MAKERS: Women Who Make America, and Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Journalism School, with special guest, Malika Saada Saar ’92, Managing Director, Human Rights Project for Girls. Mary Vascellaro ’74, P’07, Chair, Women’s Leadership Conference: 120 Years of Women at Brown; Executive Committee Member, Women’s Leadership Council; Member, Pembroke Center Associates Council, will introduce the Keynote.

9:45 – 11:00 am Brown Today
These dynamic discussions will offer an insider’s view into the world of Brown in 2012 – academically, physically, programmatically and more.
Session 1: Leading the Institution: A Discussion with Senior Female Administrators
Brown is fortunate – and possibly exceptional – to count among its leaders a group of women serving in key academic and administrative positions within the University. Join us to hear their thoughts on how women are doing “in the academy”, reflections on serving under President Simmons, how they define their own leadership style and more.
  • Marie Langlois ’64, LLD’94 hon., Honorary Chair, Women’s Leadership Conference: 120 Years of Women at Brown; former Vice Chancellor, Corporation of Brown University; Fellow Emerita, Corporation of Brown University; Trustee Emerita, Corporation of Brown University (introducer and moderator)
  • Katherine Bergeron, Dean of the College
  • Karen Davis, Vice President, Human Resources
  • Beppie Huidekoper, Executive Vice President, Finance & Administration
  • Margaret Klawunn, Vice President, Campus Life & Student Services
  • Beverly Ledbetter, Vice President and General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel
  • Marisa Quinn, Vice President, Public Affairs & University Relations
Session 2: Life and Leadership on College Hill: The Student Perspective
Current senior female students representing a range of roles and organizations will reflect on “leadership” and share their perspectives on being a female student leader today at Brown. Panelists will share how and why they became a leader, their successes and challenges and how these experiences impacted their thinking regarding life after Brown.
  • Joan Berman PhD ’74, P’05, P’11, Executive Committee Member, Women’s Leadership Council; Member, Pembroke Center Associates Council; Professor of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine (introducer)
  • Gail Cohee PhD, Director, Sarah Doyle Women’s Center; Adjunct Faculty, Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies (moderator)
  • Vanessa Bell ’12, Coordinator, Women in Science & Engineering
  • Betty Hua ’12, Minority Peer Counselor Friend, Third World Center
  • Julia Keller ’12, Captain, Brown Varsity Women’s Lacrosse
  • Briana McGeough ’12, Outreach Chair, Queer Alliance
  • Emely Santiago ’12, Student Manager, Brown Annual Fund
  • Emily Simmons ’12, President (former), Brown Women in Business
  • Imani Tisdale ’12, Class Board President; Student Liaison, Multicultural Alumni Committee (MAC) of the Brown Alumni Association
11:15 – 12:15 pm Explore the Brown Campus
Exploration 1: Brown’s Newest Buildings Campus Tour
Over the past 5 years, Brown has invested significant resources in new construction and extensive building renovations. Chelsey Remington ’61, P’89, P’92, Member, Committee on Facilities & Design, Corporation of Brown University; Trustee Emerita, Corporation of Brown University; and Member, Pembroke Center Associates Council, will welcome participants to this tour and introduce Michael McCormick, Assistant Vice President, Planning, Design & Construction, Department of Facilities Management, and also Marianne Beagan-Quirk ’84, Planner, Department of Facilities Management. Then, participants will have a bricks-and-mortar tour of some of Brown’s newest buildings and renovated spaces.

This tour will start and end at Faunce Arch on the College Green side of the arch (Waterman and Brown streets). Please note that in the unlikely event of severe weather with heavy rains, this walking tour will transition to a “virtual tour” in the Kasper Multipurpose Room of the Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center in Faunce House.

Exploration 2: Brown’s Medical School Building Tour
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University officially opened its doors for business and held its first classes on August 15, 2011. This 134,000-square-foot state-of-the-art medical education facility allows for an expansion in student enrollment, meets LEED Gold environmental sustainability standards and is a spectacular example of Brown’s commitment to the revitalization of Providence. Current Alpert Medical School students, Michael Kim ’10, MD’14, and Jenna Lester MD’14, will lead the tour.

The Medical School Tour shuttle will pick up passengers on the street side of Faunce Arch (Waterman and Brown streets) at 11:15 am and drop guests at 222 Richmond Street. At 12:15 pm, the shuttle will pick up passengers at 222 Richmond Street and return them to Faunce Arch.

Exploration 3: Exhibit: 120 Years of Women at Brown
The exhibit, 120 Years of Women at Brown, chronicles the experiences of women during their years on campus and beyond. Drawing on materials from the University Archives and the Christine Dunlap Farnham Archives, the exhibit illustrates the evolution of women’s education at Brown. On display will be photographs, letters, papers, published materials and artifacts that narrate personal reflections and the University policies that shaped women’s lives on campus over thirteen decades.

The exhibit is on display at the John Hay Library, located at 20 Prospect Street, the corner of College and Prospect streets (across from the Van Wickle Gates). The exhibit will be open Friday, May 4 from 10:00 am–5:00 pm. On Saturday, May 5, the exhibit will be open 11:00 am–3:00 pm.

Exploration 4: Exhibit: Women’s Activism at Brown: Archives and Photos
Visit the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center (SDWC) to view a display of books, archives, journals and photos documenting 37 years of the Center and feminist activism at Brown. The Center, which was established in 1974 and opened in 1975, was named for Sarah Elizabeth Doyle, born in Providence in 1830, who became a leader in the effort to gain access to higher education for women. Today, under the leadership of Gail Cohee, PhD, Director of the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center and Adjunct Faculty, Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Center offers programs and services for all members of the Brown community, and is a site for research into and exploration of gender issues that extend into and beyond the classroom.

The Sarah Doyle Women’s Center is located at 26 Benevolent Street (corner of Benevolent and George streets). The exhibit will be open on Friday, May 4 from 10:00 am–4:30 pm. The exhibit will not be open on Saturday. Light refreshments will be available.

12:30 – 1:45 pm Conference Luncheon and Keynote Address
Still Happy After All These Years
During lunch, Javette Laremont ’80, Steering Committee Member, Women’s Leadership Conference: 120 Years of Women at Brown; Trustee, Corporation of Brown University; past President, Brown Alumni Association; Group Director, The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, will introduce the Keynote. The Keynote Address will be made by Sheila Blumstein, the Albert D. Mead Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences at Brown University. Professor Blumstein will reflect on how Brown has changed since her arrival on campus more than 40 years ago, and the significant leadership roles she has held at the University including Department Chair, Dean of the College, Interim Provost and Interim President from 2000–2001.

2:00 – 3:15 pm Brown Today (continued)
Session 1: The Middle East: The Arab Uprisings and Beyond*
Associate Professor Melani Cammett’s speaking program will cover the dynamics of social protest that began in the Middle East with the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt and has spread across the region in what is now referred to as the “Arab Spring.” She will also comment on the role of political Islamist movements in ongoing developments in the region.
  • Genine Fidler ’77, P’04, P’12, Co-Chair, Women’s Leadership Council (introducer)
  • Melani Cammett PhD ’91, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Middle East Studies Program, Brown University

    *Please note, this lecture appeared as “Global Policy” on the Conference Event Registration Form.
Session 2: Violence and the Media*
Professor Kay Warren will discuss the “Violence and the Media” course that she is teaching this spring semester. She will talk about the role of media in shaping perceptions of violent conflict and how the media’s role has changed over time.
  • Elizabeth Munves Sherman ’77, P’06, P’09, Executive Committee Member, Women’s Leadership Council; Chair, Pembroke Center Associates Council (introducer)
  • Kay B. Warren PhD, ADE’04 hon., Charles C. Tillinghast Jr. ’32 Professor in International Studies and Professor of Anthropology, Brown University; Director, Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Brown University

    *Please note, this lecture appeared as “Violence in the Media” on the Conference Event Registration Form.
Session 3: Who Will Protect Reproductive Rights? Developing Future Leaders in Women’s Reproductive Health*
In this talk, Drs. Nothnagle and Allen will discuss the current challenges in preserving and protecting women’s access to high quality reproductive health care and describe Brown's educational initiatives to address these challenges. They will engage attendees in a discussion about strategies to ensure that tomorrow’s physicians can advocate for and provide comprehensive reproductive health care for all women.
  • Nancy Neff ’76, P’06, P’14, Co-Chair, Women’s Leadership Council; Trustee, Corporation of Brown University (introducer)
  • Rebecca Allen MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Alpert Medical School, Brown University
  • Melissa Nothnagle MD, MSc ’93 Family Medicine Residency Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island/Alpert Medical School, Brown University

    *Please note, this lecture appeared as “Women’s Health” on the Conference Event Registration Form.
3:30 – 4:45 pm Plenary Discussion
  U.S. Education Reform in the 21st Century: Are We Headed in the Right Direction?
The national conversation about teaching and learning has led to opportunities for teachers to impact students’ learning and the teaching profession on a local, regional and national level. Join us for this dynamic discussion about U.S. education reform with alumnae working in the field as teachers, policy makers, reformers and indeed, visionaries.
  • Mary Vascellaro ’74, P’07, Chair, Women’s Leadership Conference: 120 Years of Women at Brown; Executive Committee Member, Women’s Leadership Council; Member, Pembroke Center Associates Council (introducer)
  • Monica Brady-Myerov ’89, Senior Reporter and Assistant Managing Editor, WBUR-FM (moderator)
  • Aleta Margolis ’89, Founder and Executive Director, Center for Inspired Teaching
  • Sonja Santelises ’89, Chief Academic Officer, Baltimore City Public Schools
  • Heather Tow-Yick ’98, Executive Director, Teach for America Rhode Island
3:30 – 4:45pm Explore the Brown Campus
Exploration 1: Architectural Tour of Pembroke Campus
Join us for a guided walking tour of Pembroke Campus led by alumna, Barbara Nicholson ’60, P’90. The tour will begin at the recently renovated Pembroke Hall, the new home of the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women and the Cogut Center for the Humanities, and then move on to Smith-Buonanno Hall (the former Sayles Gymnasium), Alumnae Hall and the recently enhanced Pembroke Tribute Garden.

This tour will start and end on the front steps of Pembroke Hall (172 Meeting Street, near Brown and Meeting streets). Please note that in the unlikely event of severe weather with heavy rains, this walking tour will meet in Pembroke Hall, Room 305.

Exploration 2: Brown’s New Athletic Facilities
On this tour of the newly renovated Erickson Athletic Complex, Brown Athletic Department staff will reveal the spectacular new location of the Marvel Gymnasium’s 19,000 pound cupola! In addition, the tour will include the recently opened Nelson Fitness Center, the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center and the David J. Zucconi ’55 Varsity Strength and Conditioning Center. Matthew G. Tsimikas, Assistant Director, Athletics and Physical Education, Department of Physical Education, and Allyson Caudell, Recreation and Fitness Coordinator, Department of Physical Education, will lead the tour.

This tour will step off from the corner of Cushing and Hope streets and will end at the lobby of the Nelson Fitness Center (in close proximity to the starting point).

Exploration 3: Exhibit: 120 Years of Women at Brown
The exhibit, 120 Years of Women at Brown, chronicles the experiences of women during their years on campus and beyond. Drawing on materials from the University Archives and the Christine Dunlap Farnham Archives, the exhibit illustrates the evolution of women’s education at Brown. On display will be photographs, letters, papers, published materials and artifacts that narrate personal reflections and the University policies that shaped women’s lives on campus over thirteen decades.

The exhibit is on display at the John Hay Library, located at 20 Prospect Street, the corner of College and Prospect streets (across from the Van Wickle Gates). The exhibit will be open Friday, May 4 from 10:00 am–5:00 pm. On Saturday, May 5, the exhibit will be open 11:00 am–3:00 pm.

Exploration 4: Exhibit: Women’s Activism at Brown: Archives and Photos
Visit the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center (SDWC) to view a display of books, archives, journals and photos documenting 37 years of the Center and feminist activism at Brown. The Center, which was established in 1974 and opened in 1975, was named for Sarah Elizabeth Doyle, born in Providence in 1830, who became a leader in the effort to gain access to higher education for women. Today, under the leadership of Gail Cohee PhD, Director of the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center and Adjunct Faculty, Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Center offers programs and services for all members of the Brown community, and is a site for research into and exploration of gender issues that extend into and beyond the classroom.

The Sarah Doyle Women’s Center is located at 26 Benevolent Street (corner of Benevolent and George streets). The exhibit will be open on Friday, May 4 from 10:00 am–4:30 pm. The exhibit will not be open on Saturday. Light refreshments will be available.

Exploration 5: Flight: a Solo Performance
Flight, a modern spin on the Peter Pan and Wendy story, is the work of senior concentrator, Sophie Netanel ’12. In the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, the “Solo Performance” serves as a capstone experience for senior writers and performers as they are challenged to both write and perform the pieces they have created. Lowry Marshall, Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, who has been developing this requirement over the past decade, will welcome the audience and introduce the performance.

Please note, the performance will be held in the Strasberg Studio, which seats 50 and is not wheelchair accessible. The Strasberg Studio is in the lower level of Faunce House (just below the former post office) and is accessed from Waterman Street via the Leeds Theatre Courtyard (located between Faunce House and the Hunter Psychology Lab). The stairs are located to your right as you face the Leeds Theatre entrance.

5:30 – 9:30 pm 120 Years of Women at Brown Gala
The evening will begin with a cocktail reception followed by a formal dinner. The program will open 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. Following, Robin A. Lenhardt ’89, Fellow, Corporation of Brown University; Member, Pembroke Center Associates Council; Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law, will present President Ruth J. Simmons with the Pembroke Center’s Leadership for Change through Education Award. This award honors women who succeed in changing lives by helping others to see the world differently and offering new ways of thinking about seemingly insolvable problems.


Saturday, May 5th, 2012
7:00 am – 8:00 pm Registration Continues
Maddock Alumni Center

8:00 am – 9:30 am Jumpstart Networking Breakfast and Keynote
Making Your Mark: Effective Communication for Women
Make the most of the weekend by starting your day at this dynamic multi-generational networking breakfast. Leslie Rohrer ’78, P’12, Executive Committee Member, Women’s Leadership Council; Partner and Marketing Director, The COR Group, will introduce the Breakfast Keynote Speaker, Barbara Tannenbaum PhD, P’10. A Senior Lecturer in the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, Barbara Tannenbaum will speak about persuasive communication and gender issues in communications. In addition, there will be tables identified by affinity groups, class years and industries to facilitate a variety of networking interests.

9:45 – 11:00 am Leadership Defined: Brown Alumnae Discuss Their Work, Their Passions and Their Lives
Each of these panels includes Brown alumnae who have demonstrated leadership in a variety of ways – and impacted their fields, their communities and society. These alumnae represent just a sampling of the incredible leadership, dedication, innovation, creativity and determination demonstrated by Brown women over the past 120 years.

Session 1: Farm Fresh: The Rise of the Farm-to-Table Movement
Whether you’re a tried and true locavor, a weekend warrior in the community garden, shop ‘organic only’ for your household or simply excited to discover – and support – your local farmers markets, there is no denying the power and strength – and enjoyment and benefits – of the farm-to-table movement. Join us for a conversation with alumnae who source their own coffee beans, oversee a family farm and bring the bounty of the farm to the table at their restaurants to learn where this movement came from and where it is heading in the future.
  • Sophie Waskow ’07, Steering Committee Member, Women’s Leadership Conference: 120 Years of Women at Brown; Sustainability Project Facilitator, Office of Sustainability, The George Washington University (introducer)
  • Shelley N. Fidler ’68, P’09, Executive Committee Member, Women’s Leadership Council; Principal, Governmental Affairs, Energy and Environmental Policy, Van Ness Feldman (moderator)
  • Jody Adams ’80, Chef/Owner of Rialto; Chef/Co-Owner of TRADE
  • Duskie Estes ’90, Chef Proprietor, Zazu Restaurant & Farm, Bovolo Restaurant & Black Pig Meat Company
  • Mary Allen Lindemann ’82, Owner/Community Builder, Coffee By Design
  • Jennifer Lester Moffitt ’02, Managing Director, Dixon Ridge Farms
Session 2: Town Hall to Capitol Hill and Beyond: Women in Government, Policy and Politics
The 19th Amendment passed in 1920, at last allowing women the right to vote in the United States. Today, Brown alumnae serve in critical roles in government, impacting and commenting on politics and policy on the local, state, national and international level. How are women faring in elected offices, as political appointees, policy advisors and government employees – and as commentators? Join this dynamic discussion to get an insider’s perspective on women in government and politics, where we’ve been, where we are today and what the future may hold.
  • Nancy Chick Hyde ’80, President Elect, Brown Alumni Association; Selectman, Town of Westwood, MA (introducer)
  • Lisa M. Caputo ’86, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Communications, The Travelers Companies, Inc. (moderator)
  • Margaret “Maggie” Wood Hassan ’80, P’15, 2012 Gubernatorial Candidate, State of New Hampshire; Senate Majority Leader (former), NH Senate
  • Maura Pally ’98, Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Elizabeth Howlett Roberts ’78, Lieutenant Governor, State of Rhode Island
  • Dana E. Singiser ’92, Vice President for Public Policy and Government Relations, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • Alex Wagner ’99, Political Analyst/Anchor, MSNBC
  • Kristin Wells ’89, Partner, Patton Boggs, LLP
Session 3: What Comes Next: Forecasting Our Financial Future
We have all lived through it to know that in 2008, a perfect financial storm occurred and plummeted the U.S. and global markets into the worst economic crisis in history. Are we recovering – or, even better – are we recovered? Hear from alumnae working in both domestic and global financial markets to learn how they landed in their current roles and hear their thoughts on where we are today – and what the future may hold in terms of U.S. and global economic stability – or not!
  • Lawton Fitt ’74, Partner (retired), Goldman Sachs (introducer)
  • Arden Conover Armstrong ’82, P’14, P’16, Member, Women’s Leadership Council; Private Investor (moderator)
  • Marcia Hooper ’77, P’09, P’11, Principal, HooperLewis, LLC
  • Chandra Metzler ’95, Member, Women’s Leadership Council; U.S. + Canada Head of Financial Lines/Executive Liability, Chartis
  • Jennifer Williams Murphy ’86, Member, Women’s Leadership Council; CEO, Legg Mason Capital Management
Session 4: Women Activists at Brown: From the 1968 Black Student Walkout to Today
This panel will discuss the often over-looked role Pembroke and Brown women have played in student-driven movements for social and institutional change.
  • Carmen Rodriguez ’83, P’14, Trustee Emerita, Corporation of Brown University (introducer)
  • Bernicestine McLeod Bailey ’68, P’99, P’03, Trustee Emerita, Corporation of Brown University; Member, Pembroke Center Associates Council; President, McLeod Associates (moderator)
  • Ann Arthur MD ’85, Pediatric Eye Physician & Surgeon, Park Slope Eye Care Associates
  • Sheryl Brisset-Chapman ’71, Trustee Emerita, Corporation of Brown University; Executive Director, The National Center for Children & Families
  • Johanna Fernández ’93, Assistant Professor, Departments of History and Black and Hispanic Studies, Baruch College
  • Denise Bledsoe Slaughter ’75, AM’77, Special Assistant to the Provost, University of the District of Columbia
  • Kisa Takesue ’88, Director, Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center & Student Activities Office, Brown University
11:15 am – 12:30 pm Leadership Defined (continued)
Session 1: A Mirror on Humanitarianism
As natural and unnatural disasters erupt around the globe, the pressure on governmental and non-governmental organizations to assist vulnerable communities grows. Why have development and relief programs failed to eradicate poverty and inequality, despite decades of targeted efforts and billions of dollars in aid? This panel will explore how human rights based approaches to humanitarian assistance can be transformative for socially excluded groups and women.
  • Shelley N. Fidler ’68, P’09, Executive Committee Member, Women's Leadership Council; Principal, Governmental Affairs, Energy and Environmental Policy, Van Ness Feldman (introducer)
  • Jasmine Waddell PhD ’99, Trustee, Corporation of Brown University; Member, Pembroke Center Associates Council; Visiting Lecturer, Sustainable International Development, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University (moderator)
  • Joan Atherton ’71, Senior Advisor, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Stephanie Robinson ’87, AM’88, Regional Affairs Officer, Office of Caribbean Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Deborah Rubin ’75, P’09, Director, Cultural Practice, LLC
  • Diana Wells ’88, President, Ashoka
Session 2: Social Media: The Ever-Present Presence in Our Lives
Seven years ago, Facebook didn’t exist. Today it is a directory for one-seventh of the world’s population, and hundreds of entrepreneurs are tapping into this web of relationships to build businesses that harness the power of social media. During this discussion, we’ll hear from women from the cleantech company Recyclebank to the professional social networking site LinkedIn to the private investment firm, TPG, about social media’s role in business and how it will shape the future of the web.
  • Wendy Strothman ’72, LHD’08 hon., P’07, Honorary Chair, Women’s Leadership Conference: 120 Years of Women at Brown; Fellow Emerita, Corporation of Brown University; Trustee Emerita, Corporation of Brown University; Literary Agent, The Strothman Agency, LLC (introducer)
  • Jessi Hempel ’97, Writer, Fortune Magazine (moderator)
  • Jessica Cooper ’03, AM’04, Director of Partnerships, Recyclebank
  • Jennifer Grazel ’93, Head of Category Development, LinkedIn
  • Hilary Schneider ’82, Senior Advisor, TPG Capital
Session 3: Women at the Helm: Innovators, Rainmakers and Risk Takers
Whether by founding a company or organization, sitting at the helm of a company or deciding on the best investment option, Brown women have repeatedly taken risks and made significant marks as visionaries and trailblazers within corporate and community based organizations. Join us to learn what their trajectories have been like, what motivates them to be innovative (again and again!), why they chose this dynamic path and what it’s like to be a woman at the helm.
  • Liz Hamburg ’86, Founder and President, Upstart Ventures (introducer and moderator)
  • Sheila Ennis ’86, Managing Director, Hypatia Capital Group
  • Kathryn Fuller ’68, LHD’92 hon., P’06, Fellow and Trustee Emerita, Corporation of Brown University; Chair, Board of Trustees, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
  • Deb Mills-Scofield ’82, CEO, Mills-Scofield, LLC
  • Beth Kobliner Shaw ’86, Financial Journalist, The Beth Kobliner Company
  • Claudia Palmer ’85, Senior Vice President and COO, EMI Music Publishing Continental Europe
Session 4: You Can Have It All — But Can You Have It All at Once?
Every woman is a working woman, whether she is paid for her work or not. At the office, home, in volunteer work and with friends, women often face conflicting expectations to be high-performing professionals, family or community members and friends. For many women, trying to fulfill these expectations can jeopardize their work-life balance, sense of self-worth and overall happiness. But does it have to be this way? Through this discussion, you will meet a diverse, multi-generational panel of women from a variety of sectors who define what it means to be a working woman in today’s ever-changing world. Hear obstacles they've surmounted, strategies they've devised and how they've found fulfillment in their lives.
  • Sunisa Nardone ’07, Steering Committee Member, Women’s Leadership Conference: 120 Years of Women at Brown; Digital Community Manager Consultant (introducer)
  • Pam Lenehan ’74, AM’74, P’03, P’06, Member, Women's Leadership Council; Consultant, Ridge Hill Consultants (moderator)
  • Melanie Coon ’78, Senior Vice President, Communications & Marketing, The Rhode Island Foundation
  • Joelle Murchison Hayes ’95, Vice President, Enterprise Diversity & Inclusion, The Travelers Companies, Inc.
  • Sarah Francois-Poncet ’80, P’11, Member, Women’s Leadership Council; Secretary General, Chanel
12:45 – 2:00 pm Conference Luncheon and Keynote Address
Women’s Health: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
The Keynote Address will be made by Cecile Richards ’80, LHD’10 hon., President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America. President Ruth J. Simmons will introduce Cecile Richards. Ms. Richards will address the history of reproductive health care in the United States, and how access to family planning has bolstered women’s career and leadership opportunities. She will explore whether public health is still seen as a public good in America, and she will examine how we can address the gaps and disparities that still exist in women’s health.

2:15 – 3:30 pm Plenary Discussion
History of Women at Brown: Alumnae Perspectives Across the Decades
In this panel discussion, alumnae representing seven decades – the 1940s to the 2000s – will provide the history of women at Pembroke and Brown as they experienced it. The discussion will be enriched by the exchanges among the panelists and the participation of alumnae in the audience.
  • Elizabeth Weed AM’66, PhD’73, Adjunct Professor of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University (introducer)
  • Nancy L. Buc ’65, LLD’94 hon., Honorary Chair, Women’s Leadership Conference: 120 Years of Women at Brown; Trustee Emerita, Corporation of Brown University; Vice Chair, Pembroke Center Associates Council (moderator)
  • Jean Miller ’49, Member, Pembroke Center Associates Council; Secretary, Board of Trustees, Maple Street School
  • Polly Welts Kaufman ’51, P’83, Steering Committee Member, Women’s Leadership Conference: 120 Years of Women at Brown; Associate Professor, University of Southern Maine
  • Bernicestine McLeod Bailey ’68, P’99, P’03, Trustee Emerita, Corporation of Brown University; Member, Pembroke Center Associates Council; President, McLeod Associates
  • Leslie Newman ’75, AM’75, P’08, P’12, Steering Committee Member, Women’s Leadership Conference: 120 Years of Women at Brown; Member, Pembroke Center Associates Council; Professor of Law, Benjamin Cardozo School of Law
  • Barbara Raab ’81, Member, Pembroke Center Associates Council; Producer, NBC Nightly News
  • Alexandra “Sasha” Miller ’94, Partner, Zuckerman Spaeder, LLP
  • Dania Matos ’03, Attorney (former), Beveridge & Diamond, PC
3:45 – 5:00 pm Leadership Defined (continued)
Session 1: A Lifetime of Pivots: The Expected and Unexpected Moments That Define You and Your Meaning of Success
“Pivots” are defined as those expected and unexpected moments that create transition from one stage to the next. Whether in our careers, our homes or in the most personal parts of our lives, these moments happen. These transitions may create anxiety, frequently involve risk and often deliver periods of chaos due to loss of control. Though sometimes unsettling, these pivots can result in hugely positive change – and most importantly, make a world of difference in your life. Hear the panel participants share their “pivots” and how their experiences resulted in newly defined sense of success – and often, a greater sense of self.
  • Joan Wernig Sorensen ’72, P’06, P’06, Trustee, Corporation of Brown University (introducer)
  • Morra Aarons-Mele ’98, Steering Committee Member, Women’s Leadership Conference: 120 Years of Women at Brown; Founder, Women Online (moderator)
  • Victoria Colligan ’91, Owner/President, Ladies Who Launch
  • Sayantani DasGupta ’92, Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Faculty Member of the Program in Narrative Medicine, Columbia University
  • Diane Nordin P’12, Harvard ALI Fellow; Head of Fixed Income (former), Wellington Management Company, LLP
  • Carolyn Ou ’89, Career/Leadership Coach, Sandbox Consulting
  • Emily Spivack ’01, Editor-in-Chief, Pop Tech
Session 2: Happy Kids/Happy Parents: What’s the Secret Sauce?
It used to be “…Don’t watch too much TV, come home before dark!” Now it’s “…Put that iPad down, get off Facebook and don’t stay up past 1am to complete your homework…” How did our moms know what was a worry and what was not? From babies to preschoolers to elementary to tweens to teens and young adults, our panelists will discuss challenges parents encounter today and suggest best practices for the overall well-being of children at these different stages of development with the end goal being happy kids and happy parents.
  • Clare Hare ’81, P’12, P’14, Treasurer, Brown Alumni Association; Principal, Clare Hare Design (introducer and moderator)
  • Jill Hereford Caskey ’85, Director, Alumni College Advising Program, Office of Alumni Relations, Brown University
  • Naline Lai MD ’89, Pediatrician, Private Practice; Two Peds in a Pod
  • Judith Owens ’77, MD’80, Director of Sleep Medicine, Children’s National Medical Center
  • Peg Tyre ’83, Author
Session 3: Whatever the Genre: Discussing the Creative Process
Brown is known to attract incredibly creative individuals. Some carry this passion for creativity into their life’s work. Join us for an exciting discussion with alumnae sharing their source, inspiration and process in developing their notable sense of art, style and design.
  • Kate Meister ’06, Actress and Director (introducer)
  • Julie Liddicoet Meister ’75, P’03, P’06, Steering Committee Member, Women’s Leadership Conference: 120 Years of Women at Brown; Executive Committee Member, Women’s Leadership Council (moderator)
  • Sheila Bridges ’86, President, Sheila Bridges Design, Inc.
  • Xochitl Gonzalez ’99, Founding Partner/Creative Director, A.a.B. Creates
  • Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller ’76, Owner, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery
  • Sarah Medford ’83, Executive Editor, Architectural Digest
Session 4: Women Who Lead for Change in the World Around Us
What compels a person, personally and professionally, to “lead for change”? How is one motivated to work briefly, or for a lifetime, as a volunteer, as a visionary, in efforts that strive to positively affect our neighbors, our communities, our countries, our humanity? Join this discussion to learn what drew these alumnae to this work, what continues to motivate them and what they see as the key challenges – and opportunities – facing the not-for-profit community.
  • Anita Schell-Lambert PhD ’79, P’04, past Secretary, Brown Alumni Association; Rector, Emmanuel Church (introducer)
  • Stacy Palmer ’82, Member, Women’s Leadership Council; Editor, Chronicle of Philanthropy (moderator)
  • Nancy Northup ’81, President and CEO, Center for Reproductive Rights
  • Malika Saada Saar ’92, Managing Director, Human Rights Project for Girls
  • Deborah Schimberg ’80, P’05, P’12, CEO, Verve, Inc.
  • Kona Shen ’10, Founder and Director, GOALS/Haiti (Global Outreach and Love of Soccer)
5:00 – 7:30 pm Closing Conference Celebration
This historic weekend will conclude at the Closing Conference Celebration, which will feature reflections on the Conference, a photo booth to capture shots with old friends and new, great cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and a performance by Brown’s oldest all-female a cappella group, the Chattertocks. As is tradition, “Chattertock alumnae” will be invited to join the group for a portion of the performance.