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The Steering Committee

President Salovey appointed Linda Koch Lorimer ’77 JD, retired Vice President of Yale and a former Yale trustee, and Eve Rice ’73,  a physician and current Yale trustee to co-chair the anniversary.

The Steering Committee includes:

Claire Bowern, Chair of Women Faculty Forum; Professor of Linguistics

J. Weili Cheng ’77, Executive Director of the Yale Alumni Association (YAA); former Chair, YAA Board of Governors

Kyle Gibson ’78, Executive Producer & Managing Editor, Women in the World Summit

Kim Goff-Crews ’83, ’86 JD, Secretary and Vice President for Student Life, Yale University

Laura T. Grondin ’85, President and CEO, Virginia Industries; former Chair of YaleWomen, Inc.

Susan E. Lennon ’85 MPPM, former President Women’s College Coalition; Chair of YaleWomen, Inc.

Maria Lopez-Bresnahan ’78, Vice President, Clinical Research, Neuroscience, Alkermes; former Executive Officer, Yale Alumni Association Board of Governors

Linda K. Lorimer ’77 JD, retired Vice President of Yale; former Trustee, Yale University

Mindy A. Marks ’00, Director for Shared Interest Groups, Yale Alumni Association

Ellen G. McGinnis ’82, Partner, Haynes and Boone; former Chair, Yale Alumni Association Board of Governors; one of the founders of YaleWomen, Inc.

Miko McGinty ’93, ’98 MFA, Principal in the design firm, Miko McGinty, Inc.; Co-chair, Jonathan Edwards College 2014 Reunion; Yale School of Art Dean’s Council Steering Committee

Marta E. Moret ’84 MPH, President of Urban Policy Strategies; former member, Yale Alumni Association Board of Governors

Eve Hart Rice ’73, Trustee, Yale University; former Chair, Yale University Council; physician

Constance Royster ’72, Principal, Laurel Associates, LLC; retired Director of Development, Yale Divinity School; member of the first Yale Alumni Association Board of Governors

Sharon Ruwart ’85, Certified Executive Coach; member, Yale President’s Council on International Activities. Formerly: Member, Yale Committee on Reputation; Co-founder, Bulldogs in Beijing

Vera Wells ’71, Retired Executive of National Broadcasting Company (NBC); former member, Yale University Council

Advisor to the Committee

Joan O’Neill, Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development, Yale University

The 50th Anniversary Committee

This Committee is designing the special commemorative event for September 19-22 for the women in the classes of 1971, 1972 and 1973 who matriculated in the fall of 1969.  This weekend is a way for the university to honor these trail-blazing women and to engage with them in a series of thoughtful discussions about their role in transforming Yale College.  If you are a member of these classes and have not received the initial mailings and notification about this weekend event, please contact the committee at yalecoeducation50@yale.edu.

Eve Rice ’73 is chairing this committee, which includes:
Kathy Murphy ’71
Vera Wells ’71
Cynthia Brill ’72
Constance Royster ’72
Carol Whitehead ’72
Andrea DaRif ’73
Nina Glickson ’73
Joan O’Meara Winant ’73

Exhibitions & Performances Committee

The charge of this Committee is to identify, engage and encourage campus partners to participate in the 150th and 50th commemorations with performances, lectures and/or exhibitions in 2019-2020, that capitalize on existing programming to feature or highlight the history of Yale women and their talents, skills, creativity, influence and leadership. The Committee is committed to ensuring a diverse array of groups are invited to contribute to the celebration and will suggest ways to publicize the events so the ‘sum is greater than the parts.’

Amy Meyers ’79, ’85 Ph.D., Director of the Yale Center for British Art, and Vera Wells ’71 are co-chairing this Committee, which includes:

Nicole Bouche, W. S. Lewis Librarian & Executive Director of the Lewis Walpole Library

Toni Dorfman, Professor, Theater Studies

Tom Duffy, Professor (Adjunct) of Music and Director of University Bands

Susan Gibbons, Stephen F. Gates ’68 University Librarian and Deputy Provost for Collections and Scholarly Communication

Lisa Hodemarsky, Sutphin Family Senior Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings; Senior Deputy Director

Joyce Hsiang ’99, ’03 M.Arch., Assistant Dean & Critic, Yale School of Architecture

Martin Jean, Professor of Organ and Director of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music

Marta Kuzma, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Dean, Yale School of Art

Vicki Nolan, Deputy Dean School of Drama; Managing Director Yale Repertory Theatre, & Professor in the Practice of Theater Management

Constance Royster ’72, former Director of Development, Yale Divinity School (retired)

EC Schroeder, Director of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Laura Wexler, Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Stephanie Wiles, Director, Yale University Art Gallery

Committee for the 150th Celebration Weekend

Co-Chairs: Linda Koch Lorimer ‘77 JD, former Vice President of Yale, and Nancy Yao Maasbach ‘99 MBA, former Director of Yale-China Association and current President of the Museum of Chinese in America

Representatives from the Steering Committee:

J. Weili Cheng ’77, Executive Director of the Yale Alumni Association; former Chair, Yale Alumni Association Board of Governors

Kyle Gibson ’78, Executive Producer & Managing Editor, Women in the World Summit

Laura T. Grondin ’85, President and Chief Executive Officer, Virginia Industries; former Chair of YaleWomen, Inc.

Miko McGinty ’93, ’98 MFA, Principal in the design firm, Miko McGinty, Inc.; Co-chair, Jonathan Edwards College 2014 Reunion; Yale School of Art Dean’s Council Steering Committee

Sharon Ruwart ’85, Certified Executive Coach; member, Yale President’s Council on International Activities. Formerly: Member, Yale Committee on Reputation; Co-founder, Bulldogs in Beijing

At Large Members:

Anna Chavez ’90, Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer at the National Council on Aging; former Chief Executive Officer Girls Scouts of the U.S.A.; member of University Council

Margaret H. Marshall ’76 JD, ’12 LLDH, First Female Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court (author of the first U.S. judicial opinion upholding gay marriage); first female Senior Fellow of the Yale Board of Trustees

Jeannine Scott ’85 MA, former President, U.S.-Angola Chamber of Commerce; Founder & Principal, America to Africa Consulting (A2A), LLC; former member of the Yale Alumni Association Board of Governors

Ex Officio Members:

Claire Bowern, Chair, Yale Women Faculty Forum

Beverly Jurenko ’86, Vice Chair, HBS Houston Alumni Angels; Deputy Chair of the Events Beyond New Haven Committee, Council Member of YaleWomen, Inc.

Saloni (Sal) Rao, Yale College 2020, current President of the Yale College Council

Savannah Thais ’17 MS, ’17 M.Phil., 2020 PhD, former President of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate and current member of its Executive Committee

Committees Under Development

During 2018, four other committees will be established. Their leaders have already been appointed.

Yale College – Co-Chairs: Mary Miller, ’78 MA, ’81 PhD, Sterling Professor of the History of Art and the first female Dean of Yale College, and Erin Johnson, ’08 Associate Director for the Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity and Transnational Migration

Graduate & Professional Schools – Co-Chairs:  Ann Kurth ’90 MSN, Dean of the School of Nursing and Tamar Gendler ’87, Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences

Events Beyond New Haven – Co-Chairs: Ellen McGinnis ’82 former Chair of the Board of Governors of the YAA and Sheryl Negash ’82, co-chair of the Yale Alumni Association Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion