In this issue:
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 email@example.com 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 email@example.com 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'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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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."
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