2015 Fall Conference

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TCPW Fall 2015 Conference
Doing Well by Doing Good; Franklin's Philanthropy Lessons applied at Penn Today

Philanthropy, from Greek etymology, means "love of humanity". Whether we want to have an impact on the world by giving of our time, money and/or strategically investing, we give for many reasons. For some it is to help those less fortunate, contribute to causes we fundamentally believe in, or perhaps fund research that will eradicate diseases afflicting our loved ones. While the world is a better place as a result, we benefit personally as well, since giving has been shown to have a strong, positive impact on our happiness. Join us in helping develop your own "Helper's High", by learning about how thoughtful giving can create lasting change.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Opening Lunch
Philanthropy: Changing Our World Through Giving Time, Energy and Ideas

Irvine Auditorium, Main Hall
3401 Spruce Street

The Opening lunch of our Fall Conference will feature the Netter Center for Community Partnerships. Dr. Ira Harkavy, C’70, GR’79, Founding Director, and Cory Bowman, C’91, GED’01, Associate Director, will talk about “The Role of Universities in Improving Schools, Communities and Society: The Growth and Development of the Netter Center (1992-2015) as an Experiment in Progress.” They will discuss the Netter Center’s local as well as national and global impacts. Penn students who are leaders in various Netter Center civic engagement projects will join us for lunch, including student athletes from the recently launched Young Quakers Community Athletics program, which connects Penn athletes with elementary and middle school students in West Philadelphia for both academic and athletic mentoring.

We will also hear from President's Engagement Prize winner Katyln Grasso, W’15, who will talk about her project GenHERation - a female empowerment network for millennial girls.

The new School of Social Policy & Practice Dean, Dr. John Jackson, will speak to us about his exciting plans for the School’s students, faculty, and curriculum.

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Committee Meetings

Various Rooms, Irvine Auditorium
3401 Spruce Street

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Volunteer Speed Networking Event

5:00 – 5:30 – Networking
5:30 – 6:30 – Session
Irvine Auditorium, Amado Recital Hall
3401 Spruce Street

Join TCPW members for an opportunity to network with other members and learn about what they are passionate about in their volunteer lives. We will be inspired as we hear from some of our members who are leaders in their volunteering roles, both inside Penn, as well as outside, in the fields of healthcare, politics and education. We will learn about their philanthropic journeys, what it means to them and how we can get more involved in the areas that we care about most.

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday Evening Dinner: Empowering Communities, One Leader at a Time

Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander School
4209 Spruce Street

Dr. Bhavna Shyamalan, Co-Founder of the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation will talk about how she and her husband saw the need for investing in leaders who are changing the world. These leaders are social entrepreneurs who have demonstrated both resilience and commitment in addressing problems of poverty and inequality in their own communities. By entering into multi-year grant partnerships with these leaders in social justice, equality and education, the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation empowers communities, one leader at a time.

We will also celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the TCPW Summer Networking Series, our signature summer events for female Penn students and Penn young alumnae, which have grown from one event in New York to seven events throughout the country, in London and Beijing.

We will also be entertained by the incomparable Penn Masala! Long before they were of Pitch Perfect 2 fame, they were making headlines as the world’s first Hindi A Capella group.

A shuttle will be provided to take members to and from the Penn Alexander School.

The Penn Alexander School: In 1998, the University of Pennsylvania, the School District of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers agreed to create a state-of-the-art university-assisted PreK-8 neighborhood public school in University City/West Philadelphia. From its inception, the Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander University of Pennsylvania Partnership School would be a neighborhood school that excelled, encouraged urban renewal, and eased overcrowding in area schools. Penn Alexander is located in the middle of a mixed residential/commercial neighborhood at the western edge of Penn's campus.

9:00 p.m.

Living Room, The Inn at Penn
3600 Sansom Street

End the day relaxing, enjoying conversation with fellow TCPW members and Penn Trustees, and listening to a musical performance by Penn students.

Friday, November 6, 2015

8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Breakfast and Panel Discussion

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. – Breakfast
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. – “Thoughtful Investing Equals a Better World”
The Wistar Institute Atrium
3601 Spruce Street

We will hear from leading experts in the world of social impact investing. Learn how we can pursue our social impact goals through more strategic philanthropy, as well as whether investing in companies that are aligned with those goals are more likely to help or hurt your investment returns.
  • Dr. Peter Frumkin – Professor of Social Policy at the School of Social Policy & Practice, Faculty Director of the Center for Social Impact Strategy, and author of Strategic Giving: The Art and Science of Philanthropy
  • Dr. Sherryl Kuhlman, WG’01 – Managing Director of Wharton Social Impact Initiative
  • Katherina M. Rosqueta, WG’01 – Founding Executive Director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy and adjunct professor of the School of Social Policy & Practice
  • Judy Vredenburgh, CW’70 – President and CEO of Girls Inc., an organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges girls face.

  • Moderator:
  • Dr. Betsy Schur Levy, C’80, Clinical psychologist and TCPW member

10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
General Meeting

The Wistar Institute, Caplan Auditorium
3601 Spruce Street

Along with Committee Reports, we will present our Member Service Recognition Awards and hear about our Hot Topic for this conference: TCPW member Leanne Pyott Huebner, W’90, will discuss Penn’s new First Generation initiative.

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Closing Lunch: Creating a Virtuous Circle: The Influence of Volunteering

The Wistar Institute Atrium
3601 Spruce Street

The opportunities to get involved at Penn are incredibly varied and diverse. While we hear from those who are at the pinnacle of Penn volunteer work, we’ll discover that the sky is the limit in the ways in which we can help our beloved alma mater.

We will also present the 4th Annual TCPW Excellence in Advising Awards to Grace Kao, Professor of Sociology, Education, and Asian American Studies at the School of Arts and Sciences and Katherine Kuchenbecker, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Computer and Information Science at the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

  • Leslie Kruhly, Vice President and University Secretary
  • John Zeller, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
  • Julie Beren Platt, C’79, Penn Alumni President, Trustee and TCPW member
  • Susan Frier Danilow, CW74 G74, Trustee and TCPW member

  • Moderator:
  • Elise Betz, Executive Director of Alumni Relations

Post-Conference Activities

Friday, November 6th
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Community Service Project

The Wistar Institute, Caplan Auditorium
3601 Spruce Street 

Members are invited to stay after the conference and work with Isabel Sampson-Mapp, Director of Penn Volunteers in Public Service (VIPS), which operates through the Netter Center.

We will make activity packets for children in the hospital, and help to record books on tape voices for children's programs.

Friday, November 6th
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Alumni Award of Merit Gala

Annenberg Center Live
3680 Walnut Street
TCPW member Kathy Stein Sachs, CW’69, will be receiving the Alumni Award of Merit Friday evening. We hope TCPW members will attend to celebrate with Kathy. Please visit this link for more information and to register to attend the awards ceremony.

Saturday, November 7th
10:00 a.m.

Penn Memorabilia Exhibit

Sweeten Alumni House
3533 Locust Walk

Join fellow alumni and Historical and Memorabilia Agent for University Archives, Susan Molofsky Todres, CW’75, WG’77, for a presentation of some amazing pieces of Penn history which she has acquired for the University. For more information visit: Saturday Homecoming Events


Please contact Terri Welsh at welsh@upenn.edu 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.


Dawn Porter Eringis, CHE’85, WG’89


Hildegard Kanamuller Toth, FAS’79


Cheryl Peisach, W’87
Lori Pearlman Wachs, W’90

Register for the conference online

Please visit the TCPW website to pay your dues, make a donation or help defray the costs of our conference: TCPW Dues & Donations
For more info and to register for Homecoming click here.