Leaders in All Walks of Life: 50 Years of Women at Bowdoin
Over 300 members of the Bowdoin community came together on Friday September 24 and Saturday, September 25 for an alumnae-organized event to kick off a yearlong celebration of fifty years of women at Bowdoin.
The program included a keynote conversation and sessions designed to engage, spark conversations, make connections, and recognize this historic milestone for the College with a focus on:
- women's leadership;
- women's adaptability;
- the experiences of women of color at Bowdoin across the decades; and
- the impact of women on the College and the College on women.
Schedule of Virtual Events
Friday, September 24, 2021
Using Our Voices: The Bowdoin Experience of Women of Color
Listen to women of color across all five decades as they share how their Bowdoin experiences shaped their lives. These women will describe how they use their voices, cultivated by their Bowdoin experiences, to succeed in their personal and career endeavors beyond the College's campus. Spoken word and musical performances by alumnae of color will accompany these monologues. Participants include: Tawana Cook Purnell '75, Gwendolyn Stretch '75, Terry Guen '81, Ebitari Isoun Larsen '94, Krista Sahrbeck '98, Shanique Brown Kilgallon '04, Joy Lee '07, Coretta King '12, Terranicia Holmes '13, Golden Owens '15, and Praise Hall for Adaiah Hudgins-Lopez '18.
Keynote: “Speaking for El Bien Común”–A Fireside Chat with Vanessa L. Vidal Castellanos '08 and Dora Anne Mills '82, P'24
A candid conversation between Vanessa L. Vidal Castellanos '08 and Dora Anne Mills '82, P'24. This keynote event celebrates and explores the lived experiences of women at Bowdoin in pursuit of the common good, including the impact of the College during their time and beyond. Hosted by Praise Hall '20.
Saturday, September 25, 2021
The Impact of Bowdoin Women on the College, and the College on Women
Access program slideshows and input your own story here.
Our desire is to spark conversations and to collect diverse women’s stories to celebrate Leaders in All Walks of Life: Fifty Years of Women at Bowdoin. The interactive sessions included different discussion groups around the areas of impact of Bowdoin women including: athletics, academics, faculty/staff, social life, advocacy, and the arts. Each subject area is accompanied by a slideshow demonstrating changes in metrics over time, alumnae quotations capturing moments in time, and a moderator on hand for conversations and support. Continue the conversation in a digital format by accessing Padlets to input your story. View slideshows and see Padlet access links here.
A Look Forward with Bowdoin Women Leaders: Mastering Adaptability
Panel discussion moderated by Marilyn Reizbaum, Harrison King McCann Professor of English and the Director of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program, with women leaders from diverse sectors. Panelists include: Laurie Hawkes ’77, Mai Le Libman ’00, Charlotte Carnevale Willner ’06, Emily Hubbard ’07, and Raquel Santizo ’19.
Host Committee Cochairs
Callie Boardman Curtis '72 | Cheryl Coffin '75 | Linda Nelson '83 |Alexa Fitzpatrick '94 | Jenny Wong Adu '07 | Zully Bosques Hatch '11 | Praise Hall '20
Host Committee Members
Elizabeth Woodman Begin '74 | Gail Berson '75 | Saddie Smith '75 | Joyce Ward '75 | Shelley Cyr '76 | Peggy Slajchert Jensen '76 | Barbara Gross '77 | Ruthie Spire Small '77 | Nancy Bellhouse May '78 | Deanne Smeltzer Urmy '78 | Ann Hambelton Kenyon '79 | Joanie Benoit Samuelson '79 | Paula Wardynski '79 | Calanthe Wilson-Pant '79 | Molly Hoagland King '80 | Elizabeth Dujmich Aaroe '81 | Terry Guen-Murray '81 | Kimberly Labbe Mills '82 | Marijane Benner Browne '83 | Shelley Hearne '83 | Mary Jo Gorman Keaney '86 | Bridget Spaeth '86 | Kate Adams '89 | Jen Goldsmith Adams '90 | Anne LaMontagne Louie '90 | Mary Hogan Preusse '90 | Hannah Rahill '91 | Caitlin Hart Ryan '91 | Romelia Leach '94 | Tasha Padilla-Goddard '94 | Darcie McElwee Leighton '95 | Dee Spagnuolo '96 | Jill Marden Casal '97 | Kim Pacelli '98 | Cyndy Falwell Pitta '98 | Alexis Bailey Treat '98 | Kimi Phillips-Lohrmann '99 | Lauren Abernathy Fitzgerald '00 | Nai Horsley-Fauntleroy '00 | Stacey Jones Lee '00 | Lovey Roundtree Oliff '01 | Courtney Mongell Ravenscroft '01 | Anne Warren '02 | Sydney Asbury '03 | Joanie Taylor '03 | Kristin Pollock '04 | Shoshana Kuriloff Sicks '04 | Jennifer Crane '05 | Lisa Kurobe '05 | Fariha Mahmud Greenwood '06 | Jin-Sun Kim Chin '07 | Beth Kowitt '07 | Holly Maloney '07 | Lydia Pillsbury '07 | Hope Stockton '07 | Meaghan Tanguay '07 | Sara Utzschneider '07 | Ingrid Anid '08 | Vannie Du '08 | Emily Keneally '08 | Katherine Finnegan '09 | Saira Toppin '09 | Zoë Anaman '10 | Maxine Janes '10 | Jessica Yang '10 | Rakiya Orange Brown '11 | Dhaujee Kelly '11 | Marguerite Mariscal '11 | Coretta King '12 | Sarah Levin '13 | Tricia Thibodeau '13 | Becky Stoneman '14 | Theresa Faller '15 | Megan Maher '16 | Maddie Bustamante '17 | Hannah Berman '18 |Sarah Jane Weill '18 | Carolyn Brady '19 | Jenna Scott '19 | Leah Matari '20 | Faria Nasruddin '20 | Allison Rutz '20 |Isabel Thomas '20 |Elly Veloria '20 | Safiya Osei '21 | Samara Nassor '22 | Kellie Navarro '23