The Council for Women of Boston College

Summer 2012

In this issue:

Committee Updates

membership committee

The Membership Committee reports that the CWBC has grown to 140 Full Council Members and 747 Associate Members. The Committee continues to work to deepen engagement among all Full Council Members and Associate Members by matching member interests with opportunities for involvement, developing the School Liaison Program, and partnering with Alumni Chapters across the country.

Initiatives Committee

The Initiatives Committee offered numerous successful spring events, ranging from enhanced Journey programming to ever-popular Athletics and Arts events. The Committee has launched several novel programs in recent months, including an On the Road Authors' Luncheon and a Performing Arts Series.

Marketing and Communications Committee

The Marketing and Communications Committee has made great strides in developing a CWBC Facebook page, enhancing the Council website, and establishing the new CWBC brand identity. The Committee continues to roll out a fresh look and feel on all CWBC communications and publications, and to provide marketing support for all Council initiatives.

The Council for Women of Boston College

Executive Committee

Kathleen M. McGillycuddy NC'71, Chair
Pat Bonan '79
Cathy M. Brienza NC'71
Mary Lou DeLong NC'71
Patricia McCormack NC '75
Donna Morris '81

Committee Chairs

Beth Barbagallo '81

Mary Lou Jackson PhD'02

Jo Ann Holland NC'75

Edited by Alison McKee '81
Martie Kendrick NC '71
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Spring 2012 Full Council Meeting

On Thursday, April 12, Council Members convened on campus to chart progress toward 2012 priorities. At the meeting's start, CWBC's Student Advisory Board presented a special panel discussion, focusing on student volunteer activities at Boston College.

"The students were terrific and gave us some very practical insights into how important service is to students at Boston College," says Council Chair Kathleen McGillycuddy, NC'71.

Committee updates were followed by three special presentations on recent advances in Associate Membership, the up-and-running Member Database, and "e-CWBC"—the Council's online communication and social media presence. Jim Husson, Senior Vice President of University Advancement, presented a variety of campaign updates and University news before Council Members adjourned for a reception and dinner.

The fall Full Council meeting will take place on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at Boston College.

The Journey Series
Paths to Success and Fulfillment

The Journey series offers current BC students and alumnae opportunities for professional and personal growth tailored to meet each woman's stage of life. Contact for more information.

Continuing the Journey—New York City

Taking careful aim at a target greatly improves one's chances of hitting it—particularly when the target is a new job or even a new career path. This was a key message at the Council's March 7 Continuing the Journey event, which took place at the University Club in New York City. Eliza Shanley, co-founder of the Women@Work Network, launched the daylong event with a presentation on how to take steady aim at career goals then build a strategy to achieve those goals. Experienced alumnae panelists then shared some of their own strategies for success with the audience of alumnae. Afternoon workshops focused on communicating a personal brand through networking, interviewing, and social media.

Stay tuned for more information on upcoming Journey programs!

Preparing for the Journey—Students
Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 5:30 p.m., Heights Room, Boston College

Beginning the Journey—GOLD Alumnae
Fall 2012 in Boston

Continuing the Journey—Alumnae making a career transition or navigating the path back into the workforce
Spring 2013 in Boston

Refining the Journey—Alumnae at Mid-life
Spring 2013 in Boston

CWBC Networks
Paths to Engagement and Enrichment

The Council offers career information, mentoring, and networking opportunities to BC students through its ongoing collaborations with faculty and student organizations. The CWBC also actively engages with undergraduate women through its Student Advisory Board, which advises the Council on student issues and programming and provides marketing and assistance with student events. Contact for more information.

Undergraduate Women in Law

On March 13, celebrated attorneys and Council Members Mary Ann Lowney '83, Wendy J. Murphy '83, and Lauren Stiller Rikleen '79 shared personal success strategies and career tips with a full audience of undergraduate women interested in legal careers. The event was co-hosted by the CWBC and Bellarmine Law Society.

A Conversation with Kathleen Corbet '82

The Council partnered with Boston College's undergraduate chapter of Smart Woman Securities to host a March 27 evening event featuring a discussion with Kathleen Corbet, a Council Member and the former head of the world's largest financial information services company, Standard and Poor's. Before a packed audience, Kathleen, who is now principal at Cross Ridge Capital, LLC, discussed her unconventional path to becoming a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, civic leader, and philanthropist.

Graduate Women in Business

On March 28, CWBC and BC's Graduate Women in Business co-hosted an event for graduate students focused on personal branding through the career stages. An accomplished cadre of alumnae hailing from diverse fields and career stages took part in a lively panel discussion, followed by a networking session.

Thank you to Council Members Lauren Rikleen JD'79, Paula Ebben '89, and Liz Pomfret '83 for participating on the panel.

Exploring Careers in Education

The Council and the Lynch School of Education partnered to offer a March 29 career planning event for aspiring educators. Moderated by Sue Shea '76, several Council Members and Associate Members who are educators shared unique perspectives from their own professional journeys and explored the many shifts and changes that mark 21st-century career paths in education.

Career Planning in Nursing

On April 11, the CWBC and Connell School of Nursing sponsored a networking and panel event which offered practical career advice for students. The event, which was coordinated by Betsy Brown '85, featured Council Member Ann Finck '66, Associate Member Jackie Skeith '85, and Associate Member and former Student Advisory Board Member Djerica Lamousnery '11.

Student Advisory Board

The CWBC's Student Advisory Board gained significant ground this spring in spreading awareness about the Council among undergraduates. Its March 22 event entitled "How to Live Your Healthiest Life, Not Someone Else's" featured Associate Member Terri Trespicio '95, a writer, broadcaster, healthy living expert, and former senior editor at Martha Stewart's Whole Living magazine. The event drew a record number of students.

"The evening brought great visibility to the Student Advisory Board and the Council. We had a lot of students come up afterward to ask about how they can get involved," says Council Member Anne Phelan, NC '71, and liaison to the Student Advisory Board. Looking forward, Anne says the Student Advisory Board is launching plans for fall programs for undergraduate women, including Career Explorations and new speakers' events.

The Council congratulates the 2012 Student Advisory Board graduates Jane Budnick, Taylor Chmielewski, Maura Kelly, Maggi Meehan, Ilyse Rikleen, and Jennifer Tomich.

The Council also sends special thanks to retiring Chair M.E. Hawkins '13, who has completed a two year term of leadership, and welcomes incoming Chair Jaclyn Carey '13 and Vice Chair Kathryn Hinderhofer '14.

CWBC/Women Athletes
CWBC co–sponsors with Boston College Athletics various women's athletic events annually with the goal of supporting the female athletes and increasing attendance at events. Contact for more information

Women's Lacrosse Triumphs

On Saturday April 28, an enthusiastic crowd of Eagles fans cheered BC's nationally ranked Women's Lacrosse team on to victory over Yale. The Council and Boston College Athletics jointly hosted a meet-and-greet event after the game, where fans lined up for autographs and photo opportunities with coaches and players.

CWBC/Engaging with One Another
The Council connects Members and alumnae with one another and with BC through service–oriented, social, and educational events hosted throughout the country.

Sponsorship of the Arts: BC bOp!

On March 23, the Council hosted an evening featuring BC bOp!, Boston College's instrumental and voice jazz ensemble. Sebastian Bonaiuto, Director of Bands at Boston College, addressed Council Members in a special pre-concert welcome. Members then strolled together to Robsham Theatre to view the performance from a special CWBC seating section.

Authors' Luncheon On the Road

Council Member Joan Hill '75 discussed her book The Miracle Chase and presented signed copies to a group of West Coast alumnae at a luncheon at the Menlo Park Circus Club in Atherton, CA on April 21. The event was a part of the Council's On the Road initiative, which brings Council programming to diverse geographic locations. Stay tuned for the next On the Road events, slated for Los Angeles and Pittsburgh in the fall.

Sponsorship of the Arts: A Midsummer Night's Dream

On April 26, Council Members, Associate Members, and alumnae attended a lively "Bollywood" adaptation of the Shakespearean comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Prior to the performance, theatre-goers had a chance to meet director Luke Jorgensen and hear his opening remarks.

CWBC/Associate Members
CWBC's Associate Members comprise approximately 800 alumnae who are committed to helping CWBC pursue its mission. Associate Membership provides a unique opportunity for alumnae to participate in select Council events and programs, engage with Council Members, and strengthen their connection to Boston College. For more information about Associate Membership, contact

A special thank you to all Associate Members who participated as a panelist or facilitator during one of our many spring programs. This spring marked a milestone in CWBC history as a record number of Associate Members participated and/or attended CWBC sponsored programs. The Council would like to thank all Associate Members for their loyalty and dedication and looks forward to seeing many members at upcoming fall programs and events.

The Council extends a warm welcome to its newest Associate Members:

Lynn Berardelli '88
Shannon Berube '12
Shefali Bhardwaj '12
Lynn Blake '87
Erin Boyce '12
Sophia Luk Brenner '79
Lisa Carraro '88
Taylor Chmeilewski '12
Maribeth Crane '10
Martha Dabagian '99
Lauren Daniel '05
Denise DeAmore '76
Megan Dupuy '12
Jill Lucus Findley '93
Gina Giuggio '12
Ankur Goyal '03
Kathryn Harrison '12
Jillian Koravos '12
Kathryn Liola '01
Maggie Meehan '12
Monique Miller '90
Katherine Pelaez '86
Christine Pirouz '01
Megan K. Rauch '12
Ashley Reed '12
Rachel Ryan '12
Regina Ryan '73
Elizabeth Schuville '07
Jessica Seminelli '12
Lucy Shafer '12
Katie Shields '99
Lauren Siracusa '01
Vanessa Skawski '02
Marie Mikolajczyk Vesselli '80
Margaret Vose '85
Patricia Wall '97
Andrea Zeytoonian '10

BC Women Making a Difference: Kathy Kasper Luppy '82

Kathy Kasper Luppy, '82 does not have much time to train, and she claims she's not "really" a cyclist. Even so, every year for the past 16 years—minus the one year when she was expecting a baby—Kathy has ridden her bicycle a grueling 84 miles from Wellesley to Bourne, Massachusetts as part of the Pan Mass Challenge. The event raises money for Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

The ride is a deeply emotional event, says Kathy. "You ride alongside cancer survivors or parents with photos of their child with cancer pinned to their jerseys. It's very moving," she says. A friend who rides alongside Kathy each year survived breast cancer. Kathy herself rides in memory of her own father, grandmother and several friends, whose lives were claimed by the disease. "I don't think there is one of us who hasn't lost someone to cancer," she says.

"I call the ride a celebration of the human spirit. Everyone is working together, whether they are riding, volunteering, cheering you on, or sponsoring the ride."

For Kathy, the Pan Mass Challenge has become a family tradition. She started participating in the event to join her husband, Rick, who has been riding in it for 28 years. Her son, Brian, first rode his tricycle in the children's event at the tender age of three. He graduated to training wheels the following year, and now at age eight, plans to pedal his two-wheeler for ten miles straight.

Over the years the mileage has added up—and so have the funds. Kathy estimates that her family has raised over $160,000. She says she sends more than 100 handwritten appeal letters to family, friends, and colleagues before the event. In each letter, she asks for contributions and she also asks for any names of loved ones who are struggling with cancer or who have passed away from it. Every year several new names come back, and Kathy etches them onto her bicycle. "Whenever I'm losing wind or fighting to get up a hill, I just look down at my bike and see those names. That gives me the boost I need," she says.

Kathy is not alone in her passion for raising funds for cancer research and treatment. Last year the Pan Mass Challenge brought in $35 million dollars, making it the most successful fundraising athletics event in the nation. One hundred percent of every dollar raised by the cyclists goes directly to Dana Farber. These funds make a real difference in the lives of those with cancer. Kathy says when she wears one of her Pan Mass Challenge t-shirts it's not uncommon for a passersby to come up and thank her for her efforts. "They always have a story. They may have a son or a daughter at Dana Farber, or they may be a survivor themselves," explains Kathy. "It really is quite a feeling to be a part of something that affects people's lives in such an important way."

Council Member News

Dineen Riviezzo '89 is retiring from the leadership of the Boston College Alumni Board of Directors after eight years, the last two years of which she served as President. The Alumni Association thanks Dineen for her significant contributions of time and energy, which have increased engagement of Boston College alumni and broadened the University's impact.

In honor of Women's History month, Lauren Stiller Rikleen, LAW '79, appeared on the March 14 Fox 25 "Work-Life Wednesday" segment to discuss women's advancement in the workplace. Lauren is Executive in Residence at the Boston College Center for Work and Family and President of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership.

Baseball fans had a chance to see Ann Finck '66 on the jumbotron above Yankee Stadium this May. Ann received the Clinical Excellence Award from New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center, where she is an intensive care unit nurse practitioner. The hospital produced a video honoring award recipients and aired it in Yankee Stadium during National Nurses Week. The Council congratulates Ann on her highly visible accomplishments.

Margaret Corie Darby '82 shares her experience—and photos—of building a green, off-the-grid house in the mountains of Colorado. Click here for the full article which was recently featured in the Boston College Energy and Environment Alumni Network newsletter.

New Council Members

The Council extends a warm welcome to its newest members.
Thank you for joining our efforts to advance the women of Boston College!

Karen Izzi Bristing '84

Jean Heflin Kane '83

Jeanne M. Picerne '92

Cynthia Scalzi '66

Questions? Contact the Council for Women of Boston College
Cadigan Alumni Center, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
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