In commemoration of Women’s History Month, the William Smith Dean’s Office will host “Celebrating Women Leaders: Past, Present & Future.”
The special dinner event, which will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27 in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center, will feature presentations by President Mark D. Gearan, as well as current William Smith students and alumnae. The Colleges’ all-female a capella group, 3 Miles Lost, will perform. An international buffet will be served.
“It’s the first time our Women’s History Month event has focused on the past, present and future of women’s leadership,” says Associate Dean of William Smith College Lisa Kaenzig.
Presentations will begin by celebrating past women leaders. Students will recite monologues while dressed as leaders such as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Queen Elizabeth and Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States. Following the performance, a second student-led presentation will highlight the accomplishments of the Public Leadership Education Network, which holds conferences in Washington, D.C. that more than 50 William Smith students have been able to attend.
Kaylyn O’Brien ’12, coordinator of leadership programs for the Centennial Center for Leadership is scheduled to offer remarks on current women leaders at William Smith and beyond. Gearan will then speak to the critical importance and relevance of women’s leadership and its applications at the Colleges.
A video created by Jenna Davidson-Catalano ’14, who facilitated motivational and self-esteem lessons for female students at Geneva Middle School, will conclude the evening’s discussions. Geneva Middle School students will be at the dinner with their families along with Susan McGowan, a social worker for the Geneva City School District.
“The message of the evening is ‘Women Moving Women Up,'” Kaenzig says. “It’s about how women help other women move up in their careers and in their lives, how past women made a difference for current women and younger girls.”
“Women Moving Women Up” is William Smith’s newest tradition, created by William Smith College Dean Susanne McNally. The initiative consists of projects undertaken by HWS students to support the education and welfare of women outside the HWS campus. The projects have included funding a study room for female students in Africa, supporting local women’s safe houses, and inviting Geneva students to campus.
Students who would like to attend the dinner should RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before or on Monday, March 24.