Susan Pilch Friedman ’77, P’08 Excellence Award in Women’s Leadership

2017 Recipient

The Division of Campus Life and Student Services is pleased to announce Fatima Husain as the 2017 recipient of the Susan Pilch Friedman '77, P'08 Excellence Award in Women's Leadership.

About the Award

Established in 2015 by a group of Brown alumnae and parents, in honor and celebration of Susan Friedman’s tireless efforts in the area of women’s leadership, the Award seeks to recognize a senior woman who best exemplifies the outstanding leadership that Susan seeks to promote. The inaugural Award will be made in May 2016.

Susan Friedman conceived of the Brown Women’s Leadership Council and was appointed by then President Ruth J. Simmons as the first chair of the Council in 2004. Through her creative vision, entrepreneurial spirit, and generous philanthropic support, the Council has developed into a vibrant and diverse community of women leaders, volunteers, mentors, and philanthropists at Brown.

Mentoring has been central to both Susan Friedman’s vision and the Women’s Leadership Council’s mission as a way to empower the next generation of women leaders. Susan has personally mentored Brown students and worked to institutionalize one-on-one mentoring for Brown female students with Brown alumnae through the Women’s Launch Pad.


This $2,500 prize is to be awarded to a woman college senior anticipated to graduate in May 2017 or December 2017 who:

  • has worked to empower and promote women as leaders;
  • has demonstrated a dedication to relationship building and/or mentorship as part of their leadership efforts; and
  • has had a positive and tangible impact on groups, organizations and/or  individuals, through their leadership efforts, on and/or off campus.

Past Recipients

Katherine Caroline Sudol (2016)

Raised in Geneva, Switzerland and New York City, New York, Katherine received her A.B. in Applied Mathematics-Economics. Throughout her time at Brown, Katherine committed herself to empowering her fellow students – particularly young women – and helping them build the confidence and skills necessary to succeed academically, professionally and athletically. She held a number of leadership roles throughout her time at Brown to promote her mission of raising the platform for women leaders, including a year as the President of the Brown Women in Business Club during which she increased membership to 400 women and dramatically expanded the number of workshops, career trips and female-focused mentoring programs available on campus. She was also very dedicated to giving back to the community via mentorship, working part-time in the CareerLAB as a Peer Career Advisor and serving as a Meiklejohn Peer Advisor. As the Head Teaching Assistant for Investments (ECON 1710), Katherine managed a team of TAs, led review and discussion sections, and taught more than 500 students over two years. She volunteered for three years as an Information Session Leader for the Admissions Office and served as a Co-Chair of the 2016 Senior Gift Campaign. In addition to her numerous on-campus commitments, Katherine was also a four year member of the Sailing Team, representing Brown at the highest level of collegiate varsity sailing and leading her team to several national championships. She was named twice to the All New England Team and is an Academic All American. After graduation, her plans were to return to New York City to join Goldman Sachs in their Quantitative Strategy division. Her longer-term plans are to pursue a career in finance or business and to continue working to advance women’s representation in the upper echelons of corporate management.