Council News


WLC member and WLP mentor Aleta Margolis ’89 is the founder and executive director of the Center for Inspired Teaching. Aleta is revitalizing public education by unlocking the personal creativity of teachers and thereby dramatically improving student learning. Click here to watch Aleta’s video! (TEDx, June 10, 2010)


The Pembroke Center Associates and the Women's Leadership Council teamed up again to present the Commencement Forum "A Sense of Humor: Brown Women in Comedy" on Saturday, May 25, 2013 during Reunion/Commencement weekend. Join Council member Lauren Corrao '83, P'16 as she moderated a panel of Brown alumnae who are earning a living by making people laugh.

From screenwriting to stand-up, women have been closing the gender gap in comedy. Laughs were shared with panelists Marin Hinkle '88, Stage, Television and Film actor; Tara Schuster '08, Writer, Performer, and Producer at Comedy Central; and Suzanne Whang SCM'86, Television Host, Actor, Writer, and Stand-Up Comedian, as they discuss their experiences in the comedy business. Watch the video here!


  With a leadership gift of $1 million from Nancy L. Buc '65, '94 hon., Brown's Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women is launching a $3.5 million campaign to build an endowment to support its archives - the Christine Dunlap Farnham Archive and the Feminist Theory Archive.



On March 13, 2013, more than 100 members of the Brown community gathered at Martinos Auditorium in the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts to watch segments from the groundbreaking documentary MAKERS: Women Who Make America and to hear from the following panel of women involved with the MAKERS project:

  Marika Shioiri-Clark '05, Inaugural Year Global Resident, and Principal, SOSHL Studio
  Barbara Smith, Author, Activist, and Independent Scholar
  Betsy West '73, Executive Producer
  Sara Wolitzky '04, Co-Producer

A diverse mix of students, faculty, and alumni (men and women) listened as these panelists shared their thoughts on topics ranging from how the women featured in the documentary and online were selected to the role race played in the women's rights movement.
This event was sponsored by the Women's Leadership Council in celebration of Women's History month.

MAKERS: Women Who Make America features the largest and most dynamic collection of women's stories ever assembled. Several members of the Brown community were involved with this groundbreaking project, including Brown's 18th President, Ruth Simmons ADE'02 hon. LHD'12 hon., Social Entrepreneur Nancy Lublin '93, and Human Rights Advocate, Malika Saada Saar '92, just to name a few!

To watch the full three hour documentary, please check your local listing. And be sure to visit for more stories on the exceptional women whose pioneering contributions continue to shape the world in which we live.


In October 2012, Women's Leadership Council Member Nancy Neff '77 P'06 P'14 participated in a panel discussion on Title IX in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the passing of this landmark legislation. 

While a student at Brown, Nancy was the captain of the Women's Varsity Tennis team and the Women's Varsity Basketball team.  She is currently a nationally ranked tennis player and was inducted into the Brown Sports Hall of Fame in 1981. 


Liz Sherman '77 P'06 P'09

In October 2010, Women’s Leadership Council member and Pembroke Center Associates Council member Liz Sherman ’77 P’06 P’09 issued a $1 million challenge to members of the Brown community to support new research initiatives at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women. 

The Pembroke Challenge was a success having raised more than $1.5 million in support of new research initiatives at the Pembroke Center, including seed grants for collaborative interdisciplinary research.   The first round of seed grants were announced in early January and feature fascinating faculty research.


Congratulations to Council members Mary Vascellaro ’74, P’07 and Marcia Dunn ’82 who were honored for their exemplary volunteer service to Brown! 

Mary received the 2012 Brown Bear Award acknowledging her lifetime of outstanding and wide-ranging volunteer service to Brown, and Marcia received the 2012 Brown Annual Fund Co-Chairs’ Award for the critical role she and her classmates played in helping the Annual Fund achieve its goals.


Susan P. Friedman '77, P'08 with Brown President, Ruth Simmons ADE'02 hon. LHD'12 hon.

During the May 2012 opening gala of the Women’s Leadership Conference:  120 Years of Women at Brown, Susan P. Friedman '77, P'08, founding member and Chair Emerita of the Women's Leadership Council, issued a $1 Million challenge to establish the first-ever Ruth J. Simmons Women's Leadership Scholarship. 

Read more here.



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The Women’s Leadership Council sponsored the Women’s Leadership Conference: 120 Years of Women at Brown (May 4-5, 2012), a historic celebration that welcomed back more than 550 alumnae to College Hill. 

Please visit the conference website to view photos and video highlights from the weekend.

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In The 52 members of the Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) issued a $1 million, Brown Annual Fund Challenge to ALL members (men and women) of Brown’s GOLD classes in honor of 120 Years of Women at Brown.   This was only the third million dollar GOLD challenge and the first funded entirely by women. 

The challenge ended on May 4, 2012 and was a huge success, earning $1,041,880 from 2,200 GOLD alumni.