TCPW 30th Anniversary Spring Conference

Beacon Awards Video Part ONE | Part TWO

TCPW Celebrates 30 Years – Moving Toward the Penn of 2020

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. - Benjamin Franklin

TCPW Celebrates Thirty Years of Growth and Progress. The Iran-Contra Affair, Black Monday Stock Market Crash, acid washed jeans and big hair. While there were moments from 1987 that we would just as soon forget, the rumblings of a movement we could all embrace were being felt. The Supreme Court ruled that Rotary Clubs must admit women. Aretha Franklin finally got the respect she deserved by being the first woman inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. And Al Shoemaker, thinking that the time had come for women to have a bigger voice at our beloved alma mater, assembled a group of dynamic female Penn graduates for what would become the first alumnae leadership group at a university. The rest, as they say, is history.

We hope you will join us in celebrating this historical 30 year milestone for TCPW! We will take stock of all that has been accomplished for the advancement of women’s issues at Penn through the years. And we will look towards the future by celebrating Penn's Compact 2020, with its three core values that make Penn unique: Innovation, Inclusion and Impact.

Thursday       Friday       30th Anniversary Committee

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Thursday, April 6, 2017


11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

New Member Orientation

Inn at Penn
3600 Sansom Street
New TCPW members will learn more about TCPW from their mentors and committee co-chairs, and through an overview of the workings of TCPW.

TCPW Conference Events:

12:00 – 2:00 PM

Opening Luncheon: Improvement Through Innovation

Inn at Penn, Woodlands Ballroom
3600 Sansom Street

We look forward to welcoming our newest members at this luncheon as they join us for their first TCPW Conference.

We are only 15 years into the 21st century and the progress has been pretty stunning — the global adoption of the Internet, smartphones, ever-more agile robots, and gene sequencing. Based on our current rate of progress, we won’t experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century — it will be more like 20,000 years of progress. We are so fortunate to have attended a university which has had the culture and practice of innovation central to its mission since America’s first inventor- entrepreneur, Benjamin Franklin, founded the University more than two centuries ago!

Our opening lunch will give us a window into the wide-ranging innovation currently taking place at Penn as we hear from Dr. Dawn Bonnell, Vice Provost for Research. Through her oversight of $900+ million research at the University and the transfer of technologies from University labs to the public sector, she is uniquely well positioned to tell us about the exciting ‘next big things’ bubbling up in Penn’s innovative ecosystem.

TCPW member and biotech consultant Dawn Porter Eringis, CHE’85, WG’89, will introduce us to our topic and speaker.

In addition, the Eighth Annual TCPW/Provost Award will be presented by Vice Provost for Faculty Anita Allen to Dr. Janice Fanning Madden, Professor of Regional Science, Sociology, Urban Studies, and Real Estate, in recognition of her contributions in advancing the role of women in higher education and research at Penn.  

2:15 – 3:45 PM

Committee Meetings

Inn at Penn, Various Rooms
3600 Sansom Street

4:00 – 5:30 PM

30th Anniversary Retrospective: A Look Back – Bridging Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Inn at Penn, Woodlands Ballroom
3600 Sansom Street

Ever wonder what those early TCPW days were like? Why the Chairman of a major investment bank thought it was worth his while to start it? How our collective voice has helped shape life for female students and faculty over the past 30 years? Then you won’t want to miss our TCPW 30th Anniversary Retrospective! Join us as we hear some of our founding members’ earliest memories, and how TCPW has changed through the years. We’ll also be joined by female professors whom we’ve partnered closely with over time for the advancement of female faculty.  

TCPW member panelists:
  • Judith Roth Berkowitz, CW’64
  • Susanna Lachs, CW'74, ASC'76 
  • The Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell, CW’69
  • Kathryn A. Sklar, W’79   
Moderated by Carol Blum Einiger, CW’70, TCPW Founding Chair
We are also excited to welcome these faculty members:
  • Dr. Gail Morrison, M’71, FEL’76, Senior Vice Dean for Education, and the William Maul Measey President's Distinguished Professor in Medical Education, and Director of Academic Programs in the School of Medicine and;
  • Dr. Demie Kurz, Co-Director of the Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program, and Co-Director of the Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality and Women, Department of Sociology.
6:00 - 9:00 PM

Beacon Award Ceremony and Dinner Honoring Dr. Louise Mirrer

6:00 – 7:00 PM - Beacon Award Ceremony
7:00 – 9:00 PM - Dinner
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118-128 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

We are pleased to welcome President Amy Gutmann to join us in honoring Dr. Louise Mirrer, CW’73, with the TCPW Beacon Award. Louise is the President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society, where through groundbreaking exhibitions, installations and public programs, she has brilliantly led the Museum in showcasing history as exciting, dynamic and consequential to our present. Of particular interest to us, is Louise’s role in starting a Center for the Study of Women’s History, which will be opening this spring. While other institutions have recognized women’s artistic contributions, this Center will be one of the first to focus on women’s-history exhibitions and scholarship. Already announced initiatives include an annual Conference in Women’s History, as well as an online course in women and work. In addition to Louise’s many worthy attributes, we’re also thrilled to mention that she received her BA from Penn!

TCPW member Susan Frier Danilow, CW’74, G’74, will introduce President Gutmann and the TCPW tradition of celebrating outstanding leadership through the Beacon award.

The Beacon award is given to highlight Penn’s commitment to women’s issues. The award recognizes leaders – an outstanding female, male or institution - who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to advancing, supporting and promoting women and the unique challenges they face.

A bus will be available to transport members from the Inn at Penn to PAFA at 5:40, and will return to the Inn at Penn after dinner.

9:00 PM


Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
3680 Walnut Street

TCPW members are invited to join Annenberg Center Overseers for a nightcap in the Annenberg Center Lobby.

Friday, April 7, 2017

8:00 – 10:00 AM

Breakfast and Panel Discussion

8:00 – 8:30 AM – Breakfast
8:30 – 10:00 AM – Panel Discussion: Achievement Through Inclusion
The Study at University City
20 South 33rd Street (33rd and Chestnut Streets)

“We’ve Come A Long Way Baby” was more than just a TV commercial slogan…..

“Inclusion” in American society is a founding principle of our society; yet this very ideal is tested regularly in daily life. From women’s rights, to racial prejudice, xenophobia and the hot topic of gender identity there is a constant struggle to embrace the cultural minorities in our country, let alone the world. Our panelists have great experience as leaders and researchers in the areas of inclusion, tolerance, and human rights. For Dr. Eve Higginbotham, the first Vice Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the Perelman School of Medicine, diversity has been a defining topic of her personal life and professional career in public health. For Dr. Pam Grossman, Dean of the Graduate School of Education, the teaching of students of all backgrounds has been a central focus of her research and programmatic efforts in the US school system. For Dr. Susan Wachter, Co-Director of Penn’s Institute for Urban Research, exploring and championing research in arenas ranging from housing and transportation planning and the effects on marginalized groups, has been a key focus. Moderated by TCPW member Leanne Pyott Huebner, W’90, this panel will touch the very core of our lives as women and help us to see how Penn is at the forefront of research and action.

10:15 AM – 12:15 PM

General Meeting

The Study at University City
20 South 33rd Street (33rd and Chestnut Streets)

TCPW Committee Co-Chairs will present updates on the work of their committees. We will have a special presentation from our Membership Committee Co-Chairs, who will give us an overview of new procedures for nominating and reviewing nominees for TCPW membership.

12:30 – 2:30 PM

Closing Luncheon: Success Through Impact

The Study at University City
20 South 33rd Street (33rd and Chestnut Streets)

Making choices, big or small, is a daily undertaking that perplexes some and excites others - from which shampoo to buy to how much to save for retirement, our decision making is greatly influenced by both internal and external forces. How is it that some of us make decisions easily, change course readily and adapt with great agility while others stall, stagnate and suffer? Join Dr. Katherine Milkman, Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Wharton People Analytics Initiative as she presents her latest research findings on Behavior Change for Good and shows us how employee and customer choices are heavily dependent on context. Dr. Milkman’s conclusions will give TCPW members great insights into managing and improving personal, customer, employee and community malleability, which should serve to enhance individual efficiency, work success, and social change.

Managing healthcare needs in an aging “Boomer America” is one of the biggest issues facing our society in the coming decades. Innovative problem solving and addressing the best policies and practice options will be required to answer the critical questions. School of Nursing Dean Antonia Villarruel, GNU’82, is an impactful leader and guiding force in this field. From her WHO Collaborative Center for Nursing to the renewed partnership with UPHS revived under her tutelage, she continues to be a visionary in the field of healthcare.

This thought-provoking discussion will be led by TCPW member Jean Chatzky, C'86.

We will also be presenting the TCPW Student Leadership Award, Huber-Giles Award, and Athletic Achievement Awards to students who will join us for lunch.

Post Conference Events

Friday, April 7th
3:00 – 4:00 PM

Willie Cole: On Site Exhibition Preview

Arthur Ross Gallery
220 South 34th Street

TCPW members will be given a preview of the Willie Cole: On Site exhibition, led by Lynn Marsden-Atlass, Arthur Ross Gallery Director and University Curator.

5:30 – 8:00 PM

Friends’ Reception for Willie Cole: On Site

5:30 PM – Remarks by Dr. Anita L. Allen, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Lynn Marsden-Atlass,
Arthur Ross Gallery Director and University Curator
5:45 PM – Artist Talk - Willie Cole
Arthur Ross Gallery
220 South 34th Street
Willie Cole: On Site features 13 artworks, a video, and includes a site specific installation of a massive chandelier made of recycled water bottles. The traveling exhibition is curated by Dorit Yaron at the David Driskell Center. 

8:00 PM

Pilobolus' Shadowland

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
3680 Walnut Street

The crowd favorite Pilobolus returns with Shadowland, a full-length piece about a teenage girl who wakes up one day to something incredible lurking behind her bedroom wall – her shadow! This elaborately imaginative work combines modern dance with energetic multimedia to create an intriguing blend of choreography and projected shadows for a dreamlike dance narrative that is uniquely Pilobolus.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Terri Welsh at or 215-898-3463.

The Trustees’ Council of Penn Women is an international network of Penn Alumnae. These leaders, by power of their example, support, foster, and promote the advancement of women and women’s issues within the University, thus enriching the University community as a whole.

Hildegard Kanamuller Toth, FAS’79
Lori Pearlman Wachs, W’90

Molly Rouse-Terlevich, C’90, GED’00
Debra Silverman, C’79