Featuring and Celebrating Women
125 Years of Women
at Penn featured an exciting and varied schedule for the two days preceding Homecoming 2001. Panels dealt with
the topic "Educating Women for Leadership: Penn Women of the 21st Century"
Morning panels on Friday, November 2
Health Care: "Our Bodies, Ourselves: What You
Know May Make the Difference," moderated by Claire M. Fagin, PhD, RN, HOM'77,
HON'94, Consultant in Health Care and Organizational Leadership, Professor Emerita
and Former Dean, School of Nursing, 1977-92 and Interim President of the University
of Pennsylvania, 1993-94
Women's Leadership in Philanthropy: "Cents and
Sensibility: Women Making a Difference," moderated by Carol Einiger,
CW'70, Chief Investment Officer, The Rockefeller University
- Ruth Katz, JD, MPH, CW'73, L'77, Associate Dean for Administration, Yale
University School of Medicine
- Sheila Moriber Katz, MD, MBA, WG'90, President and CEO, NewMedicine, LLC,
a company dedicated to the transformation of medicine through scientific innovation;
Former Dean, Hahnemann University School of Medicine; Former Executive Director,
White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
- Mary Naylor, PhD, FAAN, RN, GNU'73, GR'82, HOM'91, Ralston House, Professor
of Gerontologic Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
- Marie Savard, MD, NU'72, M'76, Physician, Author, and Speaker
- Susan Taylor, MD, C'79, The Director of The Skin of Color Center at St.
Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center and Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology
at Columbia University
- Barbara L. Weber, MD, Professor of Medicine and Genetics, Director of the
Breast Cancer Program, and Director of the Cancer Genomics Program at the
Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute - The University of Pennsylvania
- Anne díHarnoncourt, HON'88, The George D. Widener Director and CEO of the
Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Laurene Powell Jobs, C'85, W'85, Founder and President of College Track,
a non-profit college preparatory program.
- Evelyn Lauder, Founder and Chair, Breast Cancer Research Foundation; Senior
Corporate Vice President, The Estee Lauder Companies Inc.
- Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli, W'95, Executive Director of the FATE Foundation,
which assists Nigerian youth in establishing businesses, and Co-Founder of
the Business Women's Network for Nigerian women, which helps Nigerian women
to achieve their highest potential in business.
- Judy Vredenburgh, CW'70, President and Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers
Big Sisters of America
Afternoon panels on Friday, November 2
Business: "The Waves: Making Them or Getting
Swamped - Are Women Making a Difference?" moderated by Willow Bay, C'85,
- Beverly Chell, CW'64, Vice Chairman and General Counsel, Primedia, Inc.
- Mandee Heller, C'94, W'94, Vice Chairman, Executive Vice President and Co-Chief
Operating Officer, Women's Financial Network at Siebert
- Aerin R. Lauder, C'92, Vice President of Global Advertising, The Estee Lauder
- Sumaya Grisales Masis, CGS71, President and Chief Operating Officer,
- Rebecca C. Matthias, CW'75, President and Founder, Mothers Work, Inc.
Media and Politics: "The Second Sex: What a Difference
the Difference Makes," moderated by Kathleen Hall Jamieson, HOM'89, Walter
H. Annenberg Dean of The Annenberg School for Communication at the University
Jean Chatzky, C'86, Editor at Large, Money magazine
and Financial Editor, NBC Today
Marcia Greenberger, CW'67, L'70, Co-President of the National Women's Law
- Mindy Herman, W'82, President and CEO, E! Entertainment Television Networks
- Mary Ellen Mark, FA'62, ASC'64, HON'94, Photographer
- The Honorable Susan Ness, WG'83, Former Commissioner, Federal Communications
Other highlights included: inauguration of the new Women's Walkway
and Class of '49 Generational Bridge; a kickoff wine and cheese reception/author
signing at the PENN Bookstore; a keynote address by Andrea Mitchell, CW'67,
Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News; a private performance by The
Vagina Monologues author, Eve Ensler; Franklin's Daughters, a book
featuring alumnae who have made noteworthy contributions to the University and
to society (available at the Penn
Bookstore); and a networking celebratory party where Penn women networked,
caught up with old friends, and made new ones.
Distinguished event chairs were: The Honorable Leonore C. Annenberg
(HON'85); Dr. Gloria Twine Chisum (GR'60, HON'94); Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson
(HOM'89); Andrea Mitchell (CW'67); and Dr. Judith Rodin (CW'66).
Schedule of Events [printable]:
Thursday, November 1, 2001
1:00-3:00 PM -
Penn Women's Center Reception and Open House, 3643 Locust Walk
3:30 PM -
"Women as Authors, Books as Legacies."
Kick-off reception at the Penn Bookstore and unveiling of customized poster
honoring Penn women who have authored books. Rebecca Pepper Sinkler, CGS'75,
HON'91, spoke, and Lorene E. Cary, C'78, G'78, Cathy Crimmins, G'78, Laurie
Burrows Grad, CW'66, Rebecca Matthias, CW'75, Lisa Scottoline, C'77, L'81, and
Angela Nissel, C'98 served as Honorary Chairs.
5:30-7:30 PM -
Reception and dinner with President
Judith Rodin, Penn Trustees, and senior administrators. Keynote address by Andrea
Mitchell, CW'67, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News. The Honorable
Marjorie O. Rendell, CW'69, introduced Ms. Mitchell. Closing remarks were presented
by Renee Chenault-Fattah, L'82, Co-Anchor, NBC 10 News.
8:00-10:00 PM -
A private theatrical performance of The Vagina Monologues
at the Annenberg Center was followed by a short performance by its author, Eve
Ensler, who stayed to answer questions. Wendy Evans Joseph, C'77, the first
producer of The Vagina Monologues, introduced Ms. Ensler.
Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues, is an award-winning
playwright, poet, activist, and screenwriter. The Vagina Monologues won
a 1997 Obie Award and was nominated for the Drama Desk and Helen Hayes awards.
The world premiere of The Vagina Monologues was the catalyst for V-Day,
a global movement to stop violence against women. The 1999 recipient of the Guggenheim
Grant in Playwriting, Ms. Ensler is currently writing a screenplay on women in
prison for Glenn Close. Ms. Ensler performed a piece called "My Short Skirt"
about how women have the right to wear anything, anywhere, without being hurt
or bothered. She describes it as "sexy, fun, outrageous, and very liberating."
10:00-10:45 PM -
Friday, November 2, 2001
7:30-9:00 AM - Coffee and continental breakfast featured the "Recognition
of University Firsts." Our speaker was Dr. Mary Frances Berry, HOM '87, Geraldine
R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History, University
of Pennsylvania and Chairperson, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Honorary Chair
was Gloria Twine Chisum, GR '60, HON '94.
9:30-11:00 AM - Morning panels featured
notable alumnae, focusing on issues of importance to women.
11:30-12:00 PM - Inauguration of new Women's Walkway
and Class of '49 Generational Bridge (at 38th Street).
12:30-2:30 PM - Gala luncheon for all guests. Christine
Hikawa, CW'73, Trustees' Council of Penn Women, presented The Beacon Award, a
distinguished award given to Dr. Judith Rodin, President of the University of
Pennsylvania. Loretta Barrett, CW'62, GED'65, President, Loretta Barrett Books,
Inc., was the speaker for this event.
3:00-4:30 PM -
4:45-6:30 PM - Networking and Social Reception. A wonderful time was had by
all as we caught up with old friends and made new Penn connections. Our hosts
for this event were Ali Weiss, C'93, President of Weiss PR, Inc. and Caroline
Waxler, C'93, freelance journalist. Honorary Chairs were Tory Robinson Burch,
C'88, Claudia Cohen, CW'72, and Lolita Jackson, ENG'89.
Evening - The festivities continued with the Alumni
Award of Merit dinner, kicking off Homecoming 2001 Weekend. Alumni danced to the
Joe Sudler swing band, and were entertained by Penn's own Quaker Notes and the
Penny Loafers, two outstanding a capella groups. In addition, as a special
treat, the Philadelphia School's middle school a capella group Measure
to Measure performed.
Saturday, November 3, 2001:
Various Homecoming activities included the Penn women's soccer
team taking on Princeton and a new two-mile walk (part of the alumni run) in honor
of Penn women. After the Penn vs. Princeton football game, the Penn women's basketball
team took to the Palestra to unveil a banner in honor of the program's first ever
Ivy Championship, followed by a team scrimmage.